Sponsored by Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance, changing the way we look at Dementia and Falmouth Town Council Mayor’s Charity
‘Grandma Remember Me’ by Belinda Lazenby is a beautiful story about a special relationship between a Grandma and her Granddaughter. It looks at the wider impact Alzheimer’s has on the family and shows how it is still possible to live well with dementia and maintain an emotional connection with the person you love, despite the disease,
Exploring the importance of memories and relationships within our lives and how to keep and treasure them, ‘Grandma Remember Me’ is a high quality piece of theatre, very powerful, realistic and deeply moving,
‘An outstanding piece of theatre.’ Richard Hall – Oldham Coliseum;
‘A play everyone should see. Intimate theatre at its best.’ Frank Rhurmund – Art Critic Cornishman
A performance of the play is to be presented at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th December, which is part of a tour of ‘Grandma Remember Me’ covering widespread venues. We are pleased to be able to offer such a prestigious piece of work to our local people.
After the show, The Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance would like to give everyone an opportunity to all to become a ‘Dementia Friend’. Refreshments will be offered to those who wish to join in the Dementia Friends awareness programme, which is informal and fun. It takes about 45 minutes and is free of charge. You will receive a special Dementia Friend badge as well as information.
Dir: Dexter Fletcher – UK – (PG) 100mins
This film is a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.
Home is where the heart is for best pals, Davy & Ally. Returning home to Leith from duty in Afghanistan, the lads kindle romances old and new. Meanwhile Davy’s parents, Rab & Jean, are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family and all three couples apart.
“Sunshine on Leith oozes crowd pleaser from every frame … a soaring big-hearted delight.” Screen International
“Leaves you with cask-strength, capillary-reddening tingles of happiness that run to the very tip of your nose.” Daily Telegraph
Bringing bucketloads of Christmas spirit and festive cheer in December 2013 is Near-ta Theatre’s yuletide comedy, Christmas. Time.!
Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!
Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly festive show that puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!
Performed by Daniel Richards and Lewis Howard, written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh and o-region), Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family and promises to be a fun, festive and fantastically funny Christmas offering from Near-ta Theatre!
Lost Worlds is a magical concoction of battles, wizardry, potions and even a love story.
Following the successes of Long Legged Beasties and Out of the Box John Brolly and the Umbrella Arts Theatre Company return with this latest storytelling extravaganza.
Join The Story Hunter on his death-defying adventure to find the lost world of Lyonesse. The journey will introduce you to the ancient heroes of Cornwall as the young Tristan earns his spurs as a knight of the round table and defeats the terrifying invaders from Ireland.
The beautiful Iseult’s mother tricks him into drinking a love potion and starting an affair that leaves Lyonesse, Cornwall and King Arthur’s England at the mercy of their foes. Can Merlin save the day?
Hundreds of years later the people of Lyonesse are in danger again from the monstrous creatures that live in the deep waters around Cornwall. Step forward the handsome and enigmatic Trevelyan to strike a deal with all parties and make a decision that will forever change the shape of England.
Adventure and excitement are the order of the day, as the whole family will enjoy this glorious dip into the crazy world of John Brolly.
More details on www.umbrellaarts.co.uk
Dir: Clio Barnard – UK – 91mins (15)
Winner of Best European Film in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, this is a contemporary fable inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name.
Set in Bradford the film follows two boys; rebellious 13 year-old Arbor and his gentle best friend Swifty as they get into trouble when they start supplying stolen scrap metal to the ironically named scrap dealer, Kitten.
Blending social realism with myth and symbolism this story is both entertaining and deeply moving.
If Ken Loach had made Kes in 2013 rather than 1969, this is what it would have looked and sounded like. There is no greater praise.
DIR: Greg Camalier – USA) 111mins (PG)
MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time to record some of the most uplifting, defiant and important music ever created.
In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the colour of your skin didn’t matter inside the studio.
The film features interviews with its founder, Rick Hall, and the many artists who’ve recorded there including Gregg Allman, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin.
A stomping good documentary and as Aretha might say, respect!
Dir: Stephen Frears – UK/USA 98mins (12A)
In 1950′s Ireland, Catholic authorities shamed thousands of ‘fallen’ Irish women into giving their children up for adoption, with no hope of ever seeing them again. Philomena Lee was one of these women.
This is a wonderfully engaging film with a wry humour and tour-de-force performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, who adapted the celebrated book by Martin Sixsmith into this classy drama.
Together they embark on a journey to track down Philomena’s lost son.
“A moving and exhilarating film, and the strange chemistry between Dench and Coogan ferments into a 120-degree proof emotional drama”. The Guardian
Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore – ITALY – 124mins – (PG) S/T
To celebrate this Oscar-winning film’s 25th birthday we’re delighted to screen what is widely regarded as the best foreign language films of all time.
Set and filmed, in Tornatore’s hometown in Sicily, this is a generation-spanning story of friendship, love and filmmaking. Salvatore , now a successful film director, returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend and mentor who was projectionist at the Cinema ‘Paradiso’, the focus of his childhood imagination and adult reminiscences. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the experiences that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.
The heart-breaking final kissing montage, complemented by Ennio Morricone’s lilting romantic score, and the sun kissed Sicilian locations lifts this enchanting film into an all-time classic.
“A funny, sentimental, deeply moving celebration of the experience of movies and movie-going” Philip French, The Observer
Dir: Lee Daniels – US – 126 mins (12A)
This film is inspired by the real life of a former White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades.
Forest Whitaker stars as the butler, Cecil Gaines and we see through his eyes the changing tides of American politics and race relations; from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to the Freedom Riders and Black Panther movements, to the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal.
With a host of stars including Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.
Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy-award winning writer Danny Strong.
Dir: David Bond – UK – 82mins (PG)
Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally.
Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.
And Project Wild Thing is much more than a film, this is a growing movement of organisations and individuals who care deeply about the need for nature connected, free-range, roaming and outdoor playing kids in the 21st century. Hundreds of people have already committed huge amounts of time, energy, resources and money to help get the project where it is today. Which is really just the beginning.
“This film will change your life” Patrick Barkham, The Guardian
Nature Workshops are keen to work with agencies across Cornwall to ensure all our children and young people can access the natural environment and are encouraged to do so, that this access is made a strategic priority, that schools and colleges use the natural environment for cross curricula learning and health services understand the value of ‘natural prescriptions’ for the whole community. In making these priorities we can extract the true value of our beautiful environment, creating sustainable wealth and health. www.natureworkshops.co.uk
A £3 ‘donation’ is being asked for each ticket to cover the costs of this screening. Any further donations towards the project made on the night will be gratefully received.
Dir: Sebastian Lelio – CHILE/SPAIN 109mins (15) (S/T)
In this delightful, poignant, yet gently funny drama, Paulina Garcia, who plays the title role, delivers the performance of a lifetime, for which she deservedly won Best Actress prize at Berlin.
Gloria is a 58-year-old divorcee, trying to make the most of her freedom but inwardly still craving romance. One night she meets Rodolfo who seems to share the same ideals, but he isn’t quite what he seems.
This film is full of sly observations on Chile’s middle classes, and together with Garcia’s knock-out performance – one moment achingly vulnerable, the next confidently resilient – the result is mesmerising.
With a great soundtrack ranging from disco to cult Latin American hits, this is an uplifting charmer with a transcendent climax.
Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Vénéna Paravel – US/FRANCE/UK - 87mins (U)
One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick – the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, Leviathan is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.
After debuting his first tour “Wonders of the Cornish Universe” early in 2012, we are delighted to welcome Kernow King’s hit new show “Splann!” back to The Poly in 2014.
Splann, splendid in Cornish, takes a wry look at one or two wonderful things in Cornwall, but the show also takes a bigger look at the things in Cornwall that drives us nuts. There are a few obvious things that immediately spring to mind, but there are also a few less obvious things that will no doubt be niggling under your skin.
With a look at social media, tractors, businesses and so much more, the new show is a hoot.
Dir: Felix van Groeningen – BELGIUM/NETHERLANDS – 112mins (15) S/T
This vital Flemish film about one couple’s bouts of love and heartbreak features two of the most moving performances of the year – a big love story, bursting at the seams with life: in turns impossibly beautiful and unbearably painful.
Like a kaleidoscope of human experience shifting from images of joy to sorrow, this Award-winning and Oscar-tipped film dazzles as it draws you in. A poetic tale of love and loss set to a soundtrack of Belgian bluegrass music.
The climax perfectly portrays the film’s dual feelings of despair and joy, meaning you will have tears in your eyes, especially with one perfectly delivered line, but also a smile on your face.
An intoxicating, finely wrought romance — and one with a terrific soundtrack to boot.
A new one-woman musical written by Boff Whaley and directed by Justin Audibert.
February 1918, and after several decades of protest and four years of bloody war Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have demanded and fought for – votes for all women. After years of direct action, arrest, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come.
Wrong ‘Un tells of the adventures of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond in a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England.
Red Ladder champions new writing, particularly that which challenges or agitates. It is a radical theatre company with 40 years of history; acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing high quality theatre contributing to social change and global justice.
Falmouth Poetry Group invites you to celebrate two new poetry collections:
The Lost Boys by Victoria Field (Waterloo Press) & Suddenly Everything by Alyson Hallett (Poetry Salzburg)
The launch will be taking place in The Daniel Room (the new bar)
7pm for 7.30 start of readings.
Drinks, music, open mic (limited, sign up at the door)
All welcome for what promises to be a great night of poetry and conversation.
Dir: Robert Stone – USA – 80mins (12A)
Winner: Green Award, Sheffield Doc Fest
Academy award nominee Robert Stone’s animated and compelling pro-nuclear doc comes at a critical time for the global environmental movement. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if everyone has nuclear power wrong?
This film questions why many environmentalists, scientists and energy experts have switched from bring fiercely anti- to strong pro-nuclear energy. With the world’s unquenchable thirst for energy and its resulting threat to our environment, the stakes may be nothing less than catastrophic.
By opening Pandora’s box, Stone promises to forever change the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply polarising issue.
“Well reasoned and urgent, this couldn’t be more timely.” Chicago Tribune
An acclaimed concert tour. Each song stripped back – desolate, naked and sensual
The most enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural songwriter the English speaking world has ever known. Revered and covered by the entire music community; Leonard Cohen’s exact sense of prose, his wry humour and his courage to wrestle with the unspoken. Forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.
His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of the songs in their original perfect form.
Having now played over 200 of these critically acclaimed concerts across the UK, Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable.
Also included are Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen that Keith has set to music.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
Music full of integrity, a contemporary work of art’ *****Maverick
‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement
Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield is back with a hilarious new show.
Jo’s always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, arrogant shop-assistants, emotionally ‘challenged’ men, drunken girlfriends who always pick the wrong partner, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant – and a good laugh – is the only sensible reaction?
Enjoy your anger.
Nominated as Funniest Woman (LAFTA Awards) and Best Female Stand-Up (Chortle Awards), Jo is “feisty, funny and wonderfully bitchy” (Observer), with a “cut-throat wit and a razor-sharp tongue” (Times)
Star of Radio 4’s hugely popular “Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy”, and seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and BBC1’s The Politics Show, this is a fantastic night out, for men and women alike.
Fresh from wowing audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, comedy’s fastest rising star Seann Walsh returns to the Poly with an all-new highly anticipated live show to show the world that he is the Lie-In King.
Star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntryre’s Comedy Roadshow’, and Dave’s ‘Argumental’, Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years.
Seann’s other recent TV appearances include: Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02 2012/13, Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Mock The Week (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel4)
Within two years of his first comedy performance, Seann was the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after other accolades included; Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.
Seann Walsh currently stars in his very own brand new television series ‘Seann Walsh World’ on Comedy Central. Airing on Tuesday nights at 9pm for 13 episodes, the show mixes stand-up comedy with viral internet video clips as Seann delves in to his life as a young, single 26 year old comedian. Later this year, Seann will also star in Comedy Central’s new original sitcom, ‘Big Bad World’.
“Sharp, creative observational comedy… See him now, before the stadium tour” - Sunday Times
“…with the looks, gags and charm to become something quite special, Walsh is this generation’s Dylan Moran” - Time Out
“Set your alarms for this show and miss it at your peril” – Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, Evening standard
After a total run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Evans is back with more “Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags.” The Guardian.
Star of Celebrity Mastermind, Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
“A great craftsman of language… an evil delight.” Chortle.