The Cornish-American Song Festival is a three-week intensive residential course aimed at teaching the intricacies of effective and communicative classical art-song performance and composition. Each year CASI brings students of voice, piano, and composition from across the United States to study in Oxford and Falmouth. Our tutors are products of the finest musical training in the US (Eastman, Juilliard, Cincinnati-Conservatory, and Indiana University) and are all skilled, experienced performers at an international level.
This year’s concert, the third time they have appeared at The Poly, focuses on the tales of everyday folk and heroic legends that have inspired composers for centuries, featuring work by Brahms, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Grieg and Vaughan Williams. Come and relive these international tales, performed by conservatory students from around the world.
Dir: Whit Stillman – USA – 92mins (U)
A deliciously sharp comedy, based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’ and set in the 1790s. A tale of matchmaking and heartbreaking, centred around beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale).
The scheming Lady Susan pays a visit to Churchill, her in-laws’ estate, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass. Whilst there, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), who’s married to upright killjoy Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry), she decides to secure husbands for herself and her long-suffering daughter Frederica.
But the arrival of two men at Churchill, handsome and eligible Reginald DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin severely complicates their plans.
Stillman is on top form here with a gloriously witty and acerbic tale of romance and realism.
“Jane Austen has never been funnier” The Telegraph
Prof Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia), poets Jos Smith, Isabel Galleymore, and Ben Smith, and local artist Caz Scott will all speak about literature, art, and the coastal edge. Editors of the acclaimed online literary magazine The Clearing, Isabel Galleymore, Ben Smith and Jos Smith will be reading their own new poetry that explores oceans and coastal edges. There are poems here that sift the flotsam and jetsam of a volatile planet, but poems too that manage to appreciate the resilience and adaptability of even the slightest of coastal lifeforms.This free,public event is part of a University of Exeter Symposium: Land’s End: Imagination, Culture, and Society at Coastal Edges.
Prof Allen is the author of “1916, Imperial Cultures and the Coastal Edge”
In the summer of 2016, to celebrate his sixtieth birthday veteran Edinburgh Fringe performer Mike Hatchard is planning to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats – with a piano!
Not a real piano (obviously) but nevertheless a fairly hefty electric one – quite an undertaking. Performing concerts along the way, the virtuoso musician and raconteur will cycle along the South Coast, before heading North to perform his Edinburgh Festival Show ‘ Beetroot Juice – How I went from being a street performer to concert musician – and back again.’
Mike will be raising funds for Children in Need. Donations can be made on the night or on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mike-Hatchard
A quantum comedy about love in the subatomic world
An unexplained cat theft from a physics laboratory leads scientist Smithy on a journey through his own experiment into the subatomic world. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Can he find the cat and win over his colleague Sarah in the process? Will the outcome be positive or negative?
As seen at the British Science Festival, a sci-fi adventure through the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics. Featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick, and a search for Schrodinger’s cat. Be prepared for a very silly show about a very intelligent subject.
The Last Baguette makes fast-paced, irreverent comedy theatre, and after performing in France, Switzerland and Canada, are now company in residence at the Pound, Corsham. What’s the Matter? was written by Tiffany Woodsmith (winner of the Sunday Times playwriting award 2004, dramaturg for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – The Stage Award winner 2014), directed by Susana Alcantud, devised by the company.
“The gags roll one after another – the laugher is non-stop” Reg’Arts magazine, Paris, on Dracula
Made at the Pound, Corsham with support from Dr Helen Heath from the University of Bristol.
Dir. Stephen Frears | UK | 110 mins | cert PG
This comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.
The voice Florence (Meryl Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.
The film’s supporting cast members include Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) as Florence’s long suffering piano accompanist, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris).
Dir. Louise Osmond | UK | 93 mins | cert 12A
VERSUS presents a surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of Ken Loach’s career as he prepares to release his latest feature film I, DANIEL BLAKE, later this year.
Director Louise Osmond was granted exclusive access on set and uses this as a starting point to look at Loach’s career, from his first job as understudy in a Kenneth Williams revue to ground-breaking TV dramas like Up The Junction and Cathy Come Home and later as an award- winning feature director of films like Kes, Riff-Raff, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and The Angels’ Share. As well as inter-views with Loach, Osmond talks with a host of his friends, adversaries, actors and collaborators.
This year will see Ken Loach celebrate his 80th birthday, release his 50th major work and commemorate Cathy Come Home’s 50th anniversary in November. VERSUS is more than just a document of Loach’s work but a playful study on the process and struggles of creating such a unique body of work.
I, DANIEL BLAKE won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Foreign Language Film at The Poly
Dir. Stéphane Brizé | France | 93 mins | cert PG
At the age of 51 and after twenty months on unemployment, Thierry (Vincent Lindon) starts a new job in security at a supermarket that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job is the central question that Measure of a Man (La Loi du Marché) tries to address.
For his role as Thierry, Vincent Lindon – who was the only professional actor in the film – was awarded the Palme for Best Actor at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Cesar for Best Actor in 2016, the French equivalent of the British BAFTA.
Dir. Don Cheadle | USA | 100 mins | cert 15
MILES AHEAD, inspired by events in his life, is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut.
In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.
A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions.
Dir. Susanna White | UK / France | 107 mins | cert 15
While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor – THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE GHOST) and Gail (Naomie Harris – SPECTRE, SOUTHPAW), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia.
When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and to an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent (Damian Lewis – HOMELAND).
From the writer of DRIVE adapting the hit John Le Carré novel – the mind behind TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and directed by acclaimed Susanna White – this taut thriller twists and turns its way around the world with dramatic consequences.
Dir. Michael Moore | USA | 119 mins | cert 15
Where to Invade Next is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already exist in the world — they’re just waiting to be co-opted.
‘Moore has made an act of guerrilla humanity.’ ★★★★ Owen Gleiberman, BBC
‘Hopeful and celebratory’ ★★★★ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
‘Eye-opening and playful’ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
‘Witty, moving, brimming with passion and purpose’ ★★★★ Kevin Harley, Total Film
‘A tremendously funny voyage’ The Independent
‘One of Moore’s best films. A surprisingly endearing set of suggestions for a better tomorrow.’ Eric Kohn, Indiewire
‘Impassioned. Where to Invade Next offers hope and is Mr. Moore’s most far-reaching film.’ Stephen Holden, The New York Times
‘Hilarious and revelatory’ Gay Times
Falmouth’s award-winning musical youth company is delighted to be staging Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. The Young Generation put on its very first performance in 1982 and this year will be the company’s 38th major musical production at the Poly. Book early to avoid disappointment, because Young Generation shows always sell out!
Dir. Matteo Carrone | France / Italy / UK | 125 mins | cert 15
Hailed as a masterpiece at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Tale of Tales is a sumptuous, seductive and macabre re-telling of Giambattista Basile’s classic Italian fairy tales by renowned director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality).
Comprising three wildly fantastical stories, including a queen who gives birth after eating a sea monster’s heart, an old peasant woman who finds youth after falling asleep in an enchanted forest and a proud king who raises a flea as his child, these are tales that your parents never dared tell you. Set in an epic landscape filled with a host of bizarre characters (played by a stunning ensemble cast of Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and Stacy Martin), this outlandish, grotesque and beguiling fantasy world is like nothing you’ve seen before.
Gloriously shot, with a spine-tingling soundtrack by Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rust & Bone), Tale of Tales is a lavish production from the makers of High-Rise and Sexy Beast. Deliciously dark, wickedly funny and outrageously entertaining, these adult-only fairy tales are a breathtaking work of cinematic escapism.
Trevithick! is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer.
Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals. Industrial developments were rife with competition, fear, accidents and death in 1800 Great Britain, but it was Trevithick’s passion and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads- the first trains and cars. Although it was never easy.
Trevithick! is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.
Trevithick! is the gripping story of not just one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, but one of the greatest men in history, steeped in accolade and loved by many but who’s life was tinged with tragedy.
“Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts… watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along. The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel… it’s all so easy now.”
Directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey, starring Kernow King and much loved actress, Mary Woodvine.
Dir. John Miller | UK | 96 mins | cert 12A
With a hugely entertaining cast including Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic), Virginia McKenna (Born Free, Sliding Doors), Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Amadeus) and Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey, The Royale Family), GOLDEN YEARS is a heist film like no other.
Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, Arthur and Marta decide to fight back. They decide to take back what was theirs in the first place. They decide to start robbing banks.
Set in the 1800’s ‘CANVAS & RUM’ is a maritime theatre piece centred around the packet ships that sailed from Falmouth. Looking at the life of an old shellbacker who left his home in Kernow after a family dispute. This old sea dog takes on the duty of teaching a new shipmate the ropes on board the ocean going ship. Bad luck strikes the vessel and its crew, forcing the return home that had been avoided for decades. Inspired by tales such as ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Heart of the Sea’, but based on the historical figures and events in Falmouth, Canvas & Rum is a maelstrom of Shanties, sirens, superstitions and sea sick sailors.
So if you have the stomach for it join us on our voyage but keep your eyes peeled because there are monsters in the deep.
All aboard for an adventure on the high seas.
Suitable for audiences aged 12+
SILVER APPLES were formed in 1967, famously known for their pioneering usage of electronic music techniques within psychedelic rock. Having had such revered influence on so many PZYK artists of today, it would be fair to regard Silver Apples as nothing short of legendary. Sole remaining member Simeon Coxe III has toured extensively since reforming Silver Apples in 1996, bringing with him the notoriously primitive and captivating synthesizer known only as ‘The Simeon’.
This is Silver Apples first show in the region, and for fans of psych and electronic it’s something not to be missed.
Who would ever have thought that piracy could become one of the major issues of our times?
Cornish lawyer turned award-winning film maker John Boyle’s television documentary about Somali pirates was distributed worldwide by National Geographic; as a result he was commissioned by Bloomsbury to write a book “Blood Ransom”, and he has become a recognised expert on the subject.
Illustrated by clips from the film, John will be telling the behind-the-scenes story of the pirates. As he says at the end of the book’s introduction –
“I found myself wondering. If the seas off my home had been raped by the twin evils of over fishing and toxic waste dumping, if I had watched my family go hungry and my children suffering from ailments caused by the toxic waste, would I too have turned in desperation to piracy?”
Crammed together in tiny open boats these hyenas of the sea range up to a thousand miles from their home shores. Armed with ancient AK47s and rocket propelled grenades, they scour the western Indian Ocean. No-one knows how many simply die at sea. But occasionally they hit the jackpot, seizing vessels and crews that will be ransomed for millions of dollars.
For the first time in history, the navies of every super power on the planet have united against this common enemy – a couple of thousand rag tag underfed men and boys – to protect some of the world’s most vital shipping lanes. It’s a war estimated to cost the world economy $18 billion every year. And it’s a war that has seemed impossible to win.
In the words of released hostage Victor Gilbert: “These people told me they don’t worry about the world – the world worries about them…”
This will be a fascinating and possibly slightly unconventional look at this 21st century scourge of the oceans
Join us for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and devastating-ditty as BBC6 music resident poet Murray Lachlan Young presents his stunning new live up-close and personal show. A delightful and satirical romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum. This is unique stand up poetry/spoken word performance, from one of the very best in the business.
Widely regarded as one of the best-known poetry voices in Britain Murray draws and performs material from his new collected works anthology: ‘How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?’ published by Unbound Books . Acclaimed playwright, actor , screen-writer and poet -extraodinaire, Murray is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy with delightful commentaries on the bizarreness of contemporary life. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit and brooding subtext with empathetic humour. (more…)
Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful world buildings.
His selection includes many of the world’s best known buildings that represent key pioneering moments in architectural history … such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Forbidden City in Beijing.
But he also presents less obvious more surprising structures ,the unsung heroes of this fascinating story… like the Oriel Chambers in Liverpool, and the Narkomfin Apartment building in Moscow.
Having visited all but three of the 100 buildings, even though some are in inaccessible and threatened locations such as the Hatra in Iraq and the currently threatened Palmyra in Syria, he speaks movingly about ancient artifacts some of which may never be experienced again first hand.