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Monday 30th November 7:30pm

Man Up

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Ben Palmer – UK – 86mins (15)

Nancy, is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just — goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally man up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also man up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.

The film’s script-writer TESS MORRIS will be at the Poly on Tuesday 1st December giving a talk entitled IN DEFENCE OF THE ROM COM followed by a screening of the classic rom-com MOONSTRUCK.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 

Tickets £5 + £1 Poly Fund


Tuesday 1st December 7:30pm

In Defence of the Rom-Com & Moonstruck

We are delighted to welcome script-writer TESS MORRIS, whose recent film MAN UP will be shown on Monday 30th November.

Tess will give a talk entitled IN DEFENCE OF THE ROM-COM followed by a screening of the classic romantic comedy MOONSTRUCK.

DIR: Norman Jewison – USA – (1987) 100mins (PG)

Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade’s most appealing comedies.

A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 



Tuesday 1st December 7:45pm

Dr. Paul Gainey: The Flora & Fauna of The Lizard Peninsula

Paul Gainey has been to The Poly on numerous occasions, entertaining and informing his audience with he knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Lizard Peninsula.


Wednesday 2nd December 7:30pm

Love at The Poly: Gregory’s Girl

Dir. Bill Forsyth 1980 – GB – 91 minutes  (12A)

This classic comedy remains the ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness and an enduring favourite of Scottish cinema. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is the teenager who’s smitten with the new star player of the school football team, the enigmatic Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). With almost cringe-making authenticity, Forsyth’s film captures the mumbled geekiness of teen love and the fleeting thrills of chip-shop trips and doorstep kisses, years before American indie cinema appropriated the milieu.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 

Cafe Sci

Wednesday 2nd December 7:45pm

This Changes Everything

A film, based on Naomi Klein‘s new book

Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo, has emerged as one of the most powerful new voices confronting the damage we humans, and the economic system we have created, are doing to ourselves and our environment.

This powerful campaigning film is explicitly written and produced to encourage debate within local communities.  This film will also be screened in a number of other venues across Cornwall.

Even if you can’t come to this screening, you can simply buy the book on which the film is based, but don’t just sit at home reading it.  Come along and contribute to the discussion which is what this evening is all about.

You can watch the trailer here (and find details about the book):





Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm

An Evening with Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. He was the original producer for BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ and worked on the programme from 2005 to 2010. Other major works include ‘Big Cat Diary’ and ‘The Nature of Britain’ with Alan Titchmarsh.

All of Bill Oddie’s birdwatching programmes were produced by Stephen and he also made ‘Birds Britannia’ about the relationship between the people of Britain and the birds around them.

He is the author of many top selling natural history books, a broadcaster on Radio 4 and a columnist for ‘The Guardian’.

Stephen’s illustrated talk will be about the ups, the downs and the various crises that filming nature can throw at the crew.

“My passion is to communicate the wonders of the natural world to the widest possible audience”

stephen moss


Saturday 5th December 11:00am


Dir: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda – USA – 91mins  (U)

The Minions’ brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity stretches to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spinoff, with  hilarious results.

Minions is a laugh-out-loud good time. The film’s outrageous humor, that’s suitable for both children and adults alike to understand and enjoy, ultimately drives this animated delighted.


Monday 7th December - Wednesday 9th December

The Lady in the Van

Dir: Nicholas Hytner – UK – 104mins (12A)

The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Starring the amazing Dame Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as the two leads, supported by Frances de la Tour and James Corden, in this fantastic British crowd-pleaser.

It’s Smith’s eccentric oldster who is the film’s driving force, and the 80-year-old actress doesn’t disappoint. Not surprisingly, she fully exploits the humor in her character’s bizarreness.

A guaranteed fun night out!


Monday 7th December 8:00pm

Film Club: The Big Sleep

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm.

Dir: Howard Hawks – 1946 – 109mins (PG)

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler’s cynical private eye Philip Marlowe.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Thursday 10th December 8:00pm

Mark Thomas – Trespass

Trespass carries on from where Mark’s previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off.  It is his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, activism, a dash of journalism, activism and dollop of mayhem.

Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930’s were here now what would they do to open up the cities?

How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?

He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk.

No one knows where this show is going to end up.




Friday 11th December 6:30pm

Squashbox presents: The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!

Squashbox Theatre’s show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the Brussels sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy…

Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

“Craig has a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” The Cornishman

60 min long; suitable for children aged 5+ and their families


Saturday 12th December 11:00am

The Nightmare before Christmas

Dir: Henry Selick & Tim Burton – UK/USA 79mins (PG)

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.

Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.


Saturday 12th December 7:00pm

Dr Zhivago

We are pleased to be screening this beautifully restored masterpiece to mark the film’s 50th anniversary and to raise funds for the Poly.

Dir: David Lean – UK/USA – 200mins (12A)

Doctor Zhivago won 5 Academy Awards and ‘Lara’s Theme’, the musical motif created by composer Maurice Jarre, is one of the most recognised film themes in history.  With breathtaking cinematography by Freddie Young, stunning costumes – which inspired the “Zhivago look” and presented just as it was originally with play-in music and an interval.

In Moscow on the eve of the First World War, medical student Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) meets the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie), setting in motion a fateful romance that turns their lives upside down. Featuring excellent support from a roster of acting greats including Tom Courtenay, Geraldine Chaplin and Alec Guinness, Doctor Zhivago portrays at its heart an intensely human and passionate relationship, challenged by the politics of tradition and war.

This fundraising event has been kindly sponsored by Barclays Bank in Falmouth, who’ll be match funding all ticket sales to be invested in improving the Poly, which is a charitable organisation.

The ticket price includes a Moscow Mule (non-alcoholic version is available) and Smoked Salmon Blinis & Sweet Chilli Jam Blinis.

Tickets cost £9 + £1 Poly Fund

There will be prizes for best costumes .. details to follow.


Monday 14th December - Tuesday 15th December


Dir: Sean Baker – USA – 86mins (15)

Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its film-making techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it’s an old-fashioned comedy at heart — and a pretty wonderful one at that.

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

“Tangerine is a bit of a marvel, a low-budget film reportedly shot entirely on the iPhone 5 but one which combines extraordinary visual inventiveness, humour and pathos.” The Independent



Wednesday 16th December 7:30pm

The Lobster


In case you missed this amazing film, the first time round, when it sold out, we’re screening it again for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos – USA – 118mins (15)

Somewhere in the near future, single people face a choice: Join a programme to find a partner in forty-five days or be transformed into an animal.

Colin Farrell & Rachel Weisz star in this off-beat and unusual love story, together with a fantastic cast including Ben Wishaw and Olivia Colman.

This is Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language feature is a wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society.  Quirky and clever, its black comic tones shouldn’t distract from its core narrative and mission; to engage the parimeters and infatuation of devotion.

This is biting and idiosyncratic combination of romance, comedy, and body horror, The Lobster is one wonderful, oddball chimera of a movie.



Thursday 17th December - Saturday 19th December

Sing-along: Frozen

Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee – 102mins (PG)

A chance to see this fantastic family film on the big screen – and this time it’s SING-ALONG.

“Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature Film.

Now it’s your turn to sing along to the songs of this new Disney classic.

Glorious family entertainment.


Monday 21st December 7:00pm

It’s a Wonderful Life

Dir: Frank Capra – 1946 – 130 mins (U)
Whether or not you believe in angels, this is a wonderful movie and a Poly Christmas tradition.
The stylish direction of Frank Capra and the winning charm of James Stewart lift this film into all-time-classic status.
It’s officially not Christmas until you’ve seen it!


Tuesday 22nd December - Wednesday 23rd December

Near-Ta Theatre presents: Christmas. Time. 2015

Back at The Poly for a 6th Glorious Year!  Christmas in Falmouth just wouldn’t be the same without this hilarious show.  If you haven’t already seen it, it’s a MUST, and if you have, we know you’ll want to come back for some more.

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.

Performed by Daniel Richards and Lewis Howard, written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey, this is musical comedy for all the family – and puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!

What’s On Cornwall award nominated company.


Sunday 27th December - Sunday 3rd January

Canvas Theatre present: The Star Child

Coming to The Poly this Christmas is a brand new show from Canvas Theatre: The Star Child is a festive adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story of the same name. A family friendly, magical show, this is a story set within the Golden Age of Hollywood. Step back in time by arriving at the exciting spectacle of the 1930s “talkies”, and the glamour and excitement surrounding the new ‘stars of Hollywood.’ A truly decadent Christmas treat.

Have you ever met a star that fell to earth?

Meet Estelle, the brightest star in Hollywood. She is the shining light of the silver screen, and her beauty is adored by all.

But, with an empty heart, she is full of vanity, pride and selfishness. As her light begins to fade, this fallen star must learn, with a little help from the mysterious guide, what it is to truly love and be loved.

Starring a stellar cast, created by Rosanna Elliott and Ciaran Clarke, designed by Myriddin Wannell, and supported by Arts Council England, The Star Child is an enchanting tale for all ages from Canvas Theatre.


Adult:  £12 in advance, £14 on the door

Concessions: £10 advance, £12 on the door

Children (under 16): £8 in advance and on the door

Family (2 adults 2 children): £35 in advance, £37 on the door

+ £1 Poly fund per ticket


Saturday 6th February 8:00pm

Rory McGrath: Remembers (. . . Or Is It Forgets?)

The star of BBC’s Three Men In A Boat and They Think It’s All Over looks back on his life and career.  Join Rory as he remembers some bits and makes up the rest. Contains adult themes and traces of peanut oil.


Saturday 27th February 7:30pm

Theatre Alibi presents Falling

by Daniel Jamieson

What happens when terra firma isn’t firm at all…?

It’s five o’clock on a normal weekday evening. Claire and her teenage daughter Alice are making tea. Alice pops out to fetch some apples from the shed. But in the blink of an eye she’s disappeared down a hole that’s suddenly yawned open on the lawn… What happens when life swallows you whole and terror is only a heartbeat away?

Theatre Alibi combine powerful performance, projection, puppetry and a thrilling live soundscape to tell a raw and intimate story.

 “Theatre Alibi have a reputation as terrific storytellers”  the guardian

“One of Britain’s most inventive companies”  the guardian

For adults from 14+

Tickets: £11* Adult / £9* Concessions | Schools offer: £7* per student / Buy 9 tickets get 1 FREE (please email dot@thepoly.org).

*Plus £1 Poly Fund


Saturday 12th March 8:00pm

Colin Leggo: Leggoland… with a side order of stupid!

Back by popular demand, Colin ‘Grand Theft Cornwall’ Leggo is a stand-up comedian, Youtube-botherer and Cornish fool who dabbles in the fine arts of puns, wordplay and having a foot made of plastic.

Nominated- Best Comedian, What’s On Cornwall Awards 2015

This March Colin returns to the Poly with another evening of silliness and storytelling, featuring a starter of fresh work-in-progress tasty bites followed by a main course of his full Edinburgh show ‘Leggoland”.

“Leggo is wonderfully silly, engaging with his audience as if he were chatting with friends, bursting with optimism and character” – British Comedy Guide

★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ The Public Reviews

★★★★ Sick of the Fringe

★★★★ British Comedy Guide

“An uplifting and brilliantly entertaining show that proves you really can make the best from whatever life throws at you.” – Three Weeks Magazine


Friday 8th April 8:00pm

Mitch Benn – Don’t Believe A Word

“I’m a skeptic. But don’t take my word for it. Or indeed anybody’s. For anything….” and this is the basic premise of Mitch’s new critically acclaimed show.  It’s a show that will make you laugh a lot and think a bit as well as Mitch debunks myths, exposes nonsense and grapples with the very nature of knowledge itself extolling the virtues of an evidence-based approach to life …. with amusing consequences and of course a few songs along the way.

The ‘Now Show’ aside, Mitch has recently co-presented with Harry Shearer BBC Radio 2’s ‘Anatomy Of A Guitar’ as well performing ‘Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle’ and presenting ‘Spank The Plank’ both for BBC Radio 4.  An occasional series where Mitch takes his unique and quirky look at a few more rock icons has been commissioned by Radio 4.

‘Britain’s leading musical satirist’ The Times

‘A truly superb, must see show’ Young Perspective ★★★★★

‘Funny and clever’ The Sunday Herald

‘His creative juices have not abated’ One4Review ★★★★



Friday 29th April 8:00pm

Einen Eveningen Mit Das Henning Wehn

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best. Expect some old favourites and plenty of new ideas. Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-under-construction.

“Forget the Euro, Henning Wehn hits the Mark” Nottingham Post

PS: The photo might suggest differently but there will be no magic tricks or attempts at clairvoyance.