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Monday 8th February - Tuesday 9th February


Dir: Paul Weitz – USA – 79mins (15)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle, who has just broken up with her partner, when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin this is the sort of accomplished indie film not seen lately, which tells an important human story without feeling preachy.

Acerbic, unexpected and quietly heart-warming without ever getting too sentimental, this takes a no-nonsense approach to big issues – life, love and ageing – and never feels heavy-handed.

The fabulous Lily Tomlin finally gets the lead role she deserves in this smart, engaging comedy-drama.



Wednesday 10th February 7:30pm

Bolshoi Babylon

Dir: Nick Reed, Mark Franchetti – 86mins (PG)

The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure and one of the most famous institutions in the world. Recently, however, the theatre has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes have created lurid headlines.

Now, for the first time, the theatre directors have allowed the backstage process to documented.

From the two-time Academy Award-winning Producer of MAN ON WIRE and SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, this entralling documentary gives a voice to artists and company members on irreverent and candid terms. With unparalleled behind the scenes access, the film provides a unique and privileged insight into the dancers’ extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world’s most famous ballet company.




Thursday 11th February 7:30pm

Hong Kong Style: Police Story

Hong Kong Style comes to The Poly with a screening of one the genre’s greatest iconic screen legends.

Dir Jackie Chan – HONG KONG (1985)- 99mins (15)

Starring Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin

Following his disappointment with the US produced The Protector (1985), Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan wrote and directed this crime story vehicle to showcase his wide variety of skills in front of and behind the camera. The result is a hugely entertaining and influential blend of action, comedy and crime and remains perhaps one of the greatest films ever made.

Chan directs, sings and performs some jaw-dropping stunts.  The action is spectacular with funny sequences showing off Jackie’s comedic talent . Never a dull moment!

In collaboration with HOME, Manchester with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.



Monday 15th February - Wednesday 17th February


Dir: Lenny Abrahamson – USA – 118mins (15)

This film is an unparalleled celebration of the bond between parent and child. Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for 5 year-old Jack, where they have both lived for Jack’s whole life. But when Ma decides they have to escape, she risks everything to give Jack the chance to make a thrilling discovery.

Based on Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue’s award-winning 2010 novel that was inspired by similar real-life crimes, is not just a simple tale of terror or a suspenseful saga of survival, although it has elements of each scenario.  Instead. “Room” is a soul-searing celebration of the impenetrable bond that endures even under the most unbearable of circumstances between a parent and a child.

Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettable and undeniably rewarding experience.


Monday 15th February 7:45pm

Film Club: Vertigo (PG)

Hitchcock’s supreme and most mysterious piece (as cinema and as an emblem of the art). Paranoia and obsession have never looked better.  Voted the Greatest Film of All Time in a BFI poll.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Thursday 18th February - Saturday 20th February

Wild Film Festival 2016

Wild Film Fest is back for 2016.

Bigger and better, Wild Film Fest 2016 will run from Thursday 18th-Saturday 20th February.

Thursday evening will bring you a line-up of speakers, including ‘NatureWatch’ and ‘exxpedition’ who will be screening video projects produced by their organisations.

On Friday, we will be hosting a Café Scientifique event to bring you findings from recent research- questions and discussions are encouraged!

Saturday is our main showcase event, with displays, exhibits, photography galleries and of course, the screening of our film submissions. Shortlisted entries from four film categories (conservation, research, adventure and cinematography) will be revealed, after which, winners will be presented with awards and prizes.

Please buy a ticket and join us for this fantastic event.

Thursday: Event starts at 6pm – Tickets: £1 + £1 Poly Fund

Friday: Event starts at 7pm – Tickets: FREE + £1 Poly Fund

Saturday: Doors open at 2pm for the gallery/exhibits but actual screenings and event start at 6pm – Tickets: £3 + £1 Poly Fund



Monday 22nd February - Wednesday 24th February

Rams (Hrutar)

Dir: Grímur Hákonarson – ICELAND – 93mins (15) S/T

Two brothers, who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years battle to save their ancestral sheep stock following a disease outbreak in the secluded Icelandic valley where they live.

A marvel of dead  pan comedy. Wonderfully wry, witty and poignant.

Winner of Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes and Iceland’s entry to the Oscars.



Tuesday 23rd February 7:45pm

Terry Chapman: Ben Tillett and HMS Ganges


Radical trade unionist Ben Tillett (1860 – 1943) trained in the teak man-o’-war HMS GANGES while anchored as a boys’ training ship nearby in Carrick Roads.  Invalided out of the RN soon afterwards, he went on to play an important part in Britain’s early labour movement, including leading the seminal 1889 London ‘Dockers’ Tanner Strike’.   Tillett provides a possibly unique first-hand insight into life on board GANGES.  And while doing little to dispel GANGES’ fearsome reputation for harshness, Terry Chapman will also suggest that among other things the diminutive Tillett learned on board, was the need for underdogs to organise themselves in their fight against oppression.

Terry Chapman

After a career as an air engineer in the RN, Terry Chapman studied Contemporary History gaining his PhD in 2006.  With an interest in local history, his contribution to the acclaimed recently published Maritime History of Cornwall reflected his doctoral research into Cornish trading ports.  Now retired and living nearby, he continues to research, write and speak in local historical societies.



Cafe Sci

Wednesday 24th February 7:45pm

Cafe Scientifique: Frank VanLerven (Positive Money)

After the banking crash seemingly wiped out all credit, with ‘austerity’ now ruling all the coffers, yet house prices going fractal, and Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion of  ‘people’s quantitative easing” suggested as a better way to reflate a flagging economy, it’s time to ask, with Frank VanLerven of Positive Money: what is money anyway?   (NB: This talk will take another more experimental format, with the speaker joining us remotely, via a live streaming internet link, for our usual short presentation, followed by extended Q&A.  )


Friday 26th February 8:00pm

People’s String Foundation

They’re back!  The fabulous People’s String Foundation are back for one night only at The Poly, with their dynamic trio, led by virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Musical Director for Rogue Theatre and Trebbigan Productions).  With their eclectic mix of artisan flavours, world grooves and their amazing grass roots philosophy, this promises to be a great evening of great music.

Leader Ben Sutcliffe has played with the likes of Ralph McTell, The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds and Cornwall’s very own The 3 Daft Monkeys.  In 2014 they released an album of their newest musical journey, “The Lost Dreams of Gilgamesh”.

“The Heavy Hitters!” Hew Stephens – BBC Radio 1

“The vocal performances on this record are remarkable and the orchestrations are inventive, exploratory and beautifully performed” Ralph McTell

“Thoughtful and moving melodies . . . a diverse exploration of a fearless modern sound”  Jim Carey, Kneehigh, Miracle Theatre, Bragatanga



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


Monday 29th February - Tuesday 1st March

A War

Dir: Tobias Lindholm – DENMARK – 115mins (15) S/T

Denmark’s entry for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar is a gripping and thought-provoking affair that counterposes battlefronts at home and abroad.

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home.

“Ultimately, this is a film about guilt, grief and accountability, the chaos of war clashing with the sterility of an after-the-fact trial as the boundaries between blame and bravery are blurred beyond resolution.” Mark Kermode


Wednesday 2nd March 7:30pm

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Dir Amy J. Berg – USA – 107mins (TBC)

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.

Joplin’s own words tell much of the film’s story through a series of letters she wrote to her parents over the years, many of them made public here for the first time. Joplin was a powerhouse when she sang, and her recordings have never left the radio or the hearts of rock fans worldwide. A new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.



Friday 4th March

Truro High School for Girls presents: Into The Woods

Anything can happen in the Woods

The giant is dead. Jack and his mother are rich. Little Red Riding Hood has a new wolf-skin coat and the stepsisters have been punished. Rapunzel has escaped from her tower and she and Cinderella have married their princes.

But what happens after ‘Happily Ever after?’

In Grimm’s stories, the witch was never punished, the giant’s family were never mentioned and we were never told if Prince Charming was also sincere…

Against the backdrop of Sondheim’s melodious score, Into the woods brings Grimm’s stories back in all of their visceral glory before asking ‘what happens next?’


Monday 7th March - Wednesday 9th March


Dir: Paolo Sorrentino – ITALY – 124mins (15)

Gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted, this follow-up to the sublime THE GREAT BEAUTY, offers an enticing opportunity to witness an impressive array of seasoned veterans combining their cinematic might.

Fred (Michael Caine) and Mick (Harvey Keitel), two old friends, are on vacation in a luxury lodge in the Swiss Alps as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Jane Fonda).  And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance?

Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, Youth asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life. 

Fasten your seat belts for Jane Fonda, who gives a seismic jolt to Paolo Sorrentino’s exquisite meditation on art and aging. Rolling Stone



Monday 7th March 7:45pm

Film Club: Pulp Fiction (18)

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hit men out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are a couple of young lovers and small-time thieves who decide they need a change of venue.

Quentin Tarantino weaves the lives of these seemingly unrelated people together in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating motion picture adventure that both thrills and amuses.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Thursday 10th March 7:30pm

Dance Show 2016

A student-led dance show by students and dance societies from the universities of Falmouth and Exeter. The show will feature dances from the ballet society, ballroom society and tap society and much more including solo dances and guest dances from JTPA dance studios, Truro. All proceeds made from the dance show will be going to charity.


Friday 11th March 7:30pm

The Jive Aces

The Jive Aces are the UK’s top Jive & Swing band and are probably best known for being the first live group to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent” and for their award-winning viral video “Bring Me Sunshine”, which is so uplifting it’s been prescribed by a doctor!

The new show features the band’s inimitable take on such classics as Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”; swing anthem “In The Mood”; Nat King Cole’s “L.O.V.E.”; and “Spread a Little Happiness” (from their new album of the same name), as well as Jive Aces favourites “Bring Me Sunshine”; I Wanna Be Like You” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. The show is suitable for all ages and as well as amazing music it also has a healthy dose of humour.

As “The Stage” put it:
“Jazz, jive and swing band The Jive Aces have to be one of the most entertaining and multi-talented acts around. Sporting seriously baggy suits in a luminescent yellow that would make even a cat’s eye blink, this was the perfect musical and visual treat too. What you get with this act is brilliant musicianship combined with a madcap sense of fun on stage, and the definite impression that no two performances by The Jive Aces is ever likely to be the same. Simply sensational!”

Or as a grumpy Simon Cowell famously said after being cheered up by the band:
“I thought that was absolutely brilliant. That has really put me in a good mood!”


Saturday 12th March 11:00am

Princess Mononoko

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Hayao Miyazaki – JAPAN – 134mins (PG) (1997)

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £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


Monday 14th March - Wednesday 16th March


Dir: Thomas McCarthy – USA -129 mins (15)

This film tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

This tense investigative dramatic-thriller traces the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

With a stellar cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, this film is BAFTA nominated for Best film and will surely be in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars.



Thursday 17th March 7:30pm

Kith, Kin and Creativity

Home is where we start from: Kith, Kin and Creativity

An illustrated talk by author Michael Bird

We often hear about artists having ‘artistic forebears’. Is it different when these forebears are your actual parents? Michael Bird looks at artistic families in history, from the Holbeins to the Calders, through to an introduction to the artists featured in Kith and Kin at Falmouth Art Gallery.

Tickets £6.50 (+ £1 Poly Fund)

Some subsidised tickets are available for students, please call Falmouth Art Gallery on 01326 313863 to enquire



Saturday 19th March 7:30pm

Pipeline Theatre present: Transports

In the late seventies a volatile fifteen year old finds herself shunted into her final foster home. Her widowed foster mother has a hint of a foreign accent, verbal diarrhoea and a trunk full of secrets. As youth plays cat and mouse with age, two parallel sets of revelations collide with devastating consequences.

Weaving film and powerful underscore, jumping in time between the 1970s and WWII, ‘Transports’, by turns funny and moving, is a journey not quickly forgotten. It was inspired by the experiences of designer Alan Munden’s mother, a Kindertransport refugee.

“Transports is effortless. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and thought-provoking …. I have genuinely never seen something so beautifully performed on stage. ” A Younger Theatre

“There are few companies who have such compelling stories to tell or do so in such a beautifully nuanced and unique way.” Theatre Bath

Pipeline Theatre has a reputation for addressing serious, potentially difficult  yet universally relevant subjects in a moving, humorous and totally engrossing way.


Tickets: £12* Adult / £10* Concessions | Schools offer: £7* per student / Buy 9 tickets get 1 FREE (please email dot@thepoly.org).

*Plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket


Monday 21st March - Tuesday 22nd March


Dir: Jay Roach – USA – 124mins (15)

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

“Breaking Bad”‘s Bryan Cranston is a tour-de-force in the title role, supported by Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper.  Trumbo is a film with something to say and the passion and wit to say it well.



Monday 21st March 7:45pm

Film Club: The French Connection (18)

When New York detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) launched a deadly pursuit to bust up a narcotics smuggling ring, they discovered a link to France. Based on a true story, this action-packed thriller, with its iconic chase scene, earned Oscars® in 1971 for Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Actor for Hackman, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.  Celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year and still packs a punch!

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Tuesday 22nd March

Michael Carver: Faith, Hope and a Lot of Hard Work!

3.00 p.m. & 7.45 p.m. 


How did the Poly save hundreds of lives?

When did we buy the building?

What happened to the Museum?

How did a collection of letters save the Poly?

Where is the Beehive Room?

When did the Poly become a Bingo hall?

Who thought strolling players the greatest curse that could befall the town?


Michael Carver tells the story of the Poly, from 1832 onwards.




Wednesday 23rd March 7:30pm

Cscape Dance Company present: Taste

Tea; how do you take yours?

Milk no sugar? Milk in first? No milk at all?
Builders, Earl Grey… Herbal?
What’s behind or choices?  What defines our identity? Do we really fall into social tribes and if so how far up the social ladder is our tribe?  Can we climb higher?

A delicious romp of a show inspired by the tapestries of Grayson Perry, and relishing in our national obsessions with social class and the cultural extremities of food, fashion and style.

Blending theatre, dance, writing and music and brought to you by choreographers Sally Knight (Cscape) and Neil Paris (Smith Dance/Fabulous Beast) with writing by Murray Lachlan Young (BBC Radio), TASTE explores what defines our identity and ponders the intricacies behind our choices.  A dance show with a difference that’s as refreshing as a nice cup of tea!

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



Thursday 24th March 7:30pm

Listen to Me Marlon

Dir: Stevan Riley – 102mins (15)

This BAFTA nominated documentary is an absorbing portrait of a complex man and an intelligent dissection of the art of acting.

With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary.

Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film explores the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon’s perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.


Saturday 26th March 7:30pm

Justin Leigh: The Impact of Social Media on Traditional Media

BBC One – Spotlight – Justin Leigh

Justin has been broadcasting in the South West for more than twenty years.  His career started with Truro Hospital Radio, followed by 10 years with BBC Radio Cornwall, before he joined Spotlight as a reporter and presenter in 1997.  Justin has covered some of the regions biggest news events including flooding at Boscastle, the 1999 solar eclipse, the foot and mouth outbreak and the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

In this lecture, Justin will be exploring how the explosion in social media is changing the way traditional forms of media report the news. Facebook, Twitter and the other social media platforms are becoming the first port of call for news for younger people and broadcasters and newspapers are having to adapt to this digital world, and how this new world makes it possible for audiences to engage with the media.

This talk is the 2016 Annual Paul Smales Lecture.  The first Paul Smale’s lecture was given in 1994 in memory of a man who made a great contribution to many Cornish institutions and was a friend of The Poly.

A reception will be held at 7.30 p.m., to be followed by the lecture at 8.00 p.m.



Monday 28th March - Wednesday 30th March

A Bigger Splash

Dir: Luca Guadagnino – 124mins (15)

Rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthais Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no escape.

A film that is both deeply strange and undeniably funny, with a dazzling bravura performance from Ralph Fiennes.

Luca Guadagnino’s sly, funny follow-up to I Am Love suddenly feels like the greatest party you have ever been invited to.” The Times


Thursday 31st March 7:30pm

The Dressmaker

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme.

Dir: Jocelyn Moorhouse – Australia  – 118mins (12A)

Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, this bittersweet, comedy-drama is set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.



Saturday 2nd April 7:30pm

Miracle Theatre presents: ZONK FM







Is anybody there?

Written by Angus Brown | Directed by Tom Adams

Debbie is 33, lives at home with her mum and broadcasts Zonk FM from her bedroom. On the surface it sounds like any other radio station. But Debbie is making contact with others like her.

Zonk FM is a poignant new comedy featuring well-known Miracle performers Sally Crooks, Keri Jessiman, Steve Jacobs and making his Miracle debut, Jake Tindle

This roller coaster of a show explores other people’s reality with fast paced physical humour, tenderness and disco lights!

Recommend for 12 years +

ABOUT THE WRITER, ANGUS BROWN: Angus has performed in several Miracle productions including the title roles Hamlet & Quasimodo and most recently Vladimir in Waiting for Godot.  ZONK FM is his first play.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR, TOM ADAMS: Tom first worked with Miracle in 2002 as a dresser on Twelfth Night. He then went on to perform in five productions including The Case of The Frightened Lady and he was the musical director and composer for both Frankenstein! and The Magnificent Three. ZONK FM is his directing debut.


miracle-grow-logo-poly-falmouthCreating opportunities for new writers and directors.






Monday 4th April 7:45pm

Film Club: Badlands (15)

Writer/director Terrence Malick’s film was inspired by a real-life 1958 Midwestern killing spree. Malick imaginatively transforms their story into a provocative study of people alienated from everyday life – but fascinating to us. Beautifully shot and memorably acted, Badlands is a spellbinding journey.

In 1959, Kit (Martin Sheen), who has killed several people, and his new girlfriend Holly (Sissy Spacek), who watched him do it, are adrift in a double fantasy of crime and punishment across South Dakota and Montana. They’re playing make-believe but the bullets and bloodshed are very real.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Wednesday 6th April 7:30pm

Innocence of Memories

Dir: Grant Gee – UK – 98mins (12A)

Writing, memory and architecture flow together in this sensual nocturnal wandering through the streets of Istanbul.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Grant Gee takes his cue from Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk’s 2008 novel “The Museum of Innocence”.  In Pamuk’s novel a fictional museum is opened in Istanbul with its objects tracing a tale of  love in the 1970s city between two star-crossed lovers, Kemal and Fusun.  When Fusan leaves him, Kemal is unable to forget her and puts on display in the museum everything she touched whilst they were together, everything from toothbrushes to cologne to cigarette butts.

The Museum is the starting point for a fascinating trip through love stories, landscapes and the unique soul of Istanbul in this coolly intelligent and noirishly compelling film.

“Part travelogue, part dream poem, part documentary, Innocence of Memories is certainly one of the most original movies you’ll see this year.” The Times


Wednesday 6th April 7:45pm

Falmouth History Archive, in partnership with Cafe Sci: Arms and The Fal

Charles Johns, of Cornwall Archaeological Unit will be giving an insight into the historic defences of Pendennis Headland and the wider Carrick Roads, and the Tudor weapons technology developments that suddenly turned the Fal from one of the unsafest places in the country, to one of the safest harbours for a fleet.


Friday 8th April 11:00am

The Wind Rises

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Hayao Miyazaki – JAPAN – 126mins (PG) (2013)

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)


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 ★★★★



Saturday 9th April 7:30pm

Until You Hear That Bell

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about amateur boxing and family. It’s about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it.

Three minutes boxing. One minute break.
Three minutes boxing. Try to impress dad.
Three minutes boxing. Play Sega Dreamcast.
Three minutes boxing. Parents break up.
Three minutes boxing. Fail your GCSEs.
Three minutes boxing. Sing in a car.
Three minutes boxing. Break.

Written and performed by Sean Mahoney, and developed at Battersea Arts Centre

“not just a show for boxing fans, although it may create a few” London Theatre

“A winning performance from a skilled storyteller” The Stage

“an extraordinary piece of work; funny, tragic and poignant, it turns an hour of monologue into an evening of poetic revelation.” Everything Theatre


Monday 18th April 7:45pm

Film Club: The Searchers (U)

Celebrating this iconic film’s 60th anniversary.

John Wayne stars with his son Patrick Wayne, Ward Bond and Natalie Wood in this classic Western directed by John Ford about a Civil War veteran from Texas who will stop at nothing to find the men who murdered his family.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Tuesday 19th April 7:45pm

Eric Rabjohns: A Day In The Life Of The Redruth /Chasewater Railway

As a child growing up in Lanner, Eric Rabjohns used to play near the Lanner Hill section of the Redruth and Chasewater Railway.  Years later, he married and moved to Carharrack and coincidentally found himself living beside the old line, so it is no surprise that the retired school teacher has a passion for the railway which operated from 1826 to 1915.

The line, which ran from Pednandrea through Lanner, Carharrack, Twelveheads and Bissoe to the port at Devoran, carried goods from copper ore and coal to wood. In this fascinating talk, Eric will share some of the knowledge he has gained from his extensive research into this remnant of Cornwall’s industrial heritage



Thursday 21st April 7:30pm

Tangram Theatre Co. presents: Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking

Tangram’s celebration of the life and ideas of the twentieth century’s most brilliant thinker has wowed audiences and critics across the UK and around the world, winning an Off West End Award and a Three Weeks Editors Award.

Ever looked at E=mc2 and thought…um…what?! Then come and join Albert, the genius behind the uber-coolest moustache in science, for a musical comedy lecture like no other, featuring his two wives and mum on the piano, guest star rapper MC Squared, peer-reviewed explanations of his landmark scientific theories and the wurst sausage joke ever!

“Here’s a treasure… handled with something close to brilliance… for respect, theatricality, wit and decency, this one’s a winner.” ★★★★★ Libby Purves, The Times

 “A masterclass. Genius, Mr Hinton, Einstein would be proud.”  The Sunday Times

 “It’s Atomic! Tickets may go at the speed of light.”  ★★★★ Broadway Baby

 “The clearest – and certainly the funniest – explanation of the Theory of Relativity I know.”  John Lloyd (creator of QI)


Friday 22nd April 7:30pm

Hitchcock’s Blackmail with Seamas Carey

Hitchcock, one of the most famous directors of the 20th century, ‘The master of suspense’. But did you know he started by making silent films?  Ten in fact.  The last one being Blackmail, which straddled the silent/talkie crossover.

Blackmail is a landmark in British cinema which was released in June 1929 and hailed as ‘the first British all-talkie film’.  Hitchcock made full advantage of the new technical opportunities which sound offered. But the film was also released in a silent version, and to this day some critics consider this version a superior work.

Presented in its original silent form with live piano accompaniment, Blackmail is a wonderful study of all things Hitchcockian: a blonde heroine in jeopardy, a surprise killing, some brilliantly manipulated suspense, and a last-reel chase around a familiar public landmark (in this case, the British Museum).

A live score will be provided by Falmouth’s own SEAMAS CAREY, who returns to The Poly after numerous sell out performances of silent films (including Steamboat Bill Jr. and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The score will be semi improvised whilst also referencing the infamous Bernard Herrmann music that sculpted Hitchcock’s iconic soundtracks later in his career.

Tickets: £10/£8 (+ £1 Poly Fund)


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.


Monday 2nd May 7:45pm

Film Club: Thelma & Louise (15)

Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Wednesday 4th May 7:45pm

Falmouth History Archive, in partnership with Cafe Sci: The Work of Robert Hunt, Photography Pioneer

Dr. James Ryan, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography at Exeter University will examine the life and wide-ranging thinking of the polymath Robert Hunt, first full-time secretary at The Poly, and his early experiments with what later became photography.


Thursday 5th May 7:30pm

Bookends present: Simon and Garfunkel – Through The Years

‘Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years’ is the world’s most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, the show takes a chronological journey through the friendship and behind the scenes of the greatest ever folk-rock duo.

Featuring interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, original movie footage and mind blowing live performances, the show features hits like Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and the incredible Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Come along and relive the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel in what the BBC described as ‘a must see’ show.

“Not just your average tribute” – BBC Radio WM

“That could really be Simon & Garfunkel” – BBC Radio Nottingham



Saturday 7th May 11:00am


The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi – JAPAN – 94mins (U) (2010)

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)


Saturday 7th May 7:00pm

Joe Lycett: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

The self-proclaimed ‘absolute lad’ is back with an all new stand-up show, following appearances on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and a wine tour of the French Riviera. There’s a good chance you’ll Lycett.

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

‘Cheeky, warm and super-funny’ (Time Out).

‘A growing force on the UK stand-up circuit…left the audience wanting more’ (Telegraph).

‘Entertainingly mischievous’ (Guardian).

‘Finds brilliance in what could be merely workaday’ (Chortle).



Tickets: £15 full price / £13 concession


Friday 13th May 7:30pm

Nova presents: Invisible City

Cornish Director/Choreographer Jennifer Fletcher brings her work back home to Cornwall for the first time with Invisible City. One half of new-writing/physical theatre company NOVA, Jennifer directs Invisible City written and performed by Lowri Jenkins with music composed by Mat Martin.

INVISIBLE CITY is a physical, funny tale of loneliness and surreal encounters. As a newcomer to the big city Marie tries to make a connection with someone, anyone, in this unknown, intimating environment. When a voice speaks to her from a lemon in the fruit aisle of a sprawling supermarket, she begins what becomes a frantic search for this mysterious, friendly presence.

” A modern, twisted, coming of age piece that everyone should see”
– Buzz magazine

“Quirky, accomplished, moving and human”
– Edinburghfestival.org

“Accomplished and completely engaging”
– Total Theatre

Invisible City has charmed audiences in Edinburgh, Barcelona, Venice, Bilbao, Santander, Cardiff, London and was supported in it’s development by Arts Council Wales and Chapter Arts Centre.

This event will also feature a screening of a new dance film by The Mostly Everything People and a guest performance from a local artist.
twitter: @_Invisiblecity


Saturday 14th May 7:30pm

Blabbermouth Theatre present: Daisy and Johnny

‘Daisy and Johnny’ deals with theme of falling in love. It looks at the myths and realities sometimes in a light-hearted manner, and at other times in a brutally realistic way. It examines the often widely held beliefs, knowledge and experiences of what it is to ‘fall in love’, to ‘be in love’, and the reasons why it seems, on the whole, not to last.

The show revolves around a dancer and her partner, a would-be writer. He wants to write a play about love, for them to perform. Is he genuine, or playing for time? Perhaps he’s making it up on the spur of the moment, to evade the fact that he can’t write. They both have different ideas of what the play should be about. He seems interested in analysing love itself; does it exist, how does one recognise it, does it last? She wants romance, singing and dancing; a fairy tale with a happy ending. Is true love the place for compromise?

Blabbermouth Theatre are a new company based in Penzance. With ‘Daisy and Johnny’ they aim to appeal to anyone interested in love and romance.



Monday 16th May 7:40pm

Film Club: Dog Day Afternoon (15)

On a hot Brooklyn afternoon, two optimistic nobodies set out to rob a bank. Sonny (Al Pacino) is the mastermind, Sal (John Cazale) is the follower and disaster is the result. Because the cops, crowds, TV cameras and even the pizza man have arrived. Pacino and director Sidney Lumet (collaborators on Serpico) reteam for this boisterous comedy thriller that earned six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won an Oscar for Frank Pierson’s streetwise screenplay..

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Thursday 26th May 8:00pm

Jonny & The Baptists: The End Is Nigh


A musical comedy about family, friendship and environmental disaster.

Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it. They really tried very hard…

The new show from the UK’s hottest musical comedians, THE END IS NIGH offers their most personal – and apocalyptic – venture to date. Featuring all the hallmarks of their success from barnstorming satirical rock to flights of brilliant silliness, the show blends comedy, theatre and rock gig in a captivating story of family, friendship and environmental disaster.

With ever-increasing live audiences from several hit tours and festivals, Jonny & the Baptists have been regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’, supported Mark Thomas on tour and recently appeared on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre.

 ‘Superbly crafted… as witty as they are clever’ Metro

 ‘Beautifully written & expertly crafted’ ThreeWeeks

‘The political edge of 80s alternative comedy… a pop-soul voice to win X-Factor’ Stewart Lee, Observer


Friday 3rd June 8:00pm

George Egg – Anarchist Cook

one man….one show…three courses

If you like food and cooking then you’ll like this. A cocktail of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multi-tasking.

George Egg spends a lot of time staying in hotels and some years ago, unimpressed with room service, he took matters into his own hands. Whilst performing a mind-bendingly original show of comedy-cum-illustrated-lecture George prepares a three-course meal on the equipment hotels unwittingly provide (iron, kettle, trouser press…), and if you want to, you can taste it at the end.

TOTAL SELL OUT  – Edinburgh Fringe 2015

TOTAL SELL OUT – Brighton Fringe 2014 & 2015

“a genius… he is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy” SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

“It’s an hilarious show, with surprisingly good food.

“It is refreshing to encounter a performer who really is unique.

My find of the Fringe. THE INDEPENDENT 

“George’s show Anarchist Cook is absolutely glorious

Website: www.anarchistcook.info

Tickets: £12.00 + £1 Poly Fund


Saturday 4th June 11:00am

Grave of the Fireflies

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Isao Takhata – JAPAN – 89mins (12A) (1988)

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)


Monday 6th June 7:45pm

Film Club: The Misfits (PG)

The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.


Thursday 9th June 7:30pm

Dr. Innes McCartney: Jutland 1916 – The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the First World War. For years the myriad factors contributing to the loss of many of the ships remained a mystery, subject only to speculation and theory. Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that vanished on the night of 31st May 1916, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known in 1916 to what the archaeology is revealing today. (more…)


Monday 20th June 7:45pm

Film Club: Taxi Driver (18)

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.  An alienated, battle-scarred loner embarks on a mission of misguided revenge in the seedy underbelly of nighttime Manhattan.  Unbelievably this film is 40 years old this year but is still as relevant today.

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.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.