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Monday 31st August - Saturday 5th September

Mr. Holmes

Dir: Bill Condon – UK – 103mins (PG)

in 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes played by Ian McKellen, lives out his days on the southcoast of England, tending to his beloved beehives and living down the legend created by his now-estranged friend, Dr. Watson.  As his once-feted memory fades away, he attempts to piece together a part of his own past – the reason why he abandoned London and his career almost three decades before.

A very human story of a 93 year old detective desperately trying to reconnect with list recollections and at last facing the mistakes made over a long career.

Ian McKellen is brilliant as Mr. Holmes, a more cerebral gaze into the mind of fiction’s finest detective.


Wednesday 2nd September 11:00am


Our SUMMER FUN FILM SEASON closes with a big hit from earlier this year …

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved booked, PADDINGTON is the magical adventure of a polite young Peruvian bear, who travels to London in search of a home.  Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, it seems that city life is not all he imagined – until he meets the Brown family, who kindly offer him a place to stay.  But little do the Browns realise just how much chaos one small bear can cause – and they soon discover that their lives will never be the same again.

Duration: 91mins (PG)

Ticket Price £3 plus £1 Poly Fund

Bring your bears along.


Wednesday 2nd September 7:30pm

The Falling

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Carol Morley – UK – 102mins (15)

A mesmerising psychological drama, this film explores a mysterious fainting outbreak in 1969 at an all-girls school.

Well-acted and overall unsettling, The Falling delivers thought-provoking thrills.  Director Carol Morley returns to some of the bigger themes of her acclaimed Dreams of a Life and employs a refreshingly unique, stylised narrative approach, delivering a beguiling distinctive film about the peculiar, feverish realm of teenage girls.

“Atmospheric, insightful and darkly funny.” The Times



Friday 4th September 8:00pm

Remi Harris

Remi Harris is regarded by many as one of the UK’s Top Up and Coming Young Jazz Guitarists and has toured the UK, Australia, France, Norway and Italy as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. His unique style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop and World Music.

In 2014 Remi was awarded runner up in the British Jazz Awards in both the Rising Star and Guitar Category.

Following Remi’s May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show live from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival his album ”Ninick” went to number #7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart, it peaked at number #6 in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Jazz and he went to #28 in that week’s “Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart”.

Remi’s band The Remi Harris Project take Traditional Gypsy Jazz and Swing Characteristics and infuses them with influences from Bebop, Blues, Rock, World Music, Hip Hop, Funk and Pop. They offer a 2-hour show including solo, duet and trio playing, interspersed with Remi’s commentary and demonstrations of various guitar styles from across the years from Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery to Peter Green.

“incredible guitarist… I’m absolutely blown away by his talent…amazing” Jamie Cullum

“The standard of playing is stunning…5*****” Guitar Techniques Magazine

“This young guy is seriously good…4****” www.thejazzmann.co.uk

“he is a tremendously gifted young player” John Etheridge

“astonishing” Digby Fairweather

“sensational guitarist” Jazz Rag Magazine


Tickets:     In Advance:  £10 (adults), £8 (concessions and Poly Members)  On The Door: £12


Saturday 5th September 11:30am

Spirited Away

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Hayao Miyazaki – JAPAN – 125 mins(PG)

A dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale from Studio Ghibli that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.

All Tickets £3


Monday 7th September - Tuesday 8th September


Dir: Naji Abu Mowar – UEA/QATAR/JORDAN – 100mins (15)  In Arabic with English subtitles.

1916.  In the farthest reaches of the Ottoman Empire, a young Bedouin boy, Theeb (meaning Wolf), and his brother Hussain act as guides to a British officer and his companion.

When, suddenly and abruptly, their plans go awry, the brothers must adapt and survive in the desolate yet beautiful landscape of the Hijaz region.

With tense sequences and knowing nods to classic Westerns, this coming-of-age adventure is an impressive directorial debut.

Theeb is a jewel of a film – don’t miss it!





Wednesday 9th September 7:30pm

That Sugar Film

Dir: Damon Gameau – AUSTRALIA – 94mins (12A)

This documentary is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Australian actor, Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’.

Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.  The science is presented in fun ways – plus he has cameos from Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry to help things along – but at heart this is a serious film with a tough message.  And not one to sugar-coat.


Saturday 12th September 11:30am

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir:  Dean DuBlois – USA – 105 mins(PG)

It’s a rare sequel, animated or otherwise, that expands the story of its predecessor without rehashing it, and an even rarer family-oriented film that manages to be fun and mature without being condescending to its audience. This film does both.

All Tickets £3


Monday 14th September - Tuesday 15th September

Marshland (La isla mínima)

Dir: Alberto Rodíguez – SPAIN – 104mins (15) Subtitled

At the beginning of the 1980s, Spain is still undergoing its transition to democracy after decades of Fascist rule under France.  In Villafrance del Guadalquiver, a forgotten town in the wetlands of Andalusia, two teenage girls go missing, bringing two homicide detectives from Madrid to try and track them down.

With troubled pasts and decidedly contrasting approaches the two detectives must put aside their differences to hunt a predator who has spent years terrorising a community rooted in misogyny and machismo.

Drawing equally on classic noir and modern detective drama, the director has crafted a tense and richly textured period thriller.

Grippingly tense – one of the year’s best!


Tuesday 15th September 7:45pm

The Dissenters Burying Ground, Ponsharden

Restoration Progress and New Discoveries

Following their sell out talk and the launch of their book in 2013, volunteers Robert Nunn and Tom Weller will discuss the ongoing work and recent discoveries at the final resting place of many important local people.

A Local History talk, brought to you by Falmouth Local History and Research Group.

Please Note:  Start time of talk is 8.00 p.m.  Book early – limited to 40 seats.


Wednesday 16th September 7:30pm

The Salt of the Earth

Dir: Wim Wenders, Juliana Riberio Salgada – 110mins (12A)

This ravishing film is Wim Wender’s documentary portrait of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Selgado, perhaps most famous for his mid-1980s shots of Brazil’s biblically vast gold mines and their workers.

The film tells Salgado’s life story from his early years on a Brazilian farm to the start of his career, his numerous travels and his increasingly ambitious projects, across many of the world’s most hostile zones. Notably Salgado photographed the terrible Rwandan genocide of the ’90s- after which horror he necessarily switched focus from military subjects to environmental activism instead.

Wenders’ masterful Oscar nominated film fully exploits the supreme power of Salgado’s stunning, almost sculptural black-and-white images, which have a profound impact when viewed on the big screen.

This is a moving and life-affirming tribute to a singular creative talent.

Hauntingly beautiful images, an utterly absorbing portrait.




Saturday 19th September 11:30am


Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Andrew Davies – USA – 120 mins (PG)

The award-winning bestseller comes to life in this phenomenally fun, adventure-filled movie starring Shia LaBeouf. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake, a very weird place that’s not green and doesn’t have a lake. Once there, he’s thrown headlong into the adventure of his life when he and his colorful campmates — Squid, Armpit, Zigzag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero — must dig a hole a day to keep the warden at bay. But why?

Filled with humor and heartwarming messages of friendship and teamwork, HOLES is a treasure everyone will dig.

All Tickets £3


Saturday 19th September 2:00pm

The Making of Poldark

Winston Graham’s bestselling series of historical novels ‘Poldark’ have recently been adapted again for television. The BBC One drama series was received with great acclaim earlier this year and catapulted the hero Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) to stardom.

Debbie Horsfield, screenwriter for this fabulous new series and Andrew Graham, Winston Graham’s son, and consultant on the BBC series will discuss the challenge of bringing Poldark to life for the small screen in 2015.

There will be a panel discussion and book signing to follow.

We hope that members of the cast/crew may attend. (TBC)

Hosted by Falmouth Bookseller with Pan Macmillan and Mammoth Screen Productions.

Tickets £3




Saturday 19th September 7:30pm

Minima – Phantom of the Opera (1925) with live soundtrack

Join us for a very special night when MINIMA play live to the silent classic film …

The Phantom of the Opera – Dir: Rupert Julian – USA 1925

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Minima’s music is an audacious 21st-Century interpretation of silent and avant-garde film. The ensemble of drums, bass, guitar and cello combine hypnotic post-rock beats with quasi-classical arrangements, striking up a thrilling relationship with the film.

“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe” – Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, Barbican Centre, London.

“The atmosphere was absolutely magical … people were utterly spellbound” – East End Film Festival

Tickets: £12 & £10 + £1 Poly Fund


Monday 21st September - Tuesday 22nd September


Dir: David Gordon Green – USA – 97mins (12A)

Al Pacino plays Manglehorn, an ageing ex-con locksmith who has loved, lost and now locked up his life for good. Bitter, angry and alone he spends his days working hard and his nights drinking harder, in a vain attempt to keep the past at bay.  But as ever, life finds a way and he soon discovers that it hasn’t finished with him yet…

Instilled with director David Gordon Green’s unique visual style and supported by Academy Award winner Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina, Manglehorn is a movingly humanistic portrait of a man rendered with honesty, subtlety and humour. However, it is Pacino’s remarkably rich, understated performance that anchors the film, signalling it as a future American Indie classic.

‘The finest performance Pacino has delivered in years’ – Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN


Monday 21st September 8:00pm

Film Club: The Big Lebowski

The first in the Poly Film Club screenings in the Bar at 8pm.

Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen – 1998 – 118 mins (18)

Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Thursday 24th September - Thursday 19th November

Art History & Appreciation Course: The Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke

Study the Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke (1858 – 1929) Falmouth’s Most Famous Painter with art historian and curator Catherine Wallace.

In this 8 week course we look at the life and work of Falmouth’s most famous painters Henry Scott Tuke. From his formative years in Falmouth- his training and early travels; through to his fame he achieved as a member of the Newlyn School; the inspiration of Cornwall and its people, his approach to portraiture whether it was locals or lords and ladies; his maritime art; his approach to painting the nude outdoors and comparing it with his contemporaries; his travels abroad and at home. Week 8 will be held at Falmouth Art gallery looking at the Poly’s unique collection of his work.

To book a place please contact Catherine Wallace on talks@cathwallace.co.uk or 01326 618914 or 07974995085
Payments by cheque, BACS or cash only – 8 weeks £120
24 September – 19 November 2015 (No Class 8 October) Thursdays, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 24th September 7:30pm

Charles Fox and Cornish Gardens

The National Trust garden of Glendurgan is one of the great Cornish gardens. Drawing on a wide selection of photographys, Charles Fox will tell the story of five generations of his family who developed the garden, and will refer to the other gardens – Trebah, Penjerrick, Fox Rosehill – which were also created by this exceptional family.

Charles Fox is an artist and garden designer, and also a descendant of  Alfred Fox, who started the garden at Glendurgan. Charles has written “Glendurgan: A Personal Memoir of a Garden in Cornwall” (2004) and has lectured extensively about the wider Cornish garden scene.



Friday 25th September - Saturday 26th September

Simply Soweto Encha



Simply Soweto Encha are a five-piece a cappella group that sing gospel, soul, jazz, doo-wop, and R’n’B both in African and popular styles. In their shows, Simply Soweto Encha celebrate South African oral and dance traditions by performing Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Swahili songs, full of rhythm and harmonies. Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sbu all come from the South African township of Soweto where they have developed their talents being inspired by rich local culture. Discovered in Johannesburg, the group have toured across Europe to share their unique music style since 2008. Their shows have generated great reviews and standing ovations.

Described as ‘very creative in combining the physical with the music,’ ‘non-stop joyous irrepressible harmonies and rhythms,’ their performances have been awarded with numerous titles, incl. Spirit of Edinburgh & Buxton Fringe, Brighton Fringe Best Performance, Trigon Jazz Festival Best Vocal Group and Ethno Jazz Festival Best Performers.

In June 2014, Simply Soweto Encha released their independent album entitled ‘The Journey’ which showcases the group’s creativity in composing music that blends genres, cultures and languages.

The group are unstoppable!




Saturday 26th September 11:30am

Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Hayao Miyazaki – JAPAN – 119 mins(PG)

Exquisitely illustrated by master animator Miyazaki, Howl’s Moving Castle will delight children with its fantastical story and touch the hearts and minds of older viewers as well.

All Tickets £3


Monday 28th September - Tuesday 29th September

45 Years

Dir: Andrew Haigh – UK – 95mins (15)

There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s forty-fifth wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

One of the best British films of the year, a subtly devastating film which is about the fractured relationship between a couple – delightfully played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay – as they head towards their 45th wedding anniversary party.

It’s a film of small moments and tiny gestures that leaves a very, very big impression.



Friday 2nd October 7:30pm

Living Spit present: Adolf & Hitler


Two Actors. Two World Leaders. One Black Dog.

London, 1939. Winston Churchill looks in the mirror, realises that only he can steer our great nation through it’s darkest hour and steels himself for the hard road ahead.

Bristol, 2012. Howard Coggins looks in the mirror, shaves, realises he looks a bit like Winston Churchill and steels himself to break some bad news to his good friend, Stu.

Bristol, 2013. Stu Mcloughlin looks in the mirror and realises that he’ll have to grow a little moustache.

Buoyed by the success of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, and unafraid to tackle the big subjects in an essentially inconsequential way, Howard & Stu are back walking the tightrope of taste and decency with another slice of poorly-researched history. But will either of them escape from this war alive?…

This is Living Spit’s first visit to The Poly, but Kneehigh regulars will recognise Stu McLoughlin from their productions A Matter of Life and Death, Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride.  

Suitable for ages 14+
Contains very strong language




Celebrating Vintage

Saturday 3rd October 11:00am

Celebrating Vintage at The Poly

Come and spend the day at The Poly, when we celebrate VINTAGE.

For the entrance fee of £3, you will be able to wander around all the stalls in our Main Gallery, which has been organised by MISS IVY EVENTS.

Included in the price will be entrance to a programme of entertainment in the main theatre throughout the day, including music from fantastic swing quartet SWINGOLOGY, a talk from Nicola Butland, who specialises in historial garments, and also talks by Lecturers from the Fashion and Textile Institute of Falmouth University.

We are also planning workshops in our Bar, which have a small additional charge.  We will be running a lovely cafe with a fabulous selection of cakes – so come and treat yourself!

In the evening we will be screening the gorgeous 1944 film COVER GIRL starring Rita Hayworth.  If you buy a ticket to the Fair, you will get a discount on the film price.

Watch this space as more details will be coming soon.

Part of our Film & Fashion Festival

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Celebrating Vintage

Saturday 3rd October 7:30pm

Cover Girl

As part of our Celebrating Vintage Day we are delighted to be screening this wonderfully glamourous film.

Dir: Charles (King) Vidor – USA – 103mins (U) 1944

Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers & Eve Arden star in this lavishly produced musical about a nightclub dancer from Brooklyn who leaves her sweetheart after winning a Cover Girl contest – only to find that fame and fortune are no substitute for true love.

Boasting a sparkling score by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin including the Oscar winning song “Long Ago and Far Away”, which remains one of the most beautiful songs ever written for a film.

A real treat for lovers of vintage, fashion and film.

Ticket price: £6* but if you buy a ticket for the Vintage Fair then you will get a discount on the film price.

*plus £1 Poly Fund.

Part of our Film & Fashion Festival



Monday 5th October - Tuesday 6th October

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Dir: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – USA – 105mins (12A)

Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, this is a coming-of-age drama which is both uniquely funny and equally moving.

Greg is a 17 year old loner, who comes from a family of bohemians whose DVD collection provides hours of entertainment for him and his friend Earl.  Spending their youth bonding over their inexplicable affinity with world cinema, they remake the classics (from A Sockwork Orange to Pooping Tom) and have a particular love of the films of Werner Herzog.

But then Greg’s mother asks him to visit a childhood friend, Rachel, recently diagnosed with leukaemia, which proves to be a very challenging but life-changing experience for the awkward teen.

Unique in its sincere depiction of the deep bonds of platonic friendship between teens, across gender, class and race, this is a film that is surely set to be a benchmark for a generation.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Monday 5th October 8:00pm

Film Club: Dr. Strangelove

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Stanley Kubrick – 1964 – 90mins (PG)

Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Wednesday 7th October 7:30pm


Part of our Film & Fashion Festival

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”


Saturday 10th October 7:00pm

THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential directors of all time, we are screening a fantastic double bill.   Firstly a new documentary about the great man’s life THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles at 7pm and at 9pm one of his cinematic masterpieces, A TOUCH OF EVIL.

The screenings will be presented by Dr. NEIL FOX, Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and also a massive Welles film.

Ticket Prices: £6 per film but if you buy tickets for both films you pay £10 for both plus £1 Poly fund per ticket

Sherry will be available.

THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

Dir. Chuck Workman – USA – 91mins (12A)

Wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and very touching portrait of Orson Welles.

“A polished biography of cinema’s wayward genius”

“Enjoyable and diligently researched…touches on everything from [Welles’] romantic life to his gourmandising”

“Enthralling and insightful”

“An informative overview…packed with choice clips”



Saturday 10th October 9:00pm

Touch of Evil

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential directors of all time, we are screening a fantastic double bill.   Firstly a new documentary about the great man’s life THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles at 7pm and at 9pm one of his cinematic masterpieces, A TOUCH OF EVIL.

The screenings will be presented by Dr. NEIL FOX, Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and also a massive Welles film.

Ticket Prices: £6 per film but if you buy tickets for both films you pay £10 for both plus £1 Poly fund per ticket

Sherry will be available.


Dir: Orson Welles – USA – 104mins (12A)

Artistically innovative and emotionally gripping, Orson Welles’ classic noir is a visual treat, as well as a dark, sinister thriller.  Recently digitally remastered.


Monday 12th October - Tuesday 13th October

The Dance of Reality

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky – CHILE – 133mins (18) S/T

The legendary director’s first film for more than two decades is a triumphant return, which mixes autobiography, politics, torture and fantasy to exuberant, moving effect.

Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.



Wednesday 14th October 7:30pm

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Dir: Jeannie Finlay – UK – 88mins (TBC)

ORION tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.

With an outlandish fictional identity torn from the pages of the novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth was begun.

Borne by his incredible voice, the masked Orion – gained the success he’d always craved but it was at a price.  The story revels in the manipulative schemes of the music industry, the truth and lies at the heart of the story, the allure of fantasy and the eternal search for identity.

Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?

We are delighted to welcome the documentary’s director JEANNIE FINLAY, who will be here to introduce the film and host a Q&A after the screening.

JeanieFinlay_Director_portraitWe’ll be playing some Elvis tracks in the Bar after the screening ….


Thursday 15th October 7:30pm

Gwary Teg (Fair Play) Productions present: National Minority

It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century.  In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall, the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery. What he finds may change him markedly, and reposition his attitude toward literature, religion and love.  In a land where time is never linear and more commonly layered upon place and space, the discovery may also alter the nature of history itself.  What curiosity Cardew finds both attracts and repels him, mysteriously shifting him between the ages.

In the same library, exactly one hundred and thirteen years later, a young working-class scholar, Jake Rowe, pursues his quest to explore the life and work of Edward Cardew who has importantly shaped Cornwall’s position as a Celtic nation, paving the way for devolution and national minority status.  Confused about his own identity, Jake discovers more than he wants to know, setting him on a wildly different course, and making him, like Cardew, face a number of cataclysmic truths.

Conceived by Alan M. Kent – the award-winning playwright behind The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies, A Mere Interlude and Bewnans Peran – this imaginative new play takes audiences back and forth across time to explore the wastefulness of longing and success, and the eternal importance of love and forgiveness.


Thursday 15th October 7:30pm

Gwary Teg (Fair Play) Productions present: National Minority

National Minority

It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century.  In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall, the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery. What he finds may change him markedly, and reposition his attitude toward literature, religion and love.  In a land where time is never linear and more commonly layered upon place and space, the discovery may also alter the nature of history itself.  What curiosity Cardew finds both attracts and repels him, mysteriously shifting him between the ages.

In the same library, exactly one hundred and thirteen years later, a young working-class scholar, Jake Rowe, pursues his quest to explore the life and work of Edward Cardew who has importantly shaped Cornwall’s position as a Celtic nation, paving the way for devolution and national minority status.  Confused about his own identity, Jake discovers more than he wants to know, setting him on a wildly different course, and making him, like Cardew, face a number of cataclysmic truths.

Conceived by Alan M. Kent – the award-winning playwright behind The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies, A Mere Interlude and Bewnans Peran – this imaginative new play takes audiences back and forth across time to explore the wastefulness of longing and success, and the eternal importance of love and forgiveness.


Monday 19th October 8:00pm

Film Club: 500 Days of Summer

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Marc Webb – 2009 – 93mins (15)

A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Wednesday 21st October 7:30pm

The Wolfpack

Dir: Crystal Moselle – USA – 90mins (15)

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes.

With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.

Combined with unprecedented access into The Wolfpack’s world, and their vast archive of homemade movies, director Crystal Moselle crafts a captivating portrait of an extraordinary family. By fully immersing herself into their world, she is able to delve into the true nature of identity and creativity, by telling letting their remarkable story to naturally unfold on camera, without judgement.

This documentary charts a fascinating coming of age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.


Wednesday 21st October 7:45pm

Ron Scamp – Daffodils, Old and New

Ron Scamp, and son Adrian are the country’s top daffodil breeders and growers.  Ron will give an insight into the preservation of historical varieties and the production of new varieties.


Friday 23rd October 8:00pm

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

All Tickets £17.50 + £1 Poly Fund


Friday 30th October 7:30pm


This is the fascinating story of the Second World War’s Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used this intelligence to hasten Allied victory.  The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine the Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 hours.

The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths. It is generally reckoned that the intelligence from Enigma shortened the war by about two years.

Dr Mark Baldwin has made a detailed study of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, and U-boats and has built up a unique collection of slides which illustrate the main features of those important facts of the Second World War. He has prepared an entertaining instructive show on this subject.

The talk is followed by an opportunity for questions, then a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

We will also be screening THE IMITATION GAME on Saturday 31st October at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Talk £9 plus £1 Poly Fund; Talk + Film screening £11 plus £1 Poly Fund

Enigma Machine


Saturday 31st October 2:30pm

The Imitation Game

Dir: Morten Tyldum – UK – 114mins (12A)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code, helping the allies win WWII.

An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, this film follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

This screening is linked to the talk by Dr. Mark Baldwin on Codebreakers, which takes place on Friday 30th October at 7.30pm.  He will be bringing with him one of the few surviving Enigma machines which was used in this film.

Ticket Prices: Film Only: £5 plus £1 Poly Fund: Talk + Film £11 plus £1 Poly Fund



Monday 2nd November 8:00pm

Film Club: Benda Bilili!

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye – 2011 – 106mins (12)

Benda Bilili! follows an unlikely group of musicians in Kinshasa, capital of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Wednesday 4th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Dir: Blake Edwards (1961) 112mins (PG)

A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbour: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchant for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.

Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.


Friday 6th November 7:00pm

Salon du Cinema: Marilyn Monroe

A unique collaboration between Scary Little Girls, The Poly and Falmouth University’s Fashion & Textiles Institute continues with a celebration of cinema’s favourite blonde, MARILYN MONROE, in an intimate evening combining storytelling, performance, presentations and most importantly film.

Together we will explore the life of this much loved, but often misunderstood, film star and her legacy on popular culture.

Join us for live performances of some of Marilyn’s most famous songs, readings from her autobiography, a talk by Professor Julie Ripley entitled “From Swimsuits and sweaters to satins and sequins: Marilyn Monroe’s sartorial journey”.

Followed by a screening of the iconic Marilyn film BUS STOP (1956) in which stars Marilyn stars as the kind of woman who can’t understand why she always brings out the worst in men.

Join us as we pay homage to both the ambitious starlet Norma Jean Baker and the glamorous icon Marilyn Monroe!

Ticket Prices: £10 / £8 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket


Saturday 7th November 8:00pm

Sam Lee

Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, in June 2015 released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ comprised of songs learned 1st hand from the Gypsy Traveler community. The recording is a new musical manifesto, reflecting Sam’s unique artistic journey. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, he is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today. Likewise his band ‘Sam Lee & Friends’ perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.


Wednesday 11th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Annie Hall

Dir: Woody Allen (1977) 82 mins (15)

Filled with poignant performances and devastating humour, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.

It’s a testament to the timelessness of Annie Hall that most of its references to pop culture or current events don’t date the film.


Wednesday 11th November 7:45pm

From The Sea to The Sky: The Evolution of The Fear of Invasion on The British Home Front, 1914-1915


Speaker:  Dr. Catriona Pennell, ~Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter

On the morning of 4 August 1914 the biggest invasion force of modern times invaded neutral Belgium. Not only did the German army violate Belgian and French territory but it committed acts of atrocity previously unimaginable within ‘civilised’ Europe. Amongst ordinary British and Irish people, the invasion manifested itself in a sense of palpable fear that the same could happen on British soil.

This talk will track the evolution of invasion fears amongst ordinary people in Britain and Ireland over the opening twelve months of the war in order to highlight the chronology of fear as experienced by contemporaries at the time. While a landed invasion was believed imminent following the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby on 16 December 1914, from that Christmas onwards people began to look to the skies as a frightful new arm – air bombardment – became an increasing possibility and a dark foreboding of wars of the future.


Thursday 12th November 7:30pm

Tom Adams presents HOWL AT THE MOON

Directed by Toby Park (Spymonkey)

It’s July 1969.

David Bowie has just released ‘Space Oddity’.  The Apollo 11 Rocket is going to the moon.  On board are Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.  Two of them are destined to be the most famous men on the planet.  You are about to meet the third. 

Michael Collins is on a mission all of his own. 

Whilst Neil and Buzz muck about moonwalking, Michael has a serious job to do.  For 60 minutes, he will visit the dark side of the moon, out of radio contact with the rest of humanity. 60 minutes of utter solitude. 60 minutes to think about home.  60 minutes to examine the nature of existence.

And all through the medium of street dance and some really catchy tunes.


Monday 16th November 8:00pm

Film Club: On the Waterfront

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Elia Kazan – 1954 – 103mins (PG)

With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan’s thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Tuesday 17th November 7:45pm

Ivor Corkell: The Life & Times of William Murdoch

Ivor Corkell is Secretary to the Old Cornwall Society, and Secretary to Camborne Old Cornwall Society.

The Scottish engineer, William Murdoch arrived in Redruth in 1779, when he was sent here by the Birmingham company, Boulton and Watts.  Murdock spent twenty years checking for infringements to Boulton & Watts steam engines and he went on to have a distinguished career as an engineer and inventor.  In 1792, his Redruth house became the first in the world to have gas lighting. Redruth commemorates his achievements and legacy every year, when they hold their annual Murdoch Day.


Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: A Matter of Life & Death

Dir: Powell & Pressburger – (1946) 102mins (PG)

Squadron Leader Peter Carter (David Niven) is alone in a blazing plane over the English Channel and is about to bale out without a parachute. During what he feels are his last moments Peter confides to a young American radio operator (Kim Hunter) his thoughts on love and poetry. Then he jumps, falling through the fog into the sea and is washed ashore. He appears to be unhurt and by some strange coincidence meets the WAC and falls in love. But all is not as it seems, he has suffered severe concussion and experiences a series of strange hallucinations, brought on by intense headaches, in which he sees characters from the Other World.

Legendary directors Powell and Pressburger at their most imaginative – and controversial.


Thursday 19th November 8:00pm

Keith James: One Evening – Two Concerts

First Set: ‘Always’ Keith’s widely acclaimed new Album

Keith’s first original Album for 10 years, performed in its entirety.

After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1500 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.

‘A bold, fresh and imaginative album containing tender, thoughtful and observant songs’ Anthony Weightman, AAA music

‘Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery’ Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales.

Second Set: ‘Solid Air’ The Songs of John Martyn from 1970-76

John Martyn OBE, simply the most unforgetable and deliciously evocative songwriter and guitarist this country was ever blessed with. A wild card and a maverick, more of a soul singer with an acoustic guitar. His music is entirely emotionally driven and often incomparably beautiful and tender – somehow opposite to the man himself, excessive and ill behaved.

This very personal and studied concert visits his most rich and potent songs, those that have found themselves in the most loved and preserved corner of our collective consciences.



Saturday 21st November 8:00pm

Fred MacAulay: Twenty Fifteen

From BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’; ‘Bridget Christie Minds The Gap’; The Unbelievable Truth’

It sounds like a wrong tennis score, but Twenty Fifteen is a hugely significant year for one of Scotland’s best (and best loved) stand-up comedians. Back on the road again after 18 years at BBC Radio Scotland, Fred looks back on family life at home…..and forward to how his country will shape up after the referendum of 2014.

In his first tour since 2012 and with a new show, as well as looking backwards and forwards he’ll probably look sideways at politics, sport, the environment and without this sounding too like a brief for a newspaper, there will undoubtedly be a colour supplement with a look at ‘celebrity’.

Twitter: @fredmacaulay

Website: fredmacaulay.com

Ages 16+

Ticket prices: £15 / £13 plus £1 Poly Fund


Wednesday 25th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Blue Velvet

Dir: David Lynch – (1986) 115mins (18)

A hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff’s curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that’s being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch’s humour keeps breaking through.


Saturday 28th November 7:30pm

In the Mood for Love

A very special screening hosted by THE CINEMATOLOGISTS, which is a film club and live podcast for discerning cinephiles.  The hosts, Dr. Neil Fox & Dr. Dario Llinares will introduce a screening of Wong Kar Wai’s seminal IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, followed by a discussion with the audience.

Dir: Wong Kar Wai – 96mins (PG)

Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband’s job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips.  Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Neither respective spouse is ever shown in full, instead they are shot from the back or obscured by walls and furniture. 

In The Mood For Love is a delicate masterpiece of shared sorrow inflicted by distant and adulterous spouses. Elegance despite treachery. Stylized and sophisticated cinema artistry. Sultry soundtrack. Exquisite.


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.

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.


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: True Romance

Dir: Tony Scott (1993) 113mins (18)

Fuelled by Quentin Tarantino’s savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott’s True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.

Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a well-meaning but socially unskilled comic-shop clerk who is celebrating his birthday when he meets a beautiful girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), and it’s love at first sight for both of them.

..a pulpy good time that holds up remarkably well two decades after its theatrical release…


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


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 £3.50 for Members & £6 for Non-Members.

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