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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.  With Four Star reviews from The Times, The Guardian and The Stage, you’d be a fool to yourself to miss this one!

‘Wickedly amusing… Who would have thought that a meditation on the politics of climate change could be so entertaining?’ THE TIMES


 ‘A spirited comedy… stirring… broad, daft and punchy’ GUARDIAN


‘A seriously funny dose of political satire, carefully constructed and full of personality, that like all great satire hides its force behind a big, contagious smile.’ THE STAGE




Sunday 29th May 8:00pm

Near-Ta presents: Sing For The Poly!

The 24 Hour Musical is back!

Get ready for the musical experience of a lifetime, featuring a cast of performers from the community! The twist? The entire cast is auditioned and rehearsed in 24 hours! This show will be nothing without YOU, and everyone who auditions will be cast! Whether you’re an actor, a singer, a dancer, all three or none, it’s set to be a fun and funny weekend, so please come along and take part! The show is currently being prepared by a crack team of writers and directors, with expert musical direction and choreography also on board:

Ciaran Clarke (Near-Ta Theatre, Canvas Theatre Company): Producer & Co-Writer

Dan Richards (Owdyado Theatre, Near-Ta Theatre): Director & Co-Writer

Cat Lake (Miracle Theatre): Musical Director

Hannah Stephens: Choreographer

Georgia Gendall: Set Design

And the musical itself? Well, you’ll just have to come along and see…

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 28th May:

9am -12 noon: Auditions

12 noon -1pm: The directors cast the show

1pm – 2.30pm: Read-through

2.30pm – 8pm: Rehearsals

Sunday 29th May:

9am – 7.30pm: Rehearsals

8.00 p.m.: Performance!

This is a fund-raising event on behalf of The Poly.  

Thursday 2nd June 7:25pm

K’antu Ensemble

The early music ensemble K’antu make their first ever visit to The Poly with a programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, exploring Shakespearian Songs and Dances, evoking the spirit of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. With compositions by Robert Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, broadside ballads and folk tunes quoted in the Bard’s plays, their lively mix of music will appeal to Early, Folk, Classical and World Music fans alike.

K’antu have performed at St. Endellion Festival before.  This is the first time that audiences on the south coast have had the opportunity to experience these amazing musicians.

“These players are expert without being mannered, vivid without being simplistic, wholly alive to the expressive possibilities of Elizabethan and Jacobean music. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” (Michael Dobson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies)

For more information about K’antu go to www.kantu-ensemble.co.uk

Saturday 4th June 8:00pm

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

From a cafe in Paris, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all!

A fabulous show suitable for all ages, directed by the inimitable Wild Willy Barrett.

Charismatic French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage, captivating audiences with her compelling and expressive vocals as she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles: from Bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix.

At the heart of the ensemble are the indisputable talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, cellist Mary Holland and Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of The Queen at Buckingham Palace.  The group’s innovative arrangements are beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour.

A wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Website: http://www.wildwillybarrett.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wwbfrenchconnection

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EvyB_faonA



Saturday 25th June 7:30pm

The Cornish American Song Institute presents: Songs of Folk and Legend

The Cornish-American Song Festival is a three-week intensive residential course aimed at teaching the intricacies of effective and communicative classical art-song performance and composition. Each year CASI brings students of voice, piano, and composition from across the United States to study in Oxford and Falmouth. Our tutors are products of the finest musical training in the US (Eastman, Juilliard, Cincinnati-Conservatory, and Indiana University) and are all skilled, experienced performers at an international level.

This year’s concert, the third time they have appeared at The Poly, focuses on the tales of everyday folk and heroic legends that have inspired composers for centuries, featuring work by Brahms, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Grieg and Vaughan Williams.  Come and relive these international tales, performed by conservatory students from around the world.

Thursday 30th June 7:30pm

Mike Hatchard is: Cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats . . . with a Piano

In the summer of 2016, to celebrate his sixtieth birthday veteran Edinburgh Fringe performer Mike Hatchard is planning to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats – with a piano!

Not a real piano (obviously) but nevertheless a fairly hefty electric one – quite an undertaking.  Performing concerts along the way, the virtuoso musician and raconteur will cycle along the South Coast, before heading North to perform his Edinburgh Festival Show ‘ Beetroot Juice – How I went from being a street performer to concert musician – and back again.’

Mike will be raising funds for Children in Need.  Donations can be made on the night or on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mike-Hatchard

Tuesday 26th July - Saturday 30th July

Young Generations presents: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

Falmouth’s award-winning musical youth company is delighted to be staging  Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.  The Young Generation put on its very first performance in 1982 and this year will be the company’s 38th major musical production at the Poly.  Book early to avoid disappointment, because Young Generation shows always sell out!



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