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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

http://simonandgarfunkelbybookends.com/

Thursday 12th May 7:30pm

Kernow King is Trevithick!

WORLD PREMIERE!

Trevithick! is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer.

Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals.  Industrial developments were rife with competition, fear, accidents and death  in 1800 Great Britain, but it was Trevithick’s passion and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads- the first trains and cars.  Although it was never easy.

Trevithick! is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It  accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.

Trevithick! is the gripping story of not just one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, but one of the greatest men in history, steeped in accolade and loved by many but who’s life was tinged with tragedy.

“Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts… watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along. The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel… it’s all so easy now.”

Directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey, starring Kernow King and much loved actress, Mary Woodvine.

 

 

Friday 13th May 7:30pm

Nova presents: Invisible City

PLUS! Curtain raiser by CHEAP DATE DANCE

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.

“Accomplished and completely engaging”
– Total Theatre

This event will also feature a screening of a new dance film by The Mostly Everything People, and a . . .

An extract of “Little Women, Big Balls” – Work in Progress by Cheap Date Dance

Choreographed By Grace Clayton and dancers

Performed by Debbie Mason and Lauren Shuker

In this ultimate fighting tournament between dancer and ball, who will triumph? Will it be one ball too many, can they overcome life’s obstacles without throwing in the towel?

 
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.

 

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

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article4727792.ece

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

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/apr/06/jonny-and-the-baptists-review-the-end-is-nigh-orange-tree-richmond

‘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

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/jonny-and-the-baptists-the-end-is-nigh/

 

 

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.  

Saturday 11th June 6:30pm

Something Underground Theatre presents: A Good Jew

1938: Sol & Hilda are musicians with the Frankfurt Sinfonietta. They’re in love. So what?
Hilda’s father is a Nazi and Sol is a Jew. The assassination of the German ambassador in Paris by a Jew is enough for Hitler to unleash his attack dogs. The November Pogrom, Kristallnacht, is followed by deportations, murders  and expropriation of Jewish-owned properties.
As the war takes hold, both Sol and Hilda must make terrible choices.
His mother’s fatal advice: “Survive. At all costs”, so both Sol and Hilda are forced to make terrible choices.
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Multi Award-winning company. Www.somethingunderground.co.uk

Recomended age: 14+

Saturday 18th June 7:30pm

Trebiggan Productions presents: The ZigZag Way

by Anita Desai adapted for the stage by Pauline Sheppard

It’s 1910, and young Cornish couple Betty and Davey travel to the gold and silver mines of Mexico, unaware of the perils they will face. Aside from the mining itself, there’s unrest between the natives and the incomers, and a whiff of danger is in the air. Wind forward 100 years, and Eric, an uncertain young American, arrives in Mexico on a curious quest for his Cornish roots, unprepared for what he will find. Led by Huichol Indian guides, he journeys to an old mining village on an unlikely path of self-discovery, and soon finds himself in another world…

The Zigzag Way is a gripping story which winds through cultures and across time, from Cornwall to Mexico, to paint a picture of love, revolution and sacrifice.  Blending humour with pathos and past with present, this haunting and arresting tale finally leads you to a night where the veils that separate life and death are lifted and the illusion of time is broken: Dia de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Combining strong ensemble playing and physical inventiveness with a cracking tale, this is story-telling at its most colourful, visual and touching.


 

 

Friday 1st July 7:30pm

The Last Baguette presents What’s The Matter?

A quantum comedy about love in the subatomic world

An unexplained cat theft from a physics laboratory leads scientist Smithy on a journey through his own experiment into the subatomic world. The situation becomes charged and it is impossible to stay neutral. Can he find the cat and win over his colleague Sarah in the process? Will the outcome be positive or negative?

As seen at the British Science Festival, a sci-fi adventure through the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics. Featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick, and a search for Schrodinger’s cat. Be prepared for a very silly show about a very intelligent subject.

The Last Baguette makes fast-paced, irreverent comedy theatre, and after performing in France, Switzerland and Canada, are now company in residence at the Pound, Corsham. What’s the Matter? was written by Tiffany Woodsmith (winner of the Sunday Times playwriting award 2004, dramaturg for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha – The Stage Award winner 2014), directed by Susana Alcantud, devised by the company.

The gags roll one after another – the laugher is non-stop” Reg’Arts magazine, Paris, on Dracula

Made at the Pound, Corsham with support from Dr Helen Heath from the University of Bristol.

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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Thursday 4th August

Kernow King is Trevithick!

Trevithick! is a biographical comedy that will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer.

Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy, much to the annoyance of his rivals.  Industrial developments were rife with competition, fear, accidents and death  in 1800 Great Britain, but it was Trevithick’s passion and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads- the first trains and cars.  Although it was never easy.

Trevithick! is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. It  accurately brings to the stage the story of a man who was so dedicated and obsessed by engineering, he left his family in Cornwall whilst he mined in South America for eleven years.

Trevithick! is the gripping story of not just one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, but one of the greatest men in history, steeped in accolade and loved by many but who’s life was tinged with tragedy.

“Sometimes I imagine myself to be my statue down Camborne, gazing out over those roundabouts… watching the cars, lorries and motorbikes bombing along. The ingenuity in all that machinery going on… the pistons, the pumps, the fumes, the exhausts, the fuel… it’s all so easy now.”

Directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey, starring Kernow King and much loved actress, Mary Woodvine.