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Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops. George P. Baker


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All the latest live events happening here at the Acorn. Full event diary and links to buy tickets and other goodies

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Limited tickets may be available on the night.


February at the Acorn

A month of great music, comedy  and drama with something to suit everyone.

Buy your tickets now for a great night out.

Please note - unless otherwise stated a £1 theatre fund fee has been added to the price of all tickets to help maintain the Acorn as a community arts venue

Sunday 5th February 2017 at 7pm

Sunday Nights In at the Acorn - Film and Debate


Wondrous Oblivion

Tickets £5.


Set in suburban south London in 1960, several themes run through the film, though the main story-line concerns the friendship between a young boy, David Wiseman, who is the son of European Jewish immigrants, and his new next door neighbours, father and Dennis and young daughter Judy who are West Indian immigrants.

The cement which binds their friendship is a deep love of cricket - but the ride is not always smooth. David finds himself falling for the indifferent Judy, but tensions between other families in the street, and a romantic relationship between Ruth Wiseman and Dennis, threaten to break apart the neighbourhood.

There is lots to debate about this film, not least the affects if immigrants moving in to a predominantly white neighbourhood.

Set nearly 50 years ago has anything changed? 



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Saturday 11th February 2017 at 8.00pm

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

with support from Tom O'Reilly and the Swaggers

Tickets £11


Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest” - Acoustic Magazine


Tom O’Reilly & the Swaggers is an award winning band from Cornwall who play a rich mixture of original folk and country songs. They feature four members of the notorious Celtic folk/punk band Black Friday. Comprising vocals, guitars, double bass and fiddle, they create a joyous musical experience, weaving memories and lore to strike colourful impressions of the verdant Cornish landscape, its surrounding seas and haunted histories. Earlier this year they were chosen as the Cornwall representatives at the Pan Celtic Festival in Co Carlow, Eire, and an appearance at the Lorient Festival in Brittany.



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Sunday 12th February 2017 at 7.00pm

Sunday Nights In at the Acorn -

Drama Improvisation

Tickets £5 


 Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Come and join in the fun as we embark on a journey of discovery to see where we will end up. Come and play some funny games, strange exercises, serious scenarios and anything else we can make up along the way. Meet friends, have fun, and learn as much about yourself as other people.

And all being well we should be able to develop some scenes to perform in public as well as look at diverse, risque and downright embarrassing options to invite an audience to. Come along for some good old fashioned fun........


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Friday 17th February 2017


Circus comes to the Acorn with




This event is now SOLD OUT


On the 17th February 2017, for one night only, Airfish Aerial Arts will be bringing you an extraordinary night of seduction, thrill and wonder!

Let us transport you to another world for an extravagantly sumptuous evening of visual wonder and aural ravishment!                                                                            Our amazing aerial acts, dexterous circus creatures and seductive burlesque performers will delight, distract and entertain you - in here, the world is beautiful! Set to foot-stomping, hip-swinging tunes this is the first evening organised solely by Airfish and is set to be a night to remember!

We have swing favourites 'Company B', on board, and the vinyl aural delights of Miss Fi Fi and King of the Electric Ballroom, Mayfair, Boomtown, DJ Don Joh nston, adding a modern twist, to the vintage vibe.  Get your vintage glad rags on, polish up your dancing shoes and come get involved.

Let the circus begin!header

Saturday 18th February 2017 at 7.30pm

The Long Trick

Tickets - £10 (adult) / £8 (concession)


A new play from writer Marietta Kirkbride and the award-winning team behind Bucket Club’s Lorraine & Alan and Fossils.  

Kelsey. Cornish teenager. Timid lover of anarchic music. Kelsey lives in a converted fishing boat moored on the Helford River. She is proud daughter to Tristan of Helford, the local legend who makes a living robbing all the nearby second homes. But then young Gale walks into their lives and Kelsey wakes up to who she really is. The outside world encroaches, and a delicate balance is knocked sideways in Tristan’s precarious world.

Told with narrative poetry, dialogue and song, The Long Trick is a new play about one man’s protest against gentrification and what happens when ideas go beyond our control.

Marietta Kirkbride has been a Pentabus Theatre Young Writer and a writer-on-attachment at Bristol Old Vic. Nel Crouch is Director of multi-award-winning company Bucket Club. She has been a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow at Tobacco Factory Theatres and a Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic.

Praise for Marietta’s The Orator:

 “Suspense, wit, poignancy and real angst... A play for our times"  Stage Talk Magazine ★★★★





Sunday 19th February 2017

Performances at 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Dance at the Acorn


Tickets £10 (adult) /  £5 (child) 


It was just an idea to put on a special show to mark the 15-year anniversary of the Big Dance Company which is now turning into a true life fairytale.

Spinderella is an explosive dance production written and choreographed by Fiona Richardson and performed by highly acclaimed Penzance-based Big Dance Company.

The show tells the dramatic story of a girl's dream to follow in her parent's footsteps of becoming a professional dancer. However, when disaster strikes her whole world is turned upside down. Can Spinderella make her dreams come true and will she find love along the way?

Experience her journey in this unique fusion of hip hop, breakdance, ballet, contemporary and acrobatics for the whole family to enjoy.




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Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 8.00pm


Fruit tree Spring Songwriters night 

Graham Smith, Hannah Bullock and The Brytevibes

Now transferred to the main theatre space....

Tickets £8 / £6

Graham at Mazey Day 1 (2)

After a successful 2015/16 season with packed houses and enthusiastic feedback, Fruit tree returns to The Acorn. This time the main auditorium will be transformed into an atmospheric cabaret venue with Fruit Tree’s superb acoustic sound.

The 2017 harvest showcases talent from Truro and Falmouth as well as Penzance giving the potential for some cross-pollination between Cornish music scenes. We also welcome back some familiar faces with new material.

For our Spring outing Graham Smith brings ‘Open Fire Light’, a trio with Alyssa Lynch and Mal Darwen. Expect a warm sound with edge, and classic song writing in a folk and country style. Truro based vocalist and guitarist Hannah Bullock will give a solo performance of her intimate songs, whilst duo ‘The Brytevibes’ head over from Falmouth brimming with feel good jazzy grooves.


From the age of twenty, Graham Smith was a session harmonica player with such greats as Al Stewart, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Alan Price, Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Harry Nilsson, and that is just a snippet from a prolific career and life in music. Graham has been writing songs for an amazing fifty years and says it is still his ‘favourite thing to do’. Mal Darwen plays in world music band Praying for the Rain with artists from India, Africa and South America, touring internationally. Alyssa Lynch is a violinist and teacher and plays with her brother Jethro in duo ‘Ekohead’.


Lou Peixinha and Steve Gruitt of ‘The Brytevibes’ first met as members of ‘The Wild Zellas’. In 2016 they started to write together and develop a sound which effortlessly picks up influences from jazz and folk through to punk and hip hop, running the gauntlet between smooth and edgy. Steve’s poppy vocals, drum machines and funky guitar, are perfectly complimented by ethereal flute playing and crystal vocals from Lou. Together they manage to somehow to distil something of what pop music is all about.


Earthy sounds and powerful lyrics blend stories of light and dark in Hannah’s intimate songs. She sees her songwriting as a form of ‘alchemy’, taking emotions such as loss and fear, strength and joy, and turning them into something honest and beautiful which strikes a chord with the listener. 
Beyond her own experiences, she has drawn inspiration from solo female singers such as Joan Armatrading and PJ Harvey.



Fruit tree Piano Songwriters Night  

Lucy Birbeck, Danu Fox, Marc Hadley, Jowan Jacobs and more… 


Fruit Tree Golowan week Songwriters Night

New songs from Kelsey Michael, Greg Dyer and May Robson

Claude Bourbon

Medieval and Spanish Blues

Friday 24th February 2017 at 8:00pm

Tickets £13/ £11


Medieval & Spanish blues – guitar & songs      ... not a same ole same ole gig...

Claude Bourbon brings his unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions to the Acorn in Penzance!

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb !

"Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable" - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”  Bob, Tucson, AZ

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA



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When is it?
Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March 2017

Where is it?
The Acorn, Penzance

Festival Kernewek - Penzance Cornish Language Festival will be the first festival of its kind, celebrating the Cornish language, culture and heritage.


For further details of the festival please click on the image below....



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Unless otherwise stated, tickets for Acorn events can be purchased in advance from:

The Acorn Box Office: Tel: 01736 363545


The Acorn Box  Office is open Monday to Saturday from 11am - 2pm only for bookings in person. On performance nights, The Acorn Box Office usually opens one hour before the start time of the event.