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March at the Acorn

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

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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

Saturday 11th March 2017 at 20:00pm

 

International Women's Day

Charity Cabaret

Tickets £9 / £7

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Back in the ring for round six, please join us for a no holds barred celebration of International Women's Day at the Acorn Penzance, on Saturday March 11th.

This year’s charity cabaret line up includes: the incomparable Jenny Bishop, who takes film score composition degrees and new babies in her long, tall stride; the fabulously fresh Miss Jones (veterans of The Albert Hall no less) and their lush soaring harmonies; Elaine Claxton, songstress, actress and one of Cornwall’s all round entertaining greats, who recently wowed audiences in The Bowie Lounge; a return of the tap-tastic Turn on the Tap troupe, plus Fiona Richardson’s award-winning Aspire dancers, not forgetting the cabaret’s in-house comedy dancers appearing this year as The Ball Breakers.

Our favourite writer/performer Jane Pugh is feverishly penning her next hilarious comedy instalment; Katrina Naomi, the most stylish poet/tutor/mentor/PhD holder this side of the Tamar, will be reading from her highly acclaimed collections; there’ll be a special delivery of inspiration and happiness from International Poetry Postie Sally Crabtree; and goodness knows what surprises the inimitable Jak Stringer has in store for us?! Add to that Joan Oliver ‘In These Shoes’, sublime a capella singing from Penny and friends with an incredible triples cube aerial act from the amazing Airfish Aerial too.

Taking the mic as hostess with the mostess for this year is the rather marvellous Miss Dullas D’Water. She’s a cheeky madam and bally good fun, but be warned... there will be japes, there will be shenanigans! Not forgetting the terrific tombola, epic auction, and after party disco in the basement bar.

Held in celebration of women everywhere – our struggles, strengths and achievements – proceeds this year will again be going to PLAN (educating girls) refugee charities supporting women and children, and local Cornish women’s charities. Come as your favourite heroine, and bring a bra for our Big Bra Box, raising money for breast cancer research. Not just for women, men are welcome too, so spread the word and help ensure the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Tickets at £9/£6 conc. available through the Acorn Box Office in advance, doors open 7pm for 8pm curtain up.  

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Sunday 12th March 2017 at 9.00am

Enlightenment Day

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A psychic fair to encourage enlightenment....

Sandy Ingham, Internationally acclaimed Medium and Psychic Artist will be opening the fair, which promises to be a unique collaboration of the Mystical, Spiritual and Crafts.
There will be over 30 stall holders at this event with both locally made gifts, arts and crafts to some of the best known people in the business of Psychic; Clairvoyants, Mediumship, Reiki Healings and Tarot Cards and lots more.

This will be a magical day for all with something for everyone.

Charity Tombola in aid of The Small Animal Charity, a local organisation helping lot's of other local animal charities. Great prizes

Free Entry....

For information please email us at cornishcraftfairs@yahoo.co

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Sunday 12th March 2017 at 20:00pm

Drama at the Acorn....

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Tickets £10 / £8

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Lance Corporal James Randall left tours of duty in Helmand six years ago, but Helmand is still far from leaving him.

On Remembrance Sunday he delivers a birthday message to his son from his living room in south London; a last-ditch attempt to reconcile their broken relationship. Surrounded by action figures and boyhood memorabilia, James unfolds a fragmented story of fathers and sons, heroes and failures, in which the worlds of civilian Britain and frontline Afghanistan catastrophically collide.

Much Further Out Than You Thought shines a light on the human cost of war.

Winner of the IdeasTap / Underbelly Award 2015

“A thought-provoking piece about the lasting effects of war on soldiers returning home” ✭✭✭✭ The Skinny

“Roberts’ disturbing portrait of a broken man captures the horror of the war on terror with unblinking urgency... Our sympathies sit on a knife-edge” - The Scotsman

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Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7.00pm

Acorn Young People's Theatre presents

The School Film

Tickets £4 on the door - please see below for ticket purchasing information

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Acorn Young People’s Theatre will be performing The School Film by Patrick Marber at The Acorn Theatre Penzance on 16th march at 7pm as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

The School Film is one of 10 brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.

"What are great expectations?" "It means he's going to be rich. And a gentleman" The whole school assemble in the hall to watch 'the school film' which turns out to be an old British classic from the 1940s, in black and white no less. As the young viewers absorb the adventures of the characters in the old story they begin to discover what their own expectations might be.

National Theatre Connections is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland. Connections is produced by the National Theatre, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.

In 2017, National Theatre Connections is working with up to 260 youth theatres and schools to stage 10 newly commissioned plays, adding to the 150 + plays the National Theatre have commissioned for young people since 1995. All the companies will transfer their production to one of 28 Connections Partner Theatres across the UK.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

‘Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre's work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do. We think it's vital that young people, wherever they are in the country and whatever their future path, have a chance to get involved in theatre.’

Cast member and assistant director Millie Brolly ‘This has been a great experience working on a brand new script by a top playwright and I am looking forward to performing at The Acorn and developing the play with a director from The National Theatre.’

To book to see Acorn Young People’s Theatre perform The School Film at The Acorn on 16th March contact the admin@acornyoungpeoplestheatre.co.uk or phone 07808153942 or buy tickets on the door. All tickets £4.

For further information visit www.acornyoungpeoplestheatre.co.uk or to find out more about National Theatre Connections, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections 

Friday 17th March 2017 at 19:30

BRECHT'S THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE

Adults: £8.00

Concessions: £6.50
Students: £5.00
Family: £22.00 

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A servant girl sacrifices everything to protect a baby abandoned in the heat of war.

Order restored, she is made to confront the boy’s mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him.

The comical judge calls on an ancient tradition ‘the chalk circle’ to resolve the dispute. Who wins?

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Saturday 18th March 2017 at 7.30pm

featuring Walcot State Choir from Bath and The Blazing Heart Chorus

Choir Exchange performance

Tickets £9

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The Walcot State Choir originates from Bath and is run by someone who is probably better known for a completely different reason. Su Hart, who runs the choir, is also the lady who fronts Baka Beyond, a band that fuses African and Folk music and recently performed at the St. Ives Festival and return to the Acorn on Saturday 13th May.

The Choir itself perform a range of music from ancient to modern, African to Hebridean, Balkan to British and anything in between!The Blazing Heart Chorus on the other hand are based in Penzance and sing a range of modern country and old time American music in beautiful harmony and polyphony.

 

Tickets are available through Fishboy PZ, Chapel Street, Penzance and The Honey Pot, Parade Street Penzance as well as CRBO by clicking below

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Monday 20th March 2017 at 8.00pm

Film at the Acorn....

FOREST VOICES - A film evening featuring the Baka tribe from Cameroon....

Free event but a suggested donation of £5 would be very welcome

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This film featuring the Baka rainforest people and their music is born out of a 25 year musical friendship between UK musician, Martin Cradick of the band, Baka Beyond, and a group of Baka Pygmies from the Cameroon rainforest. The Baka are currently being forced to live in roadside communities throughout the forest region. The film follows Orchéstre Baka Gbiné, the only entirely Baka band in Cameroon, touring these communities, playing music, showing films in the Baka language (revolutionary in itself) and giving people the chance to talk to camera, discuss common problems and have a means to let their voices be heard.

For millennia the rainforest has been home for these hunter-gatherers. Their culture has become extraordinarily musical since listening and interpreting natural sounds ensures survival. Song and dance permeate their lives for ritual, for fun, and to unite and create harmony within the group. This traditional lifestyle is being denied them as they are being forced out of their forest to roadside villages. Promises of a better life with education and medical facilities are empty as extreme poverty, discrimination and exploitation deny them access to these, whilst they lose the ability to find a livelihood from their forest and are made ashamed of their forest traditions. Their belief in abundance, with plenty to share with all, is eroded and their children are losing their link with the forest.

There is no charge for this event but we would appreciate a contribution to support the Baka  rain-forest people

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 7:30pm

SPILLIKIN

A Love Story with 4 actors and a robot.

Tickets - £13/ £11

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Sally's memories are fading fast, but she can still recall fragments of her earlier life: an awkward courtship, mid-life adultery, songs. And now a new life-companion has arrived - a state-of-the-art robot, uploaded with the personality of her late husband. It's all rather confusing. Can love really conquer all?

Prepare to have your heart broken by this 5* sell-out Edinburgh show from Pipeline Theatre featuring a state-of-the-art robot as a full cast member. After the show there is a Q&A session with a chance to get up close and personal with the robot and ask him questions (and to meet the human cast too!)

Over 14 years of age advisory.

 

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Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7.30pm

Drama at the Acorn: Blabbermouth present:

Double Bill: Dogside Out & Up And Away

Tickets: £9 / £8 

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Dogside Out: Humankind in the doghouse ~ twenty one fine tales - well wagged. Short, interlaced pieces - humorous and dramatic - about the human capacity for blending cruelty and kindness, reflected here in the many ways we treat our companion animals. 

Up And Away: Cold earth shudders when a late love blossoms. A play: Mary and George are deeply embedded in an exhausting, contentious married existence. Edna's chance arrival inspires love, hatred and the expression of needs long dormant.

A humorous and moving examination of infirmity and strength - passion and morbidity - and the urge to recover purpose and meaning in our lives...before day's end.

Total running time: 1hr 30mins

with brief interval and live musical accompaniment. 

This is Blabbermouth Theatre's second year and third production. They are a Penzance based company dedicated to producing work of their own; work which challenges the writer, performer, director and producer in all of them.

 

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Friday 24th March 2017 AT 8.00pm

TIR NA NOG

Tickets £12 / £14

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Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! But the duo, formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced.

Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades.

2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, 'The Dark Dance' - their first since 1973! Classic Rock magazine listed this as their 3rd best prog album of 2015! It has received glowing reviews across the music press.

'....oozes with prog-folk magic’ (R2 Magazine)

‘The Dark Dance is an acoustically mounted piece of great refinement, on a record often embellished by strings and moments of eastern promise'’ (Prog Magazine)

Support is from Crystal Jacqualine, Crystal Jacqueline lives in Devon with cats and geese and her partner Icarus Peel. When she's not looking after their smallholding, she finds time to sing and play keyboards with the The Honey Pot. 

Her first album for Mega Dodo, Sun Arise, was released in October 2013. It's chock full of classic psych, rock 'n' roll and acid folk. Goldmine Spin Cycle's liked it so much it named it one of the ten best albums of 2013.

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Saturday 25th March 2017 at 7:30pm

A film documentary complete with Q & A

Plastic Oceans

Presented by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Tickets - £6.50/ Under 24's £5

 

Plastic Oceans has assembled a team of the world’s top scientists and leading film makersheaded up by film producer Jo Ruxton who was involved in some epic programmes in the past including groundbreaking productions such as Blue Planet, Pacific Abyss, and LIFE.  She brings years of experience of working within the BBC Natural History Unit on wildlife documentaries to the Plastic Oceans programme.

Accompanied by scientists, conservationists and engineers, the film follows the journey of two explorers as they travel to some of the most remote parts of the world, documenting the environmental issues associated with plastic pollution and its impact on the environment, ecosystems and human health.

This film is presented by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and will conclude with a Q & A with the producer herself Jo Ruxton who is travelling to Cornwall specially for the showing.

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Sunday 26th March 2017 at 7.00pm

Sunday Nights In at the Acorn - 

Experimental Drawing

Tickets £5

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Join us for another "Experimental Drawing" session where we experiment with life drawing based on drawing from life. Standard life drawing this isn't, but what it is is the chance to experiment with techniques, concepts and ideas.

We supply the model and hospitality, you supply the drawing equipment. Tea / coffee available for a small donation.

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Friday 31st March 2017 at 7.30pm

Drama at the Acorn....

Endgame

by Samuel Beckett

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled

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Endgame is one of Samuel Beckett’s most revered plays. Originally staged in French in 1957, the play has four characters - the blind and crippled tyrant, Hamm, his lame and hard of hearing servant Clov and Nell & Nagg,

Hamm’s parents who live in dustbins in the corner. Hamm and Clov live in a perpetual state of symbiosis - despite Clov's threats to leave and die in the wilderness beyond the stage and Hamm's threats to starve Clov, neither can live without each other, and they exist in a constant see-saw of pathos and hatred, love and hope.

The play explores the repetitive nature of beginnings and endings; emptiness and loneliness and compassion and forgiveness. Although bleak in it’s design and themes, the play is darkly comic with the characters managing to attain heights of tragedy but also a dark hallucinatory humour, often in the same line.

The theatre of the absurd is based on the principle that either everything changes or nothing changes with the implication that life holds no meaning.

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

The Cornish Riviera Box Office  : Tel : 01726 879500
Online : crbo.co.uk/acorn

The Acorn Box Office: Tel : 01736 363545

Online: www.theacornpenzance.com

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.