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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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May 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

Friday 5th May 2017 at 8.00pm

Back by popular demand with his greatest hits.

The Kernow King

Tickets £13

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It’s hard to believe that the Kernow King has been touring Cornwall and beyond for over six years with three smash hit shows- “Wonders of the Cornish Universe”, “Splann!” and “Minority Rapport”. Not to mention two Christmas shows and the award winning “Trevithick!”.

Taking in glorious sights such Sydney, Glastonbury, Adelaide, Manchester, London (Apprentice), Roche and many more villages, towns and cities in between. All have welcomed the humble King in to their communities. But now the time has come to rap up the last six years of performing, and what better way to do it than to tour our fair nation of Cornwall with Kernow King’s “Greatest Hits”.

“We’ve had some good nights, eh?” says the King, “and some less good ones”. Heckled to the point of the police being called at the Hall for Cornwall, fights up Bugle, homesick in Plymouth and opening for Jools Holland in Ludlow, England in front of 6,000 people where KK barely raised a titter.

Join us for a night of laughs with the best bits and some new bits as KK weaves his way through the Duchy this summer.


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Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7.30pm

Cheap Date Dance Company 

Little Women, Big Balls

Tickets £12 / £10

© Jack Matthews

Are you ready to rumble?

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

Figuratively and literally we all have a lot of balls to balance.  Cheap Date attempt to bounce, balance, beat and bash as many balls as they can manage in this heart warming, empowering look at life's ups and downs.  From waking up a winner, to losing it all by lunchtime. Debbie and Lauren fumble their way through stories of match day glory to red card rejection. The two dancers’ opposing sporting backgrounds provide an ideal playground for dance, comedy and theatre to come together in a match that's only won by stepping up to the plate.  buy-tickets-now-button

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Sunday 7th May 2017 @ 7.00pm

The Wall
The "Sunday Nights In at the Acorn" are now not taking place so unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

THE WALL, (aka DIE WAND), Martina Gedeck, 2012. ph: Mizerovsky/©Music Box Films


A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.


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Friday 12th May 2017 at 7.30

Emily Carding

Richard III

Tickets - £12 / £10

Richard III

Richard III.

An audience.

Anything can happen.

All the world is a stage. What part will you play?

Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated, as you the audience take on the roles of all the other characters at Richard's party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you…but will you survive?

Richard III (A One Woman Show) was created by director Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir and performer Emily Carding during a theatre residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in November 2014 and premiered at Prague Fringe in May 2015, winning every award – unprecedented in the history of Prague Fringe. The show went on to tour various fringe festivals throughout the UK, including Edinburgh Fringe where it earned rave reviews from critics and audiences and a coveted ‘Bobby’ award. Since then Richard III (A One Woman Show) has toured internationally, including Rome, Verona, Iceland and New York, all to high praise.

'Emily Carding and Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir’s adaptation of Richard III is a smart, sparse, stripped back version of the text built around Carding’s utterly compelling performance.'  **** The Stage

“I have seen several performances of Richard III; Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen on film, and Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, but Emily Carding’s portrayal of the king who murders his way to the English throne is in a league of its own.” ***** Broadway Baby

“a brilliantly simple but chillingly effective concept…it packs a powerful and subversive punch” **** The List

“Ms. Carding’s coolly psychotic king has a Tilda Swinton-esque flair.”

**** New York Times

“Its open audience involvement and relentless energy may make this Richard III most exciting Shakespeare currently in the city. This show could be a headlining act on the West End.”**** Theatre Bubble

For more information about the show and to read more reviews please visit




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Saturday 13th May 2017

African Dance meets British Folk

Baka Beyond

Tickets £14 / £12


After seeing a documentary on Channel 4, Martin Cradick and his wife Su Hart packed a tent, tape recorder, camera, guitar and mandolin, and headed off into the forests of Cameroon. There they spent six weeks living, hunting, gathering and playing many hours of music together with the Baka Pygmies. From this experience came two delightful recordings, Heart of the Forest and Spirit of The Forest, which led to the birth of the band Baka Beyond.

The rhythms of the hunter-gatherer Baka People from the Cameroon rainforest resonate with musical styles from all around the world. Baka Beyond use them to tie music from different genres together. Also carried in these rhythms and in all Baka Beyond performances is the sense of joyous celebration and inclusion that the Baka bring to all their music. The band brings musicians from different cultures and backgrounds together in a seamless celebration of the Global Village.

After 21 years of touring around the world Baka Beyond's live show has evolved over the years. The current show includes a multi-media element. Videos from the Cameroon rainforest are projected behind the band, cleverly synchronised with the live music so that the Baka become part of the live show.

Baka Beyond's live show includes song, dance, percussion, musical virtuosity, videos and big smiles all round.



Sunday 14th May 2017 @ 8.00pm

Music at the Acorn
Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson
Tickets - £12



Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

A virtuoso guitarist, Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue including Dog Eared Dream (1994) which yielded the top 10 AAA single, “Angry Words.” He has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist from the Midwest who has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A.

The pair met following the release of Porter’s 2010 album How to Rob a Bank and, finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing: Nickerson’s vocals feature on the yearning “Iowa Sky” from Porter’s 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and on the song “This Train” from 2015’s Human Kindness. In 2016 the pair were featured music guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts. With more than five years of stage and studio work under their belts, both Porter and Nickerson were excited to fuse their singular talents on a new album of original co-writes: Bonfire to Ash (2016), produced by Grammy winning producer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) and featuring Bassist Zev Katz and Drummer/Producer Ben Wittman.


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Thursday 18th May 2017 at 8.00p.m.

Multi-talented multi-intrumentalist

Tim Edey

Tickets £14


Tim Edey is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale – Colin Irwin, fRoots

“Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding “Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep”- Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition

Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…

Tim, now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today!

Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours all over the world regularly from.


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Saturday 20th May 2017 at 8.00p.m.

Airfish  Aeriel presents

Through The Looking Glass

Tickets £15 Alice

Airfish Aerial Arts Present… THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - Come join us in the race to catch up with Alice….before the game is lost, and with it Wonderland!

Find her, succeed in the task she gives you, win a prize and save Wonderland! Clues as to her whereabouts will be hidden in the various vaudevillian, circus and burlesque theatrics, contrived for your entertainment. Similarly, useful information can be provided by the characters that you meet along the way. If only you can make sense of it...this is Wonderland after all!

Follow the White Rabbit !

Airfish Aerial Arts is a collective of aerial circus performers, based in Cornwall, who perform nationally, and who are committed to both providing and generating performance art events, and easy access aerial classes for adults and kids in Cornwall. For more info on their shows, their classes, or to book them, for your event, please contact



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Friday 26th May at 8.00 p.m

Back by demand

Mad Dog Mcrea

 Tickets £15 

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Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their dance-demanding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to spectacular and infectious effect, these musical magicians are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also with quality musicianship and the odd surprise.



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 Saturday 27th May at 8.00pm

"A true artist" - Radio 2

Emily Maguire

Tickets £11 / £13 (on the door)

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A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2.

As an advocate for mental health, Emily has been featured several times on Radio 4 including Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Midweek, where she was interviewed by Libby Purves talking about her book ‘Start Over Again’.  After 2 years out of action, Emily is now back with a new book ‘Notes From The North Pole’ and an acclaimed new album ‘A Bit of Blue’, produced by Nigel Butler, which follows a dark time in her life and is a hauntingly beautiful testament to the human spirit.  With its release funded entirely by her fans, ‘A Bit Of Blue’ retains all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.


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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
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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.