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Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself. Rodney Dangerfield

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November 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


Wednesday 2nd November 2016  at 7.30pm

Dan Cruickshank

Tickets £14 (adult) / £12 (concession)

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Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful world buildings.

His selection includes many of the world’s best known buildings that represent key pioneering moments in architectural history ...such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Forbidden City in Beijing.

But he also presents less obvious more surprising structures, the unsung heroes of this fascinating the Oriel Chambers in Liverpool, and the Narkomfin Apartment building in Moscow.

Having visited all but three of the 100 buildings , even though some are in inaccessible and threatend locations  such as the Hatra in Iraq and the currently threatened Palmyra in Syria, he speaks movingly about ancient artefacts some of which may never be experienced again first hand.


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          Sunday 6th November 2016         

 Curious Creatures


  Ticket £6 (adult) / £5 (children) / £16 (family)

                       Show stats at 2.00pm 


  Curious Creatures

Expect to meet curious creatures of all shapes and sizes: from performing fleas, skateboarding snails and gymnastic gerbils to irritable alligators, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan!

Learn about how animals evolved, how their amazing adaptations help them survive in the wild, and how animals can help us learn more about ourselves.

After all, we’re all related if you go back far enough! 

Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music - plus lots of amazing natural history facts - Squashbox Theatre will uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom. 

(No animals were harmed in the making of this show. But several puppets were mildly traumatised.)

For children aged 5+ and their families 
Curious Creatures is 50 mins long 


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Sunday 6th November 2016 at 7.00pm


"Sunday Nights In at the Acorn" presents our third Film and Debate evening, this time the film is            

 "The Economics of Happiness"

All tickets £5



Lonely people have never been happy people. And globalization is creating a very lonely planet.” A word we are "programmed" to hate. And yet we all subscribe to it. Or do we? And do we have a choice?

The Economics of Happiness, an incisive documentary that links today’s global crises (climate change, terrorism, the financial crash) with personal malaise (rising levels of depression and the pervasive emptiness of consumer society). The cause? The macroeconomic structure of globalization, a massive conglomerate of megabanks, multinational corporations, and international financial institutions, all constantly expanding in a deregulated environment that takes profit, and never people, as the raison d’être of all things.

The cure? Localization. A return to community, where people can forge connections with neighbors instead of advertising models, and buy food from a nearby farmer instead of the industrial agricultural machine. It is the economic and social bond among fellow citizens, and their very interdependence, insists economic analyst Helena Norberg-Hodge, that allows them to be truly happy.

Yes? or no? What does make us happy? Do you remember the good old days where everyone shared? What went wrong?Room for debate? Join us on Sunday 6th November @ 7.00pm for a screening and lively debate. And the bar will be open....




november-event-headerFriday 11th November 2016 at 8.00pm
              Hancock's Half Hour -
              one man, many voices
                Tickets - £15

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hancock’s half hour, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, James Hurn – a talented actor and impressionist – will be performing three great episodes of Hancock’s half hour, voicing the entire cast.

James will be performing this in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy. The original recordings were performed by Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. With a fabulous array of colourful characters James Hurn is one man, many voices.

James is best known for his part in BBC2 Dead RingersBBC1 ScoopBBC1 The SlammerBBC1 SpoofBBC1 Mrs Bradley Mysteries and his role as Jacobson in The Band of Brothers, directed by Tom Hanks. 

"Utterly Masterful and quite quite superb" Jon Culshaw -  impressionist 

"You have Tony Hancock's pitch and tone so much better than I" Kevin McNally - Actor 

"Absolutely Marvellous, you have such an outstanding talent" Neil Pearson - actor and producer of The missing Hancocks.


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november-event-headerSaturday 12th November 2016 at 8.00pm
Rosie Crow Album Launch plus support from Ben Thorpe and               "The Call to Arms Project
Tickets £8 (adult) / £6 (concessions
 (Please note, this is a standing gig) 

Rosie Crow is a piano based singer-songwriter from Cornwall. With a knack for pop hooks and an ability to find a heart wrenching melody, those of you who enjoy well written pop music performed by a strong female character will enjoy Rosie Crow. Her music has been described by Q Magazine as "somewhere between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cyndi Lauper having a sing-off with Kate Bush”.

In Rosie’s previous band Rosie & The Goldbug she collaborated and toured all over Europe and the U.S with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Brett Anderson, Carl Barat, Shakespeare’s Sister and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Rosie is now embarking on a solo career with the up coming November release of her self titled debut album that was successfully crowdfunded and recorded in Cornwall with Gareth Young and Tam Johnstone at Cube Recording earlier in 2016. 

The launch of Rosie’s album will be celebrated by performing live with her band at The Acorn on November the 12th. 

Support will be from Harry Collier.


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 Sunday 13th November 2016
 at 3.00pm
Tickets £8 (in advance) / £10 (on the door)


Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way.

Made in transit between Greece and the UK, EUROHOUSE is developed with the help and support of Bios Athens, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MAYK, Wardrobe Theatre, CPT & Incoming Festival.

For a sneak preview click on the Eurohouse icon below....




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Sunday 13th November 2016  at 8.00pm   

Martin Turner - ex Wishbone Ash

              Tickets £16
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Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert.

Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound.

Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.



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18th November 2016 at 8.00pm

Minar Pasion – Mining Passion

(Please see also workshop below at 2.00pm)

8pm  Tickets £10.50

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 Minar Pasión derives from the shared history of mining, employing Flamenco dance, traditional Cornish Scoot dance, live Flamenco music, commissioned poetry, narration and visual art. 

Hardship, Hope and New Horizons- the Cornish and Spanish Diaspora retold in a new multi-media performance by international dance and theatre company: Claudia Caolín Y Compañia. This latest piece explores the connection between Flamenco and mining, drawing historical parallels between Cornish dance, Flamenco dance and the tradition of a passionate song inspired by working in the Andalusian mines. 

The show draws on the wealth of music, dance and imagery inspired by the experiences of mining communities of both southern Spain and Cornwall. Flamenco owes much of its origins to those working in the metal and mining industries, with one particular style, the Taranto, being solely born out of the mining experience. Just as Cornish tin has been a ticket to foreign lands and new horizons, the Spanish Diaspora enhanced Flamenco song and dance through its contact with mining colonies overseas.

A theatrical evening awaits which aims to capture the pathos, drama, colour and excitement inherent within the experience of like-risking and life-changing exodus.

Please see below for a workshop opportunity associated with this production



Friday 18th November 2016 at 2pm and 3pm

'Emotional Feet'

Stamp your feet the Cornish or Spanish way

Tickets £4

Scoot dance workshops (traditional Cornish dance) and Flamenco dance workshops are being offered by the cast of Minar Pasion to the wider community from within the catchment areas of the performance venues.
The workshop leaders, Claudia Caolin and Karen Lockley Brown, are fully qualified teachers with many years of experience in their respective disciplines. Penzance:
14:00 to 15:00 -   Flamenco Dance - Bring wide, long skirts and sturdy shoes with a broad heel.
15:00 to 16:00 Scoot (Cornish) dance  


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november-event-headerds-logo-header  Solo New Orleans Piano Show

                                       Tickets £10

               Saturday 19th November 2016 at 8.oopm

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 “If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special” - - Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain

Dale takes you on an intricate journey through the history of New Orleans Piano. He has continuously been touring the UK as far and wide as Penzance to the Shetland Islands whilst also taking in Brussels, Luxembourg and Antwerp winning over a legion of fans overwhelmed by his mastery of New Orleans Piano. His performances appeal to New Orleans, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Boogie and Stride aficionados alike.

British Blues awards finalist 2010-2015

European Blues awards best musical performance finalist 2015

Buxton Fringe Festival best musical performance award 2015

“He was absolutely phenomenal - just Dale and a piano and he brought the house down.”- Mark Tattersall - Artistic Director Dorchester Arts

“A Tour-de-force of Rockin' New Orleans Piano” - Blues Matters Magazine

“Dale is the best New Orleans player I've ever heard” - Richard Hawley

“I've seen Dr.John's shadow” - David Barard (bass player for Dr.John)



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november-event-headerSunday 20th November 2016  at 7.00pm 

Writing for the Stage

As part of the "Sunday Nights In at the Acorn"

Tickets £5

 It's the time to think about that play you were going to write, started writing or never actually got round to writing. Come along to develop ideas, concepts and/or play. We will be looking at Philip Ridley's "Dark Vanilla Jungle" as well the work of Globe Theatre writer in residence Peter Oswald. And of course we will play a few games......



november-event-headerThursday 24th November 2016 - 10.00 - 4.00

Cornish Carols Workshop

with Pip Wright and James Oecken

Tickets £15

(or £12 if booked before November 11th)

Come and learn 5 of the best loved and sung carols in West Cornwall: 


Harky Harky


Hark the Glad Sound

While Shepherds Watched

Star of Bethlehem


To Book: 

or call Joceline Rennie on 01736 600258


Thursday 24th November 2016  at 8.00pm 


A unique and compelling concert by  Keith James         

Tickets £12
The surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende andFederico Garcia Lorca. Performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements.
Following his numerous concerts and recordings in which he has taken the work of various Poets;William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and successfully transcribed them into what can only be described as truly amazing songs. Keithhas now turned his attention to one of his greatest passions; that of the intoxicating and somewhat mysterious world of the most masterful writers in the Spanish language.
Lorca: as Spain celebrates 80 years since Lorca’s death at the beginning of the Civil War, his dramatic and impassioned words take on an even greater of human consciousness. He is certainly the most influential of all Spanish Poets.

Isabel Allende
: the niece of Chilean President Salvador Allende, She is one of the most accomplished and celebrated modern writers occupying the multi-dimensional world of Spanish Literature.

Pablo Neruda:
also from Chile, has been proclaimed internationally as the most loved of all modern Poets. His verse is deep and romantic in a truly human and delicately intimate way, unlike any other Poet.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
: The Master of Magical Surrealism, Colombian Marquezis wildly celebrated for his astonishingly brilliant work as a novelist. 100 years of Solitude being the most celebrated novel of this amazing genre.

Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ 

The Independent

‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ 

BBC Radio Scotland

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ 

Times Literary Supplement




Friday 25th November at 8.00pm

Kent Duchaine

+ Leadbessie

Tickets £11 (in advance / £13 on the door)


Kent DuChaine

There are few musicians who can captivate an audience with nothing but a guitar & the Blues to the level that DuChaine does.A true raconteur, with tales of playing & travelling with some of the great Blues Masters, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Bukka White.

DuChaine is a W.C.Handy Award winner & was Grammy nominated, as well as being chosen to represent the State of Alabama on a cultural visit to Italy.

A true all round entertainer with his legendary “National” steel guitar the 82 year old “Leadbessie”.

” Honest  entertainment this good should not be missed” Blueprint magazine “One of the 5 best concerts Nationwide” (in any music genre) The Sunday Times (London)

A Real Bluesman”  Mike Harding,(The Mike Harding Folk Show 2015)





Saturday 26th November 2016 8pm

£9 (in advance) / £11 (on door



“Memorably melodic songs and exquisite vocal harmonies”

fRoots Magazine

"A distinctive and exceedingly unusual new talent"

FATEA Magazine

"It’s a bit mad, a bit fun, and really very good folk."

For Folks Sake

Raising The Fires – the debut album, out November 2016.

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Bristol based Heg & The Wolf Chorus tour the UK marking the release of their debut album Raising The Fires. This concept album, intertwining Heg’s imaginative stories with traditional myths and legends, is set at the end of the world as we know it, brought to it’s demise by a white witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. As the world burns, the witches spell conjures the return of all the mythological creatures to claim their land.

Lead singer and pianist Heg, travelled to the Isle of Skye in Scotland to write the album. “It was an amazing experience travelling to Skye and immersing myself in the incredible landscapes and rich mythological history” describes Heg. “I've never written in such a concentrated way before but it was great to be able to delve into the world I was writing about given that the concept is such a strong feature of the album. It's been amazing to bring back these songs and hear them come to life with the rest of the band.”

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Sunday 27th November at 7.00pm

Experimental Drawing

Tickets £5 for the 2 hour session

(please bring your own drawing equipment)



Experimental Drawing investigates aspects of drawing from life. We often have a theme. Think drama, think improvisation, think free dance, think   2D /3D, think outside the box.

So far we have drawn a model sideways, in the dark, undressing and dancing. In lines, in circles and on a screen.

And for this week we will look at aspects of drawing that presuppose subjective thinking as opposed to objective thinking. The human element. That intangible that you can't explain........



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

Cornish Riviera Box Office: Tel: 01726 879500;


or visit your nearest CRBO agent: 'Welcome to West Cornwall', by Penzance train station or The Visitor Information Centre, Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives.

The Acorn Box  Office is open Wednesdays, Thursdays Fridays and  Saturdays from 11am - 2pm only for bookings in person.  Please note, we can take payment at The Acorn by cash or cheque only.  On performance nights, The Acorn Box Office usually opens one hour before the start time of the event.