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Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. Andres Segovia
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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.
October 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 2nd October 2016 at 7.00pm
"Sunday Nights In at the Acorn" presents our second Film and Debate evening, this time the film is "The Economics of Happiness"
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 2nd October @ 7.00pm for a screening and lively debate. And the bar will be open....
Friday 7th October 2016 at 8.00pm
"How We Lost It"
Tickets: £11/ £7
'How We Lost It’ is a piece about who we are now, where we’ve come from and asks what we’ve lost (and gained) in between. Cheap Date have lost a lot of things: sleep, fear of judgement, social boundaries, a few partners, our youthful good looks, regular menstrual cycles, interest in missionary and a grasp on current affairs. We've got quite good at losing things, and now we know not everything will turn up down the back of the sofa.
A coming of age story where we come to terms with the fact that our prince charming might look a little different to the fairy-tale, but hey, we don’t need saving anyway. We weave together our own stories about youth, love, sex and growing up, inviting the audience into our narrative and seducing them to revisit theirs. This lip smacking, seam splitting combination of comedy dance theatre is not to be missed!
Saturday 8th October 2016 at 8.00pm
Billy Bottle & The Multiple: THE OTHER PLACE
Tickets: £10 / £8 (in adv) or £12 / £10 (on the door)
On the evening of 7th May, 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament. Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon as they make their way slowly to Westminster. On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them ‘Who’s got the Power?’
At the end of a long and winding journey, they arrive at Parliament Square on a milk float to make their delivery: a symbolic reminder that the power doesn't belong to the inhabitants of Westminster, it is given to them by the rest of us.
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billy and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to the audience to make their voices heard.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billy Bottle, plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher on soundscapes. Like the best art rock, they combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way. Complete with wobbly camera footage and the sounds of the streets, this performance is a real democratic party in action!
The Acorn Penzance is pleased to welcome -
Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic in association with Tara Finney Productions
South Devon, 2001. Jeff is a vet with a problem. Michael is a cattle farmer who is a problem. The two men have a begrudging respect for each other and a blossoming friendship based on sharing a fag, a nip of whisky and boisterous banter.
But then the skies turn dark with the greasy smoke of hundreds of pyres as foot and mouth sweeps through the British countryside, throwing communities across the country into incredulous chaos.
Michael watches, in grief stricken disbelief, the slaughter of his ‘girls’. He also watches his friend brandish the gun.
After the smoke has cleared and the blame laid to rest, the two men squabble, dance, philosophise, dream, laugh and plans as the countryside they used to know slips through theirs fingers, rapidly turning into a property developers’ dream.
And Then Comes The Nightjars is a searing portrait of what happens to a community, an industry, a landscape, a way of life, when change, uninvited, knocks at the door.
To visit the "And then come the Nightjars"website please click HERE
Friday 14th October 2016 at 8.00pm
Murray Lachlan Young
Tickets: £12 (adult) / £10 (concession)
Join us for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and devastating-ditty as BBC6 music resident poet Murray Lachlan Young presents his stunning new live up-close and personal show.
A delightful and satirical romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum this is unique stand up poetry/spoken word performance from one of the very best in the business.
Widely regarded as one of the best-known poetry voices in Britain Murray draws and performs material from his new collected works anthology: 'How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?' published by Unbound Books. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit and brooding subtext with empathetic humour.
Making his name in rock clubs and underground cabaret venues in London in the 1990s he signed to EMI in 1997 releasing the album Vice and Verse. No stranger to the big screen, Murray has appeared in 'About A Boy', 'Vatel' and 'Plunkett & Maclaine' .His first stage play, 'The Incomers', toured nationally to great acclaim. A man whose performance clips have notched up over 250,000 hits on YouTube and known for his numerous appearances and residencies on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show , Radio 4's Saturday Live, BBC Test Match Special and The Shipping Forecast and even on Newsnight. Mick Jagger even recently presented Keith Richards with a CD copy of Murray’s poem, marking the anniversary of Keith falling out of a coconut tree.
“Simply brilliant, hysterically funny and strangely moving. ” Claudia Winkleman
“A Noel Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation.” The Times
“A rock n roll poet”. Chrissy Hynde
Saturday 15th October 2016 at 8.00pm
"Blowing in the Wind" - songs of the 60's....
Tickets £14 (adult) / £12 (concession)
Great Songs - Great Stories - Great Hits
When Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and friends sang songs of peace and love, the times certainly were a-changin’...
From “Mr Tambourine Man” to “Sound of Silence”, from Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, international vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Andante featuring Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson bring vibrant new interpretations to these timeless tunes and wonderful words. Come on a wonderful musical journey through some of the greatest songs of our time.
Hear new live performances of unforgettable hits like “Big Yellow Taxi”, and “Like a Rolling Stone”. Rediscover the songs of Joan Baez in “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Banks of the Ohio”. and learn about the women in Dylan’s life through “Just Like a Woman”, “If Not for You”, “Make you Feel My Love”- and many more.
All these great songwriters told us to make love, not war. Now once again we need these songs more than ever. Come along – and enjoy a terrific evening of unforgettable music.
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7.00pm
Your chance to create new and innovative writing especially for the stage. Whether you are a seasoned writer or just want to try your hand at creating a script, the evening will allow you the time and space to create.
It is anticipated that scratch performances and rehearsed readings will also take place.
Many of these sessions will be exploratory and experimental, creating new ways to look at creativity and verse.
Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 8.00pm
"Southern Tenant Folk Union"
Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music. Past winners of the ‘Americana Artist Of The Year’ award the band have taken their music onto BBC One TV’s prime political show ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ plus Irish TV’s world famous chat show ‘The Late Late Show’ as well as onto stages at prestigious festivals (Celtic Connections, Belfast Open House Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Belladrum Festival, Electric Picnic & many more).
They run their own record label and work independently releasing their own music. Live reviews of their concert performances have picked up on their ‘tight delivery & soaring, gorgeous harmonies’ saying that ‘STFU are a must see live band combining a rich blend of musical talent with a high octane Appalachian style’ and they perform their own brand of ‘thrilling traditional musicianship’.
Through extensive touring they have seen audiences grow year on year and now consistently sell-out concert venues all over the UK and Ireland. Artistically successful their albums have been reviewed and praised in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Irish Times with their latest album, their sixth, awarded 4 stars across the board and described as ‘thrilling folk-rock at its best’ and ‘as entertaining as it is thought provoking’.
or on 01726 879500
Drawing that reflects on life. As a past student of Dartington College, your friendly neighborhood administrator has undertaken many life and experimental drawing projects, the fourth Sunday of the month will be an extension of that process. There may be life drawing, there may be movement, there could even be music; there will certainly be experimentation.
A Sunday evening of drawing mayhem? Possibly. Please bring your own drawing equipment. If we need large sheets of paper we will supply that for you but apart from that presume you need to bring your own equipment.
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.