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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

Tickets generally sell quickly in advance so we strongly recommend you buy your tickets well in advance.

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

1st and 2nd October 2016

from 10.00 - 4.00



Two days of creativity here at The Acorn 


Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign to put culture at the heart of a community, with an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people. 


Join us for 2 days of creativity whether it's performance, drawing, dancing, puppetry, music or all of those, you will be welcome.


This is the 3rd year that Fun Palaces has been running, a video showing what you can expect can be found HERE



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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"

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 2nd October @ 7.00pm for a screening and lively debate. And the bar will be open....


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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!


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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)

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 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!

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Sunday 9th October 2016 at 7.00pm


Cream Pie 


Tickets £10 / £8 (conc)
or on 01726 879500

What is happening to our sex lives now that so much pornographic stimulus is around us? Cream Pie is a two-woman show about internet porn and its impact on sexual education, health, and relationships.

Mixing together comedy with verbatim theatre, Cream Pie showcases the opinions of porn-consumers, academics, industry professionals, and the voices of the millennial generation.

The best sex-ed class you will ever have!

(p.s. this show does contain partial nudity)



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Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 7.30pm

The Acorn Penzance is pleased to welcome -

Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic in association with Tara Finney Productions

And Then Come the Nightjars
Tickets £15 (adult) / £12 (concession)
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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



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 Friday 14th October 2016 at 8.00pm

Murray Lachlan Young

Tickets: £12 (adult) / £10 (concession)

Murray Lachlan Young

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               

        Click on the photo to buy tickets 2016 4 Murray Lachlan Young An Evening with MLY


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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.



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 Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7.00pm


"Sunday Nights In at the Acorn"


                      New writing


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.




Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 2:00pm

Tickets: £11 (adult) £9 (concessions) Family: £32

Captain Flinn  and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass 


Flinn is back!  Les Petits Theatre Company return to the high seas after their hugely successful and award winning show Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.

The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.

When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps the children forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants the holder any wish!  The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages!   It's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure!

Will fearless Flinn be able to outwit the pirate dinosaurs?  Will Pirate Pearl be brave enough to battle the dangerous dinos and will terrified Tom be back in time for Tea?  All aboard for a non-stop action packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs! 

Brought to life by Les Petits; the exciting children’s theatre company from the team behind internationally acclaimed theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles (Alice’s Adventures Underground). 

Praise for Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs:

Winner of The Primary Times Children’s Choice Award

‘This is a bright sparky production, filled with hum-along songs, beautiful puppets and a lot of imagination’ TIME OUT

‘Adults and children alike will be delighted.’  EDINBURGH SPOTLIGHT 



Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 8.00pm

"Southern Tenant Folk Union"

Tickets: £11/ £9       Southern Tenant Folk Union - Press Photo 3 - by Douglas Robertson

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’.


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Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 7.00pm


"Sunday Nights In at the Acorn"

Experimental Drawing

Experimental drawing

Tickets £5
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.



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 Friday 28th October 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: £14 (in advance) / £16 (on the door)

The Producers Blues Band

make a welcome return


After great shows at the Acorn Penzance and the Lane Theatre Newquay in early July, we have been inundated with requests for a return visit.

So back by public demand The Producers return to Cornwall in October.


Celebrating their 25th anniversary The Producers have embarked on a nationwide tour and are barnstorming across the country, building on their already massive audience at sell-out club dates and continuing to develop their impressive reputation that no one can ignore.

Being invited to play prestigious Festival slots is always a sign of a band on its way, however receiving invitations to open concerts for luminaries like John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Dr John, Peter Green and Robert Cray has quickly led to The Producers becoming a major attraction in their own right. With thirteen acclaimed albums to their credit, air play and live appearances across Europe, the States, the Bahamas, Australia and New Zealand, The Producers are playing headline dates and rightfully assuming a prominent position on blues awards podiums.

"25 Years" is The Producers latest album, released to coincide with the tour and reflects the values of their first album (Escape from Muswell Hill 1992) It features 4 new original songs and a selection of old favourites often performed on stage but never before recorded. Thus connecting the band to both its past and its present.

They were featured in session on the Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2 and have been praised by both Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris. Peter Green the Fleetwood Mac guitar legend asked The Producers to provide the support for his first national tour for 25 years, The Producers also featured on the BBC documentary of the Buxton concert.



 Saturday 29th October 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: £15 / £12 / £10



Since their formation in 2002, Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe.

Forged out of the electric partnership of brothers Jamie and David Delarre, Mawkin are a concoction of brilliantly inventive musicianship and uninhibited energy. Initially coming together as a 3-piece the Delarre brothers enlisted the help of good friend and rock bassist Danny Crump. Starting out as a “bunch of mates” they played to a rapturous crowd at the 2002 Dartmoor Festival and before long Mawkin were performing at festivals across the country even though 2/3rds of the band weren’t old enough to drive. In 2007 the band released their spectacular debut ‘The Fair Essex’, an album which cleverly wove together a narrative of English summers, picturesque coastal towns and villages its been praised for its “gypsy jazz stylings, rural sound effects and samples its  beauty is in the detail”, one of MOJO’s folk albums of the year ‘The Fair Essex’ was a landmark in the bands history.

Subsequent tours and festivals followed the success of their debut and the next two years was spent honing their skills and building on their energetic live shows in the UK and Europe, supporting a diverse selection of artists on tours; Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Show of Hands and Mr Scruff.



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 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.