At The Acorn we believe that putting on great live events is not the whole story. A true community theatre must give people the opportunity to try, learn new skills, and take part. The activities below are great fun for all ages, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and be a part of the performing arts community in Penzance.

Please contact the class contact for further information and to book a place.


Accolades is a theatre/drama workshop for adults of all ages.  Classes run every Tuesday from 10.30 till 12.30 in term-time and takes place in the main auditorium of The Acorn.

Sessions include theatre games, exercises and improvisation, occasionally text, discussion and individual, pair and group work. The aims are to increase confidence, understanding and skill, as well as providing an opportunity to make new friends, have fun and allow creative self-expression.

There are plenty of laughs, and refreshments provided.

Price: £5 for a try-out session, then usually £30/25 per half-term.

Contact Gill McNeil on [email protected] if you are interested in booking a place.

Dance Republic

Propeller is a dance training programme for young people between the ages of 11 and 16 with lots of opportunities for performances, visits and working with visiting choreographers. Propeller meets weekly in term time on Tuesday evenings at the Acorn from 6.30 – 8pm. For more information on joining this or one of the other Propeller groups email [email protected]



Shallal Open House
Are you someone who likes to have fun, dance and express themselves?
Then come and join us at our regular and supportive group in this marvellous theatrical space.
No steps or routines to follow.
We use a wide range of music and are open to trying your favourite styles.
Monday mornings 10.30 until 12 noon
We charge £3 per session but don’t turn anyone away if you can’t pay.
For more info call Colin on:
07747 543300


Acorn Young People’s Theatre offers drama classes to inspire and develop the creativity of all young people.
As well as improving performance skills and creating great drama, we encourage students to become more self-aware, more confident and improve their skills in working with others and as part of a team.

Acorn Young People’s Theatre is a collaboration between The Acorn Theatre and Penzance based actor, director and storyteller John Brolly.


(5-8 years old)
Exploring stories and themes, developing skills and having a brilliant time.
Wednesdays: 4pm – 5pm
£50 per term


(8-11 years old)
Games, improvisations and performance work. Plenty of fun with incredible results.
Wednesdays: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
£50 per term


(11-15 years old)
Work together as a team to create amazing performances. Drama skills and developing stories and themes.
Wednesdays: 6.30pm – 8pm
£75 per term

(15-20 years old)
Performances and skills development.
Wednesdays: 8pm – 9.30pm
£75 per term

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