Events at The Acorn

All the latest live events happening here at the Acorn.


Thursday 22nd February - 7:00 pm

Cornwall - 3 documentary films by Diana Taylor

Tickets: Free Entry - donations please

Redcliffe films was set up in 2011 by Diana Taylor & Anthea Page who have both worked in the film business (BBC TV). There will be three films shown – Man Engine, Hidden in History Women in St Ives Industries and 3 Strange Storms & Symphonies – the life of George LLoyd, Cornish Composer. He is currently no 16 and 17 in the Classical charts with his 6th and 7th Symphonies. He is featured in the film with his own voice telling his life story. The film is set against the Cornish landscape which influenced much of his music.
These films are being donated by Diana Taylor & Anthea Page as a fundraiser for The Acorn.

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Friday 23rd February - 8:00 pm

Steve Knightley

Tickets: £18

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a setlist peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

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Saturday 24th February - 7:30 pm

The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

Tickets: £11

‘A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan.’

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Thursday 1st March - 5:00 pm

Aunty Emily and the Missing Melody

Tickets: £6

Aunty Emily is a children’s storytelling play with puppetry and music.

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Thursday 1st March - 8:00 pm

The People’s String Foundation DUO - Ben Sutcliffe & Zaid Al-Rikabi

Tickets: Advance £8.50/Door £10/Concessions £7.50

The People’s String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds who represent the grass roots of British music culture, mixing world, classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment.

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Friday 2nd March - 8:00 pm

India Electric Co.

Tickets: Advance £11/Door £13

After releasing their debut debut album The Girl I Left Behind Me in  2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure  throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival.  Currently they are embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

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Sunday 4th March - 8:00 pm

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier

Tickets: £11

Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier met on a songwriting retreat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. “Sometimes when you get thrown into a co-write sessions things just click” says Napier, “This was one of those times.” Over the last 18 months they have written together down the line from Loebe’s base in Austin, Texas and in Findlay’s Glasgow flat when Rebecca was touring the UK.

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Thursday 8th March - 7:30 pm

John Udry Punches Gravity In The Face

Tickets: £13

Juggler Jon Udry wanted to make a one man show, perhaps the last show he ever makes, he ever does – this is that show. One man – persevering through the battle of life, overcoming… stuff, making tea, thinking about love, taking risks and changing the game – and juggling, juggling juggling.
Think you hate juggling? You’re just wrong. Come to this show. Seriously.
An original, little bit crazy and totally uplifting show created and performed by juggler Jon Udry.

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Friday 9th March - 7:30 pm

Dogwood’s Production of No Finer Life By Graham Harvey

Tickets: £11/concessions £9

Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid,
memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.
This is Elizabeth’s story…

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Saturday 10th March - 8:00 pm

The 7th International Women's Day

Tickets: £9/concessions £7

Back in the ring for round seven, please join us for a no holds barred celebration of International Women’s Day at the Acorn Penzance, on Saturday, March 10th

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Thursday 15th March - 7:30 pm

The Free9 - a new play by In-Sook Chappell

Tickets: £4

Produced by Acorn Young People’s Theatre

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Friday 16th March - 8:00 pm

Claude Bourbon

Tickets: Advance £11/Door £13

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

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Saturday 17th March - 8:00 pm

Kabasa - 10 year Anniversary

Tickets: Advance £8/Door £10/Concessions £6

Live Latin Music with Kabasa: “It’s been ten years!”

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Sunday 18th March - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enlightenment Fair 3

Tickets: Free Entry

Following on from our 2 very successful events in 2017 we are proud to announce Enlightenment 3 on Sunday 18th March 2018 between 11am and 4pm

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Monday 19th March - 7:30 pm

Cardboard Citizens : 'Cathy' - By Ali Taylor

Tickets:  £10.00/Concessions  £7.00

Following its 5-Star hit run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in association with St. Petroc’s Society, Cathy comes to Cornwall, as part of a campaign to end homelessness in the region. Cathy tells the story of one woman’s fight for her home, her life and her rights. 

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Thursday 22nd March - 7:30 pm

Nick Darke’s THE RIOT

Tickets: Adults £8  Concessions £6.50  Student £5  Family £24

Part of the Darke Visions Festival

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Saturday 24th March - 8:00 pm

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Tickets: £12/Concessions £11

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick the Budapest Café Orchestra play folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest Café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way –  a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

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Thursday 29th March - 8:00 pm


Tickets: £13

Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

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Friday 30th March - 3:00 pm

Murray Lachlan Young - Modern Cautionary Tales For Children

Tickets: Children age 6+ £5/Adults £7/Family (2 adults + 2 children) £20

“One of the greatest children’s entertainer’s I have ever seen. Five stars.” -The Scotsman

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Friday 30th March - 8:00 pm

Murray Lachlan Young - How Freakin' Zeitgeist Are You?

Tickets: Advance £10/Door £12

“Simply brilliant, hysterically funny and strangely moving. ” Claudia Winkleman

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Saturday 31st March - 8:00 pm


Tickets: £6

West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Dan Thompson (electric guitar); Dave Burbidge (drums); Hannah Johns (violin); Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar); Sean Booth (bass); and Steve Mitchell (vocals/guitar).

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Saturday 7th April - 8:00 pm

Black Water County

Tickets: £10

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties.

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Sunday 8th April - 8:00 pm

Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers

Tickets: Advance £15/Concessions £12/Door £17

Following the last sell-out UK tour, multi-award winning Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist GEOFF ACHISON returns in 2018 for a run of shows at festivals, music clubs, theatres and arts centres up and down the country. He is supported by his “UK Souldiggers”: internationally acclaimed drummer SAM KELLY, keys man PAUL JOBSON and ANDY HODGE on bass.

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Tuesday 10th April - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wenna's Wonderful World

Tickets: £7

Theatre Arts Fun for children (2-6yrs) and their parents.

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Thursday 12th April - 7:30 pm

The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride

Tickets: £10/concessions £8

The ride is life-changing for everyone, showing how the past has affected both the territories of Cornwall and India. In this wildly imaginative new play, Alan M. Kent -prize-winning playwright of The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies and National Minority-takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through time and space.

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Thursday 19th April - 7:30 pm

OakApple Quarterly Cabaret

Tickets: £6

Comedy: froths and frolics and fanciful humours of the mind.
April sees the return of the quarterly OakApple Cabaret, bringing you mirth, merriment and joy, with a quirky line-up of madcap performers expressing themselves all over the stage with wit and charm. To be amused and delighted. With socks.

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Friday 20th April - 8:00 pm

Mitch Benn: I’m Still Here

Tickets: £14/concessions £12

WINNER of BBC 2’s Celebrity Mastermind
Congratulations! It’s 2018 and you’re still here! So is Mitch, (“the country’s leading musical satirist” Times) looking backwards, forwards and sideways trying to make the world a better place, one silly song at a time. Join him as he looks back over what for the lack of a better word he still refers to as his “career” and ponders where he – and indeed all of us – might be going next.

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Saturday 21st April - 8:00 pm

Emily Maguire

Tickets: Advance £12/Door £14

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, 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.

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Tuesday 24th April - 7:30 pm

Leviathan - James Wilton Dance

Tickets: Adults: £11.00 Child: £9.00 Unwaged: £9.00 Family: £32.00

Leviathan is the critically acclaimed work by award winning Cornish choreographer James Wilton.

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Thursday 26th April - 8:00 pm

Sound Of The Sirens - "Feel The Love"

Tickets: £10

“Let’s fill the Acorn Theatre with
“Love and Light, Music and Joy. Come and join us for an evening to celebrate the Stars on the South West music scene”

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Friday 27th April - 8:00 pm

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

Tickets: Advance £13/ Door £15

With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented quartet.

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Saturday 28th April - 8:00 pm

The Ollie West Band

Tickets: Advance £8/Door £10

“We Watch The World Turning” Tour

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Friday 4th May - 8:00 pm

Chris Poole

Tickets: Advance £9/Concessions£7/Door £12

Celebrated guitarist Chris Poole brings fiery, soulful and passionate guitar virtuosity to a show that will leave you wanting more.

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Saturday 5th May - 8:00 pm

Hans Theessink And Brooks Williams - Steady Rollin’ Blues

Tickets: Advance £14/Concessions £12/ Door £15

Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams have been delighting audiences for countless years and are in great demand on the roots music circuit at festivals, clubs and concert halls. So get on your travelin’ shoes and join these two legends of roots music on the blues road.

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Thursday 10th May - 7:30 pm

The Non-Psychic "Psychic" Show with Greg Chapman

Tickets: Advance £10/Concessions £8/Door £12

This show is fun and thought provoking. Although the show takes no stand on whether it is actually possible to communicate with the dead, it shows how the appearance of such communications can be made through trickery, in a way that in entertaining, interesting, and at times downright funny!

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Saturday 12th May - 7:30 pm

Roger McGough - As Far As I Know

Tickets: £20

Roger McGough’s new show features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems. It’s a gala gig that’s making waves!

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Tuesday 15th May - 8:00 pm


Tickets: £14

Described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” 

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Friday 18th May - 8:00 pm

Oye Santana

Tickets: Advance £16/door £18

You’re going to love Oye Santana… awesome guitar from Milan ‘Carlos’ Webb, as passionate and exciting as Santana himself, plus the band’s infectious good-time feel – every track a fiesta, every performance a show. You’ll be singing, smiling and dancing along from the first chink of tambourine to the get-up-and-boogie finale

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Saturday 19th May - 8:00 pm

HENNING WEHN: Das Neuen Materialen Nachten

Tickets: £15

Henning’s recent TV and radio appearances include hosting Live At The Apollo (BBC 2), Have I Got News For You (BBC 1), Bake Off Extra Slice (Channel 4), The Unbelievable Truth (BBC Radio 4) and Fighting Talk (BBC 5 Live).

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Thursday 24th May - 8:00 pm

The 2 - Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli

Tickets: Advance: £8/Door £10

Take one Englishman and one Frenchman, each with a lifetime of playing live and recording, and the result is The 2. Thomas Ottogalli & Roger Moss – acoustic and electric guitar artistry + harmony vocals

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Friday 25th May - 8:00 pm

Gilmore and Roberts

Tickets: £10 Advance, £7 concessions, £12 door

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting
with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of
sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle,
mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and
released their debut album in 2008.

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Saturday 9th June - 8:00 pm

Robin Ince - Pragmatic Insanity

Tickets: £15

Robin’s first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. In 2017 Robin completed a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concluded at the Wembley 

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Friday 15th June - 8:00 pm

Tyn Daga – Eloise Tregeagle

Tickets:  Adults: £10.00/Child: £8.00/Unwaged: £8.00/Family: £29.00

This gripping musical narrative has it all – Barbary pirates, shipwrecks, mysterious goings on, betrayal and redemption, plus a generous helping of local gossip!

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Saturday 16th June - 7:30 pm

An Evening of Mediumship with Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt

Tickets: £11

Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt is a Spiritualist Medium who is currently touring the UK with her successful Psychic / Mediumship Evenings.

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Tuesday 19th June - 8:00 pm

Anda Union

Tickets: Advance £16/Concessions £14/ Door £18

Anda Union’s thoroughly addictive and accessible fusion of Mongolian musical styles draws directly from the band’s roots in the differing ethnic nomadic cultures. The band’s nine members are keenly aware of the threat climate change and modernity is posing to their grasslands habitat and ancient Mongolian culture.

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Thursday 21st June - 8:00 pm


Tickets: Advance £8/Door £10

Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion!

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