Theatre and performance arts in Cornwall

The Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) have compiled a list of performance art events here in our beautiful Cornwall. There are currently 5 listed in our performance arts section.

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The Riot by Nick Darke

Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Tickets on sale from March 1st.
The Riot by Nick Darke presented by Cornwall Youth Theatre.
A powerful dark comedy combined with Darke’s dream-like confusion.
This production contains strong language.
Fishermen from Newlyn, staunch Methodists, did not go to sea on the Sabbath, but visiting boats from Lowestoft (known as Yorkies) did, landing their fish on Monday thus reducing the price of the fish for Newlyn fishermen for the rest of the week.
The local fishermen fight back by tipping the whole catch of the Yorkies 100,000 mackerels into the harbour.
What starts as a peaceful protest soon turns into violence. Caught in the middle of the disturbance is Thomas Bolitho, local merchant, magistrate, mine owner and mayor. He seems to respect the fisherman’s beliefs, but he is also a businessman and he knows that the violent nature of the dispute is not good for business. He tries to compromise with both sides, but soon finds his life is in danger when they both turn against him.
March 28, 2018 - 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU

The Railway Children

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 until Saturday, 14th April 2018

Tickets on sale from March 1st
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, adapted by Dave Simpson and presented by The Minack Company
performances April 3 to 6 & 9 to 13 at 7.30pm and April 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 & 14 at 2pm.
The Railway Children is a heart-warming tale of an Edwardian family whose lives are turned upside down following the mysterious disappearance of their father.
Forced to leave their privileged London life, Roberta (Bobby), Peter, Phyllis and their mother, move to Three Chimneys Cottage in the country, where they forge new friendships, embark on adventures and discover a secret that will affect their lives forever.
Produced by the creative team behind the Minack’s highly acclaimed production of Goodnight Mister Tom. The Railway Children’s cast includes a host of Cornish acting talent alongside members of the Minack Youth Theatre.
A glorious theatrical experience for all ages, full of warmth, intrigue, adventure and joy.
Suitable for all ages | Running Time approx 2 hrs plus interval
Director John Brolly | Musical Director Ben Sutcliffe | Designer Elroy Ashmore
April 3, 2018 - 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU

Henry IV (Part 1)

Thursday, 19th April 2018 until Saturday, 21st April 2018

Henry IV (Part 1)  by William Shakespeare   presented by Carnon Downs Drama Group
Performances April 19 to 21 at 7.30pm
Henry IV finds himself facing uprisings from the Welsh chieftain Owen Glendower and impetuous young Harry “Hotspur” Percy.
April 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 10:15 pm
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU

Dancing In The Moonlight

Sunday, 22nd April 2018

A song and dance event presented by the Lockwood-Urban Dance & Theatre School.
April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Adult: £14/£10 - Under 16: £7/£5
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU

Around The World In Eighty Days

Wednesday, 25th April 2018 until Friday, 27th April 2018

Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason, presented by Seven Stones Theatre.
The fabulously wealthy Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days.
Performances April 25 to 27 at 7.30pm and April 26 at 2pm.
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU




Tuesday, 1st May 2018 until Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Pals by Jason Gerdes presented by North South Theatre
Performances May 1 and 2 at 7.30pm
Tickets on sale from March 1st
Set during the first years of the conflict, this poignant dark comedy follows the story of two innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener’s call for a New Army. Their experience of life on the Western Front is a stark contrast to what was promised by the officers signing them up:
“Back before Christmas, they said.”
The two friends (who are also brothers-in-law) do their best to keep each other’s spirits up, with bawdy humour, trenchant sarcasm and a camaraderie that only comes from knowing one another for years. Letters from home are not always a joy to receive.
Despite the fiction, this story’s background is firmly based in reality as battalions of ‘Pals’ were really formed from groups of friends and work-mates, and they fought together just as they do in the play. The transition from being caught up in the propaganda machine which promised glory and honour, to the reality of their situation (rats, lice and all), takes you on an unforgettable and gripping journey.
At each touring location, the production will adapt to become community-specific, bringing to life the community’s war-time historical connections.
The Minack Theatre  Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU

Henning Wehn

Friday, 18th May 2018

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best. Expect some old favourites and plenty of new ideas. Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-under-construction.
The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG