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Carn to Cove is Cornwall’s performing arts scheme for rural communities.  We fill our wonderfully varied community halls with poetry, laughter, music, drama, stories and dancing.  Local people choose the live shows they want to see and hear in their halls.  This means we have loads of variety for everyone across Cornwall. 

Carn to Cove works in close collaboration with Cornwall Young Promoters Scheme which enables young people to select and promote shows in their communities. Groups are springing up all over Cornwall!  If you would like to talk about programming work for young people in your venue or need help attracting younger audiences visit www.youngpromoters.org

The success of Carn to Cove is founded on the commitment and enthusiasm of the local promoters across the county. Tickets can be booked here or by calling your local hall on the phone number given on the events pages.

Please support your local volunteers who work so hard to make a great night out by making sure you are in the village hall on the night Carn to Cove comes to you!

If you are interested in joining our mailing list, our 200+ volunteers, or wish to enquire about including your community on the scheme, please contact us on 01209 312500.

Tim Smithies and Claire Marshall
Carn to Cove

We have just heard that we've been shortlisted in the Best Theatre Experience category of the Cornwall Today Awards 2014. This is really exciting for us - it's the first time that a theatre experience category has been part of the nominations and we are surprised and extremely proud to have been nominated.

Voting has started, and the results will be announced at a gala evening will be held at the Headland Hotel in Newquay for the second year running. Last year over 200 people enjoyed an evening of great food and great music provided by the Swing Empire.

You can cast your vote by clicking here!

Coming Soon

3 Daft Monkeys

3 Daft Monkeys bring their quirky and original approach to music back to their home county of Cornwall after a whirlwind summer of international gigs and festivals. In their famously dynamic live performances, you will hear songs from their award-winning brand new album Of Stones and Bones, a collection of old, new and fictional Cornish tales of forbidden love, murder, rebellion, witchcraft and piracy.

With a new 4 piece line up including percussion and 3 part harmonies, frenetic fiddling and 12 string guitar, and with Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms, will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.

The desire to dance is irresistible.

Event Dates

Fri.31st.Oct 2014

19:30

Troon Church Hall

Fri.7th.Nov 2014

19:30

The Performance Centre,

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Pacific Curls

Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform. Their show has a depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality.

With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge.

Their use of jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.

Event Dates

Fri.31st.Oct 2014

19:30

Perranporth Memorial Hall

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Kabasa

Kabasa have been wowing audiences in the Southwest with their lovingly assembled collection of finest live Latino/Salsa music- from pre-revolution Havana, to the hip beaches of Rio, and 1970's New York... and given it their own shot of rum and twist of lime.

The unique arrangements fuse elements of Salsa, funk & jazz with influences from West Africa, Brazil, Columbia and of course Cuba! Congas and timbales battle it out with a tuneful and fiery brass section, resulting in a vibrant controlled explosion of sound! But don't just take our word for it - experience it yourself!

“Their music is the best mixture of warm live sounds with a very professional presentation… I can't imagine an audience who wouldn't enjoy one of their gigs…" Golowan Festival 

Event Dates

Sat.1st.Nov 2014

20:00

Liskerrett Community Centre

Sat.22nd.Nov 2014

19:30

Sancreed Village Hall

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Lessons in Love

Carmen & Mimi

Carmen and Mimi are both looking for love...evening classes hold the answer. Lessons in Love is a comedy told through action, speech and extraordinary music with an uplifting and unexpected ending. An exciting blend of music and story with sublime singing, engaging comedy performances, slick physical direction, a great story and a feel-good vibe.
 
Carmen & Mimi are two new characters developed by singing duo Simone Hellier and Jenny Oldfield in collaboration with Kyla Goodey (Trifle Gathering). They are joined in the show by accomplished actor Ben Oldfield who is also the writer.

Benjamin Symes (cube theatre) is producing the show and it is funded by FEAST.

 

Event Dates

Fri.7th.Nov 2014

19:30

Lambeage Hall, Coverack

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Diary of a Lost Girl

Wurlitza

Diary of a Lost Girl traces the story of Thymian, played by mesmerising screen idol Louise Brooks, as her life yoyos between episodes of lightness and innocence, darkness and despair. There are moments of great comedy in this gripping film, in which joy and compassion are found in the most unlikely places.

Wurlitza are a five-piece Cornish band with keyboards, guitars, clarinet, bass, percussion and vocal harmonies specialising in creating live soundtracks to silent films. By adding a mix of classical, blues and pop music they bridge the gap between the centuries, adding a modern twist to extraordinary films. All music is played completely live and includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Django Reinhart, the Doors, Magic Numbers and Kraftwerk.

“The audience positively fizzed with enthusiasm”  John Hall, festival organiser. 

Event Dates

Fri.7th.Nov 2014

19:30

Lerryn Memorial Hall

Sat.28th.Feb 2015

19:30

The Zone, Downderry

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Dearbhail Finnegan & Robin Slater

Harp & Silver Flute Duet

Harpist Dearbhail Finnegan was brought up in the village of Nobber, Co.Meath, the birthplace of O’Carolan, and so has a special connection with his music. Since 1996 she has combined a busy solo performance career as well as being director of the Meath Harp Academy, a centre for learning Irish harp.

Dearbhail’s husband Robin Slater, a concert silver flautist, will complete the duet.

The programme will chiefly feature the music of Turlough O’Carolan with such renowned airs as Eleanor Plunkett, Bridget Cruise and the famous Carolan’s Concerto along with light classical, South American and harp compositions from other harping traditions around the world.

Dearbhail and Robin have played for Royalty, Presidents and many dignitaries around the globe, and have made numerous recordings: together they combine natural humour with beautiful music to make an enjoyable evening very special.

 

Event Dates

Fri.7th.Nov 2014

19:30

Zennor Buildg, Penwith College

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The Magic Beanstalk

Light Theatre

Jack, his mum and their cow Daisy are in trouble. Their house is leaking, the phones cut off, there’s no food in the fridge - and they’ve got NITS!

Something’s got to change and what happens next is an exciting adventure for all girls and boys who believe in magic.

Set in present day Cornwall, beautiful hand carved puppets, illusion and amazing experiments are used to retell the classic story of Jack and the Giant who lives through the clouds and over the rainbow.

The production brings back to Cornwall the world class puppeteers who were last seen in Kneehigh and The Little Angel’s adaptation of A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings in March last year.

Event Dates

Fri.14th.Nov 2014

18:30

Landewednack Community Hall

Sat.15th.Nov 2014

17:00

Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel

Fri.28th.Nov 2014

18:00

Whitecross Village Hall

Sat.6th.Dec 2014

15:00

Tresmeer Village Hall

Sun.7th.Dec 2014

16:00

Millbrook Village Hall

Sat.20th.Dec 2014

14:30

Wadebridge Town Hall

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Silly Boys Theatre

Three children wander through a dark forest. They are cold, hungry and lost. Stopping for a rest they decide to share some of the weird and wonderful stories they have heard along their way…

Find out what happened to the jolly old shoemaker, discover the dreadful fate of the gingerbread man and laugh in astonishment at the emperor’s new clothes!

A magical new show from Silly Boys (creators of The Tallest Horse On Earth), The Elves & The Shoemakeris a hilarious, wacky and heart-warming take on some of the world’s favourite fairy tales. Reimagined with puppetry, live music and a huge dose of silliness!

The perfect treat for all the family.

Event Dates

Sat.15th.Nov 2014

17:30

Praa Sands Community Centre

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Doin' It Dreckly

Hedluv & Passman

Since appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012, Hedluv + Passman have garnered a bevy of devoted fans including comedy superstars Alan Davies and Rhys Darby.

With only their casiotone, a red woollen hat and the most energetic dancing this millennium, their lo-fi fun and hysterical, laconic lyrics have the audience rolling and dancing in the aisles.

A sell-out hit in New Zealand, these laid back Cornishmen bring songs of flippers and sat navs back to Cornwall this autumn.

Event Dates

Sat.15th.Nov 2014

19:00

St Erme Community Centre

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My Tutu's Gone AWOL/Madame Galina Ballet Star Galactica

Iestyn Edwards

As seen privately by Her Majesty, and heard on Radio 4, part one of this show is a musical revue.  Hearing along the way songs by Shermann and Shermann and Ivor Novello, we follow Iestyn in his tutu on Combined Services Entertainment tours through Iraq and Afghanistan in the company of Her Majesty’s Finest. 

Hoiked onto the ‘naughty tank’ on base in Iraq for being lippy to Royal Marines Commando ‘Stacks’, Iestyn had to sing for his supper – or at least to be lifted down again.   

‘Hilarious and touching stories of his time on base in Iraq and Afghanistan…he is our eyes out there, and his singing makes me cry every time…proud is not the word!  Go Tutu Boy. You rock!’ Joanna Lumley  

In part two Iestyn morphs into his legendary Russian Prima Ballerina Madame Galina.  West End headliner and recently nominated for a London Cabaret Award.  Part panto dame, part clown, part stand up, total hit!  

‘Irrepressible…hilarious…a tour de force Variety turn!”  Tommy Holgate, The Sun

Event Dates

Sat.15th.Nov 2014

19:30

Millbrook Village Hall

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Spiro

Personally signed to Real World Records by Peter Gabriel, Spiro are one of the most exciting acoustic quartets you’re likely to hear.

Guitarist Jon Hunt says, ‘Even though we use folk tunes, they’re raw materials that the rest of the sound is built around. There's no ornamentation to attract attention to one particular instrument. In fact, there’s that feeling that each member of the band isn’t just playing that instrument, they’re playing the whole thing.’

This is what Spiro refer to as “the mesh”, the locked in ensemble sound that’s a relentless, wonderfully overpowering assault on the eardrums. Seemingly impossibly intricate, it is an astonishing live experience: essentially English, beautifully brilliant.

Cinematic, breath-taking and beautiful…traditionally English and yet wholly of the now. Folk has never seemed so relevant.’ *****Songlines

Event Dates

Sat.22nd.Nov 2014

19:30

Mount Pleasant Eco Park

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8m3

Didier Andre & Jean Paul LeFeuvre

8m3 – the title refers to the volume of the stage, which is the most unique aspect of this performance – it’s too small for two artists and too small to do circus in, so 8m3 is two solos, one after the other.

Chez Moi Circus - a juggler finds himself alone in his caravan, in front of an old television set. In this shrunken space he takes the audience on a journey through his life as an artist.

With humour and poetry objects come alive. But will everything really happen as it’s supposed to?

Circus and transport are linked; it’s all about proportions.

With Ni Omnibus, the landscape comes indoors, music is the engine, the fittings and props and the bus becomes a theatre.

Following performances at the International Mime Festival with their previous hit Le Jardin, experienced duo Didier Andre and Jean-Paul LeFeuvre bring their unique circus skills to the UK once again.

Event Dates

Sat.22nd.Nov 2014

19:30

The Performance Centre,

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The Grace Notes

Fronted by Ley Adewole, a former international backing singer who has sung with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, The Grace Notes are a retro soul, gospel & jazz collective bringing new twists to classic soul, funk & gospel greats, heavily influenced by the sounds and stars of Motown soul.
 
‘This is one of the best live bands you can ever hope to see!! Follow them, stalk them, beg, borrow and steal tickets to see them’ Sue Verran, composer

Event Dates

Sat.22nd.Nov 2014

21:00

Ruan Minor Village Hall

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Monkey

PuppetCraft

The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story and with a script written specially for PuppetCraft by the brilliant poet Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007–2009.

Stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of Monkey - the trickster who hatched from an egg, can fly on a cloud and can transform into anything.

For 24 years PuppetCraft has been touring far and wide, becoming one of Britain's top puppet companies, and a mainstay of the Carn to Cove programme.

Event Dates

Sat.29th.Nov 2014

16:00

The Old Cattle Market

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What the Dickens?

Gonzo Moose

Young Charles Dickens is a rookie reporter on The Morning Chronicle. Whilst investigating the foggy slums of Ye Olde London Towne, he accidently stumbles on a story that could make his reputation.
Follow our hero on the adventure of a lifetime! Expect a world of pockmarked pickpockets, cobwebby convicts, teeming slums, empty marshes, dark secrets, convoluted plots and lots and lots of fog. This inventive and gripping comedy features just three actors playing over 20 roles in 90 mins of fast paced fun and thrilling action.
 
Brimming with unfeasibly quick costume changes, stupidly surreal characters and wonderfully daft jokes,What The Dickens? has something to entertain the whole family.  Since exploding onto the scene in 2000,Gonzo Moose has become renowned for its accessible brand of stage comedy which combines improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning.
 
Their previous shows for Carn to Cove include I’m an Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here, Grimm and Grimmerand Is That a Bolt In Your Neck?

Event Dates

Sat.29th.Nov 2014

20:00

Calstock Hall

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Dr Livingstone, I Presume

Miracle Theatre Company

The epic story of one man’s obsession to discover the source of the Nile and transform an entire continent single-handed - and of a woman left behind…

Both a hurrah to courage and endurance and a swipe at the great 19th century ideals, Miracle serves up this curious slice of history in its own inimitable style – and with a huge nod to Victorian Music Hall.

Mixing caustic comedy, seedy songs and second-rate spectacle with dubious magic, dodgy ventriloquism and breath-taking burlesque the show will genuinely appeal to all ages.

Event Dates

Thu.4th.Dec 2014

19:30

Epworth Hall

Sun.14th.Dec 2014

19:30

Grampound Community Hall

Wed.17th.Dec 2014

19:00

Mullion School

Sun.4th.Jan 2015

19:30

Perranporth Memorial Hall

Wed.7th.Jan 2015

19:30

Launceston Town Hall

Wed.7th.Jan 2015

19:30

Wadebridge Town Hall

Sun.11th.Jan 2015

16:00

CAVE, Callington Town Hall

Wed.14th.Jan 2015

19:30

St Ives Guildhall

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Dracula

Rabbit Theatre

The team that brought you the award-winning Great Expectations have got their teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire.

Writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and 'outrageously versatile' performer David Mynne bring you Dracula!

Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing (and completely batty) tale of dark deeds and the UnDead will thrill and seduce you.

"Listen to them… the children of the night. What music they make!"

Event Dates

Sat.17th.Jan 2015

19:30

Grampound Community Hall

Sat.31st.Jan 2015

20:00

Blisland Village Hall

Sat.21st.Feb 2015

19:30

The Centre, Newlyn

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Heads South

Heads South combines Afro-Cuban and other Latin influenced rhythms with tuneful melodies in an enthralling repertoire of original compositions and arrangements of classic tunes. The music encompasses memorable new original tunes such as El Cardenal and La Plaza and great new arrangements of loved standards such as Mack the Knife and Guantanamera. For newcomers to this music, think Buena Vista Social Club in a smaller package, add the excitement of Jazz, and imbibe the warmth of a Latin evening…

Event Dates

Thu.22nd.Jan 2015

20:00

The Bosun's, Quay Road

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Salt Roads

Bagas Degol

Some of you will remember Red Letter Days, in which musicians Bagas Degol and writer Anna Maria Murphy performed an evening of music, song and stories on the theme of Feast.

Their new show has also been specially made for Cornish village halls, venues, festivals and feasts – and this time they will be following the Salt Roads around the coast of Cornwall.

Tales and songs of journeys, emigration, and those who wait on shore.

Event Dates

Sat.7th.Feb 2015

19:30

Devoran Village Hall

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Carn to Cove is part of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust Ltd, Charity No. 292138, Company No. 01727731. We are funded by Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.
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