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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

Coming Soon

The Full Bronte

Scary Little Girls

The Full Bronte was a sell-out success in Edinburgh last year and comes home to the South West for the first time.

This affectionate tribute proudly reclaims the Brontes for Cornwall, homages Charlotte, Emily and Anne through storytelling, music, audience games and sketches and is all brought to you by your favourite performers from It's Your Round Cabaret Pub Quiz Sharon Andrew and Rebecca Morden.

Hosts Monika (glamour puss, academic, thespian) and her assistant Brannie (dogsbody, ensemble cast, backstage crew), create wuthering delights in a show that is the anarchic love child of French and Saunders and Hinge and Bracket.

Perfect for literature aficionados and fans of theatre and comedy alike - and of course every devoted Brontephile! 

Have a look at the Scary Little Girls website to find out more about what they're up to by clicking here.

(NB This event was to have taken place at the Old Press Gallery in St Austell.  Please note that it's now taking place at St Austell Arts Theatre, on the A390, on the south-western edge of St Austell)

Event Dates

Wed.1st.Apr 2015

19:00

St Austell Arts Theatre

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Bec Applebee

The Ugly Sisters

Following the success of her solo show 'Oh Mary', Bec Applebee is creating a new theatrical venture 'The Ugly Sisters'; a fun filled family show based around the characters from the Cinderella story. Using a combination of original live music, dance and comedy the show takes a satirical look at media driven photo-shopped ideals of beauty and questions - who really is the Ugly Sister? How far will some girls go to get the attention of the prince and how much plastic and elastic can one girl use to get the perfect look? Is it possible to be happy as you are? And can our country girl in wellies win the day?

The show will be performed devised and written by a dazzling selection of Cornwall’s talent – Bec Applebee, Mary Woodvine (Kneehigh Theatre), Jenny Beare (Goldentree Productions), Callum Mitchell (Writer) and Seamas Carey (composer) from Silly Boys. 

(NB This event was to have taken place at the Old Press Gallery in St Austell.  Please note that it's now taking place at St Austell Arts Theatre, on the A390, on the south-western edge of St Austell)

Event Dates

Thu.2nd.Apr 2015

18:30

St Austell Arts Theatre

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A Musical Kaleidoscope

Incandescendo

Virtuoso cellist Emily Burridge and brilliant percussionist Felix Gibbons promise to make you smile, your feet tap and maybe you'll be driven to dance. Felix is an internationally acclaimed percussionist specialising in the multiplicity of instruments that characterise the distinct rhythms of Brazil and Latin-America.

These dance around and enhance the melodic sounds of Emily, the classically trained virtuoso cellist, who with her passion for Brazil is energized by the rhythms and finds them a limitless source of inspiration for composing and improvising melodies. Their concert program includes their arrangements of Brazilian classical and popular music and an array of new works for cello and percussion.

Event Dates

Fri.10th.Apr 2015

19:00

Whitecross Village Hall

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Alaska

Black Fish

Alaska takes you to one of the last great frontiers of the modern world. A land where steam freezes, fish have mastered cryogenics and the Yukon River can make you disappear. But faced with “a piece of the good life” the reality is no picnic, with plummeting temperatures, technical disaster and virtually no practical skill Alaska is a story of one man’s carefree, joyous journey which becomes a nightmarish plunge into extreme survival, overshadowed by all things dead, alive and Alaskan.


Alaska is an odyssey of epic proportion challenging our views on modern living for a life all of us would rather have, big or small. 

Don't miss the trailer - get your Pippy Nuts here!

Event Dates

Thu.16th.Apr 2015

19:30

Bodmin College Theatre

Fri.17th.Apr 2015

19:30

St Austell Arts Theatre

Sat.18th.Apr 2015

19:00

Townshend Village Hall

Fri.24th.Apr 2015

19:30

Wadebridge Town Hall

Wed.29th.Apr 2015

19:30

Treviglas School

Wed.27th.May 2015

19:30

Perranporth Memorial Hall

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Dracula

Rabbit Theatre

Beware. He is coming. Keep your windows locked and gather in the garlic.

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” actor David Mynne bring you a one-man performance of Dracula.

Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They're all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker's gothic pot-boiler...

Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you! Don't take our word for it - watch the trailer here!

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

Event Dates

Fri.17th.Apr 2015

19:30

The Old School, Stoke Climsland

Sat.18th.Apr 2015

20:00

Portreath Millennium Hall

Sat.25th.Apr 2015

19:30

North Hill Village Hall

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Norsesome

Temple Theatre

Randy gods, psychotic giants and murderous elves face off in the show to end all shows - with the end of the world guaranteed.

From the adventures of Thor to the outrageous pranks of Loki, every story from Norse mythology is packed into this unforgettable hour.

Mixing comedy, music, electric drama and an unhealthy amount of cross-dressing, it's going to be Valhalla-va show.

 

Event Dates

Sat.18th.Apr 2015

19:30

St Ives Guildhall

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Those Magnificent Men

The Foundry Group

The thrilling true story of the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight as told by acclaimed writing duo Mitchell and Nixon.

Award winning theatre company The Foundry Group and BBC4 sketch group the Ornate Johnsons have joined forces for this brand new staging of the hit play about pioneering aviators Capt. John Alcock and Ltd Arthur Whitten Brown and their daredevil dash across the Atlantic in the tiny open cockpit of a converted Vickers Vimy biplane.

In this glorified kite they flew from Newfoundland through dense fog, sleet, snow and hail - sometimes upside down – to Ireland and worldwide celebrity. 

Event Dates

Sat.18th.Apr 2015

19:30

Grampound Community Hall

Sat.23rd.May 2015

20:00

Carleen Village Hall

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Tea Dance

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

It’s time to dance, enjoy the music and meet new friends, as we present two hours of live music and dancing as part of the BSO’s Cornwall Residency.

Join BSO to Waltz, Tango or Jive the afternoon away accompanied by a cup of tea or two and a slice of cake.

Whether you like to listen to the music, enjoy making new friends or just want to dance and practice your moves – everyone is welcome!

Event Dates

Wed.22nd.Apr 2015

14:00

The Centre, Newlyn

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Ensemble Concerts

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra do the splits!

Following on from our successful ensemble concerts last year, on one special day BSO will perform sectional evenings in three different locations across the Carn to Cove network.

St Endellion
The 28 strong String Ensemble will present one of the masterworks of the string orchestra repertoire, the Serenade for Strings by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak at St Endellion Church. 

Brahms spotted Dvorak’s talent and gave him his enthusiastic support and encouragement, so it’s appropriate to couple masterworks by these great Romantic composers to open and close the Bournemouth Symphony Strings concert – Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, and an arrangement for strings of Brahms’s String Quintet in G. The programme also includes Warlock’s Capriol Suite, for which the BSO musicians will be joined by young Cornish string players, and a work by the leading Dutch composer of the last century Otto Ketting, which evokes memories of his childhood titled Souvenirs du Printemps. The BSO’s Dutch ‘Young Composer in Association’, Frank Zielhorst, is a passionate advocate of Ketting’s music, and is looking forward to introducing this evocative work to Cornish audiences.

The BSO musicians will be joined by young Cornish string players for a performance of Warlock's Capriol Suite, and other items on the programme will include William Walton's Two Pieces from Henry V (as the concert will be given on Shakespeare's birthday).

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The Tolmen Centre
Bournemouth Symphony Winds Octet will perform Dvorak's Serenade for Wind instruments at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, and they will also be joined by young wind players from Cornwall, who will perform alongside the BSO musicians in a joint item, and two wind ensembles from the county - Sax is our Business and Flautistas will also be performing in the concert.

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Callington Town Hall
Finally the Brass Quintet joins young Cornish brass players for an evening of popular 'Best of Brass' music at Callington Town Hall, including music from over three centuries from Greensleeves to Gershwin. 

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Event Dates

Thu.23rd.Apr 2015

19:30

CAVE, Callington Town Hall

Thu.23rd.Apr 2015

19:30

St Endellion Church

Thu.23rd.Apr 2015

19:30

The Tolmen Centre

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Old Time Jazz Band

Fumi Okiji

Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band is a joyous celebration of the great tradition of jazz song. The music is essentially lovingly crafted interpretations of repertoire from jazz’s inception, through the interwar years.

The band takes in the blues, New Orleans, black vaudeville, Louis, Ella and Billie. While tackling the material with upmost reverence it does so with both feet firmly in the 21st century.

'It is unapologetically old time jazz and at the heart is Fumi’s rich, sonorous, contralto accompanied by a stellar band of musicians.' Simisola Balogun

Find out more about Fumi by clicking here.
 

Event Dates

Fri.24th.Apr 2015

19:30

Nancegollan Village Hall

Sat.25th.Apr 2015

19:30

Warleggan Jubilee Hall

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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

Little Soldier

Inspired by Don Quixote’s wanderings, two feisty senoritas and a downtrodden Englishman embark on a journey taking on one of the most accomplished works of fiction ever written.

Accompanied only by a Spanish classical guitarist they will lead you to joy, pain and ultimate wisdom. Sixty glorious minutes concluding with a common sentiment: these guys didn't read the book.

Little Soldier presents a provocative adventure of epic proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt and a

***** The Stage, Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Spotlight
**** Time Out, Exeunt
‘Straight-up, funniest most charming theatre company I've come across in an age’ Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods 

Event Dates

Sat.25th.Apr 2015

19:30

The Tolmen Centre

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The People's String Foundation

The Lost Dreams of Gilgamesh

The People's String Foundation mix passionate theatrics with an Urban Gypsy sound. The band is led by Ben Sutcliffe (Musical Director for Rogue Theatre and Trebbigan Productions) whose virtuoso violin styles have landed him to play with the likes of Ralph McTell, The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds, The 3 Daft Monkeys, and Gary Stringer from Reef.

Mixing artisan flavours with world grooves and a band that expands into a 24 piece Orchestra, The People's String Foundation are fast being recognized as the heavyweights of the South West. As well as touring the Festival and Theatre circuits as a dynamic trio they encompass a grass roots philosophy, working with the community to promote local music and arts. 

Event Dates

Sat.25th.Apr 2015

21:00

Ruan Minor Village Hall

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Sam Lee

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

Same is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

Event Dates

Wed.29th.Apr 2015

20:00

Falmouth Poly

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The House GranNabo

Panta Rei Danseteater

The house GranNabo (the word neighbour in Norwegian and Swedish is mixed together to form the word GranNabo) is located between Norway and Sweden. It houses curiosity, love and uncertainty. The show looks at the term neighbours in every sense of the word.

The house GranNabo is a beautiful, energetic and playful dance performance with five strong dancers. The music is composed by Nathaniel Reed and Thomas Elfstadius. The piece is a Swedish/Norwegian co-production. 

Event Dates

Fri.8th.May 2015

19:30

Wadebridge Town Hall

Sat.9th.May 2015

19:30

St Ives Guildhall

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The Imperfect Pearl

Whitehouse Productions

The Imperfect Pearl is a Baroque musical drama, which tells the re-imagined life story of obscure Italian composer Domenico Zipoli, who left his growing success in Rome in 1717 to face an uncertain and dangerous sea journey to South America, and a precarious future in the Jesuit Missions of the South American jungle, modern day Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. For more than 200 years thereafter, his life was shrouded in mystery, until in 1972 5,000 pieces of his music were discovered in a Bolivian Church toilet.

Hear of his fascinating life accompanied by beautiful music from Italy and South America.

Event Dates

Fri.22nd.May 2015

19:30

Penryn Town Hall

Fri.12th.Jun 2015

19:30

The Centre, Newlyn

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Salt Road

Bagas Degol

An evening of stories, music and songs of journeys, emigration, and those who wait on shore from writer Annamaria Murphy (Kneehigh Theatre, BBC Radio 4, C Scape Dance, Rogue Theatre) and musicians and composers, Bagas Degol, following the Salt Road around the coast of Cornwall.

Cod Joliff, fisherman, finds a mysterious diary written by his great great great Grandfather, Ebeenezer Joliff, who had gone with his two brothers to preach in Tierra Del Fuego. Cod goes on an epic journey to discover the secrets hidden in the diaries pages.
Come to Salt Road and find out who kissed like a limpet and what Caleb Joliff saw in an iceberg.

An evening of original stories and music about the sea and how it shapes us, those who leave, stay behind and come back. A Cornish Odyssey around our coasts and Salt Roads.

Made specially for Cornish feasts, halls, festivals, sundry venues both usual and unusual.

Event Dates

Sun.14th.Jun 2015

12:30

No.8 Cafe, Launceston

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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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