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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

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

Carn to Cove raised over £4500 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge last December, so we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who pledged or went online to donate during the Challenge Week - it wasn't without it's problems, so we were really chuffed once again to have taken part! Thanks one and all.



Coming Soon

Curious Creatures

Squashbox Theatre

Welcome to the Curious Creatures wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him.
Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.

Expect to meet curious creatures of all shapes and sizes: from performing fleas and gymnastic snails to irritable alligators, over-excited elephants, and a very intelligent orang-utan!
Learn about how animals evolved, how their amazing adaptations help them survive in the wild, and how animals can help us learn more about ourselves. After all, we’re all related if you go back far enough!

Using puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music - plus lots of amazing natural history facts - Squashbox Theatre will uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom.

Event Dates

Fri.25th.Apr 2014


Ruan Minor Village Hall

Sun.27th.Apr 2014


Trannack C.P. School

Sat.17th.May 2014


Tresmeer Village Hall

Sun.18th.May 2014


The Old School, Stoke Climsland

Fri.23rd.May 2014


Nancledra School Hall

Sat.24th.May 2014


Praa Sands Community Centre

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The Urban Folk Quartet

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Frank Moon and Tom Chapman are The Urban Folk Quartet. 

Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.

Hitting the ground running in 2009, The UFQ’s trail has blazed across ten countries, igniting audiences worldwide with their high octane, genre-bending take on folk. 2014 brings further new direction as founding member Frank Moon steps out of touring life, passing the torch to banjo virtuoso, singer and guitarist Dan Walsh for what is set to be the band’s most adventurous year so far.

“There’s a palpable electricity to a UFQ gig that surges through the band and into the crowd... and Off Beaten Tracks is an emotionally-charged masterpiece.” Olivia Haughton, Songlines




Event Dates

Fri.25th.Apr 2014


Calstock Hall

Sat.26th.Apr 2014


Helland Village Hall

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Johanna Graham Quartet

With Martin Bowie, Damian Rodd & Tim Greenhalgh

A hugely popular and dynamic performer, Johanna and her quartet won the This Is Cornwall Best Jazz Act 2012 and were also nominated for The Best Jazz Act, South West Music Awards.

The quartet comprises elegant and hugely accomplished guitar phrasing from Martin Bowie, dynamic drumming talent Damian Rodd, brilliant and sensitive double bass from Tim Greenhalgh and Johanna herself. Her captivating stage presence and emotive style put a fresh spin on jazz standards, and with original compositions from the new album thrown into the mix, audiences are in for a rare treat.

"Johanna is a fine singer with a palpably individual style" Peter Quinn Jazz Wise Magazine

"Beautiful vocals" Chrissie Hynde

Event Dates

Fri.2nd.May 2014


Lane Theatre, Newquay

Sat.3rd.May 2014


Whitecross 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

Sat.10th.May 2014


Mawgan Porth Village Hall

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Above Bored

'Owdyado Theatre

A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. In a room down the hall, her colleague also awaits an interview.

Just routine questions. Just routine.

But what if the monotony of routine was responsible for pushing one of them over the edge?

When does bored become bored to death (albeit someone else’s death)? After all, perhaps it’s not unusual for employees of an adhesive supply company to feel, well … stuck.

‘Owdyado Theatre is a Cornish new writing company that uses influences from influential modern dramatic works and contemporary film/television drama to create exciting original plays.

Event Dates

Sun.25th.May 2014


Carn Marth Hotel

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Major Tom

Victoria Melody

Victoria Melody explored championship dog showing with her basset hound and participated in beauty pageants as a contestant. To complete the research for this show, the dog Major Tom went to Crufts and Victoria at 34 and 5ft 4 went to the Mrs England 2013 beauty pageant. She currently holds the title of Mrs Brighton.

Major Tom and Victoria increasingly immersed themselves into the obsessive and confusing realm of personal scrutiny as they participated as genuine contestants and aimed to win. This one woman, one dog show follows their story. It reflects on the British fascination with celebrities, beauty, and winning.

‘Victoria Melody has a unique way of looking at life. We could all do well to take time out and spend time in Victoria’s world. Life would certainly be a brighter place’. The Public Reviews - 2012

Event Dates

Sat.31st.May 2014


The Tolmen Centre

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Moscow Drug Club

Moscow Drug a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

“The best entertainment we have ever had!”
“The music, songs and your voice were amazingly evocative, beautiful and inspiring, such originality just like the band’s name.Rural touring audiences

Event Dates

Fri.6th.Jun 2014


Millbrook Village Hall

Sat.7th.Jun 2014


The Tolmen Centre

Sun.8th.Jun 2014


Hay Studio

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

Iestyn Edwards in performance

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

Dip into Iestyn's glamorous world....

Event Dates

Sat.14th.Jun 2014


Launceston Town Hall

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Click on our venue page for some gorgeous pictures of a selection of our village halls...

Carn to Cove is a project administered by Cornwall Arts Centre Trust Ltd, Charity Number 292138.
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