February brings promises of romance and pancakes, as well as a month of marvellous music, theatre and performance in venues all across Cornwall.
Half term is just a few weeks away – can you believe it? Look out for our Top Picks of things to do with the family coming soon! As always these are just our favourite events happening this month – for more, visit www.whatsoncornwall.co.uk
Thursday 2 February, CAST, Helston
Friday 3 February, The Centre, Newlyn
Saturday 4 February, Church of St Mary and St Julian, Maker
Five internationally acclaimed musicians will perform some of classical music’s most exciting chamber music, presenting an intimate evening of music by well-loved composers including Mozart, as well as more adventurous music by English composers Finzi and Bliss.
Saturday 4 February
Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth. Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer.
St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell
Friday 10 February
Celtic Beer Festival favourites, JacKnife are a high energy, mid-Cornwall based 4-piece who cover classic rock, rock n roll, pop, punk and grunge from 1950’s to 00’s.
The current line-up have been rocking pubs, clubs, weddings and beer festivals all over Cornwall for the last 2 years; gaining a loyal following whilst also amassing over half a million plays on soundcloud.com.
Tickets are £5 and are available from the Visitor Centre in Trevarthian Road, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 10 February, Calstock Hall
Saturday 11 February, Hall for Gwinear
Sunday 12 February, CAVe, Callington
Since exploding onto the scene in 2000, Gonzo Moose has become renowned for its accessible brand of stage comedy, combining improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning. Their new show is inspired by the Horror movies of the 1950’s – ‘The Thing That Came From Over There’ is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths.
Saturday 11 February, Grampound Community Hall
Sunday 12 February, Devoran Village Hall
Based (very loosely!) on the epic poem by Homer.
“Cyclops! A hulk of flesh, Ship tall. Arms reaching to his knees. Mouth – a gaping universe. And in the middle of his foolish forehead One Single Eye Mwah-ha-ha. . .!”
From the makers of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Dracula’ comes a tale more exciting than excitement itself: The Odyssey. The journey of all journeys. To Hell. And back again. Gods, Monsters, Sirens, Derring-Dos and Derring-Donts! A love story that lasts decades. It’s Greek stuff… with all the boring bits removed!
A host of exciting (and daft) characters – including a one-eyed Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon – will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat. If ever a show was designed for the smallest venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic.
Friday 17 February, The Poly, Falmouth
Saturday 18 February, The Acorn, Penzance
Kelsey. Cornish teenager. Timid lover of anarchic music. Kelsey lives in a converted fishing boat moored on the Helford River. She is proud daughter to Tristan of Helford, the local legend who makes a living robbing all the nearby second homes. But then young Gale walks into their lives and Kelsey wakes up to who she really is. The outside world encroaches, and a delicate balance is knocked sideways in Tristan’s precarious world.
Told with narrative poetry, dialogue and song, The Long Trick is a new play about one man’s protest against gentrification and what happens when ideas go beyond our control.
St Endellion Church
Saturday 18 February
St Endellion Church welcome back this highly entertaining and versatile group for what promises to be a wonderful and lively concert to lift the spirits on a winter’s evening. The soulful lead vocals of Ley Adewole and the cool grooves of pianist Richard Penrose, vocalist Janice Mitchelson, drummer Damian Rodd and bassist Yan Speake together make ‘The Grace Notes’, who play a mixture of disco, soul, funk and Motown and jazz. Ley, the lead singer, has sung with major acts such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Take That. Based in Cornwall and working throughout the South West and beyond, together they simply deliver unforgettable top quality entertainment.
Saturday 19 February, Praa Sands Community Centre
Wednesday 22 February, Truro College
Thursday 23 February, The Poly, Falmouth
Friday 24 February, Wadebridge Town Hall
Saturday 25 February, Millbrook Village Hall
Sunday 26 February, St Mawes Memorial Hall
Tuesday 28 February, Treviglas School, Newquay
Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband. Meanwhile, writers Charlotte and Dan struggle to write the script of their new noir-inspired theatre show. As scenes spin, fragment and entangle with each other, one question arises: whose reality is real?
The Pretend Men
Saturday 25 February
The Pretend Men’s critically acclaimed, multi award-winning comedy blockbuster Police Cops is an action-packed hour of adrenaline-fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.
Visit the Tolmen Centre website for tickets.
Hall for Cornwall
Sunday 26 February
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance. Fisherman’s Friends are getting ready to hit the road with a full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Bound together by lifelong friendship, the Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac have delighted visitors and locals with their traditional songs of the sea, handed down to them by their forefathers, and their evolving and expanding repertoire.