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Guide to entertainment in Cornwall 2013: March

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

Micky Flanagan

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2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for entertainment in Cornwall.

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Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 – Moscow State Circus, Hall for Cornwall. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, March 1 – Ken Lukowiak: A Soldier’s Song

In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, it’s worth remembering the human cost of that conflict. Few one-man shows could give you a more gut-wrenching insight than this one. Redruth’s Lukowiak faces his contrary wartime emotions with courage and honesty. www.tolmencentre.co.uk

Friday, March 1 – Bash Street Theatre: The Last Illusion, The Poly, Falmouth. www.thepoly.org

Tuesday, March 5 to Saturday, March 9 – Little Angel Theatre production in association with Kneehigh: A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Performance Centre, University College Falmouth. If there’s one theatre experience that is a must in the first third of the year then this is it. A Kneehigh creative team, led by Mike Shepherd, combine forces with Little Angel’s founding family – Lyndie, Sarah and film director Joe Wright – to celebrate Little Angel’s 50th anniversary year with a beautiful, brave and always entertaining puppet version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s story. www.theperformancecentre.org

Tuesday, March 5 – Micky Flanagan, Hall for Cornwall. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Wednesday, March 6 to Friday, March 8 – Micky Flanagan, Plymouth Pavilions. One of the country’s biggest comedy stars has the South West covered. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 – Miracle Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Hall for Cornwall. The ingenious Cornish company brings its charming take on Wilde’s classic indoors. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, March 9 – Milkshake! Live, Hall for Cornwall. One for the kids. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, March 9 – Milton Jones: On The Road, Plymouth Pavilions. The new king of surreal comedy will wear one of his loud shirts to be seen at the back of the massive Pavilions. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Monday, March 11 to Saturday, March 16 – 9 to 5, Hall for Cornwall. You may turn your nose up at the Dolly Parton musical featuring Bonnie Langford, Ben Richards and Jackie Clune, but you’d be wrong to if the stellar reviews are to be believed. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Monday, March 11 to Saturday, March 16 – New Jersey Nights, Plymouth Theatre Royal. The other musical theatre homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. www.theatreroyal.com

Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 – Chinese State Circus, Plymouth Pavilions. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Thursday, March 14 – Cube Theatre: Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber, Bodmin College (and March 21, Upton Cross Primary School; March 22, Sancreed Village Hall; April 20, Grampound Community Hall). Part-film and part-play, cube cube transports you on an epic adventure through striking visual effects, great music, strangely-shaped props, exceptional performances and a dazzling script that packs an emotional punch. www.carntocove.co.uk

Monday, March 18 to Saturday, March 23 – Birdsong, Theatre Royal, Plymouth (and Tuesday, May 7 to Saturday, May 11, Hall for Cornwall, www.hallforcornwall.co.uk). We’ve had Sebastian Faulks’ much-loved novel, the BBC’s heralded production and now the epic tale of love and war during the First World War comes to the stage. The cast includes Sarah Jayne Dunn (Hollyoaks), Charlie G Hawkins (Darren Miller in EastEnders), Arthur Bostrom (’Allo, ’Allo) and newcomer Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford. www.theatreroyal.com

Wednesday, March 20 – Maxwell Golden: CountryBoy’s Struggle, Callington Community College (and March 21, Lostwithiel Community Centre; March 22, The Poly, Falmouth; March 23, Newquay Treviglas Community College. From boys in Bude to Hackney rappers and London pigeons, physical performance, witty rhymes and original music combine to create an immersive story. Local boy done good Maxwell is part of the Writers’ Hub at Soho Theatre and previously an associate artist at The Albany in Deptford. www.carntocove.co.uk

Thursday, March 21 – Cube Theatre: Aubade, Upton Cross Primary School (and April 20, Grampound Community Hall). As is their wont, cube presents a more adult show to mirror their family-friendly production. Blending film and theatre, knife-sharp dialogue and dance, unflinching realism and fantasy, Aubade is a satire, a psychodrama, a twisted love-story. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended. www.carntocove.co.uk

Friday, March 22 – Helen Parlor Dance: Close/Distance, Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard (and March 23, St Ives Guildhall). Close/Distance explores the relationships we have with our neighbours in a modern society. A hilarious, acrobatic and thought-provoking show, which uses contact, fast physicality and modern theatrical content. www.carntocove.co.uk

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 – Duchy Ballet: Swan Lake, Hall for Cornwall. The cream of the county’s young talent in a new production of the ballet classic choreographed by Terence Etheridge. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Saturday, March 23 – Boothby Graffoe: Nomad, No Sane Either, The Poly, Falmouth. “Boothby Graffoe is a multi-talented, darkly hilarious, grade A British eccentric, who can twist your funny bone one minute, and break your heart the next. A musical comedy act who is more musical than most musicians, and funnier than most comedians.” If Stewart Lee says that about him, then start booking your tickets. www.thepoly.org

Saturday, March 23 – Pants On Fire: Pinocchio, Tolmen Centre, Constantine. Following their brilliant Ovid’s Metamorphoses a new production from Pants on Fire, who will be completing their project during a week’s residency at the Tolmen Centre. www.tolmencentre.co.uk

Tuesday, March 26 to Sunday, March 31 – Imperial Ice Stars: Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Hall for Cornwall. One of the most popular events in the HfC calendar returns with a rink full of champion skaters for an awe-inspiring spectacle. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 – Hofesh Shechter: Uprising/The Art of Not Looking Back, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. The hard-hitting Israeli choreographer is back at the venue which previewed his acclaimed Political Mother. In Uprising seven men emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with furious energy. Set to Shechter’s throbbing percussive score, this highly charged work plays with the idea of masculinity – exploring brotherhood and friendship. The Art of Not Looking Back is inspired by, and made for, the world class female dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company. Physical, complex and unrelenting; this work explores loss and separation. By the way, it’s almost impossible to write about dance without looking pretentious. www.theatreroyal.com

Sunday, March 31 – 24-Hour Musical, The Poly, Falmouth. This could be one of the most interesting arts events in Cornwall this year. The entire cast is auditioned and rehearsed in 24 hours. This show will be nothing without YOU – everyone who auditions will be cast. Whether you’re an actor, a singer, a dancer, all three or none, it’s set to be a fun and funny weekend. The show is currently being prepared by a crack team of writers and directors, with expert musical direction and choreography also on board. www.thepoly.org


Monday, March 4 – Robert Cray Band, Hall for Cornwall. It’s easy to forget now, but Cray gave the blues a much-needed overhaul in the 1980s with his breakthrough album Strong Persuader. He’s in the county to promote his 16th studio collection, Nothin’ But Love. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Friday, March 8 – Three Belles, The Acorn, Penzance. No one does Second World War reminiscing in an Andrews Sisters style like the talented, gorgeous Three Belles. www.theacornpenzance.com

Friday, March 15 – Mad Dog Mcrae, Falmouth Princess Pavilion. One of Plymouth’s best loved bands hop over the border for some ‘shake your ass’ music, as they call it. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Tuesday, March 19 – Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn and O’Connor, Hall for Cornwall. Former members of The Dubliners carry on the tradition and with songs like Whiskey In The Jar, Dirty Old Town and The Wild Rover who can blame them. www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Monday, March 25 – Stiff Little Fingers / The Men They Couldn’t Hang / Ed Tudor Pole, C103, Plymouth. Not one, not two, but three acts from the punk and post punk age. With songs of the might of Alternative Ulster, The Green Fields Of France and Swords Of A Thousand Men between them, this should see some aged pogoing. www.seetickets.com

Monday, March 25 – Patsy Cline Story 50th Anniversary Tour: Sandy Kelly and George Hamilton IV, Falmouth Princess Pavilion. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Wednesday, March 27 – Gabrielle Aplin, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. There’s plenty more to this alluring performer than her admittedly good version of Frankie’s The Power Of Love. www.princesspavilion.co.uk

Friday, March 29 – Martin Harley Band, The Acorn, Penzance


Saturday, March 30 – From The Jam featuring Bruce Foxton, Bodmin Public Rooms. After 30 seconds you’ll realise Paul Weller’s absence really doesn’t matter as note perfect renditions of hit after hit clobber you over the head. Will also include Foxton’s warmly received recent solo material. www.facebook.com/pages/phuckwit-promotions

Sunday, March 31 – Alfie Boe, Plymouth Pavilions.The nation’s favourite tenor, fresh from singing at Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, returns to Plymouth. www.plymouthpavilions.com

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