Fri 28 Feb - Sun 1 March
Looking for your weekend plans? Read on, we’ve the best of the music, theatre, art and events across Cornwall in our Muddy guide.
Music, Film & Theatre
The Electic Swing Circus, The Acorn, Penzance (28 Feb)
The ESC’s sound is an exciting combination of vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums, dirty synths and electro beats. Fronted by a powerful female double-act, with an extensive variety of vocal styles, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.
Truro Cathedral Choir Spring Concert, Truro (28 Feb)
The programme for Truro Cathedral Choir’s Spring concert is built around the deeply personal Requiem by Herbert Howells. The six short movements will be split into three groups of two and interspersed with much-loved choral works that can be heard afresh in the light of Howells’s poignant music: Bairstow’s Blessed city, Harris’ Strengthen ye the weak hands, Bainton’s And I saw a new heaven and Walton’s Jubilate.
Centre Stage Variety Show, Merlin Cinema, Redruth (29 Feb)
Centre Stage is a modern take on the classic Variety Show combining live music, comedy, illusion and more. Featuring Steve Hewlett, Britain’s Got Talent finalist and Ventriloquist, Internationalist Illusionists Matricks Illusion, who originate from Cornwall and Comedy TV Star Ben Nickless as well as a fantastic supporting cast of vocalists, dancers and live band. Suitable for all ages. (Pictured at top)
Cornwall Camerata, St Endellion (29 Feb)
Cornwall Camerata premiere as a chamber orchestra, although many of this new orchestra have previously performed together as The Liskeard Chamber Players, performing chamber music across Cornwall including quartets, quintets and sextets by Haydn, Brahms, Fauré, Shostakovich, Schumann and others.
Specifically formed into a chamber orchestra for the purpose of this performance series, Cornwall Camerata’s first concert will include JS Bach’s Brandenburg concertos 3, 4, 5 and 6 with solo performances from Phil Montgomery- Smith, Emma Jose, Karen Green and Paul Comeau.
The Festival of Curious Puppetry (27th Jan – 14 March)
Offering 8 unique puppetry performances, 6 inspirational evenings of talks and an exhibition showcasing puppets from around the world, come and experience the magical world of puppetry. Expect a riot of exciting shows and events to inspire and engage people of all ages in puppetry in all its forms and fancies. From clothes peg to carved exquisiteness puppets tell us their stories and open worlds of visual possibility.
Wear suitable footwear, all other equipment provided, and help clean up the mountains of plastic that have arrived on our shores courtesy of storms Ciara and Dennis.
Watergate Bay (28 Feb)
The Sea Shepherd UK Marine Debris Team is leading a beach clean at Watergate Bay. Meet at the Beach Hut on the beach at 1.30pm for a briefing before heading onto the beach.
Beach Guardian Beach Clean Constantine Bay (29 Feb)
Emily, Beach Guardian, will lead a weekly beach clean at 3pm, this week at Constantine Bay.
Twilight Run, Cardinham Woods (29 Feb)
Since the Zombie outbreak in October, the temperature has plummeted and we have had some grave reports coming in from the Nights Watch, wine-fuelled nonsense no doubt… Run with your headtorch in the Cardinham Nights Watch Edition timed 5k and 10k trail run. The 2.5k fun for ages 5 and up starts at 3.30pm, the Canicross time trial event starts at 4.15pm and the main Nights Watch Twilight Run starts at 6.15pm!
Fancy a longer stroll but don’t want to walk on your own? Join a Rambler’s group. The West Cornwall (Penwith & Kerrier) Group have a circular walk from Helston planned, walking through Penrose, Porthleven, Sithney and Lowertown on 29 Feb, starting at 10am. Meet at Helston Free Car Park opposite the Boating Lake. It’s 12 miles long so you’ll need walking boots.
A shorter six miler is planned by the Camel District (Wadebridge) group, in a circular walk to Tintagel and back, following the coast and inland paths. Meet and park Trebarwith Strand council car park to start at 10.30am on 29 Feb.
World Pasty Championships, Eden Project (29 Feb)
Celebrate the end of Cornish Pasty Week at the World Championships, where amateur and professional bakers from around the world battle it out to create the ultimate baked delicacy. The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local talent.
Art, exhibitions and workshops
Endelienta Open Exhibition, St Endellion (29 Feb – 29 March)
The annual Open Exhibition returns to (the new) St Endellion Hall and promises to once again show a diverse and vibrant selection of top-quality artworks from North Cornwall and beyond. The 2020 winner, runners-up and highly commended artworks will be announced during the preview on Friday 28 February, 6pm.
Family pop-up Sundays, Tate St Ives (1 March)
Make, play, explore and design as a family in the studio and visit the Drawing Station in the galleries. Each session has a different creative theme. Every Sunday in term time, under 18s free, no booking required.
Naum Gabo, Tate St Ives (until 3 May 2020)
The first extensive presentation of Naum Gabo‘s sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs to be held in the UK for over 30 years opens at the Tate St Ives.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto 1920, a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner. The statement declared that authentically modern art should engage with and reflect the modern age.
Drawing primarily on the complementary collections of Gabo’s work held at Tate and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany, it will focus on key themes in his work. Check out our Muddy review here.
A Sharp Pencil, Falmouth Art Gallery (25 Jan – 21 March 2020)
The super sharp pencil used by Falmouth-based artist Patrick Woodroffe is the inspiration behind this celebration of all forms of drawing. Patrick’s highly detailed drawings will be displayed alongside those by his friend, Peter Markey, who shared Patrick’s quirky sense of humour but developed his own distinctive drawing style. These works will be displayed alongside pencil masterpieces drawn from Falmouth’s collection and loaned by contemporary artists.
Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout Feb and March
Co-created by magic rebels Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjures up and evening of grand illusion to make your head spin. The show hinges on a hapless gang of magicians and (of course) things soon spiral out of control. From the same team who created Olivier award-winning Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 11+ age recommended. Now booking until August 2020.
Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May
So cool, you’ll be name dropping this one all month. London is Steve McQueen’s home town and this is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner prize in 1999. Also the director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his stellar career in film, photography and sculpture. The display will cover the last 25 years and include personal works such as his early film on Super 8 camera and this breathtaking aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above). The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3, on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.
Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, until 2 Jan 2021
It may not be the most #MeToo show of the year – but hell, it’s an of-its-time classic, right? Hot on the heels of its hit Broadway premiere in 2018, Pretty Woman this month begins its West End residency. Let’s be honest it’s going to be a huge crowd puller, so book up fast. Plus, the production has some major names with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan ‘Everything I do, I do for you’ Adams.
Mama Mia, how we love a bit of ABBA, and this spectacular night out at the O2 is a definite must-see. Created by the one and only beardy one Bjorn Ulvaeus, this immersive all-singing, all-dancing theatrical dining experience awaits you (booking until May 2020). Over the course of four hours (you’ll need a lot of Cosmo-fuelled endurance we reckon) you get a four course gourmet Mediterranean meal and a fabulous ABBA disco. Pure pop escapism, and we want to be there right now.
Message in a Bottle, Sadlers Wells, throughout Feb and March
They were some of the songs that defined the 80s and 90s – Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and Shape of My Heart. Iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. So our cool culture alarm went off big style with Message In A Bottle – a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, Featuring exhilarating dance dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, this uplifting show is a story of humanity and hope.
Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, until 12 April
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this simply brilliant exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Don’t forget to book ahead people, big crowds are expected at this one, give yourself enough gawp time (1 – 2 hours) and tickets start at £18.