What’s On This Week: Mon 19 – Sun 25 June
MON 19 - SUN 25 JUNE
Blondie’s coming, Tom Jones is popping down – this week in Cornwall’s going to be ace. As well as live music, there’s outdoor theatre, food events and a festival dedicated to gin. Where’s my wrist band – I’m parched?
Pride & Prejudice and The Emperor’s New Clothes, Minack Theatre, Mon 12 – Fri 23 June
Ilyria is bringing Pride and Prejudice (12-21 June) and The Emperor’s New Clothes (13-23 June) to the iconic Minack Theatre, with performances throughout the week. Billed as Illyria’s cheekiest show ever, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a fab retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale in which two swindlers trick the emperor, offering him the ability to identify fools by making him clothes which only the wise can see. While Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen at her witty best) follows the classic, up-and-down love story of Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy.
The Third Policeman, venues across Cornwall, Thurs 15 – Fri 30 June
This big summer show from renowned Cornish company, Miracle Theatre will be popping up all over the Duchy in the second half of the month. The production, written by Flann O’Brien, ventures into a world somewhere between Alice and Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage shaped and night is actually and accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety life, hidden in the heart of rural Ireland. Sounds delightfully bonkers to me and even better to catch it at a unique and unexpected Cornish venue, like Mount Pleasant Eco Park (this Tuesday), Bedruthan Hotel’s cliff top theatre, The Woods Café at Cardinham Woods or The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
North Coast Collective Exhibition, Rock Institute, Rock, Fri 16 – Fri 23 June
North Coast Collective is a select group of Cornwall based artists, makers and musicians. They are exhibiting together at Rock Institute from this Friday. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-6pm and will feature furniture, contemporary jewellery, paintings and reworked lighting. During the week, artists Ness Lannnen and Debbie Trant will be running sketchbook workshops at Porthilly Beach, finishing with an informal tea and chat at the Institute. These workshops are suitable for everyone from beginners to artists wishing to revisit the essentials. For more information and to book a place on a workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golowan Festival, Penzance, Fri 16 – Sun 25 June
For ten days the streets Penzance come alive with music, processions and street entertainment marking this traditional celebration of midsummer. The traditional festival was lost to Cornwall for many years but revived by Penzance Town Council, Alverton School, Kneehigh Theatre and Penwith Peninsula College in 1991. Traditional festivities include the Feast of St John, The Mock Mayor Election, The Quay Fair and Serpent Dances and many local businesses have cultural happenings to enjoy.
The Addams Family, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Tues 20 – Sat 24 June
Everyone’s favourite kooky family are on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy, from the writers of hit musical Jersey Boys. Samantha Womack (Eastenders Ronnie Mitchell), Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell, in ITV’s Coronation Street) and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will star as Morticia, Fester and Wednesday Addams, who is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Muddy Northhants loved it, check out her review to get the lowdown.
‘Solstice Supper’ – The Lost Stories of Heligan with Woodfired Canteen, Wed 21 June
The next in a series of sell-out, long-table feast nights. Woodfired Canteen explores the lost stories of Heligan through their renowned woodfired cooking. This event, on Wednesday 21 June, marks the summer solstice, the longest day. More than a plate of food, this supper is inspired by the stories of the gardens using produce grown here and in the surrounding farms, showcasing heritage vegetables, rare breed and productive gardening techniques. The evening costs £30 and guests are encouraged to dress for any weather as part of the evening will be spent outdoors.
Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Thurs 22 & Fri 23 June
What a place to watch live music! And what’s more, the Eden Sessions line-up is better than ever this year. Dropping by this week will be Royal Blood (22 June) and Blondie (23 June). There’s more great gigs in July and early booking is advised, head to the Eden Sessions website if you fancy seeing Van Morrison, Bryan Adams or Foals in Cornwall this summer.
Tom Jones, Bands in the Sands, Perranporth Beach, Fri 23 June
In addition to popular festival Tunes in the Dunes later this month, The Wateringhole on Perranporth Beach will be host to a series of major concerts this summer, kicking off with the man himself – Mr Tom Jones. I’m amazed tickets are still available for this gig. I mean who wouldn’t want to watch the lovable Welshman belting it out on the white sands of Perran beach with a cold beer in hand? Other acts appearing later in the summer include Seasick Steve, The Stanglers, Feeder and Toots and the Maytals
Cornwall Gin Festival, Truro Piazza, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June
Did you know that this wonderful county produces six amazing gins? This ticketed festival in Truro celebrates our fine Cornish distilleries with super gin cocktails, gin tasting with the experts, cocktail demos, talks and presentations, live music, shops and food stalls. If you’re serious about your gin and this event is for you then make sure you buy your tickets early. Doors open at 12pm with entertainment kicking off from 2pm.