A Cornish Cornucopia of Online Entertainment
Updated: Feb 17
We are all going stir crazy during this dreadful pandemic and the winter seems even longer and darker than usual, but there are fabulous things happening online. Here are my suggestions to make the time pass with theatre, dance, film, storytelling, music and workshops. Everyone listed is based in, or very closely linked to, Cornwall.
Online Free (or donations welcome in some cases)
Wheal Martyn Museum is looking forward to Spring with free Facebook events throughout half term with ‘Magic of Clay’. Other activities are available on their website. The Museum is also joining in with British Science Week on March 11th with a Webinar entitled What Will Your Museum Visit Be Like In The Future? is presented by Katharine Willis of Plymouth University. Visit the Museum website for more info –
In Search of the Severn Serpent is a brilliant new Radio 4 play written by Cornwall’s Annamaria Murphy. If you missed the premiere you can catch up on iplayer –
OBTV from Truro’s Old Bakery Studios, there are currently four episodes of OBTV available to watch; each show includes performances from top local musicians plus interviews, reviews and previews. New shows are being recorded under strict Covid social distancing airs on Sunday 14th February at 8pm
The Nub Sessions have streamed four fantastic shows live from Bodmin’s Airfield Studios, showcasing fabulous local and international talent of all genres. All the shows are available on their You Tube channel and they plan to bring us more shows later in the year. www.youtube.com/channel/UCWUy8cviiuh4Ut7wUiHpgMg
Helm De Vegas has been entertaining the world for almost a year with his fabulous solo musical lockdown performances live from his living room. Each show is themed and you are invited to send in your requests. Funny and extremely talented, Helm has been a constant tonic in dark times. Shows are free via Facebook, but Helm has a virtual tip jar: if you would like to bung in a few quid. www.facebook.com/HelmDeVegas
Lockdown Sessions Live - Newquay Town Council feat' Perfect Blue Sky. Friday 12th February 8pm
A free event hosted by Newquay Town Council featuring the formidable duo Perfect Blue Sky. If you enjoy 70’s psychedelic rock mashed up with 90’s grunge you will love this.
Pagan Pandemonium – an hour of madness and mayhem led by the irrepressible Seamas Carey as we visit various nutty global festivals and watch two local families battle it out in a game show like no other. Fun for the whole family.
Scary Little Girls brought us an online series of Salon de la Vie in 2020. Having secured funding, the Salon opens virtual doors to welcome us to Season 3 on Wednesday 10th February with a Valentine’s Day Special. Each Salon is a mix of fascinating stories, chat and music. Check out their previous Salons via their You Tube channel - www.youtube.com/channel/UCQzLsixxJ_dhZ5UOAzdGS7g
Find out more about the company on their website - www.scarylittlegirls.co.uk
Greenham Women Everywhere is an important work led by Scary Little Girls. The project brought Greenham women together to share their memories, stories and songs from their time at the Camp. Some stayed for years, others visited when they could while others brought supplies to keep the protest against nuclear arms in the public eye. Greenham Women Everywhere is a fascinating and enjoyable insight into a chunk of our social history which had been swept under the carpet – until now!
The Story Republicans The wonderfully talented Story Republicans usually pop up in towns, villages and festivals with story telling stories and song; in wonderfully colourful attire, they entrance audiences of all ages. The Republicans have now moved online with free digital recordings of fabulous stories written by the likes of AnnaMaria Murphy, Wyl Menmuir and Keith Sparrow.
Tea and Biscuits with Emma Rice Founder and Artistic Director of Wise Children, Emma chats over virtual Tea & Biscuits with a myriad of people she has worked with during her time in theatre. The conversations are an intimate insight into Emma’s relationships with people who work behind the scenes as well as performers There are currently 30 episodes with more on the way. –
Twisted Tales ‘Owdyado Theatre If you enjoy the spookier side of theatre, check out the spine tingling Twisted Tales from ‘Owdyado. Stories include classic tales along with original writing read by Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards.
Squashbox Theatre’s Craig Johnson is online with a variety of fun filled recordings; the short videos are perfect for entertaining the little ones, but will draw the young at heart in as well.
Dancer Emily Alden’s Audio Moves are beautifully performed. A series of shorts filmed by Brett Harvey are available here –
Rogue Theatre are most at home in their much loved performance space of Tehidy Woods, but their latest project Gatherings of Wild Imaginings will be available online soon. Follow the company on Facebook and Instagram for updates –
www.facebook.com/Roguetheatercornwall Insta - Rogue_Theatre
Tom Jackson Greaves in Association with Kneehigh created a brand new performance in isolation. A beautiful fairy tale brought to life with dance and movement.
It’s Grimm - Ha-Hum-Ah and Into Bodmin’s audio play is loosely based on tales from the Brothers Grimm with very weird characters, comedy and music. Available here –
Kneehigh’s Walk With Me is a free story walk App and is the perfect companion for your daily exercise, alternatively you can download and enjoy from home. Find out more -
Percy and the Virtual Wibble Wobble Cousin Jack’s Theatre A delightful online show for all ages performed by the original cast. Online access is free, but any donations will be welcomed by the company - www.cousinjacks.org/virtual-percy
Online Paid Events
Tortive Theatre in Association with Finding The Will present Bardheads – a series of talking heads taking an alternative look at some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. The stand alone shows are streamed live and you don’t have to know the Bard’s work to enjoy the performances.
Book tickets for the remaining shows - www.tortivetheatre.com/eventsandworkshops
Discover more about Finding The Will - www.findingthewill.com
The Writers Block – For those interested in creative writing the Writers’ Block is working online with a variety of practical courses for all ages and abilities. Find out more –
Prodigal Theatre UPG present The Fight – 26th February 7pm
Prodigal Theatre and Urban Playground Par stream live from AMATA Falmouth. 200 years on from William Hazlitt’s essay exploring the belly of Georgian bloodsports, this original work compares Hazlitt’s insights into nationalism in sport with our own flag waving patriotism. Combining witty text with parkour performance and music.
Find out more about Prodigal UPG –
PaddleBoat Theatre Company present Dream Maker streaming from 12th – 21st February
PaddleBoat share the mysteries of dreaming and how to create the perfect dream. Ideal for ages 4+, the show includes BSL and sign supported English.
Find out more about the company –
AMATA Spring Season The new performance season at Falmouth Uni has gone digital, follow the link to discover upcoming shows and book tickets. The first show is by award winning interactive theatre company Kill The Cat on Wednesday 17th February - www.amata.org.uk/whatson
Launch of Gorsedh Kernow Children’s Awards 2021 Nominations are open now for the annual children’s awards for children and young people under 18. Find out more from their website –
Breathing Space is a Dance Centred project for all adults to assist with physical and mental wellbeing. Running from 22nd February – 1st April the online sessions are suitable for all abilities. Working with Cornwall MIND and intoBodmin sessions are on a ‘pay what you can’ basis. Visit Dance Centred website for all the information on the sessions and how to register -
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Bristol Old Vic have launched their online Spring programme containing a tempting feast of treats for all pockets. Some of the shows carry a special ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ concession, a superb idea to assist those who are less well off.
Find out more – www.bristololdvic.org.uk/at-home