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Fisherman's Friends The Musical Raises The Roof On The New Cornwall Playhouse

Fisherman’s Friends The Musical

Cornwall Playhouse

Hall For Cornwall



Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends sang their way into Cornish folklore back in 2010 when they signed a million pound record deal and went on to appear at festivals and venues across the country – most notably Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage. We’ve enjoyed Fisherman’s Friends, The Movie (with a follow up on the way) and now Fisherman’s Friends The Musical will bring their names and popular sea shanties into the limelight once again.

The official opening night of the inaugural production at our newly refurbished Hall For Cornwall was almost overwhelming; absorbing the grand design and sheer beauty of Truro’s historic building was more than enough to fill this Cornish heart with delight. If a refurb could be described as both a labour of love and a work of art, then CEO and Creative Director Julien Boast’s finally realised vision is just that. Prior to curtain up a hush fell over the packed auditorium as a protégé of the Hall’s long established Youth Theatre read a Cornish blessing. Amber Clarke’s crystal clear delivery of the beautiful words written by our Grand Bard Pol Hodge literally sent shivers down the spine; without a sign of nerves Amber stood tall beside Sir Tim Rice who read the English translation.

What followed was a warm and wonderful night of sea shanties and fun with some lovely comedy and choreography. Very loosely based on the true story of our Port Isaac boys this is a musical in every sense with a terrific set, wall to wall music and a story of friendship and community. The cleverly written script carried a subtle, but distinctive, political commentary without detracting from the uplifting story.

There are no weak links in this musical, but there are some outstanding performances especially the show stopping vocals of Alwyn played by Parisa Shahmir (Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia Here We Go Again). Georgia Bruce also shines at singing and is instantly recognisable from her appearance in this year’s telly sensation It’s A Sin and her work with Emma Rice in Wise Children. Firmly established and popular television faces Susie Blake and Robert Duncan turn in lovely performances, made all the more special with Robert hailing from St. Austell and treading the boards in Kernow for the first time in many years.

Impossible to review this fantastic Cornish musical offering without mentioning our very own Ed Rowe; the Roche boy has worked hard and richly deserves his role as a member of the Fisherman’s Friends group. Already firmly established in BAFTA award winning BAIT, Trevithick!, Hireth and three Christmas shows at Hall for Cornwall, Ed is compellingly watchable and holds his own with the rest of the cast; he is not there because he is Cornish, he is there because he has earned it and is bloody good.

The amazing musicians are an integral part of the show, playing a variety of instruments from melodians to penny whistles, taking the Fisherman’s Friends from acapella to full blown live band.

Cornish audiences are leaping to their feet every night, singing their hearts out at the end of the show and lifting the roof off our wonderful new Playhouse Theatre.


Congratulations to everyone involved in creating a stomping good show that will be in demand in theatres across the country. Fisherman’s Friends The Musical will leave audiences feeling warm and fuzzy up and down the land.


The show runs until Saturday 30th October with limited tickets still available here –

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/playhouse-tickets-shows


While you’re there, check out the wide variety of upcoming shows, there really is something for everyone in the new season.


Sheila Vanloo

October 2021

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