The Acorn has been at the cultural heart of Penzance and the surrounding area for 50 years, since It’s a theatre dedicated to the community it serves, with affordable access to all for all, and is the westernmost venue to be open all year round. A deconsecrated chapel, The Acorn was first taken on by The Playgoers Theatre Group and Gay Sagar-Fenton and called ‘Centre 69’.
Over the years The Acorn has struggled both in terms of finance and management, but it has survived and today, is flourishing. The Acorn, operates as a charity, the Cornwall Theatre Company Ltd. Creativity is at the heart of the charity’s mission. Managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and minimal paid staff, the charity is reliant on the local community to held with the running of events and other key activities. It is volunteers who staff the theatre during performances and volunteers who have contributed alongside contractors to the refurbishment of the building and it’s redecoration over the years. Come and see the brand new mural on the rear outside wall. It is the community that has looked after this theatre, as well as funding from grant bodies especially Cornwall Council.
For 50 years the theatre has hosted a huge variety of acts, groups and projects within theatre, dance, music, comedy, children’s theatre, films and choirs. The diversity of the entertainment has and continues to b enormous, from puppet craft to Shakespeare, Jazz to World music, contemporary dance to comedy.
The Acorn also nurtures regional talent by supporting new works, hosting community events and providing an affordable venue for educational arts activities.
It is going to celebrate its 50th anniversary through a series of events over a three-day period 17th – 19th October (inc.). Details can be found on the website; www.theacornpenzance.com
The theme is Past, Present and Future
To kick off the celebrations on Thursday 17th October there will be a recreation of ‘Tongue Pie’ – a monthly event hosted at The Acorn back in the 80’s and 90’s. It was an eclectic mix of spoken word and songs.
On Friday 18th October an evening of present-day entertainment by five local acts: Boundless Brothers, Dan Aston, David Okangba, True Foxes & Foxes Fair.
On Saturday 19th October an evening of future entertainment by Airfish Ariel and Vagabond Circus.
The appetite for live performing arts in west Penwith is as healthy as ever.
Last year, The Acorn had over 14,000 attendances at a diverse programme
of over 160 events.
So why not come along and support this wonderful event. Tickets are only £5 for each evening.
Also: Look out for The Acorn’s Christmas Show, starring the Cornish stand-up Edward ‘Kernow King’ Rowe – star of the recent award winning film ‘Bait’.