DAISY & JOHNNY: Blabbermouth Theatre

BlabberLast year we took a play written by Stephen Santer to Edinburgh Fringe. ‘Sweetness and Light’ was a brutal look at the futility of violence; a piece of verse drama which challenged actors and audience alike to confront society’s attitudes towards endemic aggression.
In stark contrast, our production this year, ‘Daisy and Johnny’ deals with theme of falling in love. It looks at the myths and realities in a sometimes light-hearted manner, at others, a brutally realistic way. It examines the often widely held beliefs, knowledge and experiences (though rarely spoken of honestly) of what it is to ‘fall in love’, ‘be in love’, and the reasons why it seems, on the whole, not to last. Yep! Just a light piece with singing and dancing thrown in! Our show revolves around a dancer and her partner, a would-be writer. He wants to write a play about love that they will perform. Is he genuine, or playing for time? Perhaps he’s making it up on the spur of the moment, to evade the fact that he can’t write. They both have different ideas of what the play should be about. He seems interested in analysing love itself; does it exist, how does one recognise it, does it last? She wants romance, singing and dancing; a fairy tale with a happy ending. Is true love the place for compromise? With this show we aim to appeal to anyone interested in love and romance.

To the Lighthouse-Virginia Wolf, Vanessa Bell & St Ives

Wed 18 May 10 – 1pm

Join artist Zoe Eaton and draw/paint your own view of St Ives Bay. Learn about about the fascinating history and links to St. Ives of these famous sisters, and its influence on their work. We will be looking at the writings of Virginia Wolf and painting style of Vanessa Bell to inspire your own creations.
Suitable for all levels of ability, all materials included, and light refreshments.
£25. To Book telephone The Cornish Riviera Box Office 01726 879500 or online at www.crbo.co.uk or in person at the VIC, The Guildhall St Ives.
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A visually stimulating talk and slideshow on the how, what and why of foraging. Punctuated with recipes, common plants of Cornwall and easy ways to recognise edible weeds and feast like a gourmet. Rachel Lambert is the author of Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and has been teaching foraging since 2007, her courses are highly regarded.

Rachel Lambert MA, BA, IBMTdip
Tel. 01736 361454 Mob. 07903 412014

‘Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better’
Albert Einstein

A dish of Cornish Mischief

Writers Stephen Hall, Pauline Sheppard and Simon Uren take a sideways look at Cornwall serving up character,sketches,stories,poems and observations…irreverent, revealing, surprising, insightful and amusing. With additional comments from Q,Charles Lee,Katherine Mansfield,D.H.Lawrence, G.W.R. and many others.

John Phillips reads from his book Heretic

Jack Profile Picturejust published by Longhouse Publishers in Vermont, USA. The book is 160 pages, and includes over a dozen of collages by the author.

” Poems of deep thought and poems that reveal an unthought thought created by the manifestation of the poem itself. Poems that unlock the unspoken; the unstated that lies behind what appears to be immediately evident.” Malcolm Ritchie. Author of The Crows of Gravity & Small Lines

The Art of the 10 min Play: Workshop

The art of the 10min playThe Art of the 10-Minute Play is a 3 hour workshop that will have you writing for performance from the get-go, with the added bonus that extracts will then be performed, on stage, at the St Ives Arts Club later in the week, so friends and family can enjoy your creativity over a glass of wine!
No experience necessary.

The Workshop Facilitator: Elaine Ruth White,is a playwright/librettist and Artistic Director of CAKE Productions

JOURNEYS : an ARTS LIVE event directed by Carol Ballenger

Carol Ballenger is both a violinist and a photographer and founder of Arts Live,
Carol promotes various projects including live performances combining projected images, poetry and music.

Her books Dartmoor Dreams and Stone Universe (published by Halsgrove) with poetry by John Powis celebrate the landscape of Dartmoor.

Fellow travelers on JOURNEYS are John Powls…
Sam Richards pianist,composer,improviser and writer…
Susan Taylor
and Simon Williams


ANGELA STONER will be launching her latest collection The Mazemaker’s Daughters, published by Oversteps
It is an imaginative leap into the labyrinth where the Minotaur rages. The collection eavesdrops on the so-far unheard voices of the mazemaker’s daughters. There is plenty of excitement and drama, blood and gore in this new take on an ancient myth.

PATRIC CUNNANE, performance poet and founder of Ragged Trousered Cabaret and Dodo Modern Poets, makes a welcome return to St Ives. His poetry is always topical, entertaining and thought provoking.
DODO MODERN POETS was founded in 1986 to bring new and established poets to a wide audience. Patric and his group host a regular evening at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden.
His latest collection is Looking for Eden.
Several of his poems appear in an anthology about Cornwall, Time for Song.
He writes stories and has read at storytelling venue, Tales of the Decongested, at Foyles in Charing Cross road, London.
Poems have appeared in many publications including The Guardian and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Two poems appeared in Velocity – the Best of Apples and Snakes, selected by The Independent as among that year’s 10 best poetry collections.


Come and have a glass of wine and meet some of the artists involved in this year’s Text Exhibition.


rod bPoets, Singers, Musicians & Storytellers welcome. This first event will also be a platform for poets from the South West who have been writing a poem a day for April.

Kenneth Price in Conversation with Ronnie Duncan

When Kenneth Price began to research his solo-show “W.S.Graham:Out of His Head”, the late Sir Terry Frost suggested he should speak to Ronnie Duncan if I wanted to know all about Sydney Graham; “Ronnie Duncan, he’s your man”, he said. Frost was spot-on and Duncan proved an invaluable and eloquent custodian of the Graham legacy, sharing rare personal recordings and a host of illuminating insights and anecdotes with characteristic generosity and enthusiasm.

“Kenneth Price in Conversation with Ronnie Duncan” will be an opportunity to hear the fascinating story of Ronnie’s life-long friendship with Sydney and also to hear a selection of his cassette player recordings of the poet, which vividly evoke the life and extraordinary times of of Greenock’s son, W.S.Graham.

2016 festival dates 14th – 21st May

This years festival takes place 14th – 21st May 2016 and is looking like it will be a super event  with old favourites like poetry and music in norway square and the Big Frug cabaret night at the Arts club.

we will post details of the events as soon as we have them  but check out our facebook for photos and videos of previous years.

if you have photos or videos let us know!

norway square

performance in the spring sun

Norway square performance

Bob Devereux performs “Nothing is Ever Perfect” con brio and dash, accompanied by Philip Pip Barlow on guitar. “Poetry in the Square”, Norway Square, St Ives, Wednesday 19th September 2012

Bob Devereux & Charles Shaar Murray – Suns and Moons 2013 festival


Hammering             Hammeringn

Neo-noir drama age 14+ limited, strong language, reference to self-harm
In this psychological thriller, a game of cat-and-mouse ensues that explores the nature of empathy, and challenges the seemingly positive values of unconditional love and confidentiality.

Stars Paul Henshall (Holby City), Michelle Hambly Dickson (Private Lives) and James Care (Private Lives).
This original script was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Writer Elaine Ruth White explains: ‘This was a story that just had to be told. It’s a very human story, and as such it does not flinch from looking at the best and worst in us. As the plot unfolds, its twists and turns will take the audience on an unstoppable journey toward an unthinkable truth about what really happened. All who have read the script or taken part in its production gasp at the point the truth comes out.’

CAKE Productions grew out of a very successful new writing reading and feedback service that was set up in April 2009.
We are an independent live theatre and film production company based in Cornwall

Over the intervening years we have read and offered free feedback to a large number of playwrights based in Cornwall and the South West.

Last year we produced work by four writers. To date we have focussed on new writing, but plans are now in the pipeline for CAKE’s interpretation of an established work.

We also work with other theatre companies – professional and amateur – helping them to produce work. We have a particular love for whacky but relevant shows. We choose the word ‘show’ so that we don’t exclude non-traditional theatrical events that may not be straight theatre.

JACK AND JENNY a folk opera

Jack and Jenny


A  mine is a hole in the ground-anywhere in the world-with at least one Cornishman at the bottom of it! They call them Cousin Jacks-the impoverished Cornish miners who left their homeland to find work at what must have seemed to them the ends of the earth. Cornish Women on the Verge bring their stories to life in poetry and song




 Telltales is a Falmouth-based group whose aim is to motivate, showcase and inspire writers.

Hope to see you there!

TOUCHING THE HUMERUS with TIR HA TAVAS (Dave & Dee Brotherton) and Hugh Trevarthen

Tir ha Tavas Open Studios May 2014

Self penned narrative and melodic songs played on a variety of instruments, with readings by Hugh and Dee.
An evening of words and music starring the Cornish language Kernewek! A language which was almost lost but which has been revived and is once more being embraced as a symbol of Cornwall’s historic past. Grown from ancient roots it lives in the hands of a new generation who cherish the old culture and nourish the future.

GRAPHITE & COMPANY a play by Evelyn Holoway

Evelyn's play 2   Evelyn's play

Another reading of the play GRAPHITE & COMPANY and the launch of a new book THE GRAPHITE CHORUS.

The printmaker Anthea Richards has created images using parts of the chorus of the play. The chorus consists of 3 spotlights. There are 16 images. The words which inspired the images are an integral part of the images. Each voice has its own element. The first is abstract, the second growing consciousness and represents the actor.
This is the second collaboration between Anthea Richards and Evelyn Holloway. Their first book, POURING LIGHT INTO SHADOWS was published in 2012.



Rachel Lambert spent over twenty years in environmental education and community nutrition. She learnt about foraging and local foods in Europe and Asia, and has been teaching wild food foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since 2007. She runs Wild Food Foraging, and her courses are highly regarded.
Her book, Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly offers an accessible introduction to foraging in a special and distinctive landscape. It covers over twenty wild edibles, flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds, shoots and seaweeds and will appeal to all who want to access fresh, local ingredients, while enjoying a walk in the country or by the sea.

tickets from Cafe Arts

or contact st.iveslitfest@hotmail.co.uk


A feature of this festival and the St Ives September Festival. Bring your poetry and stories
and share them.





 TICKETS from Cafe Arts
or contact st.iveslitfest@hotmail.co.uk




A very popular event. Poets , Storytellers, Songwriters, Musicians and Jugglers. Expect the unexpected! TONIGHT! Adrian O’Reilley, Chris Brambley,Tree Stewart, Lol & Maxine Crallan, Steve Jones, Mick Paynter, Philip Barlow, Andy Morten, Rob Barratt, Evelyn Holloway, Ted Fairclough, Ray Turner, Mark Totterdell, Phil Seward, Tim Wellard, Martin Sadler, Berni Winters, Malcolm David Hurst, Crispin Williams & Shanty Baba ++++will be at the BIG FRUG


A feature of this festival and the St Ives September Festival. Bring your poetry and stories
and share them.