Sunday 9 August 2009

September Festival Preview - Arts Club

St Ives Arts Club - The View

The Arts Club on Westcott's Quay overlooking the harbour is one of my favourite venues.

A small theatre with space for only 40 - 50 people which creates a great atmosphere. Tickets are generally reasonably priced and you can also take your own wine / drinks.

The programme for September is really varied - talks, music, movies, theatre and cabaret.

As ever the wonderfully designed "official" festival web site is only listing a selection of events - this may be simply because there is a lot to put on the site and it takes time. Otherwise they may be only listing what they regards as "official" events - although exactly what makes something "official" as opposed to "unofficial" I have still to work out.

The printed Arts & Literature programme also fails to list everything - though to be fair they did have to go to print a while ago before all events were confirmed.

So I'll start with some of the events that aren't listed elsewhere.

Saturday 12th and Wednesday 16th September at 8.00 pm.
(Also Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th September at 8.00 pm).
The Cook, the Thief, the Plot and One Other.
An original play performed by Withpen Theatre Company.
Six novice writers attend a retreat in a secluded location. as they learn more about themselves and each other, the classical unities of action, place and time begin to creep from the notebook and into real life.
Tickets: £5.00
From: St Ives Tourist Information or call 01736 794550.

Sunday 20th September at 7.00 pm.
Anna May Wong Must Die!
Anna Chen's one woman show about Hollywood's first Chinese movie star.
Based on her BBC Radio 4 broadcast and complete with mulimedia and the Anna May Wong rap!
Much more than your average talk.
Tickets: £6.00
From: St Ives Tourist Information or contact me.

Tuesday 22nd September at 7.00 pm.
Everything I Know About Rock and Roll Part 3.
A talk by legendary rock journalist and author Charles Shaar Murray.
Woodstock Forty Years On - What It Meant - What It Didn't Mean.
Charlie continues his popluar series of talks - taking us to 1969 and the "Summer Of Love".
Tickets: £6.00
From: St Ives Tourist Information or contact me.

Wednesday 23rd September at 8.30 pm.
Back to Back - Rod Bullimore and Martyn Barker.
What happens when two Northeners meet for a drink in St Ives ?
Find out when , for the third successive festival, St Ives poet/comedian Rod Bullimore, and Goole based singer songwriter Martyn Barker meet for another laid back evening of original comedy and music.
Tickets: £6.00
From: St Ives Tourist Information.

Thursday 24th September at 8.00 pm.
The Big Frug hosted by Bob Devereux.
The usual mixture of local performers - poetry, prose readings, comedy, music, film and anything else anybody wants to do.
Tickets: £6.00
From: The Salthouse Gallery

The Arts Club Members Exhibition is also open every day - free entry.

Among the events already listed on the official website are:

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September.
Anything But Love - a play by Phil Bowen.

A short season of classic black and white movies.
Monday 14th September - On The Waterfront.
Saturday 19th September - Casablanca.
Monday 21st September - Some Like It Hot.
Friday 25th September - Sunrise.

There is the usual programme of talks and short documentary films and as details are on the official website I won't repeat them here.

Be aware that there are some errors in the printed programme and on the website.
For example the talk at St Ives Library about The Leach Pottery and its Otters !
It may be worth double checking if you're planning to travel for a particular event.

Please do let me know if I've got any of these details wrong or I've missed anything.
As ever - in line with my shameless blagging policy - comp tickets are much appreciated.

Coming soon - St Ives September Festival Blog - 100% Unofficial.
More previews plus live news, video and pictures added daily during the festival.

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