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COMEDY DANCE MUSICTHEATRE

SPRING 2020

Award-winning comedian Kai Samra

A charismatic man with a great story. Steve Bennett, Chortle

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WELCOME We have a great spring season planned for you here at AMATA! Bring your friends and enjoy top-quality entertainment in our cheerful, inclusive arts venue, complete with bar, cafÊ and some of the best acts in town. We’re offering a dynamic mix of live music, theatre and dance performances together with our ever-popular Comedy Club featuring some of the most highly-rated comedians on the circuit. Book your seats now!

Terrie Fender Director, Academy of Music and Theatre Arts

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INFORMATION & BOOKING To find out more about our upcoming performances and events and to book tickets: amata.org.uk or 01326 259349 @AcademyofMusicandTheatreArts

Image: Keira Martin. Photo: ©Joe Armitage. Front cover: Kai Samra.

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FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

COMEDY CLUB Taking place on the first Wednesday of the month, AMATA’s Comedy Club brings you some of the UK’s best stand-up comedians, hosted by our regular MC, Tom Glover – A firm audience favourite Chortle Tickets: £11/£8 20.00 doors for 20.30 start

CHLOE PETTS KAI SAMRA

SAM LAKE

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TOM GLOVER

OLGA KOCH

PIERRE NOVELLIE

TRAVIS JAY


Wednesday 5 February

COMEDY CLUB KAI SAMRA CHLOE PETTS

PLUS MC TOM GLOVER 20:00 DOORS FOR 20:30 START KAI SAMRA Award winning comedian Kai Samra has quickly risen to become one of the most exciting acts on the circuit today. Described as ‘a charismatic man with a great story’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle), Samra combines an edgy stage presence, a confident delivery and talks frankly about issues such as class, race and modern culture from an intelligent, unique and fresh perspective. His five-star critically acclaimed debut show ‘Underclass’ was followed by a week long run at Soho Theatre, recommended by The Guardian, The Observer and was in the list of best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe by Fest Mag. He has performed live on BBC Asian Network and been featured on BBC3, ITV2’s Stand Up Sketch Show and was a commissioned writer for BBC Radio 4’s award nominated series Sketchtopia.

With such an impressive debut it is exciting to imagine what Samra will go on to achieve. ***** Ed Fest Mag CHLOE PETTS One of the most exciting new acts on the circuit. Chloe is an alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, has been shortlisted for the BBC Comedy Award, was a finalist of Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Awards 2017 and came runner-up in the Funny Women Awards 2017. She is a co-founder of The Lol Word, a queer comedy collective that hosts sell-out monthly London nights, boasting the finest female and non-binary queer acts on the circuit.

Inexhaustibly funny mind Diva Magazine Compelling presence Steve Bennett, Chortle Age guidance: 18+ Tickets: £11/£8 Box Office 01326 259349

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Wednesday 12 February

VOLCANO THEATRE THE POPULARS 19:30

Join The Populars – four young performers who are throwing a dance party for a divided nation. They are looking to the future and wondering how it will feel when we get there. They have questions for you, things on their minds, and a playlist of great songs that tug at the memory and the muscle fibres. Tell them what you think of the atmosphere, where you last danced your heart out, and who you reckon is the coolest. Expect sweat, sequins, and a thoughtfully upbeat take on what unites or divides us in these uncertain times.

Listening to what theatre ‘should’ be, Volcano Theatre Company promptly ignores it and dances to its own beat. This is promenade theatre at its finest. ***** Broadway Baby A superlative example of immersive theatre *****Edinburgh Festivals Magazine volcanotheatre.co.uk Age guidance: 14+ Tickets: £12/£10

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Saturday 29 February

WINTER MOUNTAIN PLUS SUPPORT 19:30

A prodigiously gifted songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Winter Mountain has released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured the world. His electrifying gifts as a live performer have earned him support slots for Seal, Seth Lakeman, The Feeling, Paolo Nutini, Richard Thompson, Guy Garvey, The Waterboys and many others. He brings with him his blistering, shimmering full band to AMATA. Do not miss this show!

Winter Mountain is just brilliant, he's such a great songwriter. Cara Dillon

Great, great songs and a great performer. Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2. *****An exceptional songwriter and musician... The second Winter Mountain album is the sound of an artist in understated, majestic flight. From the Margins *****Carrying on a tradition ventured by Springsteen, Tom Petty and Neil Young, but developing certain aspects along the way. Marrying his fine songwriting with an effortless ability to harness his energy. Americana UK wintermountain.co.uk Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: ÂŁ10

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Wednesday 4 March

COMEDY CLUB OLGA KOCH SAM LAKE

PLUS MC TOM GLOVER 20:00 DOORS FOR 20:30 START OLGA KOCH Since arriving in the UK in 2014, Olga has quickly earned a fierce reputation on the comedy circuit. Having lived in Russia, Germany, the US and the UK, she speaks confidently and hilariously on current affairs both global and personal. In 2018, she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut hour, Fight, followed by a sell-out national tour. Olga has appeared on Mock the Week, The Now Show, Pls Like, The Blame Game, BBC Arts Hour.

*****Slick, impeccably timed and every joke lands. Broadway Baby A naturally comic mind. Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard SAM LAKE is a stand-up comedian, writer and presenter. Sam openly shares stories and details from his life as a semi-camp gay man, moving from a small mining village in Cornwall to a big city and gearing up to becoming a happily married man. Winner of Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2018 and Hastings Fringe Newcomer of the Year 2018, Sam has also had multiple sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Makes for fantastic company. Over-sharing in an infectiously upbeat way... A thoroughly engaging larger-than-life personality... Steve Bennett, Chortle Fabulous and worth going to see. Theatre Reviews Age guidance: 18+ Tickets: ÂŁ11/ÂŁ8 8

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KEIRA MARTIN IN COLLABORATION WITH SIODA ADAMS GOOD BLOOD 19:30

Good Blood looks closely at the relationship of two sisters. Keira and Sioda use dance, live music, song and storytelling to bring hilarious, nostalgic and familiar family scenarios to the stage. Their honesty and humour sheds light on the bonds that hold us together, the people that make us who we are and the ties that bind us.

Keira and sister Sioda were born and bred in Barnsley, Yorkshire. They trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and proceeded to have successful careers, working for the past 20 years around the globe. Working autobiographically, the two sisters are inspired and influenced by their working class upbringing, politics, Ireland, dance and music. If there is one thing they both agree on, it’s that you don’t get owt without hard graft. keiradance.com Age guidance: 12+ Tickets: £12/£10

Image : ©Joe Armitage.

Saturday 14 March

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Wednesday 18 March

A MR AND MRS CLARK PRODUCTION LOUDER IS NOT ALWAYS CLEARER 19:30 Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

A brilliant exercise in empathy as it allows a hearing audience to briefly experience the world as Cotsen sees and hears it Lyn Gardner, Stage Door A deeply moving piece of theatre. **** The Stage The show uses creative captioning, English and BSL to make it fully accessible for deaf and hearing audiences. mrandmrsclark.co.uk Age guidance: 12+ Tickets: £12/£10

Image : ©Jorge Lizalde.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and thought provoking performances that engage and entertain audiences.

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Saturday 21 March

THE RAT AFFAIR PLUS SUPPORT 20:00 You are invited to experience a rambunctious and soulful musical experience brought to you by The Rat Affair; a band of musicians, theatre makers and visual artists. Their new album ‘RAT’ was written specifically for a live production of the same name. Image: ©Sam J Burdall

Shifting between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reflective piano works, join The Rat Affair and their unique sound as it enraptures the listener like a rallying call.

That’s what being in love sounds like – dramatic and blistering and gorgeous Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing therataffair.com Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Image: ©Steve Tanner

Tickets: £10

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PRODIGAL THEATRE THE FIGHT 19:30

Britain wins a protracted war with Europe, but can it win the peace? The rich are getting richer but the poor still starve. Within a few years protests against the government spill into violence on British streets. Sound familiar? In 1821 William Hazlitt, the greatest prose writer in the English language, went to see his first bare knuckle boxing match. Through his eyes PRODIGAL THEATRE, the team behind the multiple award winning TRAGEDIAN TRILOGY take a look at combat, the violence of men and the rivalry of nations.

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This is a work in progress preview of Prodigal’s new play. Written by Alister O’Loughlin, after William Hazlitt. Direction and Dramaturgy by Miranda Henderson. Supported by Hall For Cornwall and Arts Council England. prodigalupg.com Age guidance: 14+ Tickets: £10/£8

Image: ©Matthew Andrews.

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Image : ©Chris Nash

Saturday 28 March

EDGE DANCE COMPANY TRIPLE BILL 19:30

EDGE is the postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School. EDGE Dance Company’s 2020 tour features a triple bill of brand-new works by renowned choreographers Kristina and Sadé Alleyne (Alleyne Dance), Riccardo Buscarini and Igor X Moreno. With each piece comes a new point of exploration: how movement can create emotion or characters; how dance

interacts with different art forms; and how using the body can reveal meaning, ideas and desires. Expect physicality, poetry, rigour and beauty as the 14 young dancers from across the globe (including the USA, Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Canada, Poland and the UK) invest power and passion into each work. lcds.ac.uk/edgestudy Tickets: £11/£8 Box Office 01326 259349

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Wednesday 1 April

COMEDY CLUB

PIERRE NOVELLIE TRAVIS JAY PLUS MC TOM GLOVER 20:00 DOORS FOR 20:30 START PIERRE NOVELLIE One of the UK’s finest up-and-coming comedians, Pierre is a correspondent on BBC2’s The Mash Report hosted by Nish Kumar and performed on the most recent series of Stand Up Central on Comedy Central. He previously had a regular role in the three-part Channel 4 Comedy Blap, Outsiders, as well as appearing in the Joke Thieves pilot for BBC2 opposite Marcus Brigstocke, BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and 4OD’s comedy series Taxi Gags and as a guest on Frank Skinner’s Radio 4 panel show The Rest is History.

Dawn of a major talent. Guardian Pierre Novellie is wonderful… a tremendous presence. ***** The Times TRAVIS JAY Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee, Travis Jay, is a standup comedian, actor and radio presenter who has been performing on the comedy circuit since 2009. A creative, animated, and intelligent performer, Travis has built a reputation as being an entertaining and sometimes controversial story teller. After winning the Jumpoff TV Comedy competition in 2012 he went on to perform for BBC1Xtra and was a presenter for The Vibe on The Beat London Radio station until 2018. Travis has performed across many prestigious comedy venues such as The Comedy Store, and Hackney Empire, and in 2019 took his debut solo show Funny, Petty, Cool to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Travis is hilarious. Always a hit with audiences. Smart, funny guy. Rob Delaney Definitely one to watch. Jane Berthoud, Head of BBC Radio Comedy Age guidance: 18+ Tickets: £11/£8 14

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For dates and prices visit: amata.org.uk/yp-classes

CREATIVE DANCE SESSIONS WITH GRACE MURDOCH FOR AGES 5 YEARS+ 09:00-10:00: 5-8/9 years 10:00-11:00: 9-14+ years Come and explore contemporary dance and improvisation in a creative, exciting environment with opportunities to share/perform and learn about improvisation and movement skills. gracemurdoch.co.uk

YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE Get Creative! Hall for Cornwall’s new Youth Musical theatre Company will continue from January 2020, in partnership with AMATA, Falmouth University. For more details please get in touch via getcreative@hallforcornwall.org.uk

PARENTS AND TOTS DANCE

CREATIVE DANCE FOR BUMP TO 4 YEARS WITH FALMOUTH GRADUATE, LAUREN SYRETT (THE DANCE INITIATIVE) 10:10 - 10:55 Come along to a fun, creative and playful class inspiring imagination through movement. thedanceinitiative.co.uk

PROPELLER DANCE Propeller is an advanced-level dance training programme for 11-16 year olds interested in a career in dance. Taught by highly trained professional dancers and choreographers in five locations across Cornwall including AMATA. Each group meets for 30 sessions a year on weekday evenings and also takes part in a range of residencies, visits and performances. propellerdance.co.uk

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

AMATA SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES 2019-2020

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SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVES WITH GRACE MURDOCH

(CHEAP DATE DANCE COMPANY) Age 8-13: Sat 25 & Sun 26 July 10am-4pm Fee: £30 Age 5-7: Mon 27 July 10am-4pm Fee: £15 Age 14-18: Tue 28 & Wed 29 July 10am-4pm Fee: £30 Come along to AMATA’s summer Dance Intensives with Grace Murdoch of Cheap Date Dance Company. Create and explore your movement skills by starting the day with a technique class and then exploring improvisation techniques, creative tasks and set material. Dancers will work together

throughout this intensive, culminating in an informal sharing at the end. This unique opportunity will help participants to develop technical and collaborative skills in the wonderful AMATA studios at Falmouth University’s Penryn Campus. As a professional choreographer and dancer, Grace has collaborated with organisations such as: The Minack, Rambert, Falmouth University, Dance Republic 2, Cornwall and Warwickshire Sports Partnerships and The Fresh Air Fund, NY. Working at venues including the Eden Project, Gardens of Natural Beauty, theatres and docklands to name a few. To book visit: amata.org.uk

CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

SATURDAY CLUB Sat 22 February (5 weeks) 10:00-13:00 Interested in music production? Join our fully-funded Creative Music Technology club for 14-19 year olds. This five-week course will teach you essential production skills and help you create and record your own sound. You will experience working in state-of-the-art recording studios and sound labs and learn how to use industry-standard equipment and software. Places are free, but limited. Register your interest online by Friday 7 February: amata.org.uk/cmt-club 16

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HALL FOR CORNWALL YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE

SUMMER SCHOOL

Learn songs, scenes and routines from musicals on our new Musical Theatre Summer School in partnership with Hall for Cornwall.

JUNIORS AGE 7-12

2-day workshop leading to sharing performance 09:00-15:00, MON 3 - TUE 4 AUGUST Price: £40

SENIORS AGE 13+

3-day intensive leading to sharing performance 09:00-15:00, WED 5 - FRI 7 AUGUST Price: £60

For further information email: getcreative@hallforcornwall.org.uk

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AMATA LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES FRIDAYS 13:00-13:45

The AMATA lunchtime concert series takes place every Friday during term time and is free to attend. The concerts showcase new works and performances by Music, Popular Music and Creative Music Technology students, alongside cutting edge visiting artists from the UK and overseas.

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RESIDENCY PROGRAMME We have launched our new Artist Residency Programme. Apply by 31 January for Summer 2020. Please visit: amata.org.uk/residency for further information


INFORMATION & BOOKING To find out more about our upcoming performances and events and to book tickets:

• All tickets are inclusive of booking fees and charges unless otherwise stated.

web: amata.org.uk phone: 01326 259349

• Seats cannot be reserved.

BOX OFFICE

• Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded and are subject to AMATA’s terms and conditions.

Academy of Music and Theatre Arts Falmouth University, Penryn Campus Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9LX OPENING HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9:30-16:30 and up to 1 hour prior to performances. Sat- Sun: Up to 1 hour prior to performances.

PRE-BOOKED TICKETS

Please collect pre-booked tickets from the Box Office from one hour prior to the start of the performance. Customers with e-tickets/ Print at Home should have their tickets ready for scanning at the studio entrance.

AMATA CAFÉ BAR Relax in our AMATA Café Bar. Enjoy barista-made hot drinks, delicious home-made cakes, salads, toasted sandwiches and scrumptious soup. The AMATA Café Bar is also open on performance evenings and provides the perfect place to enjoy a snack, coffee or alcoholic beverage. For year-round opening times visit: amata.org.uk/cafe

• All tickets are subject to availability.

• We accept credit/debit cards and cash. • We do not accept cheques. • We also exchange Live @ AMATA Pass.

LIVE @ AMATA PASS Available for all Falmouth and Exeter students to buy. The Live @ AMATA Pass offers subsidised tickets to the programme of professional work.


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ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THEATRE ARTS Falmouth University Penryn Campus Penryn TR10 9LX Telephone 01326 259349 boxoffice@falmouth.ac.uk amata.org.uk

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