Hundreds of people come along to The Old Library and sit and watch, laugh, cry and cheer along with our fantastic performers. But all these brilliant bums on seats are taking their toll! We want to replace 40 of our chairs, and we’ve set our sights on something more comfy! But we can’t do it without you. Sponsor a seat for £30 and we will put either your name or your chosen person’s name on the chair, which will be used at The Old Library during our fantastic events in 2020 and beyond. Give your support now!
Sarah’s album has been described as a “darkly melodic, richly layered folk tapestry”. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah is known for her voice like ‘malt whiskey and melted chocolate’ and her engaging rapport with the audience.
“Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” — Huffington Post
“Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” — PopMatters
Fancy trying your hand at a part in a play? Perhaps you're already a seasoned actor? Want to discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods? Come and join our informal and fun play reading group! It's a great opportunity to keep your hand in or unleash hidden talents!
Sessions are fully booked, but to register your interest in joining in please contact Sue Ferguson on or call 07771 766 089. Advance booking is required as places are limited.
A tragi-comic exploration of living and juggling creative lives alongside everyday ‘real life’ pressures.
What does it mean to be a performer/actor/creative/writer in today’s world? How do we live? How do we survive between jobs?
Looking at the tensions of auditioning, interviews, workshops and also at competitiveness, age, self-esteem and how we find our ‘voice’. In a series of overlapping and interlinking monologues we deconstruct our pasts, present and future to define or re-define who we are. All this is sprinkled with an eclectic mix of dialogue, poetry, music, projections and voice over, combined with a bit of the quirky, the honest and the irreverent.
'A woman with bolt cutters stands at the fence on the common and smiles at a solider on the other side in the Greenham military base; “Don't worry,” she says, “We'll soon get you out of there!”'
Based on fresh, original testimonies given by over 100 Greenham Common Women, this talk offers an intimate portrait of the adventures, personalities and dilemmas of the Greenham Women, exploring how Greenham's legacy has influenced current cultural, and political movements including Repeal The 8th, Extinction Revolution, the Stanstead 15 and the MeToo movement.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced an intimate UK tour for February and March 2020, which will see him play in venues he hasn't before around the country. We’re thrilled to announce that he’ll be performing in Bodmin as one of our St Petrocs Sessions, organised by intobodmin and Cabaret Voltaire.
The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s largest church, St Petroc’s in Bodmin, which dates from the 15th Century. Expect big-name headliners and a platform for local talent.
Presented by intoBodmin & Cabaret Voltaire South West
For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour, as part of their ‘Unplugged’ Concert Tour 2020.
The pioneering Scottish folk trio have been acknowledged as phenomenal live performers (‘the UK's best live band’ – the Guardian), and now their Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making.
The St Petroc’s Sessions offer a rare opportunity to enjoy live music from big-name headliners and emerging local talent.
An exploration of connection in a world that is breaking apart.
10th September 2008, 10:28am. The Large Hadron Collider is activated. Drew stares blankly at a computer monitor and River pulses in time with a screaming crowd. Four years later, in each of their pockets, a phone counts down to the destruction of everything.
Fireworks is an experimental piece of new writing by Alex Robins developed with support from Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth University and Down Stage Write.
This Valentines weekend you have a date with The Slinky Minsky’s!
Enjoy a night of tapas and tipples at the Ola Café, plus wild cabaret infused with the timeless touches of burlesque.
You are guaranteed to meet your ‘other half’, ‘better half’, or possibly even your ‘soul mate’, because the Slinky’s believe they live within us all. Come and share their message of beauty in all its delicious forms. Leave your hang-ups at the door, dust off those tail coats, slip into something slinky and celebrate how beautiful you are.
Your ticket includes the evening's entertainment from The Slinky Minsky's, a tapas selection from Ola Café and a drink on arrival.
Bodmin in Motion | 48 Hour Film Challenge PREMIERE SCREENING
Thurs 27th February | 7:30pm
The Old Library
Presented by intoBodmin
A new play by Alright Mate? co-founder Cally Hayes about love, loss and parenthood. Cracking takes an intimate look from a father’s perspective about what happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything.
Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing?
Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born and Cornwall-based comic poet, humourist and singer. Robert Garnham's whimsy- driven poems are off-beat, high energy and hilariously deadpan. Together they are the Two Robbies! Come along for an evening of rhyming and silliness, comedy and songs!
TREE is the tallest and oldest in the forest. Animals live and play among her roots, bees and birds weave through her branches.
Cscape present TREE, a dance and theatre adventure for little ones to enjoy, together with their grown-ups, based on the popular children’s book by Britta Teckentrupp.
Please note: this performance has been postponed until 2020. Sign up to the intoBodmin newsletter for news and announcements.
THE IMAGINARIUM | TREE
£8 / £6
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The Old Library
Presented by intoBodmin
Are you up to the challenge?
intoBodmin present the first ever Bodmin in Motion 48 Hour Film Challenge, and we’re inviting teams of any size, ability or experience to submit a three minute film, planned, shot and edited in just 48 hours.
Register your team by the 23rd January, then collect the brief ahead of a 48 hour filmmaking frenzy on Friday 24th January. You don’t need specialist equipment or training, anyone with a camera or smartphone, a creative streak and a passion for filmmaking can take part.
Complete the challenge and deliver the brief, and your film could be screened at a special event at The Old Library in February. Register now!
Alright Mate? destigmatises male mental health using art, by gathering stories and ideas from the public and presenting them in public spaces. They've worked with veterans, construction workers, sports teams and the general public to normalise conversations about mental health.
Their next project will be around the theme of ‘fatherhood’, comprising of headphones playing conversations with participants, and portraits of participants. The installation will tour barbershops, art spaces, gyms and schools nationally, and they're looking for people who’d like to chat about their ideas/experiences of fatherhood and/or have their portraits taken. We want to hear from everyone, so if you are reading this, you are invited!
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene, breaking the boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed place and way folksong is heard. He’s a highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events.
He’ll be performing in Bodmin at The St Petroc’s Sessions: a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s largest church, St Petroc’s, which dates from the 15th Century. Organised by intobodmin and Cabaret Voltaire, expect big-name headliners and a platform for local talent.
Presented by intoBodmin & Cabaret Voltaire South West
It’s Peter’s birthday and the first day of his enforced retirement. There’s a present for him on the table wrapped in blue tissue paper. But his wife, Mary, won’t come out of the back room. His daughter, Lia loves him dearly and wants to come and celebrate but Storm Lear is brewing. Her husband, Cal is pushing plans for Peter to sell his clifftop house. Peter is standing his ground.
After all, he is THE COASTGUARD and some things need to be protected to the death.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin reimagined through live music and shadow puppetry.
Amidst a musical score that shifts between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reﬂective piano works, RAT tells the tale of a curious man who offers to rid a corrupt town in crisis by driving its vermin infestation away.
Emilio Ayto is a Falmouth based guitarist whose repertoire combines classical guitar with film soundtracks, alternative rock music and his own compositions. Using effects pedals and extended guitar techniques, Emilio creates a sound that is both innovative and unique.
“The calm and tranquil sound that resonates through the room as Emilio Ayto plays sets a high standard to what contemporary classical guitar composition has to offer. This Falmouth based music student uses loop pedals and modulation, embedding a modern twist into his music” Treble Magazine
Top flight jazz musicians Pete Canter (saxophone & double bass) and Matt Johns (piano) make a return visit to The Old Library. At their last visit in January 2019, the first ever live music event at intoBodmin, they enthralled the audience with their virtuosity, communication and obvious enjoyment of the superb music they were making.
This time the music will be a mix of Pete's well crafted originals and well chosen jazz standards taking in swing, bebop, hardbop and Latin jazz.
Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival.
The band for the Restitute tour comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre – with support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose.
The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts organised by intobodmin and Cabaret Voltaire, offering the rare opportunity to experience headline acts alongside the best local talent right here in Bodmin, in the heart of Cornwall.
Everyone deserves access to the Arts and Culture, and a person's bank balance shouldn't be a barrier to this.
Do a good deed and Pay it Forward, and maybe you'll start a chain of good deeds.
How does it work?
Buy a Pay it Forward ticket at any time, and it's valid for any intoBodmin show at any venue. We give them out to those we think would benefit most from them, either at their request or as part of our outreach programme.
Ticket price includes complimentary feelgood factor.
A film club with a twist! Unusual screenings in unusual places, in association with C-Fylm.
Bodmin in Motion is a community film club which sprang up around The Old Library, and is run by intoBodmin volunteers. The film club specialises in showing unusual screenings in unusual places - not just inside the Old Library - other venues include St Petroc's Church, a vintage carriage at Bodmin & Wenford Railway and inside Bodmin Keep!