The First Occasional Newsletter

So, what is going on?

From events about culture, theatre about suffrage leaders, Fairport Convention in a church, old library buildings and mini film festivals - we're busy making intoBodmin the heart of culture in our town. We're still a long way off, but more voices are better than one and facts are better than rumours - so this is our first newsletter update. 

This is the postcode data from our first sell-out St Petroc's Session - This is the Kit - in January. This proves people will travel from all over the region to come to quality events in Bodmin! Now we need to get more people in Bodmin going to events in the town.

The Old LibraryThis is our big project. We want to take over the old library building at the top of Fore Street and turn it into a community and arts venue - with a cafe, performance space and meeting room downstairs and rooms to let upstairs for local organisations and individuals. It will be a hub of creative and community activity. 

The building is owned by Cornwall Council. Last summer we teamed up with Krowji (artist studios in Redruth) and put in a tender to lease the building while we raised the money to buy it.We've been negotiating the lease ever since. We had hoped to have the keys by now but these things take  time, as we make sure that the lease is going to support us and not pose any unnecessary risk. A detailed project proposal is now on our website. We've got support from our local council councillors and some influential officers, so we're hopeful we'll be able to agree terms soon. As soon as we do, we'll be launching an Old Library Champions fundraising campaign to help get the project on its feet - so watch out for that. Read More

What can culture do for Bodmin?On Saturday we held a wonderful event at Bodmin College. Using Open Space Technology, we asked the question above and invited those attending to suggest related topics, questions or provocations that they wanted to discuss. We had five discussions happening at a time across five areas. We will publish a full report on these discussions in the next couple of weeks - until then you can see photos of the topics and notes HERE. Upcoming intoBodmin Events

Dreadnought South West & intoBodmin present The Cause  –  An Overture of Rebellion and Revolt

1913. Revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet in secret. Their actions have divided them. Divided a nation. Split their cause in two. What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett? The Cause considers the impact of a lifetime of political campaigning on an individual. Asking how far would you go for what you believe in? Wednesday 25th (7.30pm)   Thursday 26th April (2.30pm & 7.30pm), Callywith College Studio Theatre, Bodmin, £10/£8. Tickets and more info HERE

Fairport Convention

Following the success of This is the Kit in January, we're hoping for another sell-out performance. This time from the godfathers of folk-rolk, as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. Thursday 31st May (7.30pm, St Petroc's Church, Bodmin, £20. Tickets and more info HERE Bodmin in Motion Film Festival We have teamed up with Bodmin & Wenford Railway, St Petroc's Church and Cinegi to deliver a short festival of screenings of recorded theatre. Tickets will go on sale after Easter. We'll remind you.

York Theatre's production of E Nesbit's family favourite

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Friday 18th May

E. Nesbit's family favourite 'The Railway Children' follows the story of Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who suffer a huge upheaval when their father is falsely imprisoned. The children and their mother, now penniless, are forced to move from London to rural Yorkshire into a new home next to a railway line. Dealing with themes of justice, the importance of family and the kindness of strangers the event is filmed from the National Railway Museum in Yorkshire, featuring the train from the original much-loved film.

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre

MAXINE PEAKE AS HAMLET The Old Library (hopefully)

Saturday 19th

MayShakespeare's most iconic work, Hamlet explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of HAMLET with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was Royal Exchange's fastest-selling show in a decade.Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Every scene offers at least one subtle-to-jolting twist on the HAMLET you think you know.

Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen present

THE PASSION St Petroc's Church

Sunday 20th May

In the historical surrounds of Manchester’s Campfield Market, an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion is brought to life as a fully-staged site-specific opera. The contemporary promenade performance guides audience members around the city’s much-loved Victorian hall, with a vibrant cast comprising internationally renowned choir The Sixteen and performers who have experienced homelessness from Streetwise Opera. Following the last two days of Jesus’s life, The Passion’s confrontational narrative is contrasted by the beauty and exultation of its score. Penny Woolcock’s direction sees multiple performers playing the leading role as a poignant reminder of Jesus’s vulnerability and universality. The production features a new ‘resurrection’ finale which has been jointly written by Streetwise Opera’s performers and celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan. Bleak images are followed by glimmers of hope in The Passion’s joyous closing chorus.

Getting involved

intoBodmin Community Interest Company has six Directors. Fin Irwin is the Managing Director. None of us get paid. We are currently applying for funding from Arts Council England and exploring other grants, that will add capacity and help us grow. We have a lot of ideas for things we want to achieve that don't just involve the arts, but also include heritage, education and wellbeing. At present, there aren't any obvious volunteer roles, however, once the Old Library is confirmed, we'll need a small team to help with decorating, publicity and running events. Having said that, if you have a skill that you think would help/assist us in what we're trying to achieve, please get in touch!

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