Kneehigh Asylum Weekender

20 Sep 2019 to 22 Sep 2019
Crinnis Beach
Crinnis Beach
Carlyon Bay
St Austell
PL25 3RG
A celebratory festival weekend of theatre, music, comedy and dance from our friends and collaborators including The Bowie Lounge, Anna Maria Murphy and Seamus Carey.

Friday Double Bill

7pm The Truth About Men

"I'm not sure how to be a man, for I was not raised by one." 

Scott Lavene is an outstandingly talented musician and performer, who has developed and written a brand new, thought-provoking one-man show for this year's Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe Festival (BEAF). Moving and truthful, yet witty and laugh aloud funny, the Truth About Men is a fearless exploration of masculinity and fatherhood.

Imagine Ian Dury with a touch of Stephen Sondheim.

The work has been directed and dramaturged by award-winning writer and director Nell Leyshon with funding from Arts Council England, BEAF, Activate Performing Arts, Lighthouse Poole.

Suitable for ages 14 years +    Running Time: 60 minutes


9pm The Bowie Lounge

A creative response to the work of David Bowie in music, word, dance and art. Featuring Elaine Claxton, Stanley Duke, Andrew Harris, Liam Jolly, Nick Moodie, Toby Seth, Keith Sparrow, Star, Juliet Walshe, Mary Woodvine and Mabel Arcé. 'A strange and wonderful experience, The Bowie Lounge blends music, painting, theatre and dance to create something which is joyful, melancholic and really rather moving.

I absolutely loved it.'  Mark Kermode

'It really was very special...'  Lee Trewhela (Cornwall Live)

Suitable for ages 14 years +   Running Time: 60 minutes


Kneehigh Weekender - Saturday 

4pm The Lonely Arts Club

Join Anna Maria Murphy and Guests for an informal afternoon of performance, discussion and provocations.  Join us to listen, be heard and enjoy.

Running Time: 60 minutes


7pm Seamus Carey Meets His 4 Year Old Self - With a Choir

One day Seamas found an old cassette tape in the back of his car with recordings of himself as a 4 year old boy, telling stories and singing his heart out.  Seamus has worked with director Agnieszka Blonska and choir leader Vicky Abbot to turn the recordings into 60 minutes of recompsed songs, performed by a choir of 30.  Seamas also plays piano, talks about growing up and occasionally dances.

Suitable for anyone who is a child or has been a child!

"'My 4 year old self' is a work of unique wonder.  fuelled by the domestic, it accelerates into the epic, careering into unexpected and thrilling turns... I came out feeling like I was part of the world; connected, moved and hopeful.  I loved it!"  Emma Rice, Artistic Director, Wise Children

Running Time: 60 minutes


9pm Dom Coyote. We Can time Travel

Since he was a boy, Dom has been receiving messages from the Traveller, a mysterious voice, at the edge of time.  Join him for an experiment in DIY time travel as he sets out to change his fate.

Jump into a world of analogue synths, cassette tapes, live looping, epic storytelling and roaring songs to raise a rallying cry for our times.

Dom Coyote is an award winning composer, performer and writer of songs, based in Bristol who has created work with Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Art Angel, Cirque Bijou and Battersea Arts Centre.  He is a regular collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre.


Running Time: 60 minutes


Sunday with Kneehigh's friends

11am and 3pm The Urban Playground Team.  Zoo Humans 

In ZOO HUMANS the Urban Playground Team brings David Attenborough's smooth narrative to a Kafka-esque reality in which a group of humans have forgotten how to move.  As they slowly become aware of the arificial world in which they're living they must decide if they'll choose to risk their comfort for freedom beyond the confines of a cage...

The Urban Playground Team is the original 2PK company, coining the phrase performance-parkour (2PK) to describe our unique fusion of authentic French-Free running with contemporary performance.

This morning performance will be followed by a 30 minute parkour workshop. 

Running Time: 30 minutes


7.30pm The Rat Affair (& Friends)

You are invited to experience a rambunctious and soulful musical experience brought to you by The Rat Affair, a new band of musicians, theatre makers and visual artists.  Shifting between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reflective piano works, their new album, Rat, will be performed live for the very first time in The Asylum.

With support from Hearing Aid Beige (mesmerising vocal harmonies, geometric figures, dreamy choruses and pastel colours), and local students from the Rock School Project (at Roseland School)

Suitable for Adults and brave children over the age of 8.

Running Time: 2 hours with support acts


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