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The opening of Hall For Cornwall
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A show poster from the Donmar On Tour production of The Man Who Had All The Luck, an Arthur Miller play. The production toured to The Lowry and Liverpool Playhouse before coming to Cornwall and is an example of Hall for Cornwall's important role in the regional touring circuit of theatres. Touring productions like this allow a broad audience to see a production from a major London theatre without having to travel to see it.
Signed show poster from a 2001 production of Bedside Manners, produced by Charles Vance. On stage at Hall For Cornwall between 4-8th September 2001. Show featuring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Geoffrey Davies, Arthur Bostrum, Kim Hartman and Amanda Redington.
Mum's The Word
Signed Mum's The Word poster. A comedy directed by Wayne Harrison and Produced by Robert C Kelly Limited and Clear Channel Entertainment. Starring Sarah White, Rebecca Wheatley, Kim Hartman, Maureen Nolan, Polly Highton and Juliet Wallace.
Marrying the Mistress
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A lead character in the pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwards. Performed onstage at Hall For Cornwall between December 1997 - January 1998. Don Crann in a class example of full pantomime dame costume, complete with wig and makeup
A signed posted from the Milton Keynes Theatre and Goodnights Productions touring variety show, Girls Night. Starring Lucy Speed, Gwyneth Strong, Donna Hazleton and directed by Jack Randle. Tour poster signed by each of the three female leads. A strong, pink design featuring a disco ball and mock up of a ladies night at a bar. Strapline 'Fun, Friendship and Fantastic Music!'
A signed photograph of Jimmy Cricket in the 2002 Christmas pantomime x performed at Hall For Cornwall between December 2002 and Janaury 2003. Signed photo of a single figure with pen overlay and a cream mount with a cutout window for text. Unframed. Originally commissioned to hang in Hall For Cornwall in public spaces and dressing room areas.
Photo of Elaine Delmar in semi-profile against a blue backdrop. Cream mount surround. Originally commissioned to hang in Hall For Cornwall in public spaces and dressing room areas.
Elkie Brooks, Live In Concert
A signed poster from an Elkie Brooks concert, performed at Hall For Cornwall on 16 October 2010. Concert produced by Tony Denton Promotions in association with Slave to the Rhythm Records. This poster is an interesting example of a poster which was commonly supplier by promotors to multiple venues on an artist's tour. Each venue would apply their own logo and details in the blank space provided. The signed copy here has been left blank with no mention of Hall For Cornwall.
Marty Wilde and the Wildcats
Tour poster from Marty Wilde's 2012 national tour 'an evening with the King of British Rock 'n' Roll', signed by 5 musicians including Marty Wilde. The poster features an image of a young Marty Wilde against a silver background, signed by five musicians including Marty Wilde.
La Classique from Moscow Ballet
A signed tour poster from Moscow Ballet's festive 'La Classique' production, 2003. The poster depicts two dancers against a Christmas tree backdrop. Signed by eight dancers.
War & Peace
A signed tour poster from a production of War & Peace, part of the Shared Experiences / National Theatre production. Presented by Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse and Hampstead. 3-6 June 2008
Grease is the word
Signed tour poster from the 2004 production of Grease. Presented by Paul Nicholas and David Ian based on their original London production. The poster is signed by 11 members of the cast and the production ran for four nights at Hall For Cornwall between 19-23 October 2004.
Poster for Barabas, a contemporary re-working of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta. Produced in Cornwall and reworked by Anna Coombes. Production funded by Hall For Cornwall, Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Carrick District Council and Cornwall County Council.
A poster showcasing one of the best-known staples of musical theatre, Cabaret. Cabaret debuted as a musical in 1966 with a film adaptation following in 1972. The musical is an adaptation of both a play and a novel and is set in Berlin during the 1930s.
Dennis Locorriere in concert
A concert poster for 'The Sensational Voice of Dr. Hook', Dennie Locorriere on the occasion of his appearance at Hall For Cornwall on 28th February 2011. Presented by Flying Music in association with John Taylor.
Jesus Christ Superstar
A poster showcasing one of the best-known rock-opera musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice in 1970, the Broadway musical debuted in 1970.
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story
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A scene from Bless The Bride (1)
Bless The Bride debuted on the West End in 1947. It debuted at the Adelphi Theatre and initially ran for three years and over 800 performances. It was the third of five musicals written by A.P. Herbert and scored by Vivian Ellis.
A scene from Bless The Bride (2)
A scene from Bless The Bride (3)
A scene from Bless The Bride (4)
Guys & Dolls, 1967
A scene from Carousel, 1958 (1)
Carousel was the second musical produced by Rogers & Hammerstein. Following the success of their first musical, Oklahoma! In 1943, Carousel followed quickly on its heels, opening on Broadway in 1945 (its West End debut took place in 1950). Mavis Ward, the producer of TAODS version stated 'Mr Hammerstein has a strong moral truth to expound, and pays his audience the compliment of supposing that they are able and willing to think and feel as deeply as he.'
A scene from Carousel, 1958 (2)
A scene from Carousel, 1958 (3)
A scene from Carousel, 1958 (4)
A scene from Carousel, 1958 (5)
Programme cover for Carousel at City Hall
The front cover design of the Carousel programme was in keeping with the earlier TAODS programmes. A simple illustration and title were displayed alongside the distinctive TAODS logo of the time, which incorporated the three spires of Truro Cathedral. More information was found inside the programme including a foreword, dates for performances and associated cast listings.
Carousel Programme Lead Page
Carousel programme foreword by The President of TAODS for the 1958 production by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. The President makes special mention of the producer Mavis Ward who travelled to Truro on a number of ocassions to produce musicals for the company.
Maternity Fashion Advertisement
An advertisement inside the programme for Finian's Rainbow, detailing a maternity outfitters in Truro and speaking to the sartorial trends and copywriting style of the late 1950s.
Finian's Rainbow Programme cover
Finian's Rainbow was performed at City Hall by Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. It was produced by Mavis Ward who produced more than sixteen of TAODS productions. The musical tells the story of a pot of gold, stolen from a leprechaun by a young couple in the mythical town of Glocca Morra, USA. They flee to the South and settle there, pursued endlessly by the leprechaun. Finian's Rainbow is a musical whose debut on Broadway in 1947 ran for 725 performances. The musical was later adapted for film. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released in 1968. An earlier film animation starring Frank Sinata, Louis Armstrong and Petula Clark was never completed, in part due to McCarthy-era trials, in which two of the films starred refused to testify meaning funding was withdrawn.
Cast and Crew List, Finian's Rainbow
Kismet Foreword / TAODS 50th Anniversary (1)
The First Fifty Years: A summary of the activity of Truro Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society is an important record of the earliest performances at City Hall post World War I and following it's refurbishment, costing £12,000. The first performance at the hall was the comic opera Ruddygore and coincided with the re-opening in 1926 (changing from the County Theatre to become City Hall) , attended by Mayor Stratford.
Programme cover for Kismet at City Hall
The story of Kismet (a Turkish word, meaning destiny) is a musical adapted from a 1911 play. The play, first performed at the Garrick Theatre in London was later adapted for a musical performance by Edwin Lester, Director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.
Programme frontispage for Kismet at City Hall
Memories of the Ice Skating Rink
Ice was brought from Newlyn Fish Market and formed into an ice rink on stage with a lip to stop skaters flying off the edge. A 24 hour generator was needed to stop ice melting (which would happen at the rear of the rink) which the police weren’t happy about – the generator van was enormous and stood outside making a noise 24 hours a day. After the week had ended, the ice would be broken up, pushed into a wheelbarrow and then wheeled off to a carpark behind Staples and left to melt away!
Memories of Queen
Queen, it was their first venue. The drummer from Queen, from what I gather, his mother lived in Truro, he was a Truronion, and she arranged for them to perform in the City Hall.
Memories of Watching Shows at the Hall For Cornwall
I have seen all the pantomimes for several years and many shows. The best one for me was The Sound of Music – it was fantastic. I would love to go again when it opens next year. I have lived in Truro all my life and my friend Christine who has lived opposite for many years and we always wave to one another before we go to bed.
Memories of Shows & Malteasers at the City Hall
As a teenager I had a box of Maltesers and just as the show started I dropped them and they went all over the floor making a noise with people helping to pick them up and the audience telling me to shush!
Postcard Memories - Performing at the City Hall
I performed in Ballet shows for Falmouth and Truro at the City Hall. My first performance was at aged 4 in 1959. I played the squirrel in the pantomime ‘Snow White’.
Postcard Memories - The Rock Competition at the City Hall
I was a member of a 5 piece band who played on a Rock competition in 1967. In the same competition was Roger Taylor (Queen). I think he went on to do rather better than we did…
Postcard Memories - Stuck in a Onesie
Putting my back out getting into a onesie backstage and face-planting in the Stage Right Wing. I lay there rigid for an hour before being carried into the orchestra pit and playing a show in said onesie. I had to stay in the onesie for 3 days.
Postcard Memories - Footsbarn's
Saw my first theatre at the Hall – Footsbarn in ‘Giant’. I was a very small boy and was transfixed and transported. I can still see the Giant 50 something years later in my minds eye and remember how much I laughed.
Postcard Memories - The Addams Family
I used to run an Air BnB and as guests we had the Grandma from ‘The Addams Family’, a character from a play about business, an operatic singer and a violin player. It felt like we were part of the show.
Postcard Memories - Favourite Memories of the City Hall
My favourite memories of City Hall are the dances in the Annex, the Ballet’s on stage, the Fatstock shows, the Police Ball, Operas, the Guides & Scouts Fair and the variety show ‘Bits and Pieces’.
Postcard Memories - Family Memories at the Hall for Cornwall
Hall for Cornwall is synonymous with my son – Dandy Dan in Bugsy, Claypole in Oliver, Backstage crew, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, and Bottom in Play for the Nation.
Postcard Memories - The History of Cornwall Book
In 2000, all Cornish school children were given a book on the History of Cornwall. I was part of the team and presented it to Prince Charles.
Postcard Memories - A Piano Recital
I remember coming as a child to hear my mother’s headmistress, Blanche Watkiss, play the piano at an elderly age, and she forgot her music halfway through! This was the 1950s or 60s. She was head at the boarding school in Newquay. Thelema – now Phelema. I remember the hall as very dark with deep seats, we were very small.
Postcard Memories - Favourite Memories of the City Hall & Hall for Cornwall
My favourite memories are of Mr Maker! Patrick Moore playing the Xylophone, The Levellers, Stomp! And Ballet Rambert.
Postcard Memories - Memories of a Steward
As a HFC Steward from 1997-2017, the memorable shows I have seen are anything by Kneehigh Theatre, Ballet Rambert (especially the Rolling Stones dances), Stomp. There were fantastic bands. Hot Chocolate stands out. Stewards were dancing in the back row. The Chinese state circus. Russian Ice Dancers, Barnum, The Nutcracker. Also I remember the opening. The week before the shows started, I took crates and sold the first programmes.
Postcard Memories - Dancing On Ice
Dancing on Ice, I’m in awe as to how they can do what they do, at such speed, in a small space. The first one, the lead Ballerina came out in Ballet shows en pointe on the ice. We expected she would slip and slide but she didn’t! We came back for the solid 60s each year. Freddie and the Dreamers, The Tremaloes, Marty Wilde. My aunt used to do shopping for Marty Wilde’s grandmother.
Postcard Memories - Pirate FM Cornwall's Most Wanted
I remember trying to catch Pirate FM Cornwall’s most wanted in the foyer of the theatre! The flea markets in the barn downstairs. So many fantastic shows. The scenery for Chess was too large for the stage! I remember the great staff. I was a member for Priority Tickets.
Memories of the City Hall - TAODS
Joyce : when I joined TAODS there as a waiting list to be a dancer. They only had 12 dancers and you had to be over 16. I was 15 when I joined and had just turned 16 when the show was staged in September. We loved performing in City Hall. Our shows were very popular, especially our plays and the carolaire where there was always a great atmosphere. We also used it for other events – one year we were staging Carousel and held an Autumn Fair in the Hall . We managed to get hold of a proper carousel and put it in the hall for the fair – we made a lot of money that year. Keith 2 : I joined TAODS because I wanted to chat up Joyce who was already a member there. Keith 2 : the guttering was inside the back of the building. When it rained you could hear the water running along back stage. There was also a metal bar at the top of the stage area to keep the pigeons out – they made a lot of noise and you could hear them when the performances were taking place. Chris : there was always dancing at City Hall – there was a different band every Saturday night and famous people like Victor Sylvester came to Truro. Joyce : there were also professional pantomimes at City Hall – one year Alan Gale staged a panto. Keith 2 : when I was stage manager I had a crew of about 9 or 10 people . They were a wonderful team. We sometimes had up to 22 back cloths for a show which had to be changed. We built a gantry and had women up there who would lower down the cloths. It was a hectic time but a great time. Keith 1 : there was a corridor at the back of the stage which had a cast iron stair case. When I was the call boy I used to go down the stairs whistling and singing to let people know I was coming as it was a very popular place for a quick snog.
Memories of City Hall Annex - TAODS
Keith 1 : the annexe was used a lot for different things, including rehearsals for the main shows. One Saturday evening we had a singing rehearsal in the annexe. There had been a caged bird show in building next door and the birds tried to join n the singing.
Chris : it used to be used for teas for the cast between the matinees and the main evening show. On the last night everyone on the stage would be presented with a gift and during that day families would be coming in with presents which were stored in the annexe until after the final performance had ended.
Keith 1 : we also entertained it to entertain other societies from across Cornwall. We also went to other places.
Keith 2 : when you had a show which was very popular you would open up the annexe as well – there was restricted views but it let more people in.
Joyce : there was a proper bar in the annexe
Memories of Cecil Gill -TAODS
Joyce : My father Cecil Gill , known as “Cec’, did the sound for all TAODS productions for more than 50 years. He owned an electrical shop in Pydar Street and as well as doing the sound for TAODS, also provided the sound for key events in Truro, such as the Mayor Making and the Fatstock shows via his van with speakers on the top.
Keith 1 : Back then health and safety was not thought off and I remember having to climb up a ladder to the beam at the top of the stage and then having to shuffle on my bottom along the beam dragging electrical cables behind me while Cec was shouting instructions from below. Cec also used to go to the City Hall the night before ticket went on sale to supervise the people who were camping out.
Memories of Queueing for Tickets - TAODS
Joyce : Ann and Jill always used to camp out in front of the hall overnight before a show so they would first in the queue to buy them. Keith 1 : eventually more people started queuing overnight and one day there was a big queue with dozens of people camping out to get the best tickets. It was a really rough night with wind and rain and they were all getting wet, cold and miserable when the caretaker opened up one of the dressing rooms so they could sleep inside.
Memories of Past Shows - TAODS
Keith 1 : I remember Joyce and Chris taking part in a performance of Kismet. Along with another girl they were the “three princesses” and came out of baskets and did a dance on the stage. Joyce – as we were all dressed in the same way the only way people could tell us apart was because “ I was the only one who had boobs”. Chris : we did Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – that was a real wow – one of the best shows we ever did. Joyce : we had professional artists such as make up artist Jules Martin and musicians come to help with the shows. We had our own stewards and front of house people, people who did the wardrobes and worked back stage and a social committee who used to sell the programmes – the women always wore long dresses and the men wore dress suits. The shows were opened by the Mayor Keith 1 : It was always recognised that Truro had high standards – when we did Fiddler on the Roof one of the audience said “ I saw the original in London and this knocks it into a cocked hat” Keith 2 : a man called Les painted the flat for us – he was amazing. One time he did a back cloth of Truro Cathedral which became fluorescent when it was flooded with UV lighting – that got a round of applause in the middle of the show. Ros : I loved the carolaires – they were such happy times. Bill White played while the audience was coming in. Chris : we had some wonderful MD’s – Harry Jordon, known as the ‘lady chaser’, and Hubert who used to banter with a Truro lawyer. They had great rapport with the audience.
Memories of Last Night Antics - TAODS
Keith 2 : We never did anything to damage the show but we did have some fun on the last night At the end of our production of the Sound of Music Johnny Moon went up the mountain with the children. It was an amazing sight. On the last night we put stage weights into his bag to make it heavier. On another night we were doing a plan in which people had to bring a trunk onto the stage. It was usually empty but on the last night we filled it with concrete blocks and other items from below the stage. Keith 1 : during the performance of the Vagabond King the rogue has to run away and jump into a vat of red wine. On the last night the inside of the barrel was lined with holly – he was wearing tights and a short tunic and the language was interesting. Chris : on one last night Anne was due to be presented with a plate of food during the play – on the last night someone got two pigs eye from the butchers and put them with the food on the plate. When she lifted the lid off the plate she had to try not to laugh. Joyce : we were a family – back stage / front of house – we were all a family.
Memories of Moving to Redannick Theatre - TAODS
Keith 2 : we miss the City Hall – we had been told that the Hall For Cornwall would be a hall for the whole of Cornwall – but amateur societies cannot afford to use it. We have lost out . Redannick Theatre is much smaller which means we cannot put on the same kind of shows it is not the same ….. we had some wonderful years and made lots of money for charity. Joyce : the shows were the highlight of our year and the highlight of the audience’s years – they were happy days and we miss them. The society has gone down to a small number – we have lost our young people. We did everything to the best of our ability – and it is a great shame.
Memories of The City Hall & Hall for Cornwall - The Heart of Things
Before I moved down to Cornwall in 1964, I lived in Honor Oak in London. From the road I lived on, which was on a main bus route, we could see Big Ben - we were right in the heart of things – you could get anything you liked any time you liked. After I left school, I worked at Westminster for a while and then at Worth’s Fashion House. When my husband got a job teaching science at Truro School, we moved to Penelewey, which was - at the time - just a handful of houses, even fewer than there are now. Where we’d have busses running all day in Honor Oak, there was one bus a day now and I thought ‘what one earth have I come to?’ My husband died thirty years ago now and it was after he died that I heard about this place called Hall for Cornwall. It was a new thing for me. It was close and it was affordable. I discovered something there that grabbed me by the heart. One year I went to see something there every week – marine bands, plays, opera, comedy, dancing – anything they had on. The man on the security desk said to me he was thinking about calling Securicor for me, I’d bought that many tickets, and they told me by the end of the year, they thought I’d pretty much bought Row F! I remember seeing one comedy group which was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I laughed so hard it was painful and the man sitting next to me couldn’t stay in his chair he was laughing so much. I remember thinking I need a break from this. It’s strange, I’ve forgotten what they were called now, but I’ll never forget laughing that hard, not ever. It was a change from life, seeing something so different. I was able to feel I was supporting people who were doing creative things while I was doing it. A special place it is, right in the heart of things.
Memories of 'Bits & Pieces'
I always liked singing when I was young. I used to sing in school at playtime and we had little shows outside the back of our house, by the garage, put a dress on and act and stuff – it was our own entertainment. I used to love tap dancing, but you had to pay for the lessons and we could never have afforded them. We just didn’t have the money for it and those things were out of reach for us. I wanted to be in a dramatic show, but I always felt they were too posh for me, so I never even tried for one. There was one show – Bits and Pieces it was called - there was a comedian and singers, dancing, different things on. There was a woman who was supposed to sing, but she was taken ill and they said, well could you do it, Joan? I said, I don’t know but I’ll give it a go. I remember having a photograph taken of me in a lovely dress – it was green, a satin dress. I was a poor singer though. In the end I sang ‘Blue Moon’ first and then I sang that old Irish song ‘I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen’. I’d never been on the stage before and they threw me right in at the deep end. I couldn’t run fast enough. I stuck it out though. Oh, I will take you back, Kathleen To where your heart will feel no pain And when the fields are fresh and green I'll take you to your home again!
Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 1: Debbie McCrory
The first podcast in a micro-series, commissioned by Hall For Cornwall with journalist Karen Pirie. In the first episode, hear from BBC Radio Cornwall DJ and former Front Of House Manager Debbie McCrory. Listen to her tales of scandal, intrigue and backstage gossip with a whole host of stars who have graced Hall For Cornwall's stage over the years. Series recorded pre-Covid.
Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 2: Ed Rowe, Simon Harvey & Richard Healey
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Karen Pirie Podcast Episode 3: Julien Boast & Sue Ferguson
The third podcast in a micro-series, commissioned by Hall For Cornwall with journalist Karen Pirie. In the third episode, Karen interviews Hall For Cornwall CEO Julien Boast and theatre advocate and loyal friend of the theatre, Sue Ferguson. Hear their thoughts on the transformation of the hall and exciting plans for the future. Series recorded pre-Covid.
Dick Whittington & His Cat poster
The poster is good example of theatre and design trends of the time. Full-colour and eyecatching with a focus on bold type of varying sizes, the poster was set and printed by G & Organ. G & M Organ were a highly prolific organisation specialising in wooden typographic design based in Bristol and known their work in producing theatre posters for theatres across the United Kingdom.
Jack & The Beanstalk poster
Summer Show handbill, City Hall
A collection of handbills
A handbill advertising Babes In The Wood pantomime performance at the 'Regent Truro'
Robert Moreton at City Hall
A selection of handbills pasted up on the walls backstage in the building at different times. The handbills, posters and cast lists were pasted on top of each other and left to fade away as new posters were added. Each poster shows changes in acts booked to perform at the hall, the changing tastes of the public and indeed the changing name of the building. It is alternately named as City Hall from 1926 and its earlier name, the Regent Theatre within the posters. In-house bands such as the City Hall Trio are also named.
Close up of Regent Theatre handbills
Ticket, Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian folk pop band. Also performing on stage in 2014 were acts including Ruby Wax, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Suzanne Vega and The Gruffalo.
Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon centres on the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th Century. Joining the many crews of minors, each hoping to strike gold, the plot focuses on the lives of a small group of colourful individuals on their journey to success and possible fortune.
Stage Set at City Hall
City Hall and Hall For Cornwall are a receiving house. This means that they programme in touring shows and acts who largely bring their own stage sets, props and costumes, leaving lighting, sound and projections to be provided by the hall's equipment.
The Hall by Callum Mitchell
Commissioned as part of Hall For Cornwall's Transformation, Callum Mitchell's lyrical poetry and turn of phrase weaves an impactful portrayal of the arts in Cornwall and the role that the theatre has to elevate, support and create alongside this regional talent.
Without You, There Is No Us, Callum Mitchell
Commissioned during the Covid-pandemic of 2020, Hall For Cornwall Associate Artist, poet Callum Mitchell prepared a dialogue and accompanying animation detailing the importance of interconnectedness for creativity and sustainability within heritage projects. He asks specifically for people to donate their memories of Hall For Cornwall to the Revealing City Hall project.
Windy the squeaky pig puppet is a prop created especially for the 2016 pantomime run of Jack & The Beanstalk, produced by Hall For Cornwall. He comes complete with his own bed and wicker basked for transportation!