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Theatre GroupWe are a very lively, active and friendly Group meeting every 3rd Thursday of the month and organising trips to live and live-streamed theatre in and around Cornwall and beyond.

There is currently a waiting list to join this group. 

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Group contact: Jenny MacDonald

Telephone: 01208 873933

There is currently a waiting list to join this group. Please contact Jenny for more information either by phone or by clicking on the blue contact button above

March 2020

Unfortunately we had to cancel our March meeting and will not be able to recommence until social distancing can end, and indeed , when we know what will be available to book.        This is a sad time for theatres and production companies alike and some will find it hard to survive.                                                                                                   

The Miracle company say that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in isolation during the plague.        Sterts theatre are maintaining their humour by suggesting we look out for 'Lady Macbeth' soap!


February  2020

Sterts, Minack and our favourite outdoor theatre companies are beginning to announce their season's programmes.     We have chosen the following - just for 'starters'!                         They are open for booking at our next meeting on 19th March.

29th May  Miracle's King Lear at Restormel Castle

24th July   Sterts Company's  Guys and Dolls at Upton Cross

1st   Tower Theatre's  Great Gatsby at Minack

We also have The Kite Runner 7th May TRP, Six TRP and the live streaming of National Theatrs The Welkin  21st May to anticipate.    Tickets for The Welkin still available (Jenny)


January 2020

At this months meeting we took a preliminary look at this years Minnack Theatre programme and will make choices next month.    If our best laid plans fall into place we will use the Lerryn mini-bus thanks to a kind volunteer driver.

Movie Magic discount cards from Capitol cinema, Bodmin are proving popular and appear to suit our ticket buying system.

Two events have been suggested with only a couple of members interested so they are making their own arrangements.  It's good that the group is useful in this way, a contrast to booking lists of 18 for an event.

Feb 20th Carol is arranging 'The Coastguard' at Bodmin Old Library

Feb 22nd Mat. 3 people are going to 'Measure for Measure' at TRP Lyric by train.  There are still a few seats available direct from TRP.

TRP Drum offered us tickets for 'Drink Rum with Expats' for just £5 !   TRP direct (on-line/phone) before midnight on Sunday 19th  On from Jan 28 till Feb 1st, possible to go by train in evening.  One member booked straight away for Thurs eve.

We'll meet again on Feb 20th so please bring your suggestions for further outings.





We are starting off the new year with a great variety of eleven new events:-

Jan 24  Underbelly venue as yet undisclosed (but somewhere in Union St, Plymouth )arranged by TRP.  £5  Ann H.

Feb 4   Kinky Boots, streaming at Bodmin.   Val

Feb 20-22  Lostwithiel Players, Church Rooms.  Helen will give us information when it is available, we will buy own tickets locally.

Feb  28   Ashton Lane folk duo, Lerryn Hall  £9.  Ann H.

and also

Feb  28   Sean Lakeman/Kathryn Roberts, St Austell Arts theatre,  £15.   Sue has info

Mar  14   Amsterdam, TRP Drum. mat.   £11.  Rosie

Mar 15   Peter Knight/John Spiers St Austell Arts theatre  ( possibly the whole Gigspanner band ) £15.  Sandra

April 2 or 4  mat.  Swan Lake, TRP Lyric mat.  Carol

May 7   The Kite Runner, TRP Lyric mat.  £23  good seats reserved, some still available,   Rosie.

May 21  The Welkin, National Theatre, streamed at Bodmin   Annie

May 31  'Six'  a new musical TRP Lyric. mat. £33.50   good seats reserved, some still available.   Judy

Our next meeting is the usual 3rd Thursday of month - Jan 16th




Once more we had a waiting list as two people want to join our busy group. We have since been able to welcome one them and are keeping the other informed of our activities and hope she can join some of our events.

Currently we have seven events to look forward to - one being a lunch when the conversation may reflect our own comedies and dramas.....?

We have now added
Lerryn's Christmas Crackers , Ann brought tickets to the meeting for Dec 6th and 7th
Lost in Song's Cornish Carols of the Diaspora at St Bart's. Dec 7th buying tickets individually.
Ceremony of Carols by E.C.B.Choir at St Petroc's tickets from Anne F. Dec 14th
Knight and Spiers folk music at Calstock. Tickets from CRBO Dec15th
Oh No It Isn't, Bodmin Old Library. Organized by Val on Dec 17th
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, TRP. Pat, on Dec 21st
And in 2020
Mary Poppins at Bodmin College in Jan - however when Carol tried to book they had already sold out.
Kite Runner at TRP . Rosie has made a group booking for May 3rd

Many ideas were forthcoming and we had to choose carefully as several dates clashed, including
'I think I would explode' - 3 plays by Charles Causley, Les Mis and Cats both live at Bodmin cinema,

Next month's meeting is Dec 19th when we shall make arrangements for 'I think We Are Alone' at TRP, 'Amsterdam' at the Drum and Swan Lake.











17 October


Midsummer Night’s Dream

Live streaming

St Austell

Ann H


Tickets at the theatre. Meet 6.15 in the car park.

26 October

Women in Mind

Menheniot + meal




Supper at 6.15

1 November

Confessions of a Cockney temple dancer


Ann H


Cancelled – too few people could attend.


2 November



Drum matinee

2.45 start


Train travel

Jenny to be in touch on her return re travel/meal options.

7 November




Live streaming

St Austell

Ann H




Sunday 10 November 5.00pm

42nd Street

Streaming to Bodmin cinema

Jenny M





17 November



Elves & Shoemaker

Bodmin Old Library



Meet 2.00pm in LCC car park for 3.00pm show.

28 November

Present Laughter

Streaming to St Austell


Ann H



30 November



Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

TRP Drum





£11 conc

(£13 full)

26 November – 22 Dec


Old Library


Discuss in November


6 and 7 December

Lerryn’s Christmas Crackers

Lerryn Memorial Hall, 7.00 for 7.30

Ann H

Minibus available from Lostwithiel (and back)

£7 - Tickets at Nov meeting

14 December

Ceremony of Carols by East Cornwall Bach Choir

St Petroc’s

Anne F


Tickets to be available at November meeting

29 December



Les Gloriables




No take-up




Mary Poppins

Bodmin College




Discuss in November



Kite Runner





Discuss in November


Thursday 12 DECEMBER


   BOOKED 12.30 FOR 1.00      Booked for 16 incl. Jenny and Judy


Cash and cheque payments to the organiser.
( Online payments and cheques should specify Lostwithiel Area U3A, not individuals.)


Despite the absence of several regular members there were eighteen attendees enjoying refreshments and sharing ideas at this months meeting.

New plans include Camp Theatres 'Woman in Mind' at Menheniot.  Last years production was enjoyed by all, as was the pre-show meal, so we shall do this again on 26th October.  Carol is booking this for us.

Next is '42nd Street' streamed to the new Bodmin cinema, Jenny arranging for Sunday 10th Nov.

Followed by 'Elves and the Shoemaker' a matinee on 17th November arranged by Val.  This is in the lovely little venue created in the Old Bodmin Library.

Then on 28th November Ann H is booking Noel Cowards 'Present Laughter'.   A production by National Theatre, streamed to St Austell cinema.

This is a busy week as it is followed by  'The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel' at TRP Drum, a matinee on 30th Nov, tickets via Judy.

The evening of 1st December brings 'Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer' to Calstock's Art Centre.  Arranged by Ann H.

An amazing variety in these six new events, enjoy!



There are two great dance companies giving outdoor performances at present. Southpaw have a show called Icarus in Liskeard and St Austell and Yskynna have a vertical dance telling the tale of a balmaiden, Estah's Story at Heartlands heritage mine site, Redruth.  Members will go to both according to the weather situation.

We have two live streamed events planned and hope to use the new Bodmin cinema.

Midsummer Night's Dream on 17 Oct (St Austell)  Ann H is arranging this, also Hansard on 7th Nov, hopefully at Bodmin.

This is a lovely new 4 screen cinema in the preserved old Public Hall and is expecting its satellite for streaming to be operable late Sept.

Also up coming is 'Status' at TRP's Drum, a 'Sat mat' on 2nd Nov, Jenny arranging this.

We have been enjoying Lostwithiel's Sing Along the River on Thursday evenings throughout August.

No tickets needed, just turn up - and enjoy the food too!


JULY 2019

There have been six theatre trips in the past month and as usual members enthused over what they had seen, particularly Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Bristol Old Vic) and Gigspanner.

We are so pleased that Theatre Royal Plymouth is now offering Saturday matinees for their Drum productions.   We have contacted them several times to say how much those living further afield would appreciate this as evening transport is so poor.   

We were quick to choose two of these and will be going to 'Unsung' on 14 Sept and 'The Ladder' on 29 Sept, Jenny is arranging these and doubtless a lunch will also feature.

With the Kneehigh company fresh in our minds Val is organizing a trip to their Asylum marquee on Carlyon beach to see The Dancing Frog on 27 August.

Sterts are venturing into big screen films and showing Bohemian Rhapsody which Ann H is booking for us on 10 Aug.

Carol W is organizing Girl on a Train (Lyric TRP) for 5 ) October

Some members are going to HeliJazz on 9 and 10 Aug and the LAMA bus is offering transport.