Launch Day and Auditions for The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Calling all Karnon Kidz

Just a reminder to all our young members that we have the ‘Fun Under the Sea’ workshop coming up on the 3rd February to launch ‘The Little Mermaid’. It will be an afternoon filled with plenty of fun activities where you’ll get to find out all you need to know about the production. Please bring along any friends that maybe interested in joining us too. By the end of the session you’ll be well prepared for the auditions that will be held on the following Sunday 10th February.

If you can’t make either date but would still like to be a part of this adventure then please let us know by ringing 01872 870216 or via the email address on the flyer.

All the times and details are below. So we look forward to seeing you there!

Performances will be on 31st May through to 2nd June.

Little Mermaid Flyer

Toot ‘n’ Come In

Toot-n-Come In


Toot ‘n’ Come In – By Joyce Bassett
Toot n Come In
Toot n Come In

24-27 January 2019
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

It’s panto time! School’s out for summer and the kids are off on a magical adventure.

Carnon Downs Drama Group is proud to present Joyce Bassett’s family pantomime, Toot ‘n’ Come In, an exciting adventure around the bazaars and temples of ancient Egypt.

Evening performances start at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.



£8 Standard
£6 Seniors and 16 & under

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Miss Inge Bitte – Charlotte Padmore
Georgina – Lauren Northcote
Anna Bel – Abi Holmes
Charlie – Moo Burnett
Dick – Malcolm Grimsley
Sheldon – Ruby Goddard
Riddles – Millie Padmore
Artemis II – Nora De Cominges
Mr Ivor Badtemper – David Ivall
Mrs Mostofit – Linda Barker
Rattle – Miriam Loosemore
Roll – Chris Breach
Sheik Aleg – Colin Groom
Potiphar – Ann Lejeune
Pharaoh P – Mark Breach
Artemis I/Artie Facts – Martin Brett
Renee – Esther O’Bearagh
Princess Philly – Olive Hilton-Meadows
Jasmine – Mia Bossey
Pharaoh’s Aide – Grace MacIndoe
Pharaoh’s Servant – Jasmine Lennard
Ensemble – Lucy Padmore, Vron Spear, Ann Grimsley, Violet Blackburn, Hazel Blackburn, Klara Boehm, Luka Boehm


What the Butler Saw

What the butler saw


What the Butler Saw – By Joe Orton

4-6 October 2018
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

Carnon Downs Drama Group is proud to present Joe Orton’s farce, set in a psychiatrist’s office where it is hard to find any sanity.

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Dr Prentice – Mark Breach
Geraldine Barclay – Stephanie Randlesome
Mrs Prentice – Ali Mason
Nicholas Beckett – Jack Irving
Dr Rance – Simon Oliver
Sergeant Match – Joe Quick


Director – John Frankland
Box Office – Mark & Chris Breach
Set Design – Mike Meer
Set Construction – Simon Oliver, Mark Breach, Colin Groom
Scenery Painters – Tracey Holmes, Pam Furnish
Front of House – Joyce Bassett & CDDG Friends
Lighting Design – Max Wingate
Lighting & Sound – Kellan Frankland
Makeup – Zoe Vale
Props – Pam Furnish & Cast
Programme – Pam Furnish
Publicity – John Frankland, Stephanie Randlesome
Photographs – Alison Randlesome, Elaine Gummow, Pam Furnish
Stage Management – Zoe & Nick Vale
Wardrobe – Vron Spear, Dot Hallam
Signed Interpreter – Patricia Joliat


Auditions for Toot ‘n Come In

Toot n Come In - Auditions

Join us on Sunday 30th September for open auditions for our family pantomime which this time is set in Ancient Egypt.

Large cast and chorus of mixed ages required. The performance dates are 24th – 27th January.

No previous experience necessary but must be 7yrs or over.

Adults (14yrs+) at the Barn, Nr Gwennap Pit, TR16 5HH from 10am to 1pm. Youths/Children (under 14) at The Perranwell Centre, TR3 7JU from 2pm to 5pm.

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Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy


Punch & Judy
Punch and Judy
Punch and Judy

18 August 2018
Trebah Gardens, TR11 5JZ

He’s a rogue, he’s a rover, he’s selfish, he’s a bad’un, but don’t we just love him. Judy’s his wife and ain’t she gorgeous (but you might think she’s one of the Borgias). With his nose and his chin and his great big cudgel, he’ll knock you down flat, now ain’t that delightful. Scaramouche, Toby, Hangman and Constable, haven’t a hope when Punch gets at ‘em.

Carnon Downs Drama brings you the real thing, a live performance of murder and mayhem. It’s just the show, you must bring the kids to, appallingly funny and dreadfully frightful.

Performance included in cost of garden entry ticket or free for Trebah Members.

Show times: 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm

Suitable for all ages.

Open Space Meeting – Amateur Drama in Cornwall

Sunday 27th May at The Perranwell Centre 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm  Open Space Meeting ‘Amateur Drama in Cornwall’.

The things we love and the things we loathe, and all in between. This is hosted by CDDG but open to members from all am drama societies in Cornwall.

For information on Open Space Meetings view our Open Space Technology page here.

Punch and Judy Casting

Punch and Judy

Most of us at sometime have seen a Punch & Judy show on a beach or a pier. The main characters, as glove puppets, are well known: Punch, with humped back, squeaky voice, red and yellow costume, enormous hooked nose and chin; Judy, with similar features, a nagging hag; and all the others including Scaramouch, Constable and the Hangman.

If you took the story literally it would be a tale of child abuse and callous serial murder, but when presented as puppets the violence becomes just comic.

So, here’s the idea, take a puppet show and present it large as life with the stock characters played by real actors in the guise of costumed puppets retaining all their essential characteristics.

A live performance full of murder and mayhem and delivered as fun for all the family. Even Dickens approved of it as harmless street entertainment as the violence was so fantastical it could not be taken seriously. No blood is involved, but in our production, there will be a lot of slap-sticks, lightweight, painless, but noisy. And we’ll need some live music too.

The show calls for cast of 3 as a minimum, perhaps up to 5. There are never more than 2 characters on stage at once. Punch is there throughout, and the rest of the cast share the other characters. Assisted quick changes are required and as most of the cast wear whole- or part-masks then gender becomes unimportant. Punch could be played by an actress, Judy by a man. There will be individual amplification, but you still have to project.

Performances will be outdoors, we have bookings so far at Gwennap fete on 23rd June, Ponsanooth fete on 30th June and Trebah amphitheatre on 18th August with 2 or 3 performances at each. We are looking to fill the gap with a few others. The Perranwell Village open cricket match is a possibility – we were there last year in panto costumes.

We will be using an original script, now out of copyright, which has been edited; the running time is about 20 minutes … ish.

Rehearsals will start very shortly and take place on the actual transportable stage in the director’s garden in Perranarworthal, weather permitting of course.

… and, no, you won’t have to swallow a swozzle.

This show is to be directed by Mark Breach.

Henry IV Part 1


Henry IV Part 1 – By William Shakespeare

19-21 April 2018
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

With Richard II’s death weighing heavy on his conscience, King Henry IV wants to make a crusade to the Holy Land to pay penance; however, the stirrings of rebellion force his gaze to civil matters.

As Harry ‘Hostpur’ Percy conspires with Wales and Scotland, the King’s own Harry is drinking his way through taverns and keeping less than savoury company in the form of Sir John Falstaff.

Carnon Downs Drama Group is proud to present Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I at the Minack Theatre this year.

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Tickets are available directly from the Minack Theatre.

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King Henry IV – Guy Hanson
Prince Henry (Hal) – Nick Vale
Prince John – Jack Irving
Earl of Westmorland – Peter French
Sir Walter Blunt – Rose Bradley
Sir John Falstaff – Tabitha Lammas
Poins – Robert Dean
Peto/Chamberlain – Alex Wood
Bardolph – Colin Groom
Earl of Northumberland/Gadshill – Miriam Loosemore
Earl of Worcester – Simon Oliver
Hotspur – William Randlesome
Lord Edmund Mortimer – Tadhg Cullen
Owen Glendower – Mark Breach
Earl of Douglas – Stephanie Randlesome
Sir Richard Vernon – David Ivall
Archbishop of York/Sheriff – Martin Brett
Sir Michael/Second Traveller – Janice Smith
Lady Percy – Megan Tremethick
Lady Mortimer – Megan Strachan
First Carrier – Charlotte Padmore
Ostler/Messenger – Lauren Northcote
Hostess Quickly/Second Carrier – Chris Breach
First Traveller – Pam Furnish
Francis/Servant to Hotspur – Abi Holmes
Vintner – Jackie Hovell
Messenger – Effie French
Lords, Soldiers and other Attendants played by the company


Director – John Frankland
Assistant Director – Zoe Vale
Set Design – Michael Meer
Poster Design – Effie French
Composer – Russell Pascoe
Movement Director – Oriel Bennet
Fight Rehearsal – Will Richards
Set Construction – Peter French, Simon Oliver and company
Stage Manager – Tracey Holmes
Assistant Stage Manager – Pam Furnish
Costume – Vron Spear
Props – Joyce Bassett
Assistant Lighting and Sound – Paul Barker


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Robin Hood

Robin Hood - The Panto


Robin Hood – The Panto By David Crump

25-27 January 2018
The Perranwell Centre

Wanted – All ye children, peasants, lords and ladies to come and see Robin Hood – The Panto.

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£7 (£5 – Concession 60+ or under 16s)

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Amy’s View

Amy’s View

By David Hare

5-7 October 2017

Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all.

In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favour to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When the pair meet, Amy will find the views she holds so dear are painfully tested as she has to decide what’s worth fighting for. What none of them can know is that the events of that day will set in motion a chain reaction which will dramatically change their lives forever.

Spanning a period of sixteen years, Amy’s View is a play about women, family, love and loss, set in an England corroded by the political forces of the 1980s.

Written by acclaimed playwright David Hare, Amy’s View was first performed in 1998 at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway.

Around the World in 80 Days

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Join our band of youngsters as they take you on a musical tour around the globe interspersed with drama, laughter and dance.

Don’t forget our youth extravaganza this Saturday 3rd June Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7.00pm. Suitable for all the family.

Tickets available on the door £5. BYO nibbles and picnic.

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

by Debbie Isitt

Is a tragi-comic tale of deceit, envy, lust, jealousy, revenge and interesting recipes.

Fast-paced and full of savage wit, this story of self-destructive relationships will take the audience on a wild emotional journey through the conflicting needs and desires of Hilary, Kenneth and Laura; the wife, her husband and his lover.

OK, so the title is a bit of a giveaway as to what is going to happen but the story is really about how we get there.

This production goes on tour to selected venues in mid-Cornwall:

  • Perranwell Village Hall – Fri 14th & Sat 15th April
  • Chacewater Village Hall – Fri 21st April
  • Mabe Community Hall – Sat 22nd April
  • St Austell Arts Centre -Fri 28th April
  • Illogan Village Hall – Sat 29th April

The show may not be suitable for younger children as it addresses adult themes with occasional strong language.


Dracula goes on holiday

Dracula Goes on Holiday

By Joyce Bassett

26-28 January 2017

Dracula lives in his castle on the outskirts of a Cornish village.

He is a vampire but unlike other vampires you may have heard about, our Dracula is not a baddie.

He spends his days indoors dreaming of bathing in sunshine and other such niceties of life that “normal” people can have.

Jack, Dracula’s nephew is a regular visitor to the castle and on hearing that there is a cruise ship leaving the village harbour, decides that he and Dracula need to stow away on board and have a well-deserved holiday.

Not all goes to plan. There is a baddie in the village, but who is it?

The orphanage is under threat of closure and Mama Dear is in a panic.

Can Dracula rescue the day?

By Jeeves

“By Jeeves”

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Books and Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn

25 – 29 October 2016

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

by Paul Reakes

8-20 February 2016

Only the title of this pantomime, published in 2013, is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme, nothing else is remotely similar.

It’s the day of the grand fête in Merrydale, and Willard “Wiggles” Wigglesworth has brought his hot air balloon along to give rides to the townsfolk. Johnnie Blue has fallen in love with Susie Sidebottom, the Mayor’s daughter, but when the pair offend the evil witch Halloweena she is determined to exact revenge.

With zombies, demons, a yetti and squawker this pantomime is full of fun.

Find out what happens next by coming along to the see the show.

A Christmas Wizard of Oz

A Christmas Wizard of Oz

19 December 2015

This year Karnon Kidz performed a “Christmas Wizard of Oz” adapted for stage by Kathryn Schultz Miller. It is a seasonal twist on the traditional story of Dorothy and her dog Toto.

It’s Christmas Eve and the colours of the rainbow are gathered ready to tell their story when suddenly, it starts to snow in Kansas! With flying reindeer and talking trees, the yellow brick road takes Dorothy, Toto and their new friends to a very different Kingdom of Oz.

Come along and join in the festive fun. We can promise you jingle bells, snow angels and yes, there will be Brussels sprouts but don’t worry, it won’t be you that has to eat them.

Ticket price includes some seasonal refreshment but feel free to bring along more of your own to enjoy whilst watching the show.

You can get your tickets from our dedicated phone number 08454 500296 If the call goes to voicemail leave your details and the tickets you need, and your call will be returned.

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy Of The People

Adapted from Henrik Ibsen by Arthur Miller
Directed by John Frankland

28 – 31 October 2015

The resort in which the play is set is preparing for a boom time financially due to the successful marketing of its natural waters that feed the spa to which tourists will flock.

The local doctor discovers that the waters are dangerously contaminated and plans to announce his findings. This sets him and his family on a collision course with his brother the local Mayor. His idealism is set against the practical realities of the cost to the town, which lead to him being denounced as an, ‘enemy of the people’.

“A complex dramatization of issues surrounding pollution, personal responsibility in public office, media and political imperatives and loyalty to the state.” Financial Times

Hugely relevant to today’s issues of morality in the press and in Parliament. Can we afford to be idealistic?

George’s Marvellous Medicine


George’s Marvellous Medicine

By Roald Dahl and adapted by David Wood

27 – 30 May 2015

‘George! Where’s my medicine? George! Where’s my tea? George! What are you doing?’ Grouchy Grandma has come to stay and is complaining all the time and spoiling George’s half term holiday. He wants to read his adventure book quietly.

What can he do to make his horrible Grandma nicer? She really is a bit of a witch. He’ll try and invent a wonderful medicine for her.

Come and see what happens at Perranarworthal Village Memorial Hall when we present Roald Dahl’s story of “George’s Marvellous Medicine” adapted for the stage by David Wood at half term, Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th May.

Keep a careful eye on what George does because he will want you to help him remember the recipe when he needs to make a second batch of medicine after something pretty amazing happens.

Watch out though – life on a farm can be very surprising!


It’s Utterly Panto

Utterly Panto 2015 Poster


It’s Utterly Panto Written By Rachel Feeny-Williams

19-21 February 2015
Perran-ar-worthal Village Hall

“It’s Utterly Panto” written by Rachel Feeny-Williams was staged in February 2015.

A brand new pantomime that contained many of our favourite fairy-tale characters.

With a colourful array of costumes, popular songs and all the elements of a traditional pantomime, this production was thoroughly enjoyed by audience members of all ages.

“When Goatel (Gretal) appeared I was completely in panto world” “Rapunzel and the nits had me laughing out loud” “completely brilliant” and “the best panto ever” were just some of the many, many favourable comments received.