or even a small city or

a village...



in a

of an inward and probable


is the outward sign

- Sir Laurence Olivier




Every Tuesday evening from 18th July - 5th September, at 7.30pm, we proudly presented David Tristam's wonderful show: 'Inspector Drake & The Perfekt Crime'. Doors opened at 7pm in Polruan Village Hall. There was a licensed bar and both Children and Adults were welcome. Thanks to everyone who came to see the show. Watch this space for news of upcoming shows.


 Way back in 1981, “The Good Old Days” was staged at the local village hall in order to help raise much needed funds for Age Concern in Polruan. This proved to be a very successful show and, in the process, we found that the village had a wealth of undiscovered acting talent. A meeting was called of interested parties and Polruan Theatre Club was “born” on Friday 11th September 1981. At that time the Village Hall had a very low platform that we used as a stage, there were no changing facilities, and a men’s and ladies toilet were at either side of the stage. Even so, we managed to put on some remarkable shows despite the inherent lack of facilities. Buoyed by our success, a proposal to build an extension to the hall and add on new and improved toilet facilities was put in place; much fund-raising was organised by the club and relevant grants were obtained from the lottery etc. The old stage was then demolished along with the toilets. A new full-width, higher stage was built by John Hill, Bill Cleverley, Les Smith & helpers. Alex Kerr and Tony Bartlett were responsible for the theatre fixtures and lighting. This was all completed around January 1988. The new theatre extension was built some time after this, being delayed due to the collapse of the retaining wall into the garden below, which required a further round of funding. Once completed, this extension provided the club with much needed upstairs and downstairs dressing rooms and a toilet for the actors. No more having to change behind the backdrop and trek along the veranda, in the dark, to the toilets, thank goodness!!!


It's hard to believe that 2016 was the 35th anniversary of our theatre club.  During that time we have put on numerous beloved (and award winning) shows - so many we can't actually remember some of them!   The world has changed around us and we've seen members come and go, but we are always looking forward to the future and our next production.


We decided to talk to some of our members to ask them, first hand, about what they can remember when the club started all those years  ago.  The first conversation with founder-member Mary Rashleigh is online now.  We hope to have more club members chats posted here soon.

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

― William Shakespeare, As You Like It.

The Polruan Theatre Club is based at the Polruan Village Hall. Satnav postcode : PL23 1QA Parking: The nearby St.Saviour's car park is less than a 2 minute walk from the venue. When you disembark your vehicle, turn right out of the car park and take the downward path opposite the children's playground. The village hall will be in front of you as you descend. Car Ferry: The car ferry from Fowey over to Bodinnick is a very useful and picturesque way to get over to Polruan, but do bear in mind their operating times! SUMMER SERVICE 1st May - 30th October. Monday - Sunday 08:00 - 20:00 Passenger Ferry: Perhaps the best way to arrive in Polruan is by coming across the water on foot from Fowey and the passenger ferry runs late into the night! SUMMER SERVICE 1st May - 30th September Monday - Sunday 09.00 - 23:00 (please check with the operator to confirm times)



HELP US KEEP THE THEATRE ALIVE!  Our small theatre club isn't privately funded, rather we fund our productions and the maintenance of our facilities through revenue raised from staging each show and also, largely, from generous donations from our patrons.


As Sir Lawrence Olivier once said, "I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture."


We believe that there is no finer culture than that which you can find in Polruan.  We hope you agree.  In the near future, we aim to have a direct 'donation' link to Paypal.  In the meantime, if you are a fan of our work or of small, amateur, theatre clubs in general, please do donate to our cause.


Cheques can be made payable to Polruan Theatre Club and sent to the Village Hall address.




Polruan is a small village with a disproportionately high number of holiday lets.  As a consequence, we are always looking for new & talented people to come and join our ranks, be you an actor looking to tread the boards or someone more interested in helping us out behind  the scenes.  We endeavor to mount 2 plays a year and we'd like to encourage people throughout Cornwall to join our theatre club.


Please use the form below for any inquiries or email us directly to send in CV's / headshots.


In the future we are also planning to have workshops and master classes with Tony Cottrell, one of our directors,  for those interested in learning more about stage craft, acting, directing or writing for theatre.


Watch this space, or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.




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Polruan Theatre Club - The Village Hall, 19 St Saviour's Hill.  Polruan, Cornwall, UK  PL23 1QA

For ticket bookings & membership enquires call Wendy on +44 01726 870 666

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