19th century Falmouth the subject of new play

Cornwall-based theatre company NorthSouth, known for producing entertaining and thought-provoking theatre, will bring their latest play to The Poly in Falmouth.

Set in the 1800s, Canvas & Rum is a maritime theatre performance centred around the packet ships that sailed from Falmouth. The story looks at the life of an old shellbacker who left his home in Cornwall after a family dispute.

The old sea dog takes on the duty of teaching a new shipmate the ropes on board the ocean going ship. Bad luck strikes the vessel and its crew, forcing the return home that had been avoided for decades.

Inspired by tales such as Moby Dick and Heart of the Sea, yet based on the historical figures and events in Falmouth, Canvas & Rum is a maelstrom of shanties, sirens, superstitions and seasick sailors.

The performance takes place at 7.30pm on Friday August 26 and is suitable for audiences aged 12 and over. Visit www.thepoly.org for more details and booking information.

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