Your last chance to catch us at St Ives

Our ‘Wish We Weren’t Here’ show was highly successful, with a crowded room watching as Linda and Jak of the complaints desk dealt with the back catalogue – and also came up with some up-to-the-minute surprises, courtesy of Facebook and TripAdvisor…

Feedback: “Thank you so much for another hugely entertaining evening and for bringing to life four very interesting characters. I wonder what they would each have made of our jolly evening?”

We will be performing our last show of the series on the 19th February Dylan Thomas poster

Dylan Thomas in Cornwall

From April 1936, Dylan Thomas frequently visited Cornwall and befriended Joe Martin, a rookie reporter on The Cornishman, who recorded their adventures together.
Camidge & Stringer’s multi-media, light-hearted look at the young bard’s life, incorporates local news stories from pre-WW2 Cornwall and takes the story up to the 11th July 1937 – when Dylan married Catlin in Penzance.

“Thoroughly absorbing, entertaining, comical and, yes, historically informative.” – Cornishman


All proceeds from the series have gone to Friends of St Ives Library.

“I really loved the monthly celebration of writing! It has encouraged me to read new writers and to savour the voices you evoked with such affection.” – St Ives Education Hub


Interested in us putting on a show for you? Please get in touch!

The Twelve Days of Herbert Thomas

Thanks to all those who joined us last night for another Camidge and Stringer world premiere – and to our guest contributors: Penzance Sunday Speakeasy members who provided voiceovers, and our ‘outraged member of the public’ on the night.

Well done to one and all!

Time for another rum and shrub!

Next show 15th January – more details soon…

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The Rise and Fall of Tin

We performed the world premiere of our new presentation  at St Ives Library on 20th November. Here’s a great bit of feedback from Joanne Dean of  St Ives Library Education Hub:

‘I absolutely loved it and I know that it went down very well with everybody else too. We feel so lucky to have your shows and really appreciate how much work you are putting into them. Personally, I learned so much about the authors and about mining and am now resolved to read Ballantyne’s book and follow up some of the other threads too. The history of Geevor was very moving and I knew nothing about the march in London and the local campaign.
Thank you for entertaining and informing me!

and some pictures from the show:

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Next show December 18th – we’ll be giving the fascinating career of Cornishman editor and local celebrity Herbert Thomas (1866-1951) a Christmas make-over.

More details soon!

Autumn update

Unfortunately, the performance of  The Frozen Deep has been postponed until the Spring.  But you can still catch Camidge and Stringer at St Ives – third Wednesday of the month, until MarchWilkie Collins poster

If August is here, can autumn be far behind?

The answer is, generally, ‘sadly not.’ As the days shorten and the sun falters in strength, we all pack away our buckets and spades – metaphorical or literal – and give our woollies an airing, so that they stand ready whenever the call may come.

But for Camidge and Stringer, Autumn 2019 will be a time for getting back into action – and plans are already in place.

Those who caught Jak Stringer’s Penzance Literary Festival show, Almost What is Expected, on 4th July, will be delighted to hear that the book is still moving forward.  And what’s more, Jak has even found time to make a radio appearance,  talking on Radio Cornwall about Penzance’s most notable man – Sir Humphry Davy.

Jak broadcasts Davy July 2019

If you missed it, here’s a link: – fast forward to 1:26 to hear Jak talking  about a recent project to transcribe the great man’s notebooks, and the Davy material held by the Morrab Library.  Davy’s  career wasn’t just about the famous lamp: as Jak explains, it encompassed laughing gas,  a whole clutch of new elements – and even poetry. So whether you’re born into a big University city, or start life in a small town like Penzance, there’s no need to think you have limits… As Jak says, “there’s always stuff out there to find.”

But so much for the past. What about that autumnal future? Well, there’s plenty coming up.

On Monday September 23rd, 3.30 – 4.30pm, Jak will be talking on Dylan Thomas in Cornwall as part of the St Ives September Festival.

From April 1936, Dylan Thomas frequently visited Cornwall and befriended a rookie reporter on The Cornishman, who recorded their adventures together. Jak’s multi-media, light-hearted look at the young bard’s life, incorporates local news stories in pre-WW2 Cornwall, up to 11th July 1937 in Penzance, where Dylan married Catlin ives 2019

The talk will take place in the Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives. Tickets cost £5.50 and booking is recommended. You can buy tickets here:



And looking further ahead…

fosil-logoCamidge and Stringer were delighted to be asked by the Friends of St Ives Library to provide a series of talks over the winter on a range of literary figures who visited or lived in West Cornwall.

Subjects will include our old favourites, Dylan Thomas and Wilkie Collins – but also new material on other figures including R M Ballantyne, news editor (and poet) Herbert Thomas, and Charles Causley. The talks will take place on the third Wednesday of the month, starting on October 16th and with a final session on the 18th March.





Which brings us back to those winter woollies. Be prepared….
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Camidge and Stringer in 2019

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We are still busy researching our next show, and have one or two other projects in hand which will be unveiled later.

In the meantime “one woman Wilkie wonder” Jak Stringer has brought her Wilkie Collins presentation to the Morrab Library.

The room was  packed to capacity – the show had sold out weeks in advance and included Library members who had never seen it before, and of course Jak’s usual fan following who will see the show again and again – knowing that there’s always likely to be the odd new bit of startling video footage, or a fascinating new revelation.

A Successful September

It’s been a busy month for Camidge and Stringer.

Wilkie has certainly been out and about! The latest version of Walking with Wilkie drew a good crowd at Porthmeor Studios as part of the St Ives Festival, and was much appreciated. The show features new original material on – among other things – Cornish superstitions. The Rambles in Cornwall talk also featured in the September programme of St Mary’s Library, Isles of Scilly:

We were delighted to see Fi Read, the Cornishman’s Community Spirit columnist, at the Acorn on September 1st for our performance of Pool Under the Prom – and even more pleased when her review of the show appeared a couple of weeks later.

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Fi – who knows a thing or two about the local entertainment scene – really enjoyed the show. She describes Camidge and Stringer as “a wonderful double-act, who combine humour and fact-finding  to bring true stories to life”.

Now we don’t like to blow our own trumpets too much, but this show has drawn Camidge and Stringer’s biggest audience to date, and it’s been a delight to receive so much positive feedback, from Fee and from other members of the audience.

‘Where next?’ you may be asking, especially if you missed the show.  And with these new female characters –  is  Dylan Thomas in Cornwall (starring Joe, Trevor and a moustache that leads a life of its own) forever banished?

Watch this space…