Kick off 2017 with AMATA’s Spring Season

To launch the AMATA Spring 2017 season we have alumni dance company Cheap Date Dance performing the premiere of their new work Little Women, Big Balls on Saturday 28 January 2017. This is followed by Cara Dillon, a distinguished Irish singer, on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Cheap Date Dance: Little Women, Big Balls

Photography: Jack Matthews
Photography: Jack Matthews

Are you ready to rumble?

Figuratively and literally we all have a lot of balls to balance. Cheap Date attempt to bounce, balance, beat and bash as many balls as they can manage in this heart-warming, empowering look at life’s ups and downs. The two dancers’ opposing sporting backgrounds provide an ideal playground for dance, comedy and theatre to come together in a match that’s only won by stepping up to the plate. In this ultimate fighting tournament between dancer and ball, who will triumph? Will it be one ball too many? Can they overcome life’s obstacles without throwing in the towel?

Tickets are available for £10 plus a booking fee for students. 

Cara Dillon

Photography: Roger Sargent
Photography: Roger Sargent

With talent so rare you only come across a handful of times in your whole life, Cara’s staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material, with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

Born in Dungiven in 1975, she was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry. Having won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only fourteen, she went on to sing with Oige, De Dannan and then Equation. It was in this band that she met her husband and musical collaborator Sam Lakeman. The combination of Cara’s expressive vocals and Lakeman’s rippling piano and fresh production squeezed new life into ancient material. Their original songs sit happily alongside the traditional, reinforcing the debt they owe, whilst pointing to a distinct and distinguished musical identity of their own.

Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer.

“Cara Dillon is one of Ireland’s truly great singers” — The Guardian

“Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice…” — Q Magazine

Tickets are £17 plus a booking fee for students.


Booking Information:   •   Online:   •   Phone: 01326 259349   •   In person from the AMATA Box Office, Penryn Campus