Jim Causley : The poems of Charles Causley

August 7th 2014 @ 8pm

Our commitment to provide you a variety of opportunities sees the works of Charles Causley being brought to life – live on The Brewhouse stage in a blend of spoken word and folk music. 


Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. 

Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. The album ‘Cyprus Well’ was recorded live in Causley’s house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley’s own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.



Charles Causley (1917-2003) was born and brought up in Launceston, Cornwall and lived there for most of his life. When he was only seven his father died from wounds sustained during the First World War. This early loss and his own experience of service in the Second World War affected Causley deeply. His work fell outside the main poetic trends of the 20th century, drawing instead on native sources of inspiration: folk songs, hymns, and above all, ballads. His poetry was recognised by the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1971. In addition to these public honours, the clarity and formality of his poetry has won Causley a popular readership, making him, in the words of Ted Hughes, one of the “best loved and most needed” poets of the last fifty years.

Causley’s mastery of traditional forms imparts a timeless quality to his poetry, the voice of which is more often communal than personal. So it’s possible to imagine narratives such as ‘Miller’s End’ being recited round a fireside a hundred or more years ago. This traditionalism has sometimes obscured the daring of his imagery, a visionary quality as strange and intense as one of his acknowledged masters, William Blake. Like Blake, a central concern is the fall from innocence to experience and it’s not surprising children feature constantly in Causley’s poetry, including the much anthologised ‘Timothy Winters’. Indeed Causley wrote some of his finest poems for children and saw no distinction between these two strands of his work. Perhaps Causley’s ability to retain a child-like openness in part explains the freshness of his writing: unlike the narrator of ‘The Lunatic Boy’, Causley never lost his vision of a world where “Houses put on leaves, water rang.”

Given the oral roots of some of his favourite forms, it’s immensely valuable to be able to listen to Causley’s own interpretation. His Cornish burr imparts a story-teller’s magic to the ballads, and an intimacy to more personal poems such as the moving elegy to his parents, ‘Eden Rock’. As he says in the last line of this poem “I had not thought that it would be like this”, a fitting epitaph for a poet who continued to be surprised by the world throughout his long life.

His recording was made for The Poetry Archive on 5 December 2002 at the home of a friend of Mr. Causley in Launceston, Cornwall, UK and was produced by Richard Carrington.

- See more at: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/charles-causley#sthash.y1x8IFpQ.dpuf

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Deane Dragons … Have you met the Brewhouse Dragon?


LordParker Low Res Deane Dragon


The Deane Dragons will be hiding on the Deane Dragon Trail from 12th July to 10th September – this one is outside The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Coal Orchard.

Please download the map from here and try to find all the Dragons hiding places. There are lots within walking distance of Taunton, Wellington Wiveliscombe town centres. Maps are also available to buy in Taunton Tourist Information Centre.

There are a few Dragons that will need a car journey or maybe a cycle ride so please take time to visit the very special Willow dragon at Stoke St Gregory

There are 30 Dragons to find, don’t forget to take your photo with every Dragon you find and write down the dragon name or check in on facebook so that you remember which dragons you have found.

With thanks to Lord Parker Photography for this image find out more about their services here.

Find out more about what is on at the Brewhouse Theatre here

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MAKE Performing Arts Show July 26th


July 26th @ 2.30pm (doors open at 1,30pm)

A collection of short plays performed by Make Performing Arts students aged 4-16, some original new works and others are well known classics.

Come on an adventure with Pirates, Alice in Wonderland and Banksy’s Mobile Lovers.

Support The Brewhouse Theatre in this Summer Showcase of young talent from Taunton, Bridgwater and Axminster who invite you on a journey of ‘Let’s Pretend’

Buy tickets online or from our Box office or Taunton TIC (Paul Street)


Find out more about Make Performing Arts here  

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Bratislava Hot Seranaders July 22nd at The Brewhouse

As part of their European Tour we are proud to present the Bratislava Hot Seranaders to The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton. For what promises to be the most amazing evening of Jazz and smooth sounds from this brilliant orchestra.

Tickets are available online or from our box office at the theatre or through our ticketing partner Taunton Information Centre (At the Library)


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Comedy at the Brew

30th May – what a brilliant opportunity to see talented comedians on their way to The Edinburgh Fringe :)

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05/22/2014 · 11:09 am

Southern Folk – Live at The Brewhouse

Saturday 10th May Southern Folk are performing at The Brewhouse in Taunton.

An alluring set of Americana, Bluegrass, Acoustic, Country (and sometimes folk) offered for your entertainment. Tickets are on sale now click on the photo to get yours!

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04/22/2014 · 4:50 pm

Bake It Big at The Brewhouse

Bake It Big at The Brewhouse

June 15th 2014 7.30pm

He’s the man who bought big bakes to millions of TV viewers across the UK when he featured in 2013′s Series Four of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off. Now after a sell out pilot show “Bake It Big with Glenn Cosby” comes to (insert venue name). ! ! If your fanatical about your Filo Pastry, passionate about your Pies or just love baking then this is not a show to miss. Join Glenn and special guests baking live on stage. It’s part “Bake It Big”, part memoir and part sheer comedy with a chance for you to get involved from the very beginning, we can say no more except for get ready for “Bake It Big” Bingo !! ! Bring your wooden spoons, don your apron and get ready for the most entertaining night out involving all things baking, including some of the biggest bakes you have ever seen !! ! “Bake It Big with Glenn Cosby” is family show and is open to all ages.!

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04/22/2014 · 4:17 pm