Cuckoo Town is the new St Ives based comedy cabaret theatre group, formed by seasoned performers Dhyano and Shanty Baba.
Taking their name from the infamous banned novel by Sven Berlin about the 1950's St Ives Arts Scene called "Dark Monarch", in which he renames St Ives as "Cuckoo Town." "One of my favourite quotes from the book, says Shanty, is: "stay in Cuckoo Town a month will bring upon you the same fate as the great ray caught by the fisherman, first gaffed, held aloft around the harbour in one hand for all to see, and with a few expert strokes of a knife..." That's what we want to achieve in tackling our subject matter. Get to the guts of it but with humour and comic timing. And all "in one act." By comedy, cabaret, music, animation, film, puppetry, and audience participation, we intend to create a wall to wall shag pile of laughter, and yet at the same time have a more serious and informative underbelly as well. We treat our topics "very" seriously.The first of a series of shows is about art: "The Cuckoo Town Guide to Art", opening next month. Love it, hate it, in this town you can't avoid Art, and whatever your opinion, this is a show for you."
Dhyano says, "Both of us follow the same zany script...just in completely different ways as they use to do in 'COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE'. I will have the chance to display my hidden musical talents alongside the well known natural stage-presence demonstrated throughout years of performances at the Arts Club. Totally mad...guaranteed, full of insights..yes unmissable...that's what they are already saying. 9 years ago we both created the highly successful show "Time equals Mozzarella squared." Since then we have both been doing our own things. But the time is now right for this exciting new project named Cuckoo Town. By using animation and having our own 3D cartoon characters, we bring our performance onto a whole new dimension. Not only will we project animations in our shows, but we will also be creating content and commentary about St Ives for the internet and St Ives TV. And who knows? One day we may actually star in our own animated film."
have you ever seen performers turning into cartoon characters in front of your very eyes?