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The Pixies Scarf (Soap Soup Theatre)

The Pixies Scarf (Soap Soup Theatre)

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale by Alison Uttely, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for all the family, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor.

With deliciously visual storytelling, Soap Soup combine beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music, offering an unforgettable adventure!

Monday 22 Oct 20182:30pm Book Now
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Folk duo Hannah and Ben share musical passions and sympathies that have developed into an intimate show distilling influences from both sides of the Atlantic.  Their duets require nothing more than a mountain ducimer, dobro and guitar to produce music that gives their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs' emotion and narrative.

While evoking memories of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David, their sound remains decidedly their own. Their natural ease and connection is a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

Friday 26 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Graffiti Classics

Graffiti Classics

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old.

This hilarious and brilliantly entertaining alternative string quartet had us in stitches at our Summer Sunday event in 2016 and won’t fail to get you laughing, clapping and singing along again this time. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, performed with panache!

Saturday 27 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Starry, Starry Night

Starry, Starry Night

Take a trip up the red carpet, smile for the paparazzi and join us as Dorchester Arts goes to the movies!  We present an evening of fun, glitz, glamour - and a fiendish movie quiz worthy of Slumdog Millionaire. A chance to test your knowledge of all things cinematic, from La La Land to Die Hard. Your ticket includes food, a complimentary movie mocktail - and you are welcome to dress up as your favourite film star or character for a special prize. Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! Lights, Camera, Action!

Sunday 28 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Happy Idiot Productions: Not: Lady Chatterley's Lover

Happy Idiot Productions: Not: Lady Chatterley's Lover

Surreal humour mixes with steamy costume drama in this laughter-filled parody of the D.H. Lawrence novel. If you liked The Naked Gun and Airplane!, you will love this: long contemplative looks into the middle distance, touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo.

Expect high drama, high comedy and highly raised eyebrows in what will be a fantastic show for those who know the novel as well as those who are coming to it for the first time.

Wednesday 31 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Cloudbusting 40 years of Kate

Cloudbusting 40 years of Kate

It’s 40 years since The Kick Inside announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Who better to celebrate this musical landmark than five-piece band Cloudbusting?  Performing the music of Kate Bush with authenticity and passion they put on a superb show at the Corn Exchange in 2017 and return this autumn with a brand new show, 40 Years of Kate.

A celebration of The Kick Inside, the show includes Wuthering Heights, The Saxophone Song and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, plus a vibrant choice of classics that could leave no Kate Bush fan disappointed.

Friday 2 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
A Magic Workshop with The Great Baldini

A Magic Workshop with The Great Baldini

Come one, come all to this spectacular workshop with The Great Baldini - for those who are curious about Magic, you will learn how The Great Baldini became part of the magic circle, who inspires him and his best kept secrets of the trade. Impress your friends & family who will marvel as they watch in wonder at what you have learnt!

Saturday 3 Nov 20182:00pm Book Now


Ventoux is the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on the fearsome Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France.

Their rivalry is re-staged by 2Magpies Theatre using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

Saturday 3 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Histories of the Unexpected

Histories of the Unexpected

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible.

Presented by historical adventurer Dr Sam Willis, and Prof. James Daybell, Professor of early-modern British History at Plymouth University, it is a show that demonstrates how everything – and we really mean everything – has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects, and how those subjects link together in unexpected ways.   This unpredictable, absorbing and emotional rampage through the past will change the way that you think about the past…and the present.

Sunday 4 Nov 20183:00pm Book Now
Green Mathews: The Men Who Marched Away

Green Mathews: The Men Who Marched Away

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘Te War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbyeee’ as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

Wednesday 7 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Simon Evans: Genius

Simon Evans: Genius

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

Simon is well known to the British comedy-going public from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4.

“Super-sharp wit” (Time Out).

“Please clap” (Jeb Bush).

‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** (The Scotsman)

“reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent” **** (The Times)

Saturday 10 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Morgan and West Spiffing Kids

Morgan and West Spiffing Kids (U)

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!

Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105!

Sunday 11 Nov 20182:00pm Book Now
Morgan and West Parlour Tricks

Morgan and West Parlour Tricks (U)

Join time travelling magic duo Morgan & West for an evening chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind! As seen on ITV1 The Next Great Magician.

Sunday 11 Nov 20187:30pm Book Now
Rum in the Gravy Boat

Rum in the Gravy Boat (12A)

Playful and energetic yet moving and raw, Rum In The Gravy

Boat is based on actor Leigh Johnstone’s own experiences

of growing up with an alcoholic mother. Using humour and

physicality, the company manage to explore a difficult subject

elegantly and movingly, and the play ends up being lifeaffirming and positive.

In association with Thomas Hardye School and The Alcohol

Education Trust.

Wednesday 14 Nov 20187:00pm Book Now
Lucy Parham, Debussy

Lucy Parham, Debussy

Last year Lucy Parham brought us the extraordinary Nocturne, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. She returns with another brilliant narrator, Henry Goodman, in Rêverie, The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy – a fitting programme for the centenary year of the composer’s death.  

Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works.

Sunday 18 Nov 20187:00pm Book Now
Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the second of his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2018. Mike's guest this time around is the excellent Australian musician Michael McQuaid.  Michael has toured the world as a featured artist and bandleader, and has established an international reputation.  A mere youngster (in his 30s!) he plays 1920s/30s jazz and swing with remarkable energy and originality.  

McQuaid is a multi-instrumentalist, regularly performing on clarinet, saxophones, trumpet and even occasionally piano.

Wednesday 21 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
To Hell In A Handbag

To Hell In A Handbag

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity ... and money. A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic. Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

Friday 23 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

Following last year’s marvellous performance of The

Mikado, Opera Anywhere return with another Gilbert

and Sullivan classic, as part of their annual Gilbert and

Sullivan Festival on Tour.

This is a tale of mismatched love across different social

classes. Climb aboard to find out if love prevails and enjoy

a feast of fun along the way. Hip hip hooray!

Saturday 24 Nov 20187:30pm Book Now
Sunday 25 Nov 20183:00pm Book Now
This Really is too Much

This Really is too Much (PG)

Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3-dimensional, high definition, WO-man. ‘Gleefully compelling’ (EXEUNT), slickly choreographed and dripping with satirical charm and anarchic wit. Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to wrestle with gender, identity and social convention.

Wednesday 28 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day celebrates one of the most iconic voices of the Twentieth Century Nat ‘King’ Cole. Featuring live music from jazz singer Atila and his stellar group of musicians, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of Nat King Cole - whose vocals in songs such as Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music.

Friday 30 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their

audience with their infectious songs.

Mad Dog’s will be sharing songs from their most recent album, Almost Home , produced by Sean Lakeman. It is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for.

Friday 7 Dec 20188:00pm Book Now
The Nativity

The Nativity (12A)

After their triumphant take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Howard and Stu are back to tackle the second greatest Christmas story ever told. Yes, that’s right folks, Living Spit are doing the NATIVITY!

With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit’s Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of comic Christmassy crudeness that you’ll never forget!

Not for the faint-hearted…..

Saturday 8 Dec 20188:00pm Book Now
The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl (U)

London. Christmas Eve. A little girl struggles fiercely through the snow. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match. The flame blazes to life, illuminating fantastic Christmas visions. We meet talking turkeys, dancing rats, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree. In this touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show, The Last Baguette use visual story telling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale.

Sunday 16 Dec 20181:30pm Book Now
Sunday 16 Dec 20184:30pm Book Now
Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Dorchester Arts's Associate Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players guarantee festive fun with Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, “Season’s Greetings” - in the author's own words: “a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just an average family Christmas”.

Limited sofa seating and 8-seater tables with festive treats available - bring your friends and make a party of it!

Thanks to the generosity of Fordington Gin, we are also pleased to announce that there will be a Gin Bar in the auditorium serving gin and festive cocktails.

Normal raked seating will also be available.

Profits from this performance will support the work of Dorchester Arts and the Dorchester Maltings project.

Thursday 20 Dec 20187:30pm Book Now
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Lost Lore
Friday 21 Dec 20187:00pm Book Now
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Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long

Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long (PG)

Come and join us for a special sing along screening of Disney’s latest spectacular version of this “tale as old as time”. With on-screen lyrics, fans young and old can sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson to their favourite hits from this romantic fairy-tale. A perfect treat for the whole family to banish those post-Christmas blues.

Thursday 3 Jan 20192:00pm Book Now
Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.

The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

Wednesday 23 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
Phil Beer: String Theory

Phil Beer: String Theory

As one-half of one of the finest folk bands in the country, Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene and  is equally as in demand for his solo shows. 'String Theory' sets out to share some of Phil's most-loved songs. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

Wednesday 6 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Tankus the Henge 2019

Tankus the Henge 2019

Created to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbye-ee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

Saturday 16 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.

His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

Friday 1 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Clare Teal and Trio

Clare Teal and Trio

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.

The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There's always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.

Clare and her Trio's fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.

Saturday 23 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now