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Mike Denham & Spats Langham

Mike Denham & Spats Langham

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham  for the second of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2017 where he will be joined on stage by renowned banjo and guitar player Tom ‘Spats’ Langham. ‘Spats’ has performed 1920s and ‘30s jazz all over the world, as a soloist and with top bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.  His trio Hot Fingers has toured Dorset on several occasions, playing to sell out audiences.


Mike and Spats first performed together on a hotel cruise boat on the River Seine, and since then they’ve created many a memorable musical evening together.

Wednesday 22 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Slightly Fat Show

The Slightly Fat Show

Slightly Fat Features are a rabble rousing troupe of seven extraordinarily talented gentlemen who proudly pioneer Variety, giving this keystone of Great British entertainment a gloriously refreshing makeover for the 21st century.


They have won multiple awards for their highly original, chaotic and bizarre cabarets. The timeless shows that they create are stuffed to the seams with astonishing physical skills, orchestrated mayhem and lots of laughs- perfect for a wide ranging audience. Variety is back and it’s Slightly Fat.


‘Not often can you can say that a show suits all ages, shapes and sizes. This is one of those rare treats’ Broadway Baby

Saturday 25 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Enchantress of Seville

The Enchantress of Seville

Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song - motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.

Sunday 26 Nov 20172:30pm Book Now
Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Thursday 30 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
An Evening with an Immigrant

An Evening with an Immigrant

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Friday 1 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Create a Christmas Lantern

Create a Christmas Lantern

We are leading a Christmas Lantern Parade for this year’s Christmas Cracker in Dorchester on Thursday 7 December.


Come and make your very own special lantern to carry on the evening during this workshop led by Megan our participation officer.

Sunday 3 Dec 201710:00am Book Now
Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier

Whattalife! is a new one woman play with music. Kathleen Ferrier was one of Britain’s phenomenal women of the 20th Century. Whattalife! tells her story from her debut as a singer in 1940, her meteoric rise and her tragic death in 1953.


Professional actress and contralto, Lucy Stevens has researched and created a unique and totally engaging performance, the text is taken straight from Kathleen’s letters and diaries. Sung music from her repertoire is woven through the text.

Sunday 3 Dec 20172:30pm Book Now
Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo and mandolin, bass and drums, accordion, trumpet and acoustic guitar.  Add in knockout four-part harmonies and it makes for an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. With a line-up that includes banjo player and much-loved columnist for The Guardian, Tim Dowling, their literate and carefully crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and condemned Victorian scoundrels.

Saturday 9 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Stef Conner - A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet


Fodé Lassana Diabaté - Sunjata‘s Time


Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird - A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall


A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.  

Sunday 17 Dec 20173:00pm Book Now
Frozen Singalong 2017

Frozen Singalong 2017

As we always have such an enchanting time with Elsa, Anna and the crew, we decided to do it all over again this season.


Disney’s Frozen will be shown on the big screen once more here at the Corn Exchange so all fans, both young and old are invited to come and sing along to one of the most charming animations the world has seen.  A perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather – but hey…the cold never bothered us anyway…

Monday 18 Dec 20172:00pm Book Now
The Christmassy Show

The Christmassy Show

Ho, ho, ho!


Squashbox Theatre’s new family show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, stockings and sleigh bells to cookies, crackers, presents and puddings!


Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, hear the tale of the first Christmas Tree, play hunt the brussel sprout and endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper.

Wednesday 20 Dec 20172:00pm Book Now
Wednesday 20 Dec 20174:30pm Book Now
Kinetics Gala Premiere

Kinetics Gala Premiere

Brave, honest and humorous. Kinetics was written for the stage by Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wylie and has toured to great acclaim. This brand new film version will not only take the story to a wider audience but will also be used as a training and information resource for Parkinson’s nurses, carers, doctors and medical students.


Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis with early-onset Parkinson’s, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas comes tumbling into her life. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong?


Both showings will be followed by a Q&A with the author and a Parkinson’s specialist.

Wednesday 10 Jan 20186:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Kinetics 2nd film showing

Kinetics 2nd film showing

Brave, honest and humorous. Kinetics was written for the stage by Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wylie and has toured to great acclaim. This brand new film version will not only take the story to a wider audience but will also be used as a training and information resource for Parkinson’s nurses, carers, doctors and medical students.


Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis with early-onset Parkinson’s, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas comes tumbling into her life. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong?


Both showings will be followed by a Q&A with the author and a Parkinson’s specialist.


Friday 12 Jan 20186:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
The Surfin' Birds

The Surfin' Birds

The Surfin' Birds have earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting live acts in the area. They appeal to fans of rockabilly, surf, psychedelic and good

old fashioned rock 'n' roll music, without ever being constrained by any one genre.

With support from Amy Brown and The Hawkmen plus guest performers and poetry from James Askew. All this combined promises to be more than your average Friday night out.

Friday 19 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
A Viennese Whirl SCO

A Viennese Whirl SCO

Following their acclaimed visit last year, Swansea City Opera returns with a captivating production. A Viennese Whirl evokes the magic and music of Vienna and transporting audiences to the banks of the dreamy Danube River.  The evening is hosted by the charismatic Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley, who introduces the music of the Viennese greats in his own inimitable style.  


A Viennese Whirl is certain to delight and enthral its audiences.


Saturday 20 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Code Breakers

Code Breakers

Codebreakers is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories.  Allied Codebreakers deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. Dr Mark Baldwin provides an entertaining and instructive account of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-boats.


The show is followed by a question and answer session and a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

Sunday 21 Jan 20182:30pm Book Now
Sultans of String

Sultans of String

Three time Canadian JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String creates “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick Magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

Wednesday 24 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s and was a major influence on other jazz singers.


Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.


Saturday 27 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2.

Friday 9 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

Saturday 10 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

In the ‘Lands of the North’ where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the ‘Men of the Northlands’ sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale. These Viking storytellers bring the wonderful tales of Noggin (created by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin) to the stage in this new piece of theatre for children, families and fans. Also at Bridport Arts Centre

Sunday 11 Feb 20182:30pm Book Now
John Hudson, Mario Lanza & Me

John Hudson, Mario Lanza & Me

A chance encounter in 1973 with a gramophone and a Mario Lanza LP was a life changing moment for internationally acclaimed Tenor John Hudson. In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, John shows us how Mario changed not only his life, but the lives of many more.  Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world's first “crossover” artist. With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I'll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.

Wednesday 14 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. Also at Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

Friday 16 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
The Wildes

The Wildes

Two of the UK's finest blues artists come together at the Corn Exchange for a special ‘Live and Unplugged’ show. The blues siblings Dani Wilde on vocals and guitar and Will Wilde on harmonica will be sharing songs from each of their respective new albums as well as visiting material from their extensive back catalogues. Will’s soulful blues-rock style combined with Dani’s country and gospel tinged approach to the blues makes for a heartwarming and foot-stomping show.

Saturday 24 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
Mike Dehnam w. Mike Snelling

Mike Dehnam w. Mike Snelling

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the first of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2018 where he will be joined on stage by Clarinetist and Saxophonist Mike Snelling. Mike spent many years combining his love of music with a teaching career before turning to music full-time.  He was a member of the Big Chris Barber Band for three years and has worked with some of the world's finest players. Prepare to hear some mesmerising playing influenced by the likes of Ed Hall, Artie Shaw, Archie Semple, Omer Simeon, Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins.

Wednesday 28 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
Dylan Thomas: Clown In The Moon

Dylan Thomas: Clown In The Moon

Rhodri Miles returns to Dorchester Arts as Dylan Thomas following last year’s critically acclaimed performance as Richard Burton. Clown In The Moon (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet's chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan's famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.

Thursday 1 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
George Egg - DIY Chef

George Egg - DIY Chef

Comedian George Egg (a.k.a. the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a brand new show demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy. This show sees George relocate to the garden shed where his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen. It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end.

Friday 2 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey first stepped onto the stage at Dorchester Arts.  She impressed audiences so much, she now makes a welcome return with her own show. Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.  

Saturday 3 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
DYT: The Domino Effect

DYT: The Domino Effect

A silent girl finds her voice and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects and how to master the law of unintended consequences. This is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Thursday 8 Mar 20187:30pm Book Now
Friday 9 Mar 20187:30pm Book Now
Martin James Bartlett 2018

Martin James Bartlett 2018

Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange.  He returns by popular demand this spring with a new programme.  Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Bartlett was one of the thirty competitors at the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, held in Fort Worth, Texas. There will be a pre-show performance by solo Cellist Hanna McFarlane.

Wednesday 14 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's Songbook

The Ronnie Scott's Songbook

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’ return by popular demand to combine world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images for a unique evening celebrating ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’ is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. This is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.

Friday 16 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep Singh Kohli

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI: ALTERNATIVE, FACT.


The Radio 4 favourite, BAFTA winner and regular on BBC’s Question Time, This Week and Daily Politics tours a brand new show following its critically acclaimed run performed to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick witted patter’ ★★★★ (The Skinny).  


‘Something quite special… in-between the laughter are stories of genuine power’ ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby


‘Immensely Funny’ - Daily Express


‘Enigmatic, entertaining and deserving of his long, loud round of applause’ ★★★★ – The Wee Review


‘Kohli navigates the subject matter with a unique grace and style, balanced with some fabulous punchlines’ ★★★★-  Fest


‘Consistently thought-provoking’ ★★★★- Voice


Friday 23 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
Mark Steel: Every Little Thing

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing

This time last year, Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later it’s all gone wrong!  But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Parental Guidance: 14+ (likely to be swearing and adult content)

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Thursday 29 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now