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Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

We are delighted to welcome pianist Mike Denham to the Corn Exchange as he kicks off his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2017 with Enrico Tomasso, three times winner of the British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter.
As a boy in the 1960s he met and played with trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, and has gone on to play with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato's Giants and Acker Bilk. Now established as one of Britain's truly world-class players, Enrico's previous appearances as Mike's guest have been very special occasions, and this one promises to be no exception.
Wednesday 22 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now
Chekhov's Shorts

Chekhov's Shorts

European Arts Company return with a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal.

Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov at his comic best - before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was 'car-parked'.

Also at Poole Lighthouse, Bridport Arts Centre & Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Sponsored by Battens
Friday 24 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now
Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman

Great news – Jenny is coming back to Dorchester in February! Her October show sold out in no time and we wanted to give all the people who have been asking for tickets a chance to see this wonderful show…

Professional grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter Jenny Eclair extends her hit tour into 2017. Jenny is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

4* – The Times

Sunday 26 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Wild West Country Dance

Wild West Country Dance

Our spring fundraiser is entertainment all the way, and a rollicking good night out for everyone.
The brilliant Stompin' Dave Allen will be on hand with his unique brand of bluegrass music; there'll be sarsaparilla and delicious food, along with fun and games - and even a chance to swing your partner if you're so inclined!

The Wild West has never been such fun, so don't miss out; chase the winter blues away and join us for the wildest Wild West party in the West...
Friday 3 Mar 20177:30pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Steve Knightley - Landlocked

Steve Knightley - Landlocked

Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley returns with his latest live show 'Landlocked'

. Inspired by the 2015 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour of rural venues, which came to Dorchester Arts, the first half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land. The second half will draw on nautical themes from his 2015 'All At Sea' tour of maritime venues.

Knightley has been rated as "one of England's greatest singer songwriters" and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing Country Life (about the demise of rural living) and Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village).

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Wednesday 8 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Thrive

Thrive

This exciting, immersive production for young people uses humour, movement and spoken word to portray the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism.

When Ollie, Ashleigh and Raph are thrown together by a sudden death, they find themselves wrestling with the emotional consequences of this painful event. These three young people didn't go looking for suffering, but suffering found them anyway. Join them on their journey and stand side by side with them as they recover, survive and maybe even thrive.

Developed in collaboration with psychologists and inspired by true stories of young people, Thrive shows us what happens when three people dig deep and learn to live on.

Ages 14+, occasional strong language and emotional themes.
Friday 10 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven is back on the road performing a handful of select venues in 2017 as she continues to promote her acclaimed latest album ‘Change of Heart’.

Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more.

With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.

Saturday 11 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

A third visit to Dorchester for the acclaimed Swansea City Opera with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses, with music from some of the best-loved romantic composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Mozart.

As ever, Artistic Director of SCO Brendan Wheatley will introduce the music and compère the evening in his own inimitable style.
Saturday 18 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
The Eulogy Of Toby Peach

The Eulogy Of Toby Peach

Toby has come to deliver his Eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka's life-saving stem cell machine.

From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment; experience a young man's journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the human body; discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life.

WINNER of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015 WINNER of the VAULT Festival Pick of the Week Award 2016

'Heartfelt & buoyant'???? The Stage 'Inspiring & uplifting'????? Edinburgh Evening News

Sponsored by Battens
Wednesday 22 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

Direct from London's world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, led by the club's musical director, take to the stage to celebrate 'The Ronnie Scott's Story'.

Combining world class live jazz from the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott's Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club. Charting the club's rise from a basement bar where local musicians would jam, through its trials and tribulations and landmark performances from now-legendary jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.

Mixing classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott's, alongside tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids, this is unique evening celebrating one of the world's most famous jazz venues, it's music, and history.

'Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they're a joy to listen to' The Observer

Friday 24 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground, an album described by The Observer as "…a spellbinding 50 minutes".

Martin's 'British Americana' sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he has honed his craft into a road-worn style of song writing that Guitarist Magazine describes as "…staggeringly good - no one is making music like it".

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Saturday 25 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
DYT: Pronoun

DYT: Pronoun

Isabella and Josh are childhood sweethearts. It should be happy ever after. But it is not that simple, Isabella has now become a boy.

This is an engaging and thought-provoking story about transition, testosterone and love.

Written by Evan Placey the play was originally commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival.

Special school rates by agreement - contact: finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk

Suitable for Ages 14+
Thursday 30 Mar 20177:30pm Book Now
Friday 31 Mar 20177:30pm Book Now
Matt Forde

Matt Forde

Following the UK's most important referendum until the next one, host of hit show 'Unspun' Matt Forde celebrates why it's great/awful that we're in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One).

'A first class comic' (Guardian).

'Highly engaging, inherently funny… an ability to ad-lib laughs out of thin air' (Chortle.co.uk).
Saturday 1 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Friday 26 May 20178:00pm Book Now
The Diary of A Hounslow Girl

The Diary of A Hounslow Girl

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London.
From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.

This is the debut play from Ambreen Razia, a British Pakistani writer and actress.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre

Sponsored by Battens
Sunday 2 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Richard Digance

Richard Digance

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer and guitarist. Join this BAFTA nominated TV entertainer, award-winning composer, songwriter, poet, author and artist for a wonderful evening of music and humour.

'Richard Digance, hilarious, sentimental, irreverent and, above all, ours' - Mike Atherton.

'Richard Digance is simply a national treasure' Bob Harris.
Thursday 6 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
Described by Mike Harding as 'sounding damn fine' and by Seth Lakeman as 'a fantastic duo', Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies with songs that are rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

Their latest album Releasing the Leaves was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, and was listed in The Telegraph's Top Folk Albums of 2016.

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Saturday 8 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
An Elephant in The Garden

An Elephant in The Garden

Another fantastic story from the creator of War Horse. 1945 Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

Adapted from Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's novel by the creators of the 5 star hit Private Peaceful

Wednesday 12 Apr 20172:30pm Book Now
Wednesday 12 Apr 20177:00pm Book Now
Elephant Puppet workshop

Elephant Puppet workshop

Join us for this workshop, inspired by Michael Morpurgo's story. Learn how to create a moving elephant puppet and make it walk around your own garden! You will be helped by Megan our Participation Officer, and you can take everything you make home with you.
Thursday 13 Apr 201710:00am Book Now
We Are Bronte

We Are Bronte

We Are Brontë is a madcap physical interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, the two masterful performers deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves.

"a mini comedic masterpiece...ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different." ***** StageTalk Magazine

"masters of their art" ****The Scotsman

Sponsored by Battens

Also at Poole Lighthouse & Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Friday 21 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent

The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, comes to Dorchester with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony Music / Okeh Records). TENDERLY sees Stacey return to familiar ground with her first album of standards and jazz-classics since the release of her breakthrough album of 2003, 'The Boy Next Door' - featuring tracks such as 'The Very Thought of You', 'Tangerine', 'In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning' and 'Embraceable You'

For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, this visit provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her live in concert.

"She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody's business" The Wall Street Journal

"Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals, for many years" Jamie Cullum

Saturday 22 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo - 2013 & 2016 - the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as 'Songwriters par excellence' (fRoots).

Don't miss this chance to see and hear two of the pillars of modern British folk, live on your doorstep.

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Sunday 23 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Skimmity Hitchers + Support

Skimmity Hitchers + Support

Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend - part hoedown, cabaret and folk-punk free-for-all - but always entertaining.

These cider-drinkin', badger-botherin' reprobates are regulars on the festival circuit and we're delighted to bring them back to Dorchester Arts to see if they can top last February's sold-out show.

Support comes from Dorchester's returning ska-reggae heroes Bluetown Rumble and apocalyptic surf outfit Palooka 5.

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Friday 28 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country

Shappi Khorsandi - Oh My Country

OH MY COUNTRY!' From Morris Dancing to Morrissey
Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain.She's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).
‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’The Guardian
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciouslymischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society.

'Seriouslsy funny and suprisingly filthy' The New Statesman
'Makes live comedy thrilling' London Evening Standard
Thursday 4 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Kokoro

Kokoro

Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West.

We are delighted to announce that this very special performance will feature the premiere of a new work by Hywel Davies, inspired by the county of Dorset, along with the following: Darius Milhaud - Trio Arvo Part - Mozart's Adagio Arvo Part - Fratres Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2.

Sunday 7 May 20172:30pm Book Now
Ezio

Ezio

In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do.

They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio's style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.

An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written on their new album Daylight Moon.

"Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world". The Scotsman

Friday 12 May 20178:00pm Book Now
The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil's beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique 'folk n roll' sound. Throw in Phil's blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you're in for a cracking night.

Completing Phil's lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums).

Thursday 25 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Juan Martín - Arte Flamenco Puro

Juan Martín - Arte Flamenco Puro

Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician returns to tour the UK with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain.


Martín’s latest show features the 18 year old flamenco dance star from Cádiz, Raquel Gonzalez and the extraordinary singer Antonio Aparecida. Gonzalez’s tremendous footwork, the passion of Aparecida’s voice and the unmistakable poetry and emotion of one of the world’s leading guitarists make for a performance not to be missed.


This is at the vanguard of modern flamenco and brings together ‘the cream of Spain’s dancers’ (The Times) with the intensity and emotion of one of the world’s finest guitarists. ‘He has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominance of the guitar, filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity’ (El Mundo)

‘Juan Martín reminded us of the power and beauty of flamenco pure and simple. No meretricious stage tricks, just one long enthralling sequence of instrumental solos, songs and dances by the brilliant troupe’

The Independent, 5 stars


‘Juan Martín’s flamenco rhythm energy and passion will pin you to the wall’

Folk Roots


Thursday 1 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now