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Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.


Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. Vocals in in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music covers centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing.


Josie's voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo's dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics. The music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, will leave you stunned.


Friday 13 Sep 20198:00pm Book Now
La Boheme (Opera Holloway)

La Boheme (Opera Holloway)

A thrilling and passionate love story. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end. This contemporary new production of Puccini's classic tear-jerker, captures the raw, consuming power of young love performed in Opera Holloway's trademark intimate and immediate style.

Saturday 14 Sep 20197:00pm Book Now
Big Heads and Others (3-She)

Big Heads and Others (3-She)

This comedy sketch show will take you on a journey from the topical and tropical to the meticulous and ridiculous. For forty-five minutes we’ll travel to Easter Island, face up to Killer Ladybugs, peek inside a woman’s handbag and trek alongside some not-so-religious pilgrims. Written by 3-She, a trio of Dorset women writers who will make you laugh at the absurdity of the everyday.

Wednesday 18 Sep 20198:00pm Book Now
Beverley Craven: Strings Attached

Beverley Craven: Strings Attached

Beverley Craven makes a welcome return to the Dorchester Arts stage. With two of her favourite musicians and a string quartet ensemble this intimate ‘one-off’ show will feature songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer. With special guest star, Judie Tzuke.

Friday 20 Sep 20198:00pm Book Now
Quentin Collins Sextet

Quentin Collins Sextet

Quentin Collins is one of the hardest working and in-demand jazz trumpet players in the world.  He has formed this all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album 'Road Warrior,' featuring the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, pianist Dan Nimmer. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know well.



Wednesday 25 Sep 20198:00pm Book Now
An Audience with Jonathan Agnew

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew

An Audience with Jonathan Agnew is always full of surprises and fun for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.  A trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the commentary box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.

Friday 27 Sep 20198:00pm Book Now
Alan Johnson: In My Life

Alan Johnson: In My Life

Alan Johnson is one of the most popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling half a million copies to date. Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has formed the soundtrack of his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

Wednesday 2 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
Magellan Circumnavigation

Magellan Circumnavigation

A folk musical telling the story of love divided by the greatest voyage of exploration the world has seen. Bob Whitley (guitar and mandola) and Lee MacKenzie (cello) perform in 16th century costumes which will take you back 500 years to a time when at a time when the sailors' greatest fear was falling over the edge of the earth.

Thursday 3 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
Patience (Opera Anywhere)

Patience (Opera Anywhere)

An approachable and inspired production featuring a cast of fine young singers.


Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is memorable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

Friday 4 Oct 20197:30pm Book Now
An Afternoon of Apples

An Afternoon of Apples

Join us at Ashton Barn for an event that will celebrate everything to do with one of Dorset’s best-loved harvests– the apple. Held in the magical surroundings of picturesque Ashton Barn, this afternoon of delights offers a mini festival of traditional music, poetry and prose, Dorset baking and sweet treats – and includes an apple-themed afternoon tea! There will be quizzes, games, a baking competition with fantastic prizes, and music from harpist Sarah Deere-Jones.  Cake, pies, cider, sauces – what an afternoon!

Sunday 6 Oct 20193:00pm Book Now
Anima (Joli Vyann)

Anima (Joli Vyann)

Olivia Quayle and Jan Patzke are not only supremely talented dancers but also phenomenal acrobats, blurring the boundaries between dance, circus and theatre – so if you like any of those three you will be in your element. Add to that a live music from Nao Masuda and you have a truly extraordinary show.


How does breath affect our emotions? Our physicality? Our very being? Anima is about the delicate connection between two people breathing through an emotional roller coaster.  Through movement and music, breath literally becomes the soundscape for the performance.

Wednesday 9 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
The Dominic Alldis Trio

The Dominic Alldis Trio

In 1959 the Jacques Loussier Trio released a seminal album called "Play Bach". Their blending of jazz and classical led to a new musical genre called 'third stream'. The trio went on to sell more than 7 million records and play 3000 concerts worldwide. Jacques Loussier sadly passed away in March, so by way of tribute the Dominic Alldis Trio will be performing new jazz arrangements of classical themes that pay homage to his remarkable achievement.


The Dominic Alldis Trio draw further inspiration from the works of Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck and the Modern Jazz Quartet to bring a fresh and contemporary jazz interpretation to themes drawn from classical music, opera and traditional folk songs.

Friday 11 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
Brave Face

Brave Face

Dorchester Arts and Dorset Volunteer Centre join forces for an enjoyable evening of words and music that aims to raise awareness about men and mental health, at the same time as raising valuable funds for the work of Dorset Mind. The event celebrates the life of Andy Jacobs, a dedicated volunteer with both organisations, and the title comes from our shared belief in the importance of providing support and information so that men struggling with their mental health can open up and seek help…rather than just putting on a ‘brave face’.

Wednesday 16 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
The Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Trio

The Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Trio

Following a memorable visit here 2017, Juan Martin makes a welcome return with a programme of flamenco music direct from Andalucia, Spain.  This show is at the vanguard of modern flamenco and brings the elegant dance of Luisa Chichano and the prize winning singer Amparo Heredia ‘La Repompilla' together with the intensity and emotion of one of the world's finest guitarists.

Friday 25 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
Hang Massive

Hang Massive

Danny Cudd and Markus Offbeat are leading exponents of the Hang and Handpan. Their first online video and music release Once Again introduced millions of people to these amazing new instruments and was the basis for a unique musical project. The live show will include amazing sonic soundscapes and uplifting beats and bass, all of which complement the rich sound of the handpan.

Saturday 26 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now
Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century (Paddleboat)

Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century (Paddleboat)

This globe-trotting and playful family show embarks on the journey of fearless journalist Clare Hollingworth. We’ll celebrate the work of a pioneer who changed the mould of journalism, not just for women but for everyone. We invite you to be journalists with us as we go undercover in a highly interactive show bursting with storytelling, songs and the scoop of the century.

Wednesday 30 Oct 20192:00pm Book Now
Seventh Avenue Arts present: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years

Seventh Avenue Arts present: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years returns in 2019 with an all new production. Featuring a full live band, moving video footage and stunning vocal harmonies, this spectacular concert takes audiences on a journey through songs and history of Simon and Garfunkel.


Hear all of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the iconic Bridge Over Troubled Water as well as hits from Paul Simon’s solo career such as Call Me Al, Kodachrome and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover in this unmissable show. Don’t miss your chance to see Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years.

Friday 1 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults.


Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC's The Slammer) know exactly how and will show just how to make sense of it all. Supported by Dorchester Youth Council.


Saturday 2 Nov 20192:30pm Book Now
The Monster and Mary Shelley (The Occasion Theatre)

The Monster and Mary Shelley (The Occasion Theatre)

Over 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein, this new production draws inspiration from Mary Shelley’s extraordinary life. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is a celebration of one of literature’s most influential talents and an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

Sunday 3 Nov 20197:00pm Book Now
May (Wyldwood Arts)

May (Wyldwood Arts)

Using original letters and extracts this one-woman show is based on the life of ‘the cripple suffragette' May Billinghurst, whose story has been widely ignored by the history books. An exploration of the constricts facing women, the oppression of LGBTQI+ individuals and the restricted lives of disabled people, in the claustrophobic Edwardian era. Today, in a society where many continue to fight for their voices to be heard, this show returns to her story and asks - how far have we come in 100 years? Followed by a Q+A session with writer, actor and activist Phoebe Kemp.

Wednesday 6 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
The Undercover Hippy 2019

The Undercover Hippy 2019

Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. Described by Tom Robinson (BBC6Music) as being “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods”, his music brings together powerful messages, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove. Think Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Saturday 9 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
The Wit and Songs of Noël Coward

The Wit and Songs of Noël Coward

Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself: ‘I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it’. Be reminded of his dazzling wit through such gems as Mad About The Boy, A Bar on The Piccola Marina, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans, Mrs Worthington, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner and Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

Sunday 10 Nov 20193:00pm Book Now
Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata are among the brightest young stars on the classical scene. This special performance is a rare opportunity to see them together on stage for a programme of carefully selected pieces for piano and cello by Beethoven, Lutoslawski, Barber and Rachmaninov.

Sunday 17 Nov 20197:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Ben Cummings

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Ben Cummings

Mike Denham returns for the latest of his popular SpeakEasy nights, this time accompanied by trumpeter Ben Cummings.  Often described as a demon horn player, Ben has established a formidable reputation as one of Britain’s finest trumpet players. He has played and recorded at the highest level in every genre - from New Orleans, vintage, swing and modern jazz, to funk, soul, pop and salsa. He’s currently touring with Caro Emerald, and makes occasional appearances with Emeli Sandé

Wednesday 20 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
Enter the Dragons (A&E Theatre)

Enter the Dragons (A&E Theatre)

A riotous, surreal odyssey which explodes the myths about getting older. Dooley and Edwards present a comedic call to arms, marrying a wry exploration of the trials and tribulations of ageing with a delightfully dark surrealism as our protagonist embarks on a quest to halt the ageing process - or at least re-brand it.  A knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone considering ageing.

Friday 22 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
Card Ninja: Javier Jarquin

Card Ninja: Javier Jarquin

WARNING: This show contains Ninjas, not magic. Card Ninja is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before!


Expect deadly and risky fun as Javier Jarquin, otherwise branded as Card Ninja performs his extreme card-flicking stunts. Using genuine playing cards, comedian Javier Jarquin dazzles audiences with displays of decks as weapons. Extreme precision, impeccable timing and astonishing speed/distance – you will not believe what you’re seeing.

Sunday 24 Nov 20192:00pm Book Now
This Is Not A Wedding (Gracefool Collective)

This Is Not A Wedding (Gracefool Collective)

After an outstanding performance last autumn in This Really Is Too Much, Gracefool Collective make a welcome return. Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics in this radical and apocalyptic reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies, as four defiant brides attempt to please everyone and no one, boldly wading through the minefield of tradition, conformity & expectation. Using their signature concoction of wildly entertaining dance theatre, Gracefool invite YOU to be guests at the non-wedding event of the year as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society.

Friday 29 Nov 20198:00pm Book Now
Christmas Gothic (Dyad Productions)

Christmas Gothic (Dyad Productions)

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…


Dyad Productions (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography and The Time Machine) resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.


Sunday 1 Dec 20198:00pm Book Now
Wille and the Bandits 2019

Wille and the Bandits 2019

Wille and the Bandits are an energetic and soulful three piece in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience, yet take their sound beyond what is expected of a traditional blues rock line up.  Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues and they leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. This is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!

Friday 6 Dec 20198:00pm Book Now
Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, comic Harriet Kemsley pulls her skirt out of her pants and shames slut shaming in a nationwide tour. In a Cornell University study women rated fictional female peer, Joan, as emotionally unstable and less competent because she was sexually promiscuous. If Joan wasn't fictional her name would be Harriet Kemsley and in this deeply personal and hilarious show Harriet delves into her sexual history.


Star of Bobby and Harriet Get Married, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Roast Battle and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store.

Saturday 7 Dec 20198:00pm Book Now
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! '19

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! '19

Dorchester favourites Squashbox Theatre (Stones and Bones, Universarama) are back with their spectacular celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings! The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

Sunday 15 Dec 20192:00pm Book Now
Sunday 15 Dec 20194:00pm Book Now
A Christmas Carol: In Concert (GreenMatthews)

A Christmas Carol: In Concert (GreenMatthews)

A heart-warming retelling of Dickens’ classic tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. It brims with warmth, wit and wonder. Modern-day balladeers GreenMatthews take the well-loved festive adventure back to its Victorian fireside roots, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Dickens’ world.

Wednesday 18 Dec 20198:00pm Book Now
Christmas. Time. (Near-Ta Theatre)

Christmas. Time. (Near-Ta Theatre)

A musical comedy for all the family!


Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films in this truly festive show that puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!

Thursday 19 Dec 20198:00pm Book Now
Andreas Scholl with Tamar Halperin

Andreas Scholl with Tamar Halperin

Andreas Scholl is among the world's finest countertenors. We are thrilled that St Mary's Church, Dorchester is one of the venues he has selected for his 2020 tour entitled The Twilight People. He will be accompanied by the equally talented pianist Tamar Halperin in a programme of music from the past 100 years, including works by Vaughn Williams, Britten, Arvo Pärt, Aaron Copland and many others.

Wednesday 22 Jan 20208:00pm Book Now
ELEGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile

ELEGIE: Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile

Lucy Parham, piano


Henry Goodman, narrator


Scripted by Lucy Parham


Known internationally for her ‘Composer Portraits’ in words and music, pianist Lucy Parham has created a new programme. Elegie chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Saturday 7 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Join comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) for an evening of hilarious stand-up, brand new for 2020. How do you raise a toddler with more attitude than Kanye West? Can you negotiate effectively with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless? And will any of us survive Toddlergeddon?

Age guidance: 16+

Friday 27 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now