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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 (Few Seats Remaining)
Nick Cope

Nick Cope

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary: with songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith “Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.” **** (Fest Magazine)


For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.


Sunday 24 Mar 20192:30pm Book Now
Northern Harmony '19 workshop

Northern Harmony '19 workshop

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.


Buy a ticket for both the concert and workshop and save £3.

Tuesday 26 Mar 20196:30pm Book Now
Northern Harmony '19

Northern Harmony '19

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.


Book a Northern Harmony workshop ticket and save £3.

Tuesday 26 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Pop Club Birthday Bash

Pop Club Birthday Bash

Pop Club is celebrating it’s 18th birthday and you are invited! Inspired by shows such as Later with Jools Holland & Top Of The Pops, the young people of Pop Club have curated an evening of musical entertainment featuring multiple stages filled with music of many genres and styles, such as pop , rock , folk & soul, and more. Come and be in our studio audience, celebrate with us and help Pop Club to continue working with Dorset’s young people building musical skills & confidence in a safe, fun & exciting environment.

Friday 29 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

Join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!

Saturday 30 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now
Shylock: Rhodri Miles

Shylock: Rhodri Miles

Rhodri Miles (Game of Thrones; Burton; Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon) performs Shylock, the latest in his series of masterful one-man shows. Is Shylock, the Jewish money lender from the Merchant of Venice, a villain or a victim? Gareth Armstrong's powerful drama challenges these stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock's only friend - and the only other Jew in all of Shakespeare's work – Tubal. Come and celebrate Shakespeare's unique and rich language in this intimate, magical and humorous treatment of Shylock and his people.

Wednesday 3 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
The Noise Next Door - Remix

The Noise Next Door - Remix

Eleven-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this improv comedy troupe presents a show that will split sides, blow minds, and drop jaws.  Taking audience suggestions, they will transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, and explosive physicality. They will leaving you in awe of their lightening-quick wit and totally original comedic talents.

Thursday 4 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Formed in 2017, The Tumlyn Brass Quintet consists of Dorset-based musicians who are passionate about making good music.

Sunday 7 Apr 20193:00pm Book Now
Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

Hazel O'Connor Hallelujah Moments

One of the first major female stars of the 80’s, singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass . Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch , Blackman and  Hanging Around.  Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this is a powerful blend of voices and musicianship. Unmissable.

Friday 12 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.


In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.


Saturday 13 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
The Long Walk Back

The Long Walk Back

The epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre. Followed by a Q&A session with Chris Lewis and RoughHouse Theatre Director Shane Morgan.

Sunday 14 Apr 20197:00pm Book Now
The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble

Richard Hosford (clarinet)

Adrian Brendel (cello)

Ian Brown (piano)


Trio No 4 in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, 'Gassenhauer' Op 11 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for cello and piano in D minor - Claude Debussy

5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op 23 - Gerald Finzi

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op 114 - Johannes Brahms


Wednesday 17 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Wyvern: Words Take Wing

Wyvern: Words Take Wing

This original folk-drama draws on the notebooks of writer Thomas Hardy.  They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and despair, love and laughter. Musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have 'taken wing' from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.

Wednesday 24 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now
Gigspanner

Gigspanner

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Peter Knight and Gigspanner bring new life to older tunes, and his own compositions, which range across the genres of folk, celtic, traditional, rock, and more modern, ambient sounds.


Their 2015 album Layers of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. They have established themselves as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write "Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5*****

Saturday 4 May 20198:00pm Book Now
The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Keane

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Keane

By turns humorous and heartbreaking, this remarkable one-man show celebrates the spirit of one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced. Following years of hardship as a strolling player, Edmund Kean was catapulted to stardom following his performance as Shylock at Drury Lane in 1814. Quickly becoming the most popular actor of his day, Kean electrified his audiences with his performances in Shakespeare. Yet within a few short years Kean’s increasingly erratic behavior, fuelled by drink, ensured audiences remembered Kean for all the wrong reasons.

Wednesday 8 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Megson: Contradicshun

Megson: Contradicshun

Four times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees make a welcome return to Dorchester Arts following a storming debut show here a couple of years ago. Comprised of husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna, their live performances draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.  They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

Friday 10 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Kokoro: A Night in Vienna

Kokoro: A Night in Vienna

Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble, make a welcome return with an evening of music from the 2nd Viennese School.


Composers of the Second Viennese School shifted from the big and emotional work of the romantic period at the turn of the 20th Century to a stripped back style of music and composition.  This evening will explore the three leaders of this new music movement as they changed the face of music including a chamber version of Schönberg’s exquisite tone poem, Verklärte Nacht.

Sunday 12 May 20197:00pm Book Now
Colin Sell: Clueless at the Keys

Colin Sell: Clueless at the Keys

I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue’s much maligned pianist Colin Sell talks and sings at the keyboard in an evening of anecdotes about his life in comedy and music – on radio, in cabaret and on stage, working with the likes of Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Dora Bryan and Nicholas Parsons among many.


He also performs his own and others’ comedy songs – Flanders and Swann, Paddy Roberts and George Formby -  all in an attempt to redeem his reputation! Stand aside, Jack Dee!

Saturday 18 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Northanger Abbey (Cyphers Theatre Company)

Northanger Abbey (Cyphers Theatre Company)

A timeless adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about growing up and getting it all wrong, told in an accessible, energetic style.


Catherine Morland has grown up in the country, with only sensational novels and pop culture to inform her of life beyond the village. Leaving home for the first time, she expects brooding heroes, ruthless bandits and glorious adventures to await her.


They don’t. After all, reality is more complicated.

Thursday 23 May 20198:00pm Book Now
Universarama! (Squashbox Theatre)

Universarama! (Squashbox Theatre)

Let Professor Johnson of the Squashbox Theatre Astounding And Amazing Astronomical Research Society (S.T.A.A.A.A.R.S) take you on a journey to the edges of space and time! Along the way you will explore the solar system, study the stars and constellations, visit distant galaxies, and hear the fascinating story of John Couch Adams, the Cornishman who discovered Neptune.


A family show blending spectacle, storytelling and cabaret. It is the creation of Craig Johnson - actor, musician, puppeteer, astronomy fan, and long-standing member of Cornwall's renowned Kneehigh Theatre.

Thursday 30 May 20192:00pm Book Now
Oysters (Oysters Creatives)

Oysters (Oysters Creatives)

A new dark comedy with live music shining a powerful spotlight on composer Johannes Brahms. At a party to celebrate the first performance of his Violin Concerto the composer’s genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego. On his quest for perfection we meet a mesmerizing gallery of characters - the arthritic, embittered and ageing Clara Schumann; the mad, jealous unstable virtuoso Joachim; the pompous and waspish critic Hanslick; and the gentle friend and disciple Von Herzogenberg. And at the centre of it all is the question ‘Why art…and what price do we pay for it?’


Performed by an award-winning cast including Nicholas Collett (RSC, West End), Neil Salvage (RNT, Old Vic) and Eleanor Ryan as Violinist – directed by Amy Bonsall, designed by Maddy Sinclair


Wednesday 5 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

The songs of the Broadway and West End stage have historically provided a rich trove of repertoire for jazz artists. The Frank Griffith along with singers Tina May and Michael Roberts will present an evening of gems from Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as Sondheim's song Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch. There will also be a premiere of Frank and Tina's new song, Lucky Lady.

Saturday 8 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Albert Lee and His Band: In Concert

Albert Lee and His Band: In Concert

Double Grammy Award Winner Albert Lee is a legend of rock and roll, country and blues. Co-writer of Country Boy and a member of The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris’s Hotband and Bill Wymans’ Rhythm Kings, he has had a lifetime of playing with some of music’s greatest legends including Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, Joan Armatrading, Ricky Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, The Blue Caps, Robert Wells and Earl Scruggs.  He also toured with his own band, Hogan’s Heroes for many years.

Sunday 9 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Carismático Tango Band

Carismático Tango Band

Enjoy a night of Latin American musical virtuosity, passion and dance.  A new ensemble of professional musicians led by virtuoso accordionist Karen Street featuring the brilliant, emotionally charged compositions of Argentinian composer Saúl Cosentino alongside music by his mentor Astor Piazzolla and Karen’s own creative and nuanced compositions. Featuring Karen Street on Accordion, Jonathon Taylor on piano , Andy Tweed on saxophones, Dave Manington on bass and Rob Millett on percussion.

Friday 21 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
Sunday 30 Jun 20197:00pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
Cara Dillon: Wanderer Tour

Cara Dillon: Wanderer Tour

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences for over 20 years. According to Mojo magazine she has "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice". Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

Saturday 22 Jun 20198:00pm Book Now
The Tempest (The Handlebards)

The Tempest (The Handlebards)

This unique all-female cycling troupe make a welcome return by pedal power, this time with a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Sunday 23 Jun 20197:00pm Book Now
Mallets by Rex Fisher

Mallets by Rex Fisher

In a special preview performance ahead this year's Edinburgh Fringe, Mallets is a darkly funny, yet slightly sad marital comedy - all washed down with a good glug of Pimm’s. On a prissy perfect croquet lawn in middle England, during the most tranquil of summer’s afternoons, a bloodthirsty grudge match plays out between two rival couples. As things take a turn for the sour, the stakes become high and the tensions higher.

Thursday 11 Jul 20198:00pm Book Now
The Legend of King Arthur (Boxtree Productions)

The Legend of King Arthur (Boxtree Productions)

Pack up a picnic and join us in the open air to enjoy this classic tale of Arthur, a sword and the Knights of the round table.  With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling, you and your family will be talking about this experience for years to come!


Arthur is fed up! He is tired of his knuckles being rapped by his teacher, being ignored by his parents and bullied by his brother Kay.  However, little does he know that there is prophecy of a hero, destined to pull the sword from the stone and unite Britain, it couldn't possibly be little Arthur could it?  With Merlin and his knights by his side, will Arthur be able to reunite Britain and thwart the evil plans of Morgan Le Fay?


Sunday 18 Aug 20195:00pm 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)