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A Summer Sunday with Kit & McConnel

A Summer Sunday with Kit & McConnel

Celebrate summer with Dorchester Arts, as we welcome the acclaimed and hilarious singing duo Kit and McConnel to perform their particular style of musical brilliance. The pair’s unique take on any subject under the sun - from the perils of fast food to Donald Trump and Andy Murray - will have you weeping with laughter.

We are delighted to return to the beautiful surroundings of Whitcombe Manor, at the kind invitation of Minette and Alec Waters.  With delicious canapés and a complimentary glass of bubbly on offer, we are all set for an afternoon of musical fun.

‘The duo make beautiful musical comedy together...Catch this splendid show’ London Evening Standard



Sunday 30 Jul 201712:00pm Book Now
Addictive TV: Orchestra Of Samples

Addictive TV: Orchestra Of Samples

In association with the One World Festival, Dorchester

welcomes Addictive TV with their project Orchestra of

Samples. The group have spent the last five years filming

improvised sessions with more than 200 artists playing

all manner of instruments in over twenty five countries,

from singers in Bhutan to musicians playing bagpipes

made from whole goats, via Stereolab singer Laetitia

Sadier, and Motörhead’s original drummer Lucas Fox.

The project comes together to make an unforgettable

live audio-visual event, for which they will be joined by

Dorchester’s own Glyn “Bigga” Bush.

Friday 4 Aug 20178:00pm Book Now
The HandleBards: As You Like It

The HandleBards: As You Like It

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The

HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set,

props and costume necessary to perform environmentally

sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their

all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of

Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like no other. In usual

HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a

fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well - Rosalind and Orlando

have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As

lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust,

love and mistaken identity.

Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and

Bridport Arts Centre

Thursday 24 Aug 20177:30pm Book Now
Spooky Men's Chorale

Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on

giving…thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, sly as a

wagonload of Spike Milligans and sonorous as a cloister

of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue

Mountains of Australia fifteen years ago and armed with

no more than their cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in

deadpan and improbable facial hair, have been gleefully

wooing audiences around the world ever since.

For their 2017 UK tour, they revisit their much loved

b(l)ack-catalogue, alongside forays into immense

Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and

contemporary classics, and their own uniquely entertaining

songs and choreography.

Wednesday 30 Aug 20178:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Where The Wild Things Are WS

Where The Wild Things Are WS

During this 'Where the Wild Things' workshop the young participants will become the story! Physically acting out the words as they become the growing trees, set sail in a boat and act as the Wild Things.


There will be some creative making and the group will have the opportunity to write a song and perform it to make their story come to life.

Thursday 31 Aug 201710:00am Book Now
The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald

The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald

Celebrating the rich century of song that Ella Fitzgerald has given us, internationally recognised British singer, Tina May, will be presenting her renditions of hand-picked songs from Ella’s varied repertoire including classics such as How High The Moon and Every Time We Say Goodbye. Tina will be accompanied by USA saxophonist and clarinettist Frank Griffith and his quartet, who came to our attention in last year’s Kind Of Blue - Revisited. The show will also feature the premiere of Frank's composition "Ella Be Good" with lyrics by Tina May.

Thursday 7 Sep 20178:00pm Book Now
Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Holloway)

Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Holloway)

Opera Holloway visit Dorchester with a hilarious production of Così Fan Tutte. Set during World War Two, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella appear as Landgirls forced to watch their boyfriends go off to war earlier than expected. Through trickery and  plenty of comical disguises, their sweethearts seek to find out how faithful the two girls really are. With sublime music by Mozart and an astonishingly talented cast performing with string quartet and piano accompaniment, this will be a captivating show.

Friday 8 Sep 20177:30pm Book Now
Folklore

Folklore

A new dance production inspired by folk tales from Dorset, Somerset and Devon. Folklore is a tale of confronting inner fears and the struggles we go through with ourselves and loved ones. Original recorded music composed by Ninebarrow (BBC 2 Folk Award Nominees 2017). Before the show, participants from Dorset Youth Dance will perform a curtain raiser and the show will be followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday 20 Sep 20178:00pm Book Now
Mikado Workshop

Mikado Workshop

Come and join the Opera Anywhere team for their 2 performances of The Mikado on the 30th September and the 1st October!


Opera Anywhere will be running a Mikado masterclass for singers from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 24th September… cost per singer is just £25 and an additional £5 if you need a copy of the Mikado score to be provided.

Sunday 24 Sep 201711:00am Book Now
Mikado (Opera Anywhere)

Mikado (Opera Anywhere)

The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.

Saturday 30 Sep 20177:30pm Book Now
Sunday 1 Oct 20173:00pm Book Now
Sunday 1 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now (Not Open For Sale)
The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.

Thursday 5 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O’Higgins’ saxophone sound is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. He has a wide palette, from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. The quartet has been together for five years – Sebastian de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), and Graham Harvey/Rob Barron (piano).  They are a band that is unashamed to swing, drawing on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary.

Friday 6 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Monmouth: The W. Country Reb.

Monmouth: The W. Country Reb.

June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy. There will be a post-show question and answer session. Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, and West Dorset District Council.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Sunday 8 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Barry Cryer & Colin Sell

Barry Cryer & Colin Sell

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell – the Ant and Dec of the sanatogen set – reunite to bring you a new show, devised by them after the visitors left. Cryer, still a “Sprightly Veteran” (Undertakers Gazette) and Sell a “Legendary Virtuoso” (Pensioners Website) combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realization that they’re still here. Join them before they come apart.

Wednesday 11 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
MLY: Cautionary Tales

MLY: Cautionary Tales

From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time.  Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 5–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed during the show. A mixture of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation.  A hilarious and positive route to show children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!

Saturday 14 Oct 20173:00pm Book Now
MLY: An Evening with...

MLY: An Evening with...

Prepare for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty.  A delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.


Playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet-extraordinaire, Murray Lachlan Young is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and delightful commentaries on contemporary life. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour.

Saturday 14 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

Nocturne (Lucy Parham)

The third programme of words and music by Lucy Parham. Scripted and adapted from letters and diaries, Nocturne chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin. The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.

The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

Sunday 22 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Your Toys On A Big Adventure

Your Toys On A Big Adventure

A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous - will everyone survive? On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us - your toys.


This show is made by your toys. Grownups and children alike, bring your own toy to the theatre to join in this gigantic adventure. Slot Machine Theatre bring your real toys to life on stage using their unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour.

Monday 23 Oct 201711:30am Book Now
Monday 23 Oct 20172:30pm Book Now
The Withered Arm (NHP)

The Withered Arm (NHP)

The New Hardy Players invite you to Thomas Hardy’s powerful gothic tale of suspense and suggestion in the evocative surroundings of Ashton Barn. A young bride, a wronged woman, a mysterious affliction and a desperate remedy. Adapted by Sue Worth, and directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Featuring Emma Hill as Rhoda Brook, and Amelia Chorley as Gertrude Lodge. The musical score is by Alastair Simpson. Following light refreshments there will country dancing in the barn with the acclaimed Tatterdemalion and caller Angela Laycock.

Thursday 26 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Friday 27 Oct 20177:30pm Book Now
Saturday 28 Oct 20172:30pm Book Now
Rodney Branigan 2017

Rodney Branigan 2017

Ever seen someone play two guitars at once? Rodney Branigan can play two better than most can play one! US born Rodney relocated to the UK after learning his craft across the pond and has since been stunning audiences around the world with his jaw-dropping guitar skills and delightful song writing ability.


He’s played Glastonbury, he tours the globe, he’s the official face of Yamaha guitars, and he’s opened for Jack Johnson, G Love & The Special Sauce, Billy Sheehan, Show of Hands and Billy Bragg.

Friday 27 Oct 20178:00pm Book Now
Book of Lightness and Dark

Book of Lightness and Dark

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light... if you dare!


Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen.

Wednesday 1 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Morgan & West

Morgan & West

Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!

Friday 3 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation.  Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones.  Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

Saturday 4 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
Music At Ashton Barn

Music At Ashton Barn

Violinist Marieke Blankestijn and clarinettist Richard Hosford are joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a concert of chamber music masterpieces.


The programme features Dvorak’s glorious G major Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass and Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. The fascinating Arcipelago Möbius by the Italian composer Ivan Fedele completes this evening of music in a beautiful rural setting.

A fundraising concert for Dorchester Arts as we work towards our aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square.

Wednesday 8 Nov 20177:30pm Book Now
Peter & The Wolf

Peter & The Wolf

Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas...


With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.


Goblin are a children’s theatre company known for their innovative use of original music and wild creativity with a dose of anarchy.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Sunday 12 Nov 20172:00pm Book Now
Sunday 12 Nov 20174:30pm Book Now
High End To High Street

High End To High Street

Are you a fan of designer bargains? Love your high street labels at low prices?


Then join us for our sensational fashion fundraising event! Clear out your wardrobe in time for Christmas and donate your branded classics and high street labels to us, then come along to find new treasures to take home. There will be a price for every pocket and some extra special items on display.

Sunday 19 Nov 20173:05pm 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)