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Awful Auntie by David Walliams (Heartbreak Productions)

Awful Auntie by David Walliams (Heartbreak Productions)

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, is a truly thrilling tale. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home.

So, please join us at the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about.

Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

Running time: 2 Hours | Age: 7+

Saturday 13 Aug 20226:00pm Book Now
The Wind in the Willows (Calf2Cow Theatre)

The Wind in the Willows (Calf2Cow Theatre)

Join Mole, Ratty and Badger in a floor stomping, live music, hilarious re-telling of this woodland adventure as they save Toad and his shiny new motorcar from deep trouble.

A summer afternoon in Wild Wood, while the animals sat, ate picnics and played with their friends, a mischievous ‘poop poop’ echoed in the trees.

Friday 26 Aug 20226:00pm Book Now
The Comedy Network Sept

The Comedy Network Sept

Come and unwind after a stressful week at one of our Comedy Network comedy club shows. Gather your friends, grab a drink from the bar and enjoy laugh out loud comedy from some of the hottest comedians on the circuit.

Previous Comedy Network acts include…

Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Lucy Porter, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.

September's line up to be announced...

Thursday 8 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, and joined by Scotland’s youngest Clan leader on bagpipes and fiddle, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

Friday 9 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
Pantani:The Accidental Death
Saturday 10 Sep 20227:00pm Book Now
Kiri Pritchard-McLean - Home Truths

Kiri Pritchard-McLean - Home Truths

Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News For You?, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown) is coming to Dorchester with a brand new tour.

It’s been a big few years for most of us and Kiri is no different. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey, struggled with lockdown and got herself some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy - something for everyone.

“Making powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects” – The Guardian

Age guidance: 16+

Sunday 11 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
WALOB: The Parkinson’s Lottery

WALOB: The Parkinson’s Lottery

Two powerful, entertaining, and moving films by local actor/writer Sue Wylie, exploring the experience of living with Parkinson’s.

Kinetics is based on a true story and has been shown nationally and internationally to great acclaim. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas - a Parkour-obsessed student - comes tumbling into her life…..

WALOB is a brave, funny, and hard-hitting short film combining live action with animation to explore the hidden symptoms of Parkinson’s in a truly original way. So, roll-up, roll-up for the Parkinson’s Lottery…where every ball reveals a symptom!

Funds raised from this evening will be used to support Parkinson’s Dance classes and the work of DT2 Productions.


Wednesday 14 Sep 20227:00pm Book Now
Frank Griffith

Frank Griffith

Counting Burt Bacharach among his main influences, renowned Saxophonist, Clarinettist and Dorchester Arts favourite Frank Griffith brings some of the maestro’s best tunes to Dorchester, all performed with his distinctive New York jazz sound. From the romantic to the mainstream, this is an evening of popular music by a composer whose music never fails to delight and entertain, performed by a true jazz great. A terrific combination.

Saturday 17 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
Alive and Drawing: A life drawing class

Alive and Drawing: A life drawing class

What happens when theatre meets art? And why should life-drawing be all about a nude on a box?

Join us for a unique take on the traditional life-drawing class. Alive & Drawing events feature varied and sometimes surprising set-ups, using props, music, lights, costumes, movement, narrative, masks and more to inspire you and awaken the artist’s sense of adventure.

Suitable for all abilities and any age over 10yrs. Beginners very welcome!

Sunday 25 Sep 20222:00pm Book Now
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Adolf and Winson (Living Spit)

Adolf and Winson (Living Spit) (15)

Two Actors. Two World Leaders. One Black Dog


London, 1939.

Winston Churchill looks in the mirror, realises that only he can steer our great nation through its darkest hour and steels himself for the hard road ahead.

Bristol, 2021.

Howard Coggins looks in the mirror, shaves, realises he looks a bit like Winston Churchill and steels himself to break some bad news to his good friend, Stu.

Bristol, 2022.

Stu Mcloughlin looks in the mirror and realises that he’ll have to grow a little moustache.

Buoyed by the success of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, “Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous”, and unafraid to tackle the big subjects in an essentially inconsequential way, Living Spit’s Howard & Stu are back walking the tightrope of taste and decency with another slice of poorly-researched history. But will either of them escape from this war alive?...

“The Morecambe and Wise of Weston-super-Mare”

The Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 28 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata Kanneh-Mason is the recipient of the 2021 Leonard Bernstein Award, a 2020 Opus Klassik award for best young artist and, as a member of the Kanneh-Mason family, the 2021 best classical artist at the Global Awards.

Her debut album on Decca Classics, “Romance – the Piano Music of Clara Schumann”, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the UK classical charts at No. 1 when it was released in July 2019 and leading Gramophone magazine to extol the recording as “one of the most charming and engaging debuts” and Classic FM to praise Isata as “a player of considerable talent”. This was followed in July 2021 by “Summertime”, a journey through the varied piano repertoire of 20th-century America featuring Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Impromptu in B minor.

During the 21/22 season, Isata will be one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars, and will perform recital programmes at some of the continent’s most illustrious concert venues.  As part of her ECHO Rising Stars season, she will also engage in educational and outreach activities and collaborate with Jamaican-British composer Eleanor Alberga on a newly commissioned piece. Isata also continues to perform with her siblings, including regular duo recitals with her brother, the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.  Recent highlights include appearances at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Teatro della Pergola, Florence, L’Auditori, Barcelona, the Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, and Carnegie Hall, New York.  Isata Kanneh-Mason is a member of KONZERTHAUS DORTMUND’s series “Junge Wilde” since the season 2021/22 as well.

Thursday 29 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
Paul Foot: Swan Power

Paul Foot: Swan Power

The multi-award winning comedian presents his brand new show. Tired of the goose? Swan Power is here. Paul opens his beak and explores topics including Nanna on the rack, murdering Santas and interfering ambulance drivers (self-appointed busybodies!) Plus Billy Zane’s Valuable Diamond (c/o RMS Titanic).  Live by the swan, fly by the swan.

"Like a rare exotic bird, he's special" The Daily Express

"Sublime, original, brilliant" The Independent

"Something of a comic genius" The Sydney Morning Herald

Friday 30 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now
The Vinyl Revival

The Vinyl Revival

An evening in the company of author, filmmaker, sales rep and champion of all things vinyl, Graham Jones. His new film, The Vinyl Revival, explores the extraordinary renaissance of vinyl and features record shop owners, musicians, music industry pundits and experts on culture and music history. The film looks at the reasons for vinyl’s revival; the human need for belonging, the love of history, and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives.

Add to that a talk and Q&A session with Graham and a record sale in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and it’s a dream evening for all vinyl fans.

In association with Vinyl Van, Dorchester's own independent record shop (itself partly inspired by Graham's book)

Wednesday 5 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
The Comedy Network October

The Comedy Network October (15)

Another evening of great comedy as we welcome Roger Monkhouse – a consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. Plus Danny Clives, who has  toured with Joe Lycett and Guz Khan and was handpicked for the Pleasance Comedy Reserve at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Naz Osmanoglu, star of BBC’s Flat TV, Horrible Histories and Comedy Central’s Drunk History.

Thursday 6 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
dS:uK Brothers in 85 Tour

dS:uK Brothers in 85 Tour

DS:UK - in tribute to Dire Straits” are the UK’s finest tribute show to Dire Straits. The band have been performing across the UK since 2016 and the band are bringing their show back to The Pavilion Theatre on 2nd December 2021 with their popular “Brothers in 85” tour.

Friday 7 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's Allstars

The Ronnie Scott's Allstars

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world class live jazz, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Story.’ Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively reimagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, the musicians. 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 a unique evening celebrating one of the world's most famous jazz venues, its music, and history.

‘Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to’

The Observer

Saturday 8 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
The Magic Flute (Opera Anywhere)

The Magic Flute (Opera Anywhere)

A young man discovers a book about a fantastical world in which cruel darkness is defeated by the light... Opera Anywhere brings a magical production of Mozart’s colourful masterpiece to Dorchester, with some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage. Come and meet the Queen of the Night and her rival, the mighty Sarasto, high priest of the sun; our hero Tamino and chirpy bird-catcher Papageno. Will Tamino ever find love, truth, and honour? An ideal introduction to the world of opera, we are delighted to offer a special price for under 18s.

Sunday 9 Oct 20223:00pm Book Now
The London Tango Quintet

The London Tango Quintet

Chart topping guitar virtuoso and Classic FM favourite Craig Ogden, and extraordinary accordionist, Miloš Milivojević perform what has been described by the Times as ‘a hurricane of musical invention.’ Joined by pianist/composer David Gordon, bassist Richard Pryce, and violinist David Juritz, these are five acclaimed musicians drawn together by a love of the tango to create an exceptional musical experience. As director Juritz says “Craig, Miloš and I have known each other for years. Their diaries are pretty hectic but, a few times a year, we get together to play tango. …When it happens, you feel like you’ve been set free. It’s just exhilarating.”

Friday 14 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
I, Clara

I, Clara

An exceptional performance for classical music lovers created to celebrate two hundred years since her birth in 1819, I, Clara tells composer Clara Schumann’s extraordinary life story in her own words. The sixth Composer Portrait created by Lucy Parham, it received its London premiere at Kings Place in October 2019 as part of both the London Piano Festival and the Venus Unwrapped Festival.

Clara Schumann was a truly exceptional woman, a ground-breaking musician in her own right. The narrative is drawn from her letters and diaries, spoken by award-winning actor Dame Harriet Walter; interspersed with live performances by Lucy Parham of her works, as well as music by Robert Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Chopin.

Dorchester Arts is delighted to bring this performance to Sherborne, to complement the community outreach work taking place in the town. Beautiful music in the beautiful setting of the Gransden Hall.

Sunday 16 Oct 20223:00pm Book Now
Jessica Fostekew - Wench

Jessica Fostekew - Wench (15)

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Wednesday 19 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra 2022

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra 2022

With an unparalleled reputation across the UK, Europe and beyond, for over 50 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s to widespread acclaim. 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. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. 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.

“An evening of rare musical entertainment” The Financial Times

Saturday 22 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
Jen Brister - The Optimist

Jen Brister - The Optimist

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.) Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

Age Guidance: 16+

Thursday 27 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now
Martin Harley Solo Show

Martin Harley Solo Show

Martin Harley has been making music and touring the world for over two decades. His sound has never been more down to earth. Exploring roots, blues and slide guitar in a style The Guardian referred to as ‘Spellbinding’, Harley has released eight albums to date, four recorded on home soil and four across the Atlantic in Texas and Nashville.

An album with Grammy nominated Daniel Kimbro and Sam Lewis is on the way for 2022, with their project Harley Kimbro Lewis. The three have collaborated since 2014. “We’ve all jumped of a few rocks together, physically and mentally, this record has got scars, bars and underwater superheroes”.

His recent nominations include, AMA instrumentalist of the year, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Best Acoustic Blues artist. Notable appearances include Glastonbury Acoustic and Avalon stages, Beautiful Days, Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel, Bluebird Nashville, Tønder Festival, The Troubadour LA and at home round the fire pit with his two daughters.

Friday 4 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now
The Comedy Network November

The Comedy Network November (15)

This month we welcome Thomas Green, whose material is raw, unfiltered, and hysterical; and Luke Honnoraty, whose comedy focuses on relationships and always delivered with a cheeky but charismatic style. Plus Louise Leigh, an award-nominated comedian who brings daftness, deftness, and a lot of laughs to stories of midlife, motherhood, and middle-class habits.

Thursday 10 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now
Unbelievable Science

Unbelievable Science (U)

Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bring their love of enlightenment to the stage! Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm, and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science! Please note: Morgan & West take full responsibility for any horizons broadened, passions enflamed, or minds blown during the course of the show.

Sunday 13 Nov 20222:00pm Book Now
The Andy Grant Band

The Andy Grant Band

The Andy Grant Band invite you to join them for an evening of Blues Roots Rock - performing songs from their latest album 'Dig The Darkness' - a journey through electric blues and dusty Americana to eastern trance and ‘widescreen road movie’ epic.

Featuring infectious melodies, incendiary guitar playing, bluesy vocals and funky grooves: think classic rock era rock 3 piece mixed with 21st century edge- add a dash of slide guitar and you’re getting close to this distinctive blend of blues, roots and rock.

The trio combine Grant’s deft song writing and guitar artistry with Simon Rushbrook's muscular basslines and drummer Jack Revy's impeccable grooves, serving up a rootsy collection of funky electric blues, rocking riffs, and killer rhythms.

Friday 18 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now
The Greatest Magician

The Greatest Magician

A DAZZLING new MAGIC SHOW - presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC

switchboards are he correctly predicted the lottery. This astonishing, enigmatic, five star rated magic show

will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief.

Wednesday 30 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now
The Urban Voodoo Machine

The Urban Voodoo Machine

Led by Paul-Ronney Angel, The Urban Voodoo Machine features up to nine musicians at any given time to create their unique brand of Bourbon-Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll. A performance like no other, the band creates dark theatre on stage with bold costume choices, strong instrumentals and a back story that spans 16 years.

“Furiously energetic and versatile.”  The Guardian

Saturday 3 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now
The Comedy Network December

The Comedy Network December (15)

Come and unwind after a stressful week at one of our Comedy Network comedy club shows. Gather your friends, grab a drink from the bar and enjoy laugh out loud comedy from some of the hottest comedians on the circuit.

Previous Comedy Network acts include… Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Lucy Porter, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.

Our final Comedy Network night welcomes Nick Page, described by The Guardian as ‘A bear like man with a host of barely believable stories about life, love and brushes with the law.’ With Adam Beardsmore, described by Glen Blue Giraffe Comedy Club as “one of the best new faces on the comedy circuit, he’s confident, fresh and very funny”; and Bristol-based comic Greg Winfield.

Thursday 8 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now