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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 26 May 20242:00pm Book Now
Sunday 23 Jun 20242:00pm Book Now
Hard Travellin'
Thursday 30 May 20247:30pm Book Now
Circomedia graduate show
Friday 31 May 20247:30pm Book Now
My National Gallery (EOS)
Tuesday 4 Jun 20247:00pm Book Now
DYT Juniors and Young
Thursday 6 Jun 20246:30pm Book Now
Friday 7 Jun 20246:30pm Book Now
A Murder in the Garden
Friday 7 Jun 20247:00pm Book Now
Six Men of Dorset
Thursday 13 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Friday 14 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Saturday 15 Jun 20242:30pm Book Now
Saturday 15 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Sunday 16 Jun 20242:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
Carlton Kirby
Wednesday 19 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
The Sunset Café Band
Thursday 20 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Kiddies Keilidh

Kiddies Keilidh

Tatterdemalion play folk tunes which were being used in Dorset in the 19th Century, now brought to the modern day with verve and energy. The Big Dorset Midwinter Ceilidh is a great way to work meet up with friends again after the busy festive period.

This year there is an early evening 'Kiddies' Keilidh' for young families to enjoy an hour of dances more suited to shorter legs. Then later, the bar will be open to quench the thirst of the grown-ups who stay or come for the evening. A treat for those who enjoy the simpler things in life, such as fine company, good music, and energetic dancing!

Saturday 22 Jun 20245:30pm Book Now
Big Dorset Midsummer Ceilidh

Big Dorset Midsummer Ceilidh

Join Dorchester-based band Tatterdemalion at this ceilidh for all the family. Traditional tunes from Dorset, taught by experienced dance caller Angela Laycock, and played with energy and verve by this colourful group of musicians. No experience necessary.

The afternoon session is especially for families with younger children, while the evening is for everyone. No partner necessary, as you can always find someone there!

Saturday 22 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
The Kanneh-Masons
Monday 24 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now (Sold Out)
The Comedy of Errors
Wednesday 26 Jun 20247:00pm Book Now
Thursday 27 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Friday 28 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
The Unraveling Wilburys
Saturday 29 Jun 20247:30pm Book Now
Pride & Prejudice
Thursday 4 Jul 20247:30pm Book Now
The Ashton Octet
Thursday 11 Jul 20247:30pm Book Now
Paul Higgs Jazz
Friday 12 Jul 20247:30pm Book Now
Friday 19 Jul 20247:00pm Book Now
SummerMT 2024

SummerMT 2024

Calling all aspiring performers! Dorchester Arts and Dorchester Youth Theatre present a weeklong musical theatre course which gives young people aged 10 – 18 the opportunity to work together to create and perform a full length performance of ‘Seussical JR’. To be involved you must be available for all dates, including the performance which will take place on the Friday night. A full commitment is required for all sessions. For further details about the sessions and performance contact

Our Summer MT gives young people aged 10 – 18 years the opportunity to work together, for a week of acting, singing and movement, leading to full-length performance.

To be involved you must be available from 22 July – 26 July. Performance will take place on the Friday night. Full commitment required for all sessions.

The participant fee for the week is £125. An optional hot meal can be purchased at £6 per day (all dietary requirements will be catered for)

Monday 22 Jul 20249:00am Book Now
Being Earnest
Thursday 25 Jul 20247:00pm Book Now
Seussical Jr
Friday 26 Jul 20247:00pm Book Now
Summer Sunday
Sunday 28 Jul 202412:00pm Book Now
Peter Pan (Sisata)
Thursday 1 Aug 20246:00pm Book Now
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Sunday 4 Aug 20247:30pm Book Now
Dr Dolittle
Friday 9 Aug 20246:00pm Book Now
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
Friday 6 Sep 20246:30pm Book Now
Emily Chappell
Thursday 12 Sep 20247:30pm Book Now
Friday 13 Sep 20247:30pm Book Now
Deaths At Sea
Thursday 19 Sep 20247:30pm Book Now

Pantani (15)

The incredible story of a cycling legend to celebrate the Tour Of Britain passing through Dorchester.

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself.

The film is a must for all cycling fans, as it captures all the drama and thrilling spectacle of the sport, but is equally fascinating as a human-interest story.

Age Guidance: 15+

‘…a fitting tribute to a worthy ‘King of the Mountains’ (CineVue)

‘Essential watching, even for anyone who can’t stand the sport’ (Total Film)

Tuesday 1 Oct 20247:30pm Book Now
TNND Freewheeling
Saturday 19 Oct 20247:30pm Book Now
The Watch House
Sunday 27 Oct 20247:30pm Book Now
Focus - Hocus Pocus
Saturday 2 Nov 20247:30pm Book Now
A Ruby Gala
Friday 8 Nov 20247:00pm Book Now
Sunday 24 Nov 20242:00pm Book Now
Mark Thomas : Gaffa Tapes

Mark Thomas : Gaffa Tapes

Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing song.

If you don’t know what he does ask your parents.

In his time he has won awards (current total is now officially ‘f**kloads’), forced a politician to resign, changed laws on tax and protest, become Guinness Book of Records world record holder for number of protests in 24 hours, taken the police to court 3 times and won, walked the length of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank and generally mucked about trying to have fun and fuck the right people off.

This show is more of the above.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Wednesday 27 Nov 20247:30pm Book Now