22 March • The Eulogy of Toby Peach

RWD15_Toby-PeachWEBToby has come to deliver his Eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment; experience a young man’s journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the human body; discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life.

WINNER of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015

WINNER of the VAULT Festival Pick of the Week Award 2016

‘Heartfelt & buoyant’★★★★ The Stage

‘Inspiring & uplifting’★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

Wednesday 22 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Livefor5

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24 March • The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars present The Ronnie Scott’s Story

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Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£22/£20 members and concessions

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the club’s musical director, take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Story’.

Combining world class live jazz from the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club. Charting the club’s rise from a basement bar where local musicians would jam, through its trials and tribulations and landmark performances from now-legendary jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.

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 unique evening celebrating one of the world’s most famous jazz venues, it’s music, and history.

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

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25 March • Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro

Martin-Harley_WEBSupremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground, an album described by The Observer as “…a spellbinding 50 minutes”.

Martin’s ‘British Americana’ sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he has honed his craft into a road-worn style of song writing that Guitarist Magazine describes as “…staggeringly good – no one is making music like it”.

Saturday 25 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions

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30 & 31 March • DYT: Pronoun

Isabella and Josh are childhood sweethearts. It should be happy ever after. But it is not that simple, Isabella has now become a boy. This is an engaging and thought-provoking story about transition, testosterone and love. Written by Evan Placey the play was originally commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival.

Special school rates by agreement – contact: finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk
Suitable for Ages 14+

Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March
CORN EXCHANGE
7.30 pm (doors and bar 7pm)
£7/ £4 Concessions + £5 Livefor5

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2 April • The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl

hounslow_webThe Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.

This is the debut play from Ambreen Razia, a British Pakistani writer and actress.

Sunday 2 April
Corn Exchange
8pm
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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6 April • Richard Digance

RICHDIGENCE_WEBMany people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer and guitarist. Join this BAFTA nominated TV entertainer, award-winning composer, songwriter, poet, author and artistfor a wonderful evening of music and humour.

‘Richard Digance, hilarious, sentimental, irreverent and, above all, ours‘ – Mike Atherton

‘Richard Digance is simply a national treasure’ Bob Harris

Thursday 6 April
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£17/ £15

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8 April • Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow_webNinebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as ‘sounding damn fine’ and by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies with songs that are rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Their latest album Releasing the Leaves was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, and was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.

Saturday 8 April
Corn Exchange
8pm
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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12 April • An Elephant in the Garden, by Michael Morpurgo

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Corn Exchange

2.30pm and 7pm (doors open 1/2 hour before performances) £11 / £9 members and concessions

Another fantastic story from the creator of War Horse. 1945 Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother – and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West – and the advancing Russian armies from the East – this extraordinary trio of refugees meet a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

Adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel by the creators of the 5 star hit Private Peaceful ★★★★★

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13 April • Elephant Puppet Workshop

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Join In – Dorchester Town hall

10am – 12midday £7 / £5 for siblings

Age Guidance 8-14

Join us for this workshop, inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s story. Learn how to create a moving elephant puppet and make it walk around your own garden!

You will be helped by Megan, our Participation Officer, and you can take everything you make home with you.

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21 April • We Are Bronte

Bronte_webWe Are Brontë is a madcap physical interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, the two masterful performers deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves.

“a mini comedic masterpiece…ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different.” ★★★★★ StageTalk Magazine 

“masters of their art” ★★★★ The Scotsman

Friday 21 April
Corn Exchange
8pm
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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Also at Poole Lighthouse & Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis