28 April • Skimmity Hitchers + Support

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Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend – part hoedown, cabaret and folk-punk free-for-all – but always entertaining. These cider-drinkin’, badger-botherin’ reprobates are regulars on the festival circuit and we’re delighted to bring them back to Dorchester Arts to see if they can top last February’s sold-out show. Support comes from Dorchester’s returning ska-reggae heroes Bluetown Rumble and apocalyptic surf outfit Palooka 5.

Dorchester Corn Exchange
£11 / £9


Please note: this is a standing concert – very limited seating available

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse


3 May • Burton

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“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end.”★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

“Charming, elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory”★★★★ Scotsman

The life of the late, great Richard Burton is brought to life by leading Welsh actor Rhodri Miles in his one-man show, Burton.

Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant, often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.

3 May
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 Members & Concessions





4 May • Shappi Khorsandi • ‘Oh My Country!’ From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

shappi_webShappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).

‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’ The Guardian

Star of Live At The ApolloMichael McIntyre’s Comedy RoadshowFriday Night with Jonathan RossHave I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2017.

She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society.

‘seriously funny and suprisingly filthy’ The New Statesman

‘makes live comedy thrilling’ London Evening Standard

Over 16s only

Corn Exchange

Thursday 4 May, 8pm

Tickets: £15/£13 (members & concessions)



www.shappi.co.uk / @ShappiKhorsandi



7 May • Kokoro









Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West. They return to the Corn Exchange following their hugely memorable performance in January 2016, which featured Messiaen’s Quartet for the End Of Time.

We are delighted to announce that this very special performance will feature the premiere of a new work by Hywel Davies, inspired by the county of Dorset, along with the following:
Darius Milhaud – Trio
Arvo Part – Mozart’s Adagio
Arvo Part – Fratres
Shostakovich – Piano Trio No 2

Pre-concert ‘in conversation’ event with Hywel Davies at 1.45pm – free entry.
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm)
£14/ £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5
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12 May • Ezio


In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do.

They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio’s style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.

An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written on their new album Daylight Moon.

“Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world”. The Scotsman

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
Dorchester Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions


13 & 14 May • Far from the Madding Crowd

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“I shall do one thing in this life – one thing certain – that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.”

As three very different suitors compete for her heart, spirited, independent Bathsheba Everdene must choose between them. Will she choose to marry for passion, for obligation or for true love and companionship? Or will she value her independence and not marry at all?

Celebrating their tenth anniversary, Hotbuckle Productions Theatre Co. brings Hardy’s romance to life with live music and their trademark ensemble style. This latest production follows on from acclaimed tours of Emma, Persuasion and David Copperfield.

Emma – “Perfect theatre with seemingly no effort at all” BBC Radio,

Persuasion – “Pure theatre magic” ★★★★
The Stage

David Copperfield – “Brimming with wit and charm” Remotegoat

Sat 13 & Sun 14 May
Corn Exchange
8pm Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday (doors open half an hour before)
£12 / £10 Members & Concessions / £5 Live for 5  LiveFor5




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17 & 18 May • Frozen Light: Home

A tale of unexpected friendship.

Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. Home is the latest bold and exciting production from Frozen Light.

The world is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? Scarlet and Olive must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will the face the challenges that lie ahead?

Home is a profound and powerful multi-sensory experience for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and their companions. 

‘Frozen Light… demonstrate that the power of theatre to reach, move and entertain is a transformative force’ – The Public Reviews


Supported by Arts Council England, The Point, Eastleigh and The Garage, Norwich.


Wed 17 and Thurs 18 May
Wed 11am and 1.30pm, Thurs 10.30am
For booking and more information call Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or email enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk


24 May • I Am Beast


An outstanding piece of theatre from start to finish. Raw and dark… this is a show that everyone should see.” The Buxton Review 

What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes into her own fantasy world of comic book superheroes and bewitching strangers, recreating herself as the ultimate vigilante.

Running amidst dark alleyways and sinister villains, she soon meets the wild and mysterious Beast and together they seek revenge. But as the walls of her new world begin to crumble, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies.

A visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, IAM BEAST was developed with teenagers, therapists, psychiatrists and neurologists with support from an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and funding from Arts Council England.

Wed 24 May
Theatre – Corn Exchange
8pm (Doors and bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 Members & Concessions) / £5 Live for 5



25 May • The Phil Beer Band

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Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£20 / £18 members and concessions

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues.

The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song.

Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change. The Band’s first full tour for a long time takes place next May with a new studio album in place. They look forward to seeing you then.

Support comes from The Hawthornes who, since forming in March 2013, have already chalked up an impressive resume. Relentlessly playing all over the country for anyone who will listen, they have already obtained a strong, loyal following thanks in part to landing top support slots with acts such as Terry & Gerry, 3 Daft Monkeys and Gerry Colvin (of ColvinQuarmby).

During this time they have also managed to release their debut album ‘Stoneville Street’ to critical acclaim and play top grass roots festivals such as New Forest Folk Festival, Lakefest and Y Not! Festival.

Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£20 / £18 members and concessions

26 May • Matt Forde • It’s My Political Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To)



In a world where President Trump is leading America and the UK reacts to the most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

Star of his own show ‘Unspun’ on Dave and as seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One).

“A first class comic” Guardian

“Highly engaging, inherently funny…an ability to ad-lib laughs out of thin air” Chortle.co.uk

Corn Exchange

Friday 26 May, 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

Tickets: £15 / £13 (members & concessions) / £5 Live for 5

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