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.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

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) 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)



Unfortunately this show has been cancelled.

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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1 June • Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro

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8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain.

Martín’s show features Raquel Gonzalez, the 18 year old flamenco dance star from Cádiz,  and the extraordinary singer Antonio Aparecida. Gonzalez’s tremendous footwork, the passion of Aparecida’s voice and the unmistakable poetry and emotion of one of the world’s leading guitarists make for a performance not to be missed.


‘Juan Martín reminded us of the power and beauty of flamenco pure and simple. No meretricious stage tricks, just one long enthralling sequence of instrumental solos, songs and dances by the brilliant troupe’ The Independent, 5 stars

‘Juan Martín’s flamenco rhythm energy and passion will pin you to the wall’ Folk Roots

£15 / £13 members and concessions


3 June • Eric Knowles: What’s It Worth

Eric pic for Artistes & AgentsIn What’s it Worth? the lad from Lancashire and star of The Antiques Roadshow takes the wraps off the antiques business, in which he has been immersed for over 30 years.

In the hour preceding the show, audience members can bring their treasures and heirlooms for Eric to peruse. The show then starts with Eric’s irreverent and hilarious reminiscences, ably supported by excellent images. The second part is devoted to Eric’s examination of some of the audience’s treasures from the initial meet and greet.

Eric is one of those rare individuals able to share his expert knowledge of antiques in a manner that is easily understood and he has become the friendly face of a business long shrouded with mystery.

Saturday 3 Jun 2017
Corn Exchange 

3pm (doors and valuations 1:30pm)
£14 / £12 (Members and Concessions)


8 & 9 June • Prescription For Murder (Somerleigh Players)


Directed by Melanie Hooley


This year we, the Somerleigh Players,  find ourselves in the depths of darkest Devon  enjoying  the humour  of Norman Robbins  as he takes us on a mysterious journey  full of twists and turns to its final destination.

Is Doctor Forth trying to get rid of his new wife? Is his extremely wealthy ex girlfriend planning a murder? And is the mystery man all he seems?

This rollicking whodunnit  is full of suspense. It is guaranteed to entertain and the red herrings will keep you guessing until curtain down.

Our wonderful actors ‘the best amateurs in town’  look forward to sharing this live theatre with you.

Thurs 8 & Fri 9 June
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 (Members / Concessions)


16 June • Jay Phelps Quartet

Trumpeter Jay Phelps came to our attention playing superbly in the Miles Davis role in Kind of Blue – Revisited (Sept 2016) and he now returns with his own Quartet.

This group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz play with a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional. The fresh and exciting band plays a mixed set of original compositions from the band leader and arrangements of jazz standards.

Friday 16 June
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

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22 & 23 June • DYT Junior and Intermediate

IMG_0611 web versionCharlotte Holmes – Future Detective by Richard James
Young Charlotte Holmes may well be a 23rd century
descendant of Sherlock and is eager to do some detective
work. Her opportunity arises on a school trip to a museum
when it is discovered that Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
painting has been stolen.

Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, adapted
for the stage by Danyah Miller and Dani Parr
Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and
hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside
down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 June
Corn Exchange
6.30pm (doors & bar 6pm)
£7.50 Adults / £4 Under 18s


25 June • Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine)

The first in our series of outdoor theatre, Rain or Shine Theatre Company, widely acclaimed for their magical open air productions, transport you to a land where nothing is quite what it seems. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she disguises herself as a man and sets forth. Before long, chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. “If music be the food of love, play on!” Sure to delight family audiences from age 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event.

Bring a chair!

Sunday 25 June
7pm (refreshments from 6pm)
Maumbury Rings
£12 / £10 (Members & Concessions) / £35 family ticket (max. 2 adults)