Wed 30 May • Persuasion

Theatre6’s world premiere of Jane Austen’s final novel adapted for the stage by Stephanie Dale (known to many through her links with Dorchester’s Community Plays) and directed by Theatre6’s Kate McGregor (who also directed the 2016 tour of Sue Wylie’s Kinetics). Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance from a cast of actors and musicians, Theatre6’s Persuasion is not to be missed.

On previous Theatre6 shows Gabriel and The Scottsboro Boys:

‘A rewarding, haunting evening’ The Telegraph

‘A show that boasts a brilliant ensemble’ The Guardian

Wednesday 30 May
Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Thurs 5 July • Martin James Bartlett

Rescheduled from March

Martin James Bartlett impressed us with this superb musicianship in 2016 at the Corn Exchange. He returns by popular demand this spring with a new programme including works by Bach, Schuman, Chopin and Beethoven. Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with major orchestras in the UK and Europe and in 2017 was a finalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition in the USA.

The concert will open with a short performance by Hannah McFarlane, a tremendously talented young cellist from Dorchester.


‘The wit and colour in pianist Martin James Bartlett’s playing was thrilling.’ The Times


J.S. Bach: Keyboard Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826

R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15

Chopin: Selected works

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

Thursday 5 July
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5


Fri 6 July • Moscow Drug Club

Moscow Drug Club inhabit a curious and wonderful musical place where 1930s’ Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, and where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after-hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen & Bertolt Brecht, they provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…this way please & mind the stairs!


Moscow Drug Club
Friday 6 July
MUSIC – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 / £5 Live for 5

Mon 16 July • Portrait of Tess / Mr Hardy’s War

Thomas Hardy’s relationship with the remarkable Thornycroft family in peace and war.

 From his friendship with the sculptor Hamo Thornycroft and his beautiful wife Agatha, a model for Tess of the d’Urbervilles, to his war service in London and Dorchester, his personal family tragedy, his poetry and his influence on the young Siegfried Sassoon (himself a Thornycroft). Featuring Tim Laycock, Alistair Chisholm, Andrew and Marilyn Leah.

A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy’s War
(In association with The Thomas Hardy Society)
THEATRE – Corn Exchange

£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Fri 27 July • The Time Machine • Dyad Productions

Dyad Productions impressed us last autumn with Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. They return this summer with a radical new interpretation of the HG Wells classic The Time Machine, in which a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world.  Can we change the future?  Or has the end already begun?

★★★★★ ‘Outstanding… Amazing… Magic’ (Edinburgh Southside Advertiser)

 ★★★★ ‘Brilliant… Captivates and amazes’ (British Theatre Guide)

Friday 27 July
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 / £5 Live for 5