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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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
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
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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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
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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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
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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Also at Poole Lighthouse & Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

23 April • Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman


WEB_Kathryn-Roberts-&-Sean-Lakeman-Press-Shot-2Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2013 & 2016 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots). Don’t miss this chance to see and hear two of the pillars of modern British folk, live on your doorstep.


Sunday 23 April
£14 / £12 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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7 May • Kokoro

2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm)
Dorchester Corn Exchange









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

£14/ £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5

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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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24 May • I Am Beast


BeastImage2An 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.

I Am Beast (Sparkle and Dark)
Wed 24 May
Theatre – Corn Exchange
8pm (Doors and bar 7.30pm)
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26 May • Matt Forde – NEW DATE!


We are delighted to announce that Matt Forde will now be coming to Dorchester Arts on Friday 26 May.



Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, host of hit show ‘Unspun’ Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

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)

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