24 Febraury • Chekhov’s Shorts

chekov_webEuropean Arts Company return with a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of TobaccoThe DimwitThe BearSwan Song and The Proposal.

Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov at his comic best – before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’.

 

 

Friday 24 February
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£12 / £10 / £5 Livefor5

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Also at Poole Lighthouse, Bridport Arts Centre & Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

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10 March • Thrive

ThriveWEbThis exciting, immersive production for young people uses humour, movement and spoken word to portray the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism.

When Ollie, Ashleigh and Raph are thrown together by a sudden death, they find themselves wrestling with the emotional consequences of this painful event. These three young people didn’t go looking for suffering, but suffering found them anyway. Join them on their journey and stand side by side with them as they recover, survive and maybe even thrive.

Developed in collaboration with psychologists and inspired by true stories of young people, Thrive shows us what happens when three people dig deep and learn to live on.

Ages 14+, occasional strong language and emotional themes.

Friday 10 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£10/£8/£5 Livefor5

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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
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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Also at Bridport Arts Centre

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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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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

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
CORN EXCHANGE
8pm
£14 / £12 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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