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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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” ★★★★
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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)
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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



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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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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4 August • Orchestra Of Samples

664043In association with the One World Festival, Dorchester welcomes Addictive TV with their project Orchestra of Samples. The group have spent the last five years filming improvised sessions with more than 200 artists playing all manner of instruments in over twenty five countries, from singers in Bhutan to musicians playing bagpipes made from whole goats, via Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, and Motörhead’s original drummer Lucas Fox.

The project comes together to make an unforgettable live audio-visual event, for which they will be joined by Dorchester’s own Glyn “Bigga” Bush.

Friday 4 August
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5