Wed 21 March • Dominoes

The Lighthouse, Poole and Black Theatre Live presents Phoebe McIntosh in Dominoes

A story of love: falling and being in love. 

Written and performed by Phoebe McIntosh, this bold new one-woman show explores identity, race and relationship.  Phoebe asks if the difficulties of the past will always pose a threat to the future, and if discovering your identity means picking a side.

Mixed race history teacher, Layla McKinnon, is days away from saying ‘I do’ to Andy McKinnon. Already having the same surname as her fiancé used to be just a funny coincidence but now it threatens to drive them apart. Piecing together her family tree, she tries to hold onto her best friend and her husband-to-be and find out who she is and where she fits in. Dominoes is a pilot associate artist tour of Black Theatre Live and the Lighthouse, Poole.

Directed by Stephen Wrentmore.

Dominoes is a pilot associate artist tour of Black Theatre Live and the Lighthouse, Poole.

Wednesday 21 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5


Fri 23 March • Hardeep Singh Kohli: Alternative, Fact.


Critically acclaimed comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his show to Dorchester following its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick-witted patter’ ★★★★ (The Skinny).

‘Something quite special… in-between the laughter are stories of genuine power’ ★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

‘Immensely Funny’ – Daily Express

‘Enigmatic, entertaining and deserving of his long, loud round of applause’ ★★★★ – The Wee Review

‘Kohli navigates the subject matter with a unique grace and style, balanced with some fabulous punchlines’ ★★★★-  Fest

‘Consistently thought-provoking’ ★★★★- Voice

23 March 2018
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 Members and concessions / £5 Live for 5



Sat 24 March • Teechers • Blackeyed Theatre

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling ‘sink school’ for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Will Mr Nixon abandon his students for a green and pleasant Grammar school? Who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And why does everyone smell of spring onions?  Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Tickets just £5 for ages 14-25

These rave reviews say it all!

“Hilarious” – The Stage

“Top of the class – 10/10” – British Theatre Guide

“An excellent production… a definite straight A” – Your Harlow

“What a winner” – Love Shrewsbury

“Wonderfully funny” – Cuckoo Review

“A non-stop laugh a minute romp” – Grapevine

“A tremendous must-see performance” – Ipswich Spy

“Blackeyed Theatre get an A* for Teechers” – Hereford Times

“Non-stop funny” – Get Reading

“A hilarious and timeless production” – Film and TV Now


Saturday 24 March
2.30pm & 8.00pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange



Sat 7 & Sun 8 April • Crimes Under The Sun • New Old Friends

A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?

A comedy thriller featuring four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in New Old Friends’ trademark inventive style. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Hitchcock and film noir, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. Directed by James Farrell (Associate Director The 39 Steps, West End).

‘Hugely entertaining…terrific fun’ The Scotsman (on The Falcon’s Malteser) ★★★★

‘A mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy… echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies.’

The Stage (on Crimes Against Christmas) ★★★★

Saturday 7 April, 8pm
Sunday 8 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar ½ hr before performance)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Thur 26 April • Budapest Café Orchestra

Back by popular demand! Expect more of the traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world that we all loved last time.

Established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.  2017 sees the band enter its eighth busy and exciting year and also, coincidentally, the release of their eighth album, Fifty Shades Of Goulash.

Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler’s List theme or Andy Statman’s bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz.  The involvingly diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.

“…the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…”  Times

“The music is magic in their hands” Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

“Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires –  plus a few surprises along the way –  hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!” Songlines


“The Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of Czardas, East European and Russian folk tunes that might have come from the Hot Club of Paris via the Orient Express!” Brighton Argus

“The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre” BBC Celtic Connections  

Thursday 26 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Sun 29 April • Bach Before Leipzig • Elicia Silverstein & Christopher Bucknall

Bach Before Leipzig
Elicia Silverstein and Christopher Bucknall

Two rising stars on the European early music scene, Italian-based American violinist Elicia Silverstein and British harpsichordist and conductor Christopher Bucknall, team up to present a recital of some of Bach’s most varied, nuanced and fascinating instrumental music. The works on the programme, which range from intimate and conversational to dramatic and toccata-like, from dance music to intense counterpoint, were all composed during Bach’s time in Weimar and Cöthen, prior to his famed stay in Leipzig.

Sunday 29 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 live for 5

Thurs 5 July • Martin James Bartlett


Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent 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

Wednesday 14 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5