Sun 21 January • Code Breakers • The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)

Codebreakers is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories.  Allied Codebreakers deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. Dr Mark Baldwin provides an entertaining and instructive account of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-boats.

The show is followed by a question and answer session and a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

 

 

“Dr Mark Baldwin’s enthusiasm and knowledge had the audience spell-bound as he unravelled the mysteries, workings and dedication that went on at Bletchley Park.” (Susan Bailey, BCS Branch Committee)

 

Code Breakers – The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)
Sunday 21 January
Entertainment – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5

Friday 9 February • Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2. Her latest album ‘A Bit Of Blue’ was released in February 2017.

 

 

Friday 9 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

Fri 16 February • We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

Willisden, London. 1977
Mrs Jayaben Desai leader of Asian women’s strike at the Grunwick film processing factory.

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Will Be Free; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).

“…a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’ (The
Observer)

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

Friday 16 February
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

 

 

Sat 24 February • The Wildes

The Wildes

Will and Dani Wilde have wowed audiences here with their solo shows, and now they come together at the Corn Exchange for a special ‘Live and Unplugged’ gig. Dani (on vocals and guitar) and Will (on harmonica) will be sharing songs from each of their respective new albums as well as visiting material from their extensive back catalogues. Will’s soulful blues-rock style combined with Dani’s country and gospel tinged approach to the blues makes for a heartwarming and foot-stomping show.

About Will Wilde: ‘Wilde’s live show is “A masterclass of blues harp playing, bar none.’ Blues in the North West

About Dani Wilde: ’The entire audience was silenced and caught in the spell of deep emotion’ Music News Magazine

Saturday 24 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

 

Thurs 1 March Dylan Thomas Clown In The Moon

Rhodri Miles in 
DYLAN THOMAS : CLOWN IN THE MOON

“My early work came out of a person who came willy-nilly out of one particular atmosphere and environment and are part and parcel, park and castle, lark and sea shell, dark and school bell, muck and entrail, cock, rock and bubble, accent and sea-lap, root and rhythm of them” Dylan Thomas

CLOWN IN THE MOON (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.

This solo show is directed by the award-winning director and actor Gareth Armstrong (Shylock, My Darling Clemmie, Rape of Lucrece, Becoming Marilyn) and is written by award-winning writer Gwynne Edwards (Burton, Dylan Thomas in America).

Rhodri Miles (Holby City, Torchwood, Richard II, Eastern Promises, Game of Thrones, Hinterland, Atlantis) returns as Dylan Thomas after his previous sell-out performances of the critically acclaimed ‘Burton’, winner of the ‘Best International Show Award’ at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010.  CLOWN IN THE MOON follows hot on the heels of his appearance as Lodovico in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre alongside ‘Wire’ actors Clarke Peters and Dominic West and his role as the Welsh Captain in Shakespeare’s Richard II in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series.

‘Captivating and deeply moving’ LONDONTHEATRE1

‘Mesmeric, flawless ‘ BROADWAY BABY ****

‘One of the best’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ****

‘Pure joy’ THREE WEEKS ****

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” *****
Edinburgh Guide

“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” ****
The Scotsman

Written by: Gwynne Edwards
Directed by: Gareth Armstrong
Performed by: Rhodri Miles

Thursday 1 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Fri 2 March • George Egg – DIY Chef

Comedian George Egg (a.k.a. the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a brand new show demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy. This show sees George relocate to the garden shed where his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen. It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end

Dorchester Corn Exchange

Friday 2 March 2018
8pm

Wed 14 March • 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, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. 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

Programme

J S BACH: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826
BEETHOVEN:  Sonata in E flat, Op.31 No.3
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in B minor Op. 32 No. 10
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in G major Op. 32 No. 5
RACHMANINOV: Prelude in G Sharp minor Op.32 No. 12
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83

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

 

Wed 21 March • Dominoes

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

 

Written and performed by Phoebe McIntosh, this bold new solo show 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.

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’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 24 March
2.30pm & 8.00pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange