What’s On at Dorchester Arts this Season

  • Skimmity-Hitchers_web 28 April • Skimmity Hitchers + Support - Fuelled by Cider presents… Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend – part hoedown, cabaret... Read More »
  • Burton main 3 May • Burton - “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”★★★★ Scotsman The life of the late, great Richard Burton is... Read More »
  • shappi_web 4 May • Shappi Khorsandi • ‘Oh My Country!’ From Morris Dancing to Morrissey - Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).... Read More »
  • kokoro 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... Read More »
  • Ezio-image-for-web 12 May • Ezio - In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do. They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with... Read More »
  • FFMTC clean2 13 & 14 May • Far from the Madding Crowd - “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... Read More »
  • Brochure Image Vertical- web version 17 & 18 May • Frozen Light: Home - A tale of unexpected friendship. Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. Home is the latest bold and exciting production... Read More »
  • Blaze web version 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?... Read More »
  • Phil Beer Band for web 25 May • The Phil Beer Band -   Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) £20 / £18 members and concessions The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes... Read More »
  • MATFORDE 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... Read More »
  • Juan Martin Flamenco Trio 17 web 1 June • Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro - Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm) Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from... Read More »
  • Dowland 2 June • Dowland Works with Dame Emma Kirkby The Consent of Speaking Harmony - An intimate evening based around the music of John Dowland, in the company of the UK’s foremost early-music soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby, and a group of talented young singers and musicians, including the hugely talented... Read More »
  • Eric pic for Artistes & Agents 3 June • Eric Knowles: What’s It Worth - In What’s it Worth? the lad from Lancashire and star of The Antiques Roadshow takes the wraps off the antiques business, in which he has been immersed for over 30 years. In the hour preceding... Read More »
  • Presc for murder 8 & 9 June • Prescription For Murder (Somerleigh Players) - PRESCRIPTION FOR MURDER Directed by Melanie Hooley MAYHEM, MURDER and MYSTERY This year we, the Somerleigh Players,  find ourselves in the depths of darkest Devon  enjoying  the humour  of Norman Robbins  as he takes us... Read More »
  • 661774 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... Read More »
  • IMG_0611 web version 22 & 23 June • DYT Junior and Intermediate - Charlotte Holmes – Future Detective by Richard James Young Charlotte Holmes may well be a 23rd century descendant of Sherlock and is eager to do some detective work. Her opportunity arises on a school trip... Read More »
  • 661618 25 June • Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine) - The first in our series of outdoor theatre, Rain or Shine Theatre Company, widely acclaimed for their magical open air productions, transport you to a land where nothing is quite what it seems. When Viola... Read More »
  • 661621 29 June • Stompin’ Dave Allen - Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport. Master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica... Read More »
  • White Dress - web version 30 June • Maria Kesselman -   With A Song in My Heart showcases the celebrated West End leading lady’s range with a wonderful cavalcade of songs, anecdotes and marvellous memories spanning the musical stage, cabaret and even a touch of... Read More »
  • 661768 5 & 6 July • DYT Performance Co – Buckets - Join Performance Company as they explore a universal dilemma: how do you deal with the fact that time always runs out? Wednesday 5 July & Thursday 6 July 7.30pm Corn Exchange £7.50 / £4 (Under... Read More »
  • Cloudbusting 7 July • Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush - Cloudbusting – Music of Kate Bush There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most highly-rated tribute. Cloudbusting recreates Kate’s distinctive... Read More »
  • 661615 8 July • Nick Capaldi - Local boy Nick Capaldi is proving that, when it comes to innovative rock/pop, he’s producing some of the freshest, most relevant sounds on our musically creative shores, and his debut single stayed in the Amazon... Read More »
  • 661771 12 July • The Drive - The company who brought us the wonderful Ballad of Martha Brown return with The Drive, an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo.... Read More »
  • miracle_ffitch_ARTWORK_v2 13 July • The Third Policeman • Miracle Theatre - Miracle Theatre return with their adaptation of The Third Policeman, one of the comic masterpieces of European literature: a surreal adventure, with hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and an unforgettable plot twist. Since its... Read More »
  • 661785 14 July • The Swingles - For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined... Read More »
  • mark_thomas WIP photo by steve ullathorne web version 19 July • Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles On The Future (Work in Progress) -   Few predicted the events of 2016. And even fewer seem to know where we are going. Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining... Read More »
  • Craig Ogden & Jacqui Dankworth LR 20 July • Craig Ogden & Jacqui Dankworth - Jacqui is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK, whose unique musical palette draws on jazz, folk, soul, classical and blues. Craig Ogden is a Dorchester Arts favourite and one of the... Read More »
  • 661881 22 July • Kathy Lette - “Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, who invites you to her new show, Girls’ Night Out.... Read More »
  • Poster 2 30 July • A Summer Sunday with Kit & McConnel - Celebrate summer with Dorchester Arts, as we welcome the acclaimed and hilarious singing duo Kit and McConnel to perform their particular style of musical brilliance. The pair’s unique take on any subject under the sun... Read More »
  • 664043 4 August • Orchestra Of Samples - In 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... Read More »
  • 664045 24 August • The HandleBards: As You Like It - The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe for a... Read More »
  • 663969 30 August • Spooky Men’s Chorale - The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. The... Read More »
  • IMAG5131 DA Summertime Sessions - Join our Participation Officer Megan this summer and host of wonderful Dorchester Arts Volunteers at a crafty activity or pop up event near you! We will be at: LOVE PARKS DAY – Borough Gardens Wed... Read More »