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Thursday 7 March

Corn Exchange

7.30pm, doors and bar 7pm

£15/£13 members and concessions


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Oswald Mosley was considered to be the most able politician of the 1920’s, a Labour Prime Minister in making. What caused a changed direction for this man, who then founded the right-wing British Union of Fascists, renowned for street violence and antisemitism? What lessons are there for today when nationalism is once more on the rise across the western world, and politicians like Trump are able to attack democracy and stir violent protest? Draining the Swamp is a provocative new play, exploring these issues and challenging our approach to extremism. It raises questions and warns with a chilling contemporary punch.

From the perspective of the 1960’s, the play brings to life Oswald Mosley’s meteoric political rise and the development of the fascist movement. We see Mosley and Diana Mitford on their wedding day at Joseph Goebbels’s house in Berlin, and witness the events leading up to the infamous Battle of Cable Street, before the Mosley’s are incarcerated in Holloway Prison during World War 2. Reflecting back from his silver and ruby wedding anniversaries, Mosley ponders on his legacy and the opportunities for future political leaders to communicate with and stir the masses. It ends with an unexpected outcome in 2019.

Dorchester Corn Exchange has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. If you have any specific requirements, then please let us know when booking tickets and we are more than happy to help.

The fully-licenced bar opens half an hour before each performance.

Tickets can currently be purchased online or by telephone. The telephone line is manned between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. At all other times please leave your name, telephone number and ticket requirements and we will call you back.

We are not currently able to welcome visitors for advance face-to-face ticket sales.

No booking fees are charged, but a £1 Future Fund levy is included in most ticket prices to support our work. This levy is included in the published ticket price. Concessionary prices (for events promoted by Dorchester Arts): where available, these are offered to under 18s, students, those in receipt of benefits and people on low income regardless of age.


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