Sun 24 March | Nick Cope

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 24 Mar
  • 14.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 0-8
  • £9 / £7 / £28

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary: with songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith “Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.” **** (Fest Magazine)

For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.

His five CDs of original songs have become a must have for thousands and thousands of young families all over the world. Nick performs all over the UK at theatres and art centres and at many of the established art, music and literary festivals including the Edinburgh fringe and Book festival. He has just published 3 story books for young children based on his songs and is releasing a new Album this Christmas.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Fri 29 March | Pop Club Birthday Bash

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 29 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £5

Pop Club is celebrating its 18th birthday and you are invited! Inspired by shows such as Later with Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops, the young people of Pop Club have curated

an evening of musical entertainment featuring multiple stages filled with music of many genres and styles, such as pop, rock, folk, soul and more. Come and be in our studio audience, celebrate with us and help Pop Club to continue working with Dorset’s young people building musical skills and confidence in a safe, fun and exciting environment.

 

Find out more about becoming a member of Pop Club here.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 30 Mar | Flanders and Swann: At The Drop of (Another) Hippopotamus

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 30 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £17 / £15

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins return with another selection of songs from those ingenious comedy songsmiths, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. They have starched their beards and trimmed their dinner jackets, and are ready to bring you an evening of wit and wordplay.

Lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight to see the boys breathe new life into all the classics, The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and many more – plus a few new hidden gems along the way!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

‘Such energy and relish… caught the period remarkably well… well worth seeing’ The Independent

Having delighted audiences across the globe for the past decade, the Rolls Royce of Flanders and Swann show is now coming to Dorchester!

So join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!

By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 3 Apr | Shylock: Rhodri Miles

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 3 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Rhodri Miles (Game of Thrones; Burton; Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon) performs Shylock, the latest in his series of masterful one-man shows. Is Shylock, the Jewish money lender from the Merchant of Venice, a villain or a victim? Gareth Armstrong’s powerful drama challenges these stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock’s only friend – and the only other Jew in all of Shakespeare’s work – Tubal. Come and celebrate Shakespeare’s unique and rich language in this intimate, magical and humorous treatment of Shylock and his people.

“Rhodri Miles delivers and brilliant and gripping portrait” LA Weekly ***** (of Burton)

 

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Thurs 4 April | The Noise Next Door – Remix

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 4 April
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

This improv comedy troupe presents a show that will split sides, blow minds, and drop jaws.  Taking audience suggestions, they will transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, and explosive physicality.

Eleven time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the boys will leave you in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Fri 12 Apr | Hazel O’Connor: Hallelujah Moments

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 12 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £20 / £18

THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT!

One of the first major female stars of the 80’s, singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass . Hazel’s ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch , Blackman and  Hanging Around.  Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals, this is a powerful blend of voices and musicianship. Unmissable.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

SOLD OUT!

Sat 13 Apr | Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 13 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.

In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.

“This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul magazine

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sun 14 Apr | The Long Walk Back

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 14 Apr
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5

A welcome return for Live Wire Theatre (When The Eye Has Gone; Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot) with a new show based on the epic true story of England cricket star Chris Lewis’s catastrophic fall from grace. Lewis seemed on the verge of greatness when he was named England’s International Cricketer of the Year in 1994, but his life lay in ruins when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine into the UK. This show charts the extraordinary journey that took Lewis from the brink of despair to a profound moral awakening.

Followed by a Q&A session with Chris Lewis and RoughHouse Theatre Director Shane Morgan.

“Brimming with charisma and honesty.” ★★★★ The Stage (on When The Eye Has Gone)

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 24 Apr | Wyvern: Words Take Wing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 24 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

This original folk-drama draws on the notebooks of writer Thomas Hardy.  In a private journal he recorded reports and anecdotes from local papers and magazines such as the Dorset County Chronicle that amused or interested him.  They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and dispair, love and laughter.

Musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have ‘taken wing’ from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 4 May | Gigspanner

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 4 May
  • 8.00pm
  • £16 / £14 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Peter Knight and Gigspanner bring new life to older folk tunes, and his own compositions.

Their 2015 album Layers of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. They have established themselves as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer” 5*****

May 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the intriguingly named Lipreading the Poet, the debut album by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, which had the distinction of being listed as one of the best 10 Global albums of 2009 by The Wire Magazine.

Described since as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond” (Folk Radio UK), Gigspanner has stayed true to their quest to take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” (Spiral Earth).

"Gigspanner are reshaping tradition in fascinating ways"
fRoots Magazine
"Gigspanner has taken traditional tunes as a starting point and rearranged, orchestrated and improvised around them to create fascinating new works. Their increasingly impressive sound is like no other" Folk Radio UK
Folk Radio UK