Fri 25 January | And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 25 January
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £10 / £5 U18s

This poignant and thought-provoking production forms part of Dorchester’s Holocaust Memorial Day events. Part oral history, part dramatic action and part remembrance, it brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. Combining videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, live actors recreate scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.

Ed Silverberg was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend.  Eva was the same age as Anne and lived in the same apartment block as her in Amsterdam until Anne and her family went into hiding. Eva and her family were also arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.

‘After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.’  Eva Schloss

“This poignant and thought-provoking production is, perhaps inevitably, uncomfortable viewing at times. It is, however, worth seeing.” (LondonTheatre1.com)

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

Sun 27 January | Shivers by Adam Z Robinson (The Book of Darkness & Light in association with LittleMighty)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 27 January
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £13 / £11

The team that brought us the Book of Darkness and Light in 2017 return with a trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin, Shivers contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told.

You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.

A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty.

“A uniquely terrifying experience.” The Spooky Isles

Credits:

Stories written and performed by Adam Z. Robinson
Music composed and performed by Ben Styles
Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham
Technical Stage Manager Aly Howe
Produced by LittleMighty

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

Fri 8 Feb | Angela Barnes: Rose Tinted

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 8 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £15 / £13

Angela’s brand new show of stand-up and stories is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life.

Since 2011, when Angela took the plunge and embarked on her life-long dream to become a comedian, her witty worldview has been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC One’s Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and the prestigious role as host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.

“The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” Chortle

As with all our shows, the ticket price includes a £1 Future Fund Levy.

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

Fri 15 Feb | Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 15 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A new play performed with musical accompaniment by contralto and actress Lucy Stevens, following her triumphant appearance last year as Kathleen Ferrier in Whattalife! Lucy returns to shine a light on the extraordinary life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth: composer, writer and Suffragette. She was the living embodiment of the passion with which

Victorian women challenged the “male machine” and the first female composer to have her work performed at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Neither opera house featured work by a woman composer for more than a century afterwards.

“…a magnificent entertainment that I can barely recommend highly enough” Light Music Society magazine

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

Mon 18 Feb | Lily & The Albatross

  • Corn Exchange
  • Mon 18 Feb
  • 14.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 / £6 / £25

A family show full of live music about wild weather, wild birds and wild ambitions. Far out in the wild and remote ocean there is a small family on a fishing boat. When the whipping winds threaten their little world, the family must pull together, take a leap of faith and look beyond what they have always known to get themselves and their great old boat moving again. After the show, you will be able to take part in a meet and greet with the actors.

“The show was amazing, the puppets so beautiful and acting to capture the attention of adults and children alike. A magical experience” Audience member, Pound Arts

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

Wed 20 February | Rouse, Ye Women (Townsend Productions)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 20 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the plight of the woman chainmakers of Cradley Heath. In 1910, they stood up for their right to earn a living wage, led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur. Their ten week strike more than doubled their earnings and successfully established the right to a minimum wage. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Are The Lion’s Mr Manager; We Will Be Free; United We Stand).

Followed by a Q & A with Unison.

‘A powerful story, powerfully told.’ Clare Brennan. The Observer

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

Sun 3 Mar | Edgelarks

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 3 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

Edgelarks creators, duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are a leading – BBC Folk Award winning – force of roots and acoustic music.  This special concert gives you a first glimpse of a set of completely new songs and tunes. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo’s penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, their music is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

“bravely original” The Guardian

“quite brilliant” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

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

Wed 6 & Thu 7 March | The Isle of Brimsker (Frozen Light)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • Wed 6 March
  • 11am & 2.30pm
  • Thu 7 March
  • 11am & 1.30pm

For booking and more information call Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or email  enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk

A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

A lighthouse keeper lives alone on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects. One day a runaway lands on the shore and together they face the inevitable.

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon; Vivacity Key Theatre, Peterborough. With support from Arts Council England; house; The Garage Norwich, The Point Eastleigh, Dorchester and District Lions and Dorset Mencap.

“The way the show is so carefully tailored to the audience’s needs provides a vital reminder that theatre can accommodate everyone.” The Stage ****

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

Fri 8 March | In Loyal Company

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 8 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, In Loyal Company tells the incredible true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew, David William Bryan.

May 1941. Hitler’s bombs rain on Liverpool. Arthur leaves his job as a packer and joins up, becoming a Private in the 18th reconnaissance division. Deployed to Singapore, his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers on arrival.

Arthur is declared missing…

‘A tour de force’ (The Scotsman) ‘A masterpiece’ (Broadway Baby)

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

Sat 9 March | The Unravelling Wilburys

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 9 Mar
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

A celebration of the music of The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. They perform classics including Handle With Care, The Devil’s Been Busy, and End Of The Line, along with choice cuts such as Got My Mind Set On You, The Waiting, You’ve Got It, Mr Tambourine Man, Mr Blue Sky plus much more. Country/rock music at its very best, served up with a good helping of humour throughout.

“Captured the style and sounds perfectly and with their own added sense of humour gave the audience an evening to remember” Blackmore Vale Magazine

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