New year, new resolve…

by Karen Malim

Who hasn’t made promises for the New Year, ones that we are convinced we’ll keep, NO MATTER WHAT, and usually give up on just a week or two in?  I know I have. For instance, I have lost count of the number of years I have resolved to do something about my ‘baby weight’ and have failed miserably at the first hurdle – which usually takes the form of leftover Christmas cake or my daughter’s famous Yorkshire puddings.  I wonder…will this be the year I finally succeed?  After all, it’s over 22 years since the last of those babies appeared on the scene and, to be perfectly honest, the excuse is sounding a bit lame – even to me!

Or that novel…the one that’s been running around in my head for a decade or two and I keep telling everyone is just about to be written…could this be the year that a first draft at least sees the light of day? Hmmm…sadly I have my doubts!

This year my resolutions include a new addition, one I really do intend to keep – and which is a darned sight easier than losing weight or writing novels!

A bit of background…

Following my appointment as the Fundraising and Development go-to person for Dorchester Arts, I have had the opportunity to see an eclectic mix of top-notch performers…and shamefully I have not taken full advantage of this.  I missed Marcus Brigstocke, Forest Forge’s Woman of Flowers and Craig Ogden.  I did, however, get to see the wonderful Swan Lake, the thought-provoking Fracked or Fiction, and, earlier in the year, Angel Exit Theatre’s brilliant Ballad of Martha Brown (twice, it was so good).  I also had a huge amount of fun at the ‘Would I Lie to You’ wine tasting I organised early in December, and was thrilled to see nearly 100 other people having a great time too.  We raised over £1,200; a really encouraging result for what was our first major fundraiser.

Back to those resolutions…

In 2015 I am going to take full advantage of our artistic director Mark’s imaginative and enticing programming, starting with the jam-packed-with-goodies spring season.  I’ll be getting tickets for the Piaf – The Songs on Valentines’ Day, the sophisticated and sultry singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy and the quirky and intelligent The Little Unsaid.  I also do not want to miss the adaptations of 3 Bronte classics, Forest Forge’s illuminating and playful Leaves on the Line and Gerard Logan’s Oscar Wilde double bill.

As much as anything in the programme next season, I am looking forward to welcoming you to our special fundraising and 30th birthday celebration event, The Pearl Gala.

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Like so many arts organisations, we face challenges with our funding and in our current facilities only a limited percentage of our income can come from box office and earned income.

In order for us keep the magic alive and to deliver more great art to more people, we need your support.  The Pearl Gala promises to be a brilliant evening and one to remember – as well as being an opportunity for you to help us continue to give the gift of the arts to Dorchester.

I truly believe that where the arts thrive, people and places do too.  And I know that without the arts in my life – and on my doorstep – I would be very much the poorer.       I am looking forward to sticking to my new New Year’s resolution this year and seeing as many Dorchester Arts’ performances as possible.  Not a difficult one to keep when there’s so much excellence on offer.

 

Arts Council Announcement

Dorchester Arts

Arts Council England has announced its decision in regard to the National Portfolio funding for arts organisations across the UK. While Dorchester Arts was unsuccessful in its application to remain within the NPO framework, Artistic Director Mark Tattersall says,

“Although we are of course disappointed not to remain part of the Arts Council National Portfolio it’s business as usual for Dorchester Arts as we have made sure that we are not reliant on one stream of funding alone. We have the support of so many other people and organisations – our Board of Trustees, our members, West Dorset District Council, Dorchester Town Council, our sponsors, volunteers and perhaps above all the ever growing audiences and participants who show us week in and week out how much we are valued by our local community. Our Arts Council funding continues for the next nine months and we are already discussing other funding routes with them outside the NPO framework. In the meantime we will be talking to all those who support us to make sure that Dorchester continues to have the arts at its heart all the year round”.

We remain optimistic for the future of Dorchester Arts and we look forward to welcoming you to our next exciting events of theatre, music and comedy. Click here to see What’s On.

Mon 22 October • The Pixie’s Scarf (Soap Soup Theatre)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Mon 22 Oct
  • 14:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 3-8 yrs +family
  • £8 / £6 / £25

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttley, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor.

While out picking whortle berries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon Dicky must strike a deal with the Queen of the Pixies, or loose the magical scarf forever.

With deliciously visual story telling, Soap Soup combines beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music, offering audiences their most unforgettable adventure yet!

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

Fri 26 October | Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 26 October
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins

A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music.

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.

The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

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

Sat 27 October • Graffiti Classics

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 27 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.

 

It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

 

Graffiti Classics were formed by a group of young graduates from London’s top musical conservatoires, including the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music, who met whilst street performing in London’s Covent Garden. They decided that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy, creating a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.

 

 

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

Sun 28 October | Starry, Starry Night! | Fundraiser

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 28 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15pp / £105 p/table of 8

Take a trip up the red carpet, smile for the paparazzi and join us as Dorchester Arts goes to the movies! 

We present an evening of fun, glitz, glamour – and a fiendish movie quiz worthy of Slumdog Millionaire.

A chance to test your knowledge of all things cinematic, from La La Land to Die Hard.

Your ticket includes food, a complimentary movie mocktail – and you are welcome to dress up as your favourite film star or character for a special prize.

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! Lights, Camera, Action!

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

Wed 31 October | Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Happy Idiot Productions

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 31 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 16+
  • £13/ £11/ £5 (Live for 5)

If you liked The Naked Gun and Airplane!, you will love this play from Happy Idiot Productions. Surreal humour mixes with steamy costume drama in this laughter-filled parody of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Long contemplative looks into the middle distance, touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo.

 

Expect high drama, high comedy and highly raised eyebrows in what will be a fantastic show for those who know the novel as well as those who are coming to it for the first time.

 

Also at The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and Lighthouse, Poole.

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

Fri 2 November | Cloudbusting: 40 Years of Kate Bush

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 2 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (inc. interval)

It’s 40 years since The Kick Inside announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Who better to celebrate this musical landmark than five-piece band Cloudbusting? Performing the music of Kate Bush with authenticity and passion they put on a superb show at the Corn Exchange in 2017 and return this autumn with a brand new show, 40 Years of Kate Bush.

A celebration of The Kick Inside, the show includes Wuthering Heights, The Saxophone Song and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, plus a vibrant choice of classics that could leave no Kate Bush fan disappointed.

Please note this is a seated event.

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

Sat 3 November | A Magic Workshop with The Great Baldini

  • Town Hall
  • Sat 3 Nov
  • 14.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £6 / £4
  • 2 Hours

Come one, come all to this spectacular workshop with The Great Baldini – for those who are curious about Magic, you will learn how The Great Baldini became part of the magic circle, who inspires him and his best kept secrets of the trade. Impress your friends & family who will marvel as they watch in wonder at what you have learnt!

 

Come to the workshop for just £3 when you buy a ticket for Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (And Childish Grown-Ups)

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

Sat 3 November | Ventoux (2Magpies Theatre)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 3 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 1 Hour

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

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