Wed 23 May • Stacey Kent • I Know I Dream

The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, returns to Dorchester for a very special show, featuring music from her latest album ‘I Know I Dream’ (Sony Music/Okeh).

This beautiful collection of songs, includes American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey’s most loved repertoire – including numbers co-written by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire.


Stacey’s international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, so her return to Dorchester provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her ‘live’ in concert.

Wednesday 23 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£23 / £21 members & concessions

Wed 23 May • Following Paul Robeson’s Footsteps

Following P Robeson's Footsteps

Ahead of his performance here at Dorchester Arts, Nigerian-born Tayo Aluko presents his talk about his Paul Robeson-inspired play, ‘Call Mr Robeson’.

As part of the upcoming ‘Journey to Justice’ exhibition at Shire Hall, Tayo Aluko will be talking about his play ‘Call Mr Robeson’ which he will be performing the following evening here at Dorchester Arts.

Aluko originally trained as an architect, until a chance conversation led to him discover the story of American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson. It was a moment that would send him on a very different life path: one that has taken him around the world with his play Call Mr Robeson, including a visit to Dorchester in 2011.

In this presentation linked to the play, Aluko seeks to explain how better-known civil-rights figures are following in Robeson’s own footsteps. With recent developments in America and elsewhere, the journey’s end still remains elusive, and he asks, “which way now?”

Shire Hall and Dorchester Arts are working in partnership as Aluko will be performing his play, ‘Call Mr. Robeson’ here at Dorchester Arts the following night, Thursday 24 May 2018.

If you buy combined talk and Call Mr Robeson play tickets you will receive a £1 discount on your purchase.

Shire Hall
Wednesday 23 May

Thurs 24 May • Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with songs

Paul Robeson: world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

This roller-coaster journey in words and music through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee.

Show length: 80 minutes (no interval)

Ahead of his performance at Dorchester Arts, Nigerian-born Tayo Aluko will be presenting a talk about this Paul Robeson-inspired play, ‘Call Mr Robeson’ at Shire Hall on Wednesday 23 May.

If you buy combined talk and Call Mr Robeson play tickets you will receive a £1 discount on your purchase.

Corn Exchange
Thursday 24 May
£13 / £11 Members and concessions
Live for £5


Wed 30 May • Persuasion

Theatre6’s world premiere of Jane Austen’s final novel adapted for the stage by Stephanie Dale (known to many through her links with Dorchester’s Community Plays) and directed by Theatre6’s Kate McGregor (who also directed the 2016 tour of Sue Wylie’s Kinetics). Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance from a cast of actors and musicians, Theatre6’s Persuasion is not to be missed.

On previous Theatre6 shows Gabriel and The Scottsboro Boys:

‘A rewarding, haunting evening’ The Telegraph

‘A show that boasts a brilliant ensemble’ The Guardian

Wednesday 30 May
Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Thurs 31 May • Stones and Bones • Squashbox Theatre


 Stones and Bones

Come on a journey to Ancient Cornwall…
A land of fiery volcanoes and strange prehistoric creatures…
A land of myth and legend, giants and druids…
A land of ancient stone circles and mysterious monuments…
A land of Stones and Bones…

Squashbox Theatre’s new show is a marvellous mix of history and mystery!

Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

Stones And Bones is 50 mins long and suitable for everyone aged 5+.

“Slick, original and funny, Stones and Bones is a one man whirlwind tour of prehistoric Cornwall, and is a must see for all Dinosaur lovers, young and old alike.” Sophia Richards,

“Craig’s success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman

 “Craig Johnson is totally at ease with his audience, adult and child alike, and combines an innate understanding and delight in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill.” Mike Shepherd, Founder and Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre

Thursday 31 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
11am & 1.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance)
£8 / £6 members, concessions and under 18s / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Thurs 31 May • Calan

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life

Introducing a new generation to Welsh music, Calan are bringing their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album, Solomon.

They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.

A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

‘…..a diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth.”  (FROOTS)

“…there’s nowt as dear as folk – especially when played with the grace, daring and sheer joy this multi- instrumental five-piece bring to a winning selection of reels, jigs and hornpipes” (THE MIRROR)

“Folk just got a kick up of the Noughties… ..stunning use of instrumentation, gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement” (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

Thursday 31 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions

Fri 1 June • Midsummer Madness Costumes Workshops


In readiness for Dorchester’s Carnival, “This “Midsummer Madness”  workshop will give participants suggestions, help and a selection of materials needed to put their crazy costume and cart ideas into practise. Dorchester has a long and fascinating story to tell and this workshop is a chance to reflect on this story and have fun with it.

“Midsummer Madness is an opportunity to see the funny side, to take the mickey, to lampoon our story. Life is too often a serious business but, for one day at least, let’s focus on its craziness, its colour, its confusion and its comic possibilities.” Alistair Chisolm, Dorchester Town Crier

Midsummer Madness “Summer fruits and weather” Costume Workshop

Friday 1 June
JOIN IN – Corn Exchange/Town Hall
2pm – 4pm

Fri 1 June • An Evening with Sunny Ormonde


Sunny plays “outrageous Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers and has become one of the listeners most favourite characters!  An evening with Sunny Ormonde is a delight of anecdotes, banter, behind the scenes secrets and favourite pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career.  PLUS a Q and A session with prize for the most original Archers question!

You don’t have to be an Archers listener to enjoy this highly entertaining evening!  There is something for everyone!

“Sunny dances in and out of Lilians character with ease, but also with Drama….Shirley Valentine…..Under Milk Wood……stories and anecdotes galore…….an evening to remember!”

Friday 1 June
8pm (7.30pm doors & bar)
£14 / £12 members & concessions



Sat 2 June • Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century

Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century


Following their sell-out debut appearance in Dorchester in summer 2016 we promised to bring Tenebrae back, and are delighted to welcome them to St Mary’s Church with their sublime Spanish Glories programme.

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine) and recently nominated for the USA’s top musical honour, a Grammy Award, Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

This concert features their BBC Music Magazine award-winning interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem Mass for six voices, published in 1605. This masterpiece is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents the epitome of Renaissance polyphony. The programme also features a selection from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Lamentations for Holy Saturday alongside the captivating Versa est in Luctum by his contemporary Alonso Lobo.

Tenebrae Workshop

As with their last visit, there we will be a workshop in the afternoon (Town Hall, 12 noon – 2pm) – an absolutely unmissable opportunity to work with Nigel Short himself at a very accessible price of £5. After the workshop, participants can observe the full ensemble in rehearsal for the evening concert in St Mary’s Church.

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The beautiful sound of Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories, sung by Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short.Hear them at St John’s Smith Square's incredible Holy Week Festival 2017. More here:

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Saturday 2 June
Concert: 7pm (St Mary’s Church)
£25 / £23 members & concessions 



Workshop: 12pm-2pm (Town Hall)