Fri 12 July | A Perfect World | Miracle Theatre

  • Maumbury Rings, DT1 1QN
  • Friday 12 July
  • 7.30pm
  • £13 / £11 / £40 family (max. 2 adults)
  • 2 hours approx.
  • bring a chair and a picnic!

Dorchester Arts’ favourites Miracle Theatre present the story of a feisty young woman who ventures into a ‘Boys-Own’ world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action-packed adventure.

Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled.

Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is it all too good to be true? A rollicking music-filled adventure touring the great outdoors this summer!

A rollicking music-filled adventure making the most of the great outdoors this summer!

Written & Directed by Bill Scott with original music by Tom Adams

Miracle is a touring theatre company based in Cornwall with a reputation for producing, comical, highly entertaining and thought provoking shows suitable for anyone & everyone.

Since 1979 they have been touring to the far flung corners of the South West. Miracles outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ activity and pop up in unexpected and extraordinary, including gardens beaches, castles and clifftops.

Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy afternoon or evening. Sun shades, sun cream, warm woollies, blankets, waterproofs and insect spray!

  • Bring your own seat – Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style!

  • Gather a posse! Bring friends and family (family tickets are available). The more the merrier for a fun day or night out!

  • Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings

  • Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car for evening performances.

  • Bring a Picnic – Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

 

Sat 23 March 2019 |Clare Teal and her Trio |Swing’s The Thing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 23 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £23 / £21
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.

The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There’s always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.

Clare and her Trio’s fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.

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

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

Tues 26 March • Northern Harmony (concert and workshop)

  • St Peter's Church
  • Tues 26 March
  • 6.30pm (workshop) 8pm (concert)
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • Workshop: £9/£7 Concert: £13/£11 Combined Ticket: £19/£17

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowned for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.

To book both events and benefit from the combined ticket discount, please add both events to your online booking: the discount will be applied automatically. Any problems, just give us a call…

** 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

Sun 7 April | Tumlyn Brass Quintet

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  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 7 Apr
  • 15.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A wonderfully eclectic afternoon programme that will include music by Malcolm Arnold, Thomas Tallis and Holst and Lennon/McCartney. Local actress and poetry recitalist Jan Wyld will read from writers and poets as diverse as Hardye, Carol Ann Duffy, Shakespeare, Roger McGough and Roald Dahl.

The Tumlyn Brass Quintet was formed in 2017 by Dorset- based professional musicians who are passionate about making good music. They perform a wide variety of styles, such as only perhaps a brass quintet allows, drawing on a vast experience of playing with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra and Bournemouth Brass.

** 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!