Fri 23 March • Hardeep Singh Kohli: Alternative, Fact.


Critically acclaimed comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his show to Dorchester following its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Join Hardeep as he gives his unique take on the political climate combined with his trademark ‘quick-witted patter’ ★★★★ (The Skinny).

‘Something quite special… in-between the laughter are stories of genuine power’ ★★★★★ – Broadway Baby

‘Immensely Funny’ – Daily Express

‘Enigmatic, entertaining and deserving of his long, loud round of applause’ ★★★★ – The Wee Review

‘Kohli navigates the subject matter with a unique grace and style, balanced with some fabulous punchlines’ ★★★★-  Fest

‘Consistently thought-provoking’ ★★★★- Voice

23 March 2018
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 Members and concessions / £5 Live for 5



Sat 24 March • Teechers • Blackeyed Theatre

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling ‘sink school’ for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Will Mr Nixon abandon his students for a green and pleasant Grammar school? Who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And why does everyone smell of spring onions?  Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Tickets just £5 for ages 14-25

These rave reviews say it all!

“Hilarious” – The Stage

“Top of the class – 10/10” – British Theatre Guide

“An excellent production… a definite straight A” – Your Harlow

“What a winner” – Love Shrewsbury

“Wonderfully funny” – Cuckoo Review

“A non-stop laugh a minute romp” – Grapevine

“A tremendous must-see performance” – Ipswich Spy

“Blackeyed Theatre get an A* for Teechers” – Hereford Times

“Non-stop funny” – Get Reading

“A hilarious and timeless production” – Film and TV Now


Saturday 24 March
2.30pm & 8.00pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange



Thur 29 March • Mark Steel • Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright


Interesting, engaging, funny’ ***** The Mirror

**** The Times

This time last year, Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later it’s all gone to absolute s***!  But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is back on the road with a new show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz.  He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.

**** The Guardian
**** The Independent ‘essential viewing’
**** Sunday Times ‘Profound yet funny’
**** The Scotsman ‘Frank, dryly funny’

Thursday 29 March 2018
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions
(subject to a £1 Future Fund Levy that will be added at checkout)

Age Guidance 14+ (likely to be swearing and adult content)

Wed 4 April • A Heart At Sea • Half A String


Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breath-taking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.

The original songs, composed by Avi Simmons, knit together the atmospheric tale through live vocals, instruments and a loop station. The music sweeps through echoing soundscapes to create a visceral, heart-warming experience. Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart. This is a piece of stunning visual storytelling and intimate gig-theatre that will resonate with all ages.

5* “The beauty of this show is indescribable…remarkable in its design and a breath-taking delight in it’s delivery” (Edinburgh Guide, Aug 2017)

4* “Ingenious wooden creations and eloquent puppetry…this is a warm-hearted, joyful affirmation of life’s richness, with plenty to delight adults and children alike.” (The List, Aug 2017)

4* “A delightfully charming and immaculately produced tale of triumph, travel and terrific adventure told through innovative puppetry and wonderful lyrical song.” (Broadway Baby, Aug 2017)

4* “Simply sublime.” (The Wee Review, Aug 2017)

Wednesday 4 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors 2pm)
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 7+ and beyond.

Wed 4 April • Make a Fish • Craft Session

We will be running a crafty session straight after ‘A Heart at Sea’. Make a decorative sea creature to move around and puppeteer yourself! Dorchester Art’s Participation Officer Megan will be on hand to help out.

Wednesday 4 April
Dorchester Town Hall
3.45pm – 4.45pm
£4 / £3 for siblings
Ages 7-12
Tickets just £2 if you also buy a ticket for A Heart at Sea.

Fri 6 April • Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers

Hailing from the deep south of Australia, Geoff Achison has scores of devoted fans around the world with his exciting blend of raw blues and funky grooves. He was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player Magazine and was included in the “Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know” roster. Geoff is able to deliver the full blues-rock experience with his outstanding combo The UK Souldiggers (drummer and perennial Dorchester Art favourite Sam Kelly, keys-man Paul Jobson and Andy Hodge on bass).

Friday 6 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

Sat 7 & Sun 8 April • Crimes Under The Sun • New Old Friends

A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?

A comedy thriller featuring four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in New Old Friends’ trademark inventive style. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Hitchcock and film noir, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. Directed by James Farrell (Associate Director The 39 Steps, West End).

‘Hugely entertaining…terrific fun’ The Scotsman (on The Falcon’s Malteser) ★★★★

‘A mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy… echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies.’

The Stage (on Crimes Against Christmas) ★★★★

Saturday 7 April, 8pm
Sunday 8 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar ½ hr before performance)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Fri 13 April • Show of Hands Duo • with special guest Geoff Lakeman

Show of Hands – Where We’re Bound

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe.

Sat 14 & Sun 15 April • Dad’s Army Radio Hour

James Seabright presents
Dad’s Army Radio Hour

Based on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft

Performed by David Benson and Jack Lane
Directed by Owen Lewis

Sound design by Tom Lishman


Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Two actors, 25 characters and some of the greatest comedy scripts of all time. In this brilliant radio-style show based on favourite episodes from the legendary TV series, double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (star of Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) use their mastery of the art of vocal impersonation, bringing to life all the wonderful personalities and brilliant lines from the pens of Jimmy Perry and David Croft. “Don’t tell him, Pike…”. Pure joy.

‘Classic British comedy recreated by two classic performers.  A show not to miss.’  Southside Advertiser ★★★★★

Saturday 14 April, 8pm
Sunday 15 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar half hour before performance)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

Fri 20 April • Skimmity Hitchers • plus support

In what has become something of a yearly tradition, cider-swillin’ reprobates Skimmity Hitchers return to headline a triple bill night of live music.  Hugely popular in the West Country for their humorous and high-energy take on the Scrumpy & Western genre, the 4 boys will be taking over town with their blend of razor sharp parodies and home-pressed original material, no doubt with a few surprises and a dancing badger thrown in for good measure. This year’s quality support line-up sees folk-rock festival favourites Imprints and local punk youngsters Sinful Maggie.


Friday 20 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions
Please note this event is standing only