22 & 23 June • DYT Junior and Intermediate

IMG_0611 web versionCharlotte Holmes – Future Detective by Richard James
Young Charlotte Holmes may well be a 23rd century
descendant of Sherlock and is eager to do some detective
work. Her opportunity arises on a school trip to a museum
when it is discovered that Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
painting has been stolen.

Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, adapted
for the stage by Danyah Miller and Dani Parr
Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and
hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside
down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 June
Corn Exchange
6.30pm (doors & bar 6pm)
£7.50 Adults / £4 Under 18s

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25 June • Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine) (Maumbury Rings)

The first in our series of outdoor theatre at Maumbury Rings, Rain or Shine Theatre Company, widely acclaimed for their magical open air productions, transport you to a land where nothing is quite what it seems. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she disguises herself as a man and sets forth. Before long, chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. “If music be the food of love, play on!” Sure to delight family audiences from age 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event.

Bring a chair!

Sunday 25 June
7pm (refreshments from 6pm)
Maumbury Rings
£12 / £10 (Members & Concessions) / £35 family ticket (max. 2 adults

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Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. 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 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.
  • Bring a Picnic – Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

29 June • Stompin’ Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport. Master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and piano he is perhaps best-known for his old-time, flatfooting style of tap-dancing – hence his stage name. Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014 and was winner of the FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition 2011 and 2013. ‘Stompin’ Dave is a master of all kinds of American roots…a formidable musician and a true original.’ The Daily Telegraph Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Thursday 29 June
8.00pm
Corn Exchange
£10 / £8 (Members & Concessions)

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DA Summertime Sessions

Join our Participation Officer Megan this summer and host of wonderful Dorchester Arts Volunteers at a crafty activity or pop up event near you!

We will be at:

LOVE PARKS DAY – Borough Gardens
Wed 26 July, FREE
Creating crafty activities for the whole family, come and say hi and get stuck in!

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ONE WORLD
IMAG5131FESTIVAL – Borough Gardens
Sat 5 August, FREE
We will have a wonderful performance from Michele O’Brien featuring ‘The Spice Box’. An interactive family friendly show.
Plus creative workshops for all!

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ANONYMOUS FESTIVAL
Sat 26 August, FREE
Come and see us at Anonymous! We will be telling people about our Youth Membership Scheme Livefor5 as well as having a few fun things for you to get involved with.

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7 July • Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush

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There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most highly-rated tribute.

Cloudbusting recreates Kate’s distinctive sound palette with the most authentic emulations available: the electric grand from the Tour Of Life, the chugging cellos from Hounds of Love, the sublime fretless bass from Babooshka. Whether you sit back and absorb the full audio/visual experience or get up and dance along to your favourite Kate song, their show is for you…

Friday 7 July
8pm
Corn Exchange

£14 / £12 (Members & Concessions)

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12 July • The Drive

661771The company who brought us the wonderful Ballad of Martha Brown return with The Drive, an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo.

Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, an original contemporary soundtrack and video projection, The Drive is a show about friendship, grief, the fragility of memory, turning 40, and coming of age in the 1990s. ‘Angel Exit weave stories with more than a little theatrical magic.

There is so much vivid theatricality and inventiveness at work here.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Wednesday 12 July
8pm
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 / £5 (Members / Concessions / Live for Five)LiveFor5-Logo-Pink-1000x600
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DA Open

Open 2015 PVDorchester Arts is calling on all Wessex artists to submit work in any media for selection as part of the next Open Exhibition in July 2017.

This is the seventh biennial Dorchester Arts Open and over the years it has grown consistently: the 2015 Open attracted entries from more than 90 artists. The diversity of work is tremendous – the judges are as open to work from amateur artists as well-known names, making the show a wonderful opportunity for local people and visitors alike to discover the wealth of artistic talent the region has to offer.

For the first time this year submissions can include 3 dimensional work in any medium, as the exhibition will be held at Dukes Gallery instead of its previous home, Dorchester Arts Centre. As before the Open is linked to Evolver Magazine and Dorset Art Weeks. There are three prizes: free entry for a solo exhibition in DAW 2018, a feature in Evolver, and £250 cash.

The selection panel includes Mark Tattersall (Artistic Director, Dorchester Arts), Simon Barber (Editor, Evolver Magazine), Deborah Westmancoat (Winner of Exhibition Prize, DA Open 2015), Sarah Wild (Partner, Duke’s Auctioneers)

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13 July • The Third Policeman • Miracle Theatre (Maumbury Rings)

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Miracle Theatre return for their annual outdoor visit to Maumbury Rings with their adaptation of The Third Policeman, one of the comic masterpieces of European literature: a surreal adventure, with hilarious characters, streaks of dark humour and an unforgettable plot twist.

Since its publication in 1967, it has collected legions of fans and earned its author, Flann O’Brien, a worldwide reputation as one of Ireland’s great comic geniuses.

It takes us to a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped and night is actually an accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland…

Written by Flann O’Brien, adapted by Bill Scott, Meiert Avis & Robert Bayley.

 

 

Audience feedback

‘Brave, bonkers and brain-boggling. I loved every minute!’

 ‘GO & SEE IT. It makes ‘Craggy Island’ life seem like the epitome of bland normality!’

‘This bonkers comic adventure is not to be missed!’ Sophie @ Muddy Stilettos

Thursday 13 July
7.30pm
Maumbury Rings
£12 / £10 (Members and Concessions)

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Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. 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 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.
  • Bring a Picnic – Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.