Wed 23 January 2019 | Steve Knightley | Roadworks

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 23 Jan
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £19
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.

The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

Steve’s last tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

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

Fri 25 January | And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 25 January
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £10 / £5 U18s

This poignant and thought-provoking production forms part of Dorchester’s Holocaust Memorial Day events. Part oral history, part dramatic action and part remembrance, it brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. Combining videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, live actors recreate scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.

Ed Silverberg was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend.  Eva was the same age as Anne and lived in the same apartment block as her in Amsterdam until Anne and her family went into hiding. Eva and her family were also arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.

‘After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.’  Eva Schloss

“This poignant and thought-provoking production is, perhaps inevitably, uncomfortable viewing at times. It is, however, worth seeing.” (LondonTheatre1.com)

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

Sun 27 January | Shivers by Adam Z Robinson (The Book of Darkness & Light in association with LittleMighty)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 27 January
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £13 / £11

The team that brought us the Book of Darkness and Light in 2017 return with a trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin, Shivers contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told.

You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.

A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty.

“A uniquely terrifying experience.” The Spooky Isles

Credits:

Stories written and performed by Adam Z. Robinson
Music composed and performed by Ben Styles
Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham
Technical Stage Manager Aly Howe
Produced by LittleMighty

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

Wed 6 February 2019 | Phil Beer | String Theory

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 6 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £16
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

As one-half of one of the finest folk bands in the country, Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene and is equally as in demand for his solo shows. ‘String Theory’ sets out to share some of Phil’s most-loved songs. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show.

A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.

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

Fri 8 Feb | Angela Barnes: Rose Tinted

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 8 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £15 / £13

Angela’s brand new show of stand-up and stories is trying, really trying, to look on the bright side of life.

Since 2011, when Angela took the plunge and embarked on her life-long dream to become a comedian, her witty worldview has been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC One’s Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and the prestigious role as host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.

“The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” Chortle

As with all our shows, the ticket price includes a £1 Future Fund Levy.

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

Wed 13 February | Mike Denham SpeakEasy Special | with the Sunset Café Stompers

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 13 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

Mike Denham’s first SpeakEasy Night of 2019 will be a special night, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mike’s band, Sunset Café Stompers, a seven-piece band containing some of the UK’s top vintage jazz musicians!  

Expect to hear numbers by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong.  Recently described in Just Jazz magazine as one of the best territory bands in the country, this is not a show to be missed!

 

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

Fri 15 Feb | Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 15 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A new play performed with musical accompaniment by contralto and actress Lucy Stevens, following her triumphant appearance last year as Kathleen Ferrier in Whattalife! Lucy returns to shine a light on the extraordinary life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth: composer, writer and Suffragette. She was the living embodiment of the passion with which

Victorian women challenged the “male machine” and the first female composer to have her work performed at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Neither opera house featured work by a woman composer for more than a century afterwards.

“…a magnificent entertainment that I can barely recommend highly enough” Light Music Society magazine

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

Sat 16 February 2019 | Tankus the Henge with support the Imprints

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 16 Feb
  • 20.00
  • £12 / £10 / £5 Livefor£5
  • Standing Event

Tankus the Henge is the five-wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock‘n’roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats.

With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film, their live experience is something to behold.  Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity, their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe. They have left audiences breathless at headline shows including Scala, The Garage, The Borderline and The Jazz Café.

Thunder and lightning ain’t got nothing on this!

Please Note: This event is standing only

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

Mon 18 Feb | Lily & The Albatross

  • Corn Exchange
  • Mon 18 Feb
  • 14.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 / £6 / £25

A family show full of live music about wild weather, wild birds and wild ambitions. Far out in the wild and remote ocean there is a small family on a fishing boat. When the whipping winds threaten their little world, the family must pull together, take a leap of faith and look beyond what they have always known to get themselves and their great old boat moving again. After the show, you will be able to take part in a meet and greet with the actors.

“The show was amazing, the puppets so beautiful and acting to capture the attention of adults and children alike. A magical experience” Audience member, Pound Arts

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

Wed 20 February | Rouse, Ye Women (Townsend Productions)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 20 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the plight of the woman chainmakers of Cradley Heath. In 1910, they stood up for their right to earn a living wage, led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur. Their ten week strike more than doubled their earnings and successfully established the right to a minimum wage. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Are The Lion’s Mr Manager; We Will Be Free; United We Stand).

Followed by a Q & A with Unison.

‘A powerful story, powerfully told.’ Clare Brennan. The Observer

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