Mon 20 – Sat 25 August • Combined Arts Week 2018

Aged between 10 and 18 years?

Combined Arts Week (CAW) 2018

Monday 20th August 2018 – Saturday 25th August 2018
Commitment for the whole week is required.
Age range: 10 – 18 years
Cost £125 (some assisted places available)
Performances Friday 24th and Saturday 25th.
Thomas Hardye School Theatre
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Every year in the summer holidays, Dorchester Youth Theatre host a week of drama and fun. CAW encourages young people to try out different skills and develop their confidence and make new friends, as well as having a lot of fun! The age range is 10-18 years.

More than 40 young people will be on stage or working behind the scenes and have just five days to work up to the two final performances. This includes casting, learning lines, songs, dance routines and of course set design and costume making – its intense but great fun which is why so many young people return year after year.  And after the age of 18 they often come back to help out!


Performances at Thomas Hardye School

Friday 24 August 7.30pm



Saturday 25 August 11.30am

Thurs 23 August • Rustle • Paddleboat Theatre

 PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you help set up camp so that we can tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets.

 Join us for an interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises.

Age guidance 3+

Thursday 23 August
OUTDOOR THEATRE – Maumbury Rings
2pm (refreshments from 1pm)
£8 /£6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)



Fri 31 August • Elles Bailey

 Elles Bailey impressed Dorchester audiences so much when she opened for Jo Harman at the Corn Exchange in spring 2017 that she now makes a welcome return with her own show.

Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles and her debut album, Wildfire. Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and went on to predict a glowing career for this talented artiste: “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights Swift did in country- and perhaps move even further up the country mountain than Swift did.”

“It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage; Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now (with the release of album Wildfire) the product” Blues in Britain

 This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent.”… Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.” Bluesdoodles

 “Definitely a talent to watch” Country Music Magazine

 “A Young woman blessed with an incredible voice” Powerplay Magazine

Elles will be supported on the night by Lady Nade, a blues, roots, soul and folk-influenced singer-songwriter from Bristol. Her voice speaks of lost cellars, smoky jazz and her songs sketch moments of emotional transformation.  Her debut album,‘Hard To Forget’ has been described as “Absolutely lovely” by Dermot O’Leary (BBC2) and “A satin cure for the soul” by Sam Bonham (BBC Introducing.)


Friday 31 August
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions


Fri 7 & Sat 8 September • Tipping Point • by James Cuthill and Vince Jones (CJ Productions)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 7 & Sat 8 September
  • Fri 7: 19.30, Sat 8: 14.30 & 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10

During the course of her first day at Grimley Recycling Centre, a young apprentice challenges and influences the individuals she meets, questioning personal relationships, honesty, truth and trust. Each of the individuals has reached a personal tipping point and the play explores how they are dealing with their changing circumstances.

Skillfully acted by a cast made up of local Dorset talent, this uplifting story of strength in the face of change will leave you with a strong sense of what it is to be a human being.

Proceeds from this production will be donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Dorchester Arts.

The Cast

The cast has been selected from a rich source of local talent.  Rob and Kitty Sansom are both members of Dorchester Drama and the New Hardy Players as is Tom Horsington.  Kitty is a product of the Dorchester Youth Theatre.  James Cuthill has performed with Dorchester Drama and The Martinstown Players as has Sarah Hayes and Tony Parkinson has taken leading roles in Wimborne Drama Productions. Rowen Seymour is an active member of the Dorchester Community Play Association and has performed in a variety of local productions.  Emma Hill has acted, directed, choreographed and written for a number of theatre groups as well as organizing and delivering theatre workshops. Emma is also directing this production.

Julia’s House

A percentage of the proceeds from the production will be donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.  There is a strong connection between the story line and a children’s hospice and it would seem fitting for this connection to benefit this Dorset based charity.

CJ Productions

CJ Productions is a local drama group formed by James Cuthill and Vince Jones.  They have worked together on stage in a number of productions but this is their first writing venture together.

Vince has written and directed a number of pantomimes and plays and also co-written and directed a musical based on the 1943 evacuation of Tyneham.

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

Wed 12 September • FB Pocket Orchestra and My Sweet Patootie

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 12 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £5
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

FB Pocket Orchestra deliver a diverse palette of sonic landscapes that hint at New Orleans, tea dances, Paris cafés, smoky nightclubs, hotel foyers and garden parties.

All the way from Canada, co-headliners My Sweet Patootie bring together vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime in an uplifting vaudeville-style show performed with tight vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and humorous storytelling. ​​

Come along and enjoy a double-bill of music from a time when life appeared much simpler!

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

Fri 14 September | I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet ( Opera Holloway)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 14 Sept
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £19 / £17 / £5
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Dorchester favourites Opera Holloway return with a fresh new contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all times, Romeo and Juliet, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends, Bellini.

Director Fiona Williams moves the action to 1950’s Naples; the stifling heat fans the flames of a budding romance. In this poor neighbourhood, controlled by the mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive.

The cast features Sophie Dicks as Romeo and Callie Gaston as Giulietta, with a piano and string ensemble conducted by Lewis Gaston.

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

Sat 15 September • First National Community Theatre Conference & Evening Social

  • Town Hall
  • Sat 15 Sept
  • 11.00 & 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £25 / £15 / £5

The First National Community Theatre Conference & “Different Stages” Social Evening

Hosted by Dorchester Community Plays Association (DCPA) with Dorchester Arts

Celebrating and challenging the craft and legacy of Ann Jellicoe 1927-2017 and DCPA Honorary Life President

In 1978 Ann Jellicoe founded the Colway Theatre Trust and created the Community Play genre. Over the last forty years thousands of people have experienced the joy and enrichment of participating in community drama.

This conference explores that legacy, the current state of community theatre and asks what might lie ahead.

We will welcome David Edgar, one of the UK’s leading political playwrights as our opening speaker and
Jon Oram, Artistic Director of Claque Theatre as key note speaker on the work of Ann Jellicoe.

The conference will be led by Stephanie Dale, playwright of
Spinning the Moon the 7th Dorchester Community Play. It will be an opportunity to hear and meet with theatre practitioners who are seeking to create community work in the current, very difficult funding climate.

Provisional programme timings to be confirmed)

11.00 – Coffee and registration

11.45 – Welcome address – Stephanie Dale
Three provocations – chaired by Nina Hajiyianni
The history and mode of the Ann Jellicoe model – David Edgar
Constraints of the form – Richard Hayhow
A new way of working – Sarah Weston

12.15 – Chair’s summary and questions from the floor

12.45 – 13.45 – Lunch

13.45 – 14.45 – Discussion Group A – The story so far – chaired by Rebecca Hillman
Panelists – Stephanie Dale, Jon Oram, Peter Cann and Peter Wild

Discussion Group B – Future models of working – chaired by Sarah Weston
Panelists – Richard Haylow, Andy Barret, Nina Hajiyianni and Steph Green

The panelists will each speak for 5 minutes and then invite discussion from the floor

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend both sessions

14.45 – Tea/coffee (Delegates change groups)

15.15 – 16.15 Discussion Group sessions A & B

16.15 – Summary and closing comments

16.45 – 17.45 “The Rising Generation – The works of Ann Jellicoe and onwards” – Jon Oram

19.30 – 22.00 “Different Stages” Social Evening – Drink on arrival, music, entertainment and bar

£25 – Delegates day and evening (lunch included) £15 – Students day and evening (limited availability) £5.00 evening only

To book your place please follow the link above, contact Dorchester Arts  on01305 266926 or Anne Jonathan 01305 269510 email:

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

Sat 15 September • Sam Kelly’s Station House

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 15 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

Sam Kelly’s Station House have been regular visitors to Dorchester Arts over the years – and with good reason. To quote BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, the band features “…some of the best – and I mean best – musicians in the UK. Or anywhere, come to that”

A “groove” band featuring three ‘lead’ singers and one of the country’s finest drummers, their musical catalogue is an eclectic fusion based firmly in the blues, including songs by Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder and Little Feat.

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

Wed 19 September • Kokoro: A Night In Vienna

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 19 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble, presents an evening of music from the 2nd Viennese School.

By the time the romantic period was winding down at the turn of the 20th Century, classical music was the biggest and most emotional it had ever been – which meant that something had to give. Composers of the Second Viennese School stripped things right back – and that included the way that music was composed. No more would composers be slaves to harmony and melody, to tunes and emotion like their counterparts in the First Viennese School, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. This evening will explore the three leaders of this new music movement as they changed the face of music including a chamber version of Schönberg’s exquisite tone poem, Verklärte Nacht.


2nd Viennese School

Berg Four pieces for Clarinet & Piano 9’

Webern Variations for Piano 7’

Two pieces for Cello and Piano 5’

Berg Adagio for Piano, Clarinet & Violin 13’


Schönberg Verklärte Nacht arr for Piano Trio by Steuermann 30’

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

Fri 21 September • Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 21 Sept
  • 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • £19 / £17 / £5

‘What a night. Roger and Little Machine stormed it’ Bewdley Festival

Poet Roger McGough returns with musical trio Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe with another fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. The show features perennial favourites and lots of new material…and with this line-up you can be sure that no two evenings will ever be the same!

2017 encompassed more McGough milestones than the average year. The 50th anniversary of the iconic & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10  –  The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten. Then the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. A host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the RLPO in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours. November, Roger’s significant birthday month, saw the publication of 80  –  a selection of poems for children (Puffin). The beat goes on. @McgoughRoger

McGough’s latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, he now presents the long-running Poetry Please. His Molière adaptations travel far & wide with English Touring Theatre. The beat goes on. @McgoughRoger

‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent

‘a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ The Poetry Society

Formed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe are the ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry  –  Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more  –  they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!

‘It’s my great privilege to be the warm-up act for LiTTLe MACHiNe   –  the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

This show will be followed by a book signing.

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