22 October • Nocturne: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin




The third programme of words and music by Lucy Parham. Scripted and adapted from letters and diaries, Nocturne chronicles the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano – Frédéric Chopin. The narrative follows his turbulent relationship with the controversial literary figure George Sand, their time together in Majorca, his fragile health and his ultimate demise in poverty in Paris at the age of 39.

The readings are interspersed with some of his most loved and poignant compositions.

In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival. 

‘Lucy Parham’s trailblazing concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.’ ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine

“It is a great treat and privilege to sit so close to Lucy Parham at the piano and hear this wonderful music. It stimulates the emotions and brings one closer to the composers we play. It is also exciting to give some kind of living presence to these fascinating musical geniuses who lived so long ago”
Dame Harriet Walter


The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin

with pianist Lucy Parham, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul

Sunday 22 October


8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£24 / £22 members & concessions

23 October • Your Toys… On A Big Adventure

A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous – will everyone survive? On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us – your toys.

This show is made by your toys. Grownups and children alike, bring your own toy to the theatre to join in this gigantic adventure. Slot Machine Theatre bring your real toys to life on stage using their unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour.

‘Magical, an ideal introduction to the theatre for children’ The Stage

Slot Machine Theatre
Monday 23 October
11.30am and 2.30pm (doors half an hour before performance)
£6 (A family show suitable for 5-9 year olds and their grownups)

26 October • Performance Poetry Workshop

Join us this Half Term for a workshop inspired by Murray Lachlan Young’s performance at Dorchester Arts. Twist and tangle words to create your very own poem to perform. Led by Dorchester Youth Theatre Director Jo Simons.

Show us your Murray Lachlan Young ticket and get a space for just £4!



Led by Jo Simons from DYT
Thursday 26 October
£7 / £5 siblings, ages 7-12

26, 27, 28 October • The Withered Arm • The New Hardy Players

The New Hardy Players invite you to Thomas Hardy’s powerful gothic tale of suspense and suggestion in the evocative surroundings of Ashton Barn. A young bride, a wronged woman, a mysterious affliction and a desperate remedy. Adapted by Sue Worth, and directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Featuring Emma Hill as Rhoda Brook, and Amelia Chorley as Gertrude Lodge. The musical score is by Alastair Simpson. Following light refreshments there will country dancing in the barn with the acclaimed Tatterdemalion and caller Angela Laycock.


The Withered Arm
New Hardy Players
Thur 26 & Fri 27 October, 7.30pm
Sat 28 October, 2.30pm
THEATRE – Ashton Barn
£15 including light refreshments

27 October • Rodney Branigan

Ever seen someone play two guitars at once? Rodney Branigan can play two better than most can play one! US born Rodney relocated to the UK after learning his craft across the pond and has since been stunning audiences around the world with his jaw-dropping guitar skills and delightful song writing ability.

He’s played Glastonbury, he tours the globe, he’s the official face of Yamaha guitars, and he’s opened for Jack Johnson, G Love & The Special Sauce, Billy Sheehan, Show of Hands and Billy Bragg.

‘Impossibly talented’ Music connections USA

‘A living legend’ BBC Cambridge


Rodney will be joined on the night by local support band Sandtimer.  Weymouth based group Sandtimer is a British indie-folkband featuring close vocal harmonies and intricate, Appalachian-infused guitar textures.



Friday 27 October
Music – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions

29 October • Martin Alvarado: Tango De Amor

Buenos Aires-born troubadour Martin Alvarado is Argentina’s finest tango vocalist. His mesmerising voice has been enchanting audiences around the world for 14 years performing his acclaimed repertoire of Piazzolla, classic tangos and South American songs, as well as his own songs.

In Tango de Amor he is joined by a phenomenally creative pianist and bandoneon player from Finland, Mikko Helenius, whose cool Scandinavian personna is the perfect foil for Alvarado’s passionate Latino charisma, both bringing some surprises and comedy along the way.

Also on stage will be two of Argentine tango’s most elegant and artistic dancers, Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, World Tango Championships finalists in 2015. Get set to be transported to the sultry sensual world of Buenos Aires.

‘Totally mesmerising, a tango epiphany.’ Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction presenter



Sunday 29 October

Music / Dance – Corn Exchange

For combined tickets, just book both events and the discount will be applied (but to save on booking fees, you may prefer to book this combination by phone)

2-3pm: Tango lesson with Miriam and Dante: (£8, or combined ticket with the concert and social: £20 / £18 members and concessions)

3-6pm: Tango milonga (social dance) with DJ Michael Cummings (free with ticket for the show) – no booking required

7-9pm: Performance including interval (£14 / £12 members and concessions, or £20 / £18 combined with the lesson and social)


1 November • The Book Of Darkness and Light

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare!

Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen.

Wednesday 1 November
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 
(Age guidance 14+)

2 November • Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop

Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe: South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American shape-note singing, and renaissance works.

A workshop will precede the concert in which Northern Harmony will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Thursday 2 November

JOIN IN – St Peter’s Church

Combined workshop & concert tickets, £18 / £14 – just book both and the discount will be applied

Workshop 6-7pm, tickets £8 / £6 members & concessions

Concert 7.30pm, tickets £12 / £10 members & concessions


3 November • Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians


Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!

‘Hugely talented’ ★★★★ Daily Mirror

‘Charming and engaging’ ★★★★ The Stage

Also at Bridport Arts Centre.



Friday 3 November
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 
Family friendly 7+

4 November • Jane Eyre: An Autobiography


Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

’A theatrical masterpiece’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide



Saturday 4 November
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5