A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.
Green Matthews Thursday 5 October Music – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £14 / £12 members and concessions
Dave O’Higgins’ saxophone sound is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. He has a wide palette, from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. The quartet has been together for five years – Sebastian de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), and Graham Harvey/Rob Barron (piano). They are a band that is unashamed to swing, drawing on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary.
‘O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.’ The Observer
Friday 6 October JAZZ – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £14 / £12 members and concessions
June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy. There will be a post-show question and answer session. Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, and West Dorset District Council.
Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
BurntOut Theatre Co. Sunday 8 October THEATRE – Corn Exchange 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm) £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
Barry Cryer and Colin Sell – the Ant and Dec of the sanatogen set – reunite to bring you a new show, devised by them after the visitors left. Cryer, still a “Sprightly Veteran” (Undertakers Gazette) and Sell a “Legendary Virtuoso” (Pensioners Website) combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realization that they’re still here. Join them before they come apart.
Wednesday 11 October COMEDY – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £22 / £20 members & concessions
From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time. Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 5–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed during the show. A mixture of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation. A hilarious and positive route to show children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!
In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival.
‘One of the greatest children’s entertainers I have ever seen.’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman
Look out for our poetry workshop during October Half Term.
SPOKEN WORD / COMEDY / FAMILY – Corn Exchange 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm) £8 / £6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket Ages 6+
Prepare for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty. A delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.
Playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet-extraordinaire, Murray Lachlan Young is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and delightful commentaries on contemporary life. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour.
In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival.
‘A Noel Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation.’ The Times
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.
LittleMighty Wednesday 1 November THEATRE – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 (Age guidance 14+)
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
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 ENTERTAINMENT – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Family friendly 7+
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