Tues 6 February • Kinetics Film


DT2 Productions, in association with Band Films and Dorchester Arts



What can a teenage boy who is into free running and a middle-aged woman with Parkinson’s possibly have in common?

The desire to move….

Kinetics is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites. As Rose tries to come to terms with her diagnosis, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas comes tumbling into her life. But will the bond between them be strong enough when things go wrong?

Kinetics was written by Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wylie in reaction to her diagnosis with early-onset Parkinson’s. As a stage play it has toured the South West and London, selling more than 1500 tickets and receiving phenomenal feedback from audiences and medical professionals alike, for its bravery, honesty, humour and passion.

This film version will not only take the play to a wider audience but is also being used as a training and information resource for Parkinson’s nurses, carers, doctors and medical students.

About the stage version:

This is an amazing story that needs to be told. (Dorset Echo)

Watching your play was a very emotional experience for me, as much of what you are saying is how my journey has been…a wonderful vehicle to give the public a real insight to living with Parkinson’s. (Audience feedback)

Extremely brave and well constructed. Should be compulsory viewing for anyone caring for those with Parkinson’s. (Audience feedback)

Tuesday 6 February
FILM – Plaza Cinema



Wed 7 February • Jive Workshop

Jive Workshop
for beginners and advanced beginners


Why not take advantage of our fun jive workshop, to get you into the mood and dance with confidence? A fun and informal evening of dance tuition to make you ready for the gala night!

Wednesday 7 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
Gala ticket holders £5 each (£7 for two), non-Gala goers £7 each (£10 for two)

Friday 9 February • Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2. Her latest album ‘A Bit Of Blue’ was released in February 2017.



Friday 9 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5


Sat 10 February • The Pasadena Roof Orchestra


The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

“It is said that if some Pasadena Roof Orchestra tunes are floating past her window, the Queen is not displeased” (The Daily Telegraph)

“An evening of rare musical entertainment” (The Financial Times)

“For the PRO I have nothing but praise, they brilliantly evoked an array of 20’s and 30’s musical styles” (The Sunday Telegraph)

Saturday 10 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 50 min sets with interval
£22 / £20 members & concessions


Sun 11 February • The Sagas of Noggin The Nog

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale.

The Viking storytellers bring the wonderful tales of Noggin created by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin to the stage in this new piece of theatre for Children, Families and Fans.

Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we go North on a journey of adventure & discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle; Nogbad the Bad!

Silly Vikings, puppets, projection, live music.

Of Noggin the King at Ramsgate:
“Clever, witty and entrancing . . . unquestionably a hit” THANET GAZETTE

of Third Party’s recent Peter Brook awarded work:
“Devilishly good fun” THE GUARDIAN
Directed by John Wright, Puppetry consultant Roman Stefanski, Puppets by Caroline Bowman and Ruth Herbert. Live music by the Company

Sunday 11 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors at 2pm)
Duration: 85 mins inc. interval
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: 4+


Mon 12 February • Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate

Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate


Join Dorchester Arts favourite Abi Thommes in this fantastic workshop where the participants will be able to take on the role of Viking warriors, inspired by Noggin the Nog. Using role-play to build a ship and sail the seas, you will get the opportunity to make props for your play including shields, helmets and masks. The workshop finale will be a performance for parents and carers of all that has been created!

Tickets just £4 if you also buy a ticket for The Sagas of Noggin the Nog!

Monday 12 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
10am – 12noon
£7 / £5 siblings
Ages 6-10

Wed 14 February • John Hudson, Mario Lanza and Me

Valentine’s Special! John Hudson, Mario Lanza, and Me

It’s 1973. I’m a boy living in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and we’re going through another bloomin’ power cut.

My life is about to change completely and forever. Sitting in the candle lit gloom with nothing but a wind up gramophone, I decide to play a record. Not wanting to ruin one of my own LPs, I try one of my parent’s – some geezer called Mario Lanza. Two things happened. Firstly, I discovered that you can’t play modern vinyl on a wind up gramophone – trust me, my backside still hurts, and secondly, I don’t know how to describe it, a miracle? Corny old songs from the 40s and 50s, but that voice…that absolutely electrifying voice…

Twenty years later and I’m singing Rodolpho in la Boheme at the Coliseum for ENO and it’s Mario Lanza’s fault. Well now I’m returning the favour.

In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, by, if I may say so, a half decent tenor, let me introduce you to Mario Lanza. To that voice.

Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world’s first “crossover” artist. In this modern age of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, the X Factor and the Voice, we have become accustomed to classical voices in the charts. Well, come and meet the Daddy of ’em all.

Whether an old friend, or someone you’ve never heard of, allow me to show you how he changed not only MY life, but the lives of many more.

With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I’ll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.
Come and meet him. I’ll give you an evening you’ll never forget.”

Wednesday 14 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

Fri 16 February • We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

Willisden, London. 1977
Mrs Jayaben Desai leader of Asian women’s strike at the Grunwick film processing factory.

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Will Be Free; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).

“…a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’ (The

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.








Friday 16 February
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5




Thurs 22 & Wed 28 February • Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases

Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases

The Thomas Hardye School presents a concert series of solo performances by sixth-form students who are taking Music A-level. As ever, there will be a great variety of music and a great deal of talent on show. Where else are you
likely to hear a classical singer, solos on electric guitar, oboe, trombone, or drum kit all in the same concert?

These annual concerts have grown more and more popular in the last 10 years and are a wonderful opportunity for audiences to hear and support our own young musicians.


Thursday 22 & Wednesday 28 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
1pm (doors 12.20pm)
FREE (Donations welcome)

Fri 23 February • Black and White with a Touch of Pink! • Fundraising Gala

Black and White with a Touch of Pink!
Fundraising Gala


Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, music and magic to banish the February blues! Your evening includes a
welcome glass of pink Prosecco, three courses and wine, auctions of items and experiences, plus some special
guests to weave a little magic. A chance to relax and enjoy yourselves as spring waits just around the corner!

Your host is BBC Radio Solent’s Steve Harris, your auctioneer is the inimitable Garry Batt of Duke’s, and popular swing band The Regular Joes will tempt you onto the dance floor.

Join us in a transformed Corn Exchange for some black and white (and pink) glamour! A fundraising event in aid of Dorchester Arts.

Friday 23 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
7pm (doors and bar 6.30pm)
£45pp or £400 for a table of 10

Why not join our Jive Workshop to get you in the mood and dance with confidence?

Jive Workshop
for beginners and advanced beginners
Wednesday 7 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
Gala ticket holders £5 each (£7 for two),
non-Gala goers £7 each (£10 for two)

A fun and informal evening of dance tuition to make you ready for the gala night!