Wed 5 June | Oysters (Oysters Creatives)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 5 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

A new dark comedy with live music shining a powerful spotlight on composer Johannes Brahms.  At a party to celebrate the first performance of his Violin Concerto the composer’s genius is overshadowed by his self-destructive ego. On his quest for perfection we meet a mesmerizing gallery of characters – the arthritic, embittered and ageing Clara Schumann; the mad, jealous unstable virtuoso Joachim; the pompous and waspish critic Hanslick; and the gentle friend and disciple Von Herzogenberg. As the evening progresses and emotions turn on a sixpence, the play moves to its extraordinary conclusion fuelled by turbulent feelings and farcical misunderstandings. And at the centre of it all is the question ‘Why art…and what price do we pay for it?’

Performed by an award-winning cast including Nicholas Collett (RSC, West End), Neil Salvage (RNT, Old Vic) and Eleanor Ryan as Violinist – directed by Amy Bonsall, designed by Maddy Sinclair

Fri 5 July | Alistair McGowan | Introductions to Classical Piano

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 5 July
  • 8.00pm
  • £17 / £15 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins
  • Seated

Alistair McGowan is a hugely popular impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer…and latterly, pianist. 

After the success of ‘The Piano Album’ (Sony Classical) Alistair is on tour with this tremendous show bringing together all his  talents. The evening will feature classical piano pieces from his album, alongside short pieces by composers as varied as Philip Glass, Chopin, Grieg, Debussy, John Field and Bill Evans. Join Alistair as he talks a little about the history of each piece, each  composer  and  the problems and benefits of starting to learn the piano at the age of 49. 

Expect a lot of beautiful  music  (with  the  odd  mistake!) and  more than a  sprinkling  of  his  trademark  impressions. 

Photo credit: Christopher  Dunlop

Sun 28 July | A Summer Sunday with Dillie Keane

  • Whitcombe Manor
  • Sunday 28 July
  • 12 noon
  • £30
  • Seated

This year we have a real treat for our summer fundraiser at beautiful Whitcombe Manor! 

The outrageously funny, Olivier Award-nominated actress, singer and comedian Dillie Keane is making a special trip to Dorset for one afternoon only to play and sing her repertoire of original songs – from gorgeous songs of love to songs of downright filth. 

Not for the fainthearted!  But very very funny.

Join us for a unique experience in lovely surroundings – as ever, your ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and delicious canapes, creating a perfect summer afternoon of pleasure.

 “Keane, whose piano-playing remains as sprightly and inventive as ever, prompts gales of laughter with merely the raising of a quizzical eyebrow.”  The Times

By the kind invitation of Minette and Alec Walters

Sponsored by The Gallery on the Square

Fri 27 Mar 2020 | Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon | BRAND NEW SHOW

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 27 March
  • 8.00pm
  • £19 / £17 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

The time is 4.17pm.
No-one is dressed yet.
Civilisation has collapsed.
Law and order has broken down.
The kids are high on sugar.
The adults have lost control.
Every conversation is an argument.
The coffee has run out. A child scribbles on the wall.
Someone spills a drink.
Everyone is shouting.
This is Toddlergeddon.

Join award-winning comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) for an evening of hilarious stand up, brand new for 2020. How do you raise a toddler with more attitude than Kanye West? Can you negotiate effectively with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless? And will any of us survive Toddlergeddon?