Thurs 27, Fri 28, Sat 29 & Sun 30 September • A Pure Woman

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  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 27 Sept - Sat 29 Sept &
    Sun 30 Sept
  • 20.00
    (Sun 2.30pm)
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, A Pure Woman is a new play that tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy, his second wife Florence and the young Dorset woman who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the 1924 Hardy Players production.

Tickets only £5 for members of Live for Five.

Remarkably, the world premiere will take place in The Corn Exchange, the very venue where some of the pivotal events took place.

Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardyesque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Poonamallee Productions
Poonamallee Productions is a professional independent theatre and film production company. For the stage it produced the 10th anniversary production of Private Peaceful at the Tobacco Factory, the recent Arts Council funded UK tours of Michael Morpurgo’ s An Elephant in the Garden and also T oro! T oro!

Simon Reade’s previous touring plays include Pride & Prejudice and Private Peaceful as well as the screenplay for the feature film Journey’s End.

In this world première Thomas Hardy is played by Tim Hardy (The Trials of Galileo), Florence by Alison Reid (An Elephant in the Garden) and Gertrude by Katy Sobey (The Woodlanders).

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

Thurs 4 October • Gabrielle Ducomble • Classy Chanteuse

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 4 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5 (Live for 5)

Blending suave tones with natural charm and sophistication, Belgian chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble presents a night of French chanson, modern jazz, Brazilian choros and tango.

Original songs from her new self-penned album are interspersed with Gabrielle’s own unique take on tunes by Piaf, Brel, Legrand, Piazzolla and other classics. Performed with an authentic band including violin and guitar, the show will takes you on a mesmerising journey of discovery and delight, from passion to serenity.

Gabrielle specializes in Parisian-style jazz with an exciting, modern-day Gallic groove. After reaching the final of Pop Idol in France, she had a huge hit with her debut album and then settled in the UK where she has become an ever more popular performer.

London-based singer and composer, known for her performances of Parisian style jazz and tango, Gabrielle moved from her native Belgium to London following success reaching the final of the French Idol competition in 2003.

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

Sun 7 October • Me and my Bee (ThisEgg)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 7 Oct
  • 14:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 / £6 /£25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Plant the seed for change. Before it’s too late…

 

Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so they are launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time in this new comedy for children and adults alike.

 

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

Sun 14 October • Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired

HENRY BLOFELD: 78 RETIRED

Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket.

The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate by touring the country with his brand-new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio!

Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’.

Sunday 14 October
Dorchester Corn Exchange
3pm (doors 2.30pm)
£20 / £18 members & concessions (please note that a £1 future fund levy will be added at checkout)

Sun 28 October | Starry, Starry Night! | Fundraiser

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 28 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15pp / £105 p/table of 8

Take a trip up the red carpet, smile for the paparazzi and join us as Dorchester Arts goes to the movies! 

We present an evening of fun, glitz, glamour – and a fiendish movie quiz worthy of Slumdog Millionaire.

A chance to test your knowledge of all things cinematic, from La La Land to Die Hard.

Your ticket includes food, a complimentary movie mocktail – and you are welcome to dress up as your favourite film star or character for a special prize.

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! Lights, Camera, Action!

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

Wed 7 November • The Men Who Marched Away – Songs of the Great War • GreenMatthews

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 7 Nov
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £5 (live for 5)
  • 2 hrs (inc. interval)

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbyeee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

“Haunting and eclectic… a great memento” English Dance and Song

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

Sat 10 November • Simon Evans: Genius

Simon Evans: Genius

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

Simon is well known from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4, where his own hugely successful, acclaimed radio show Simon Evans Goes To Market returns for a fourth series in Spring 2018.

Simon also makes regular contributions in a slightly more serious vein, as a regular guest on current affairs TV shows (most recently Andrew Neil’s This Week, BBC One) and on live radio, e.g. Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition. He was also part of the comedians’ team on University Challenge: The Professionals – narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice! – and has won Celebrity Mastermind: his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton.

“Super-sharp wit” (Time Out).

“Please clap” (Jeb Bush).

‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** (The Scotsman)

“reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent” **** (The Times)

Saturday 10 November
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions
Age guidance 14+

As with all our shows, this price includes a £1 future fund levy.

Sun 11 November • Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and childish grown-ups!)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 11 Nov
  • 14:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 /£6
  • 1 hour

Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound. Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tomfoolery, this show is fun for ages five to 105!

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

Sun 11 Nov • Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 11 Nov
  • 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 10+
  • £13 / £11
  • 1 hr 30 mins (plus interval)

 

Join time travelling magic duo Morgan & West for an evening chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind! As seen on ITV1 The Next Great Magician.

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

Fri 1 March 2019 • Hal Cruttenden • Chubster

Friday 1st March 2019
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£19 / £17 members & concessions

 

On sale from 10am on Monday 30 April 2018

 

***** ‘On top form’ – Edinburgh Evening News

***** ‘He had the audience in stitches’ – Daily Record

**** ‘Hilarious’ – Evening Standard

**** ‘ Hugely talented’ – The Times

**** ‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden’ – Daily Mirror

Three-time Chortle Award nominee, Hal Cruttenden is a familiar face on the comedy circuit having literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. After a 2 year hiatus from touring, he is back with a new show entitled ‘Chubster’.

Rather touchingly, he asked his teenage daughters what title would best sum him up. They said ‘Chubster’. Hal’s now on a diet.

This hilarious show not only touches on his usual moans about being a middle-aged, middle class father of fat-shaming teenagers but also introduces us to new problems like his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma of supporting the England rugby team.