Sun 21 January • Code Breakers • The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)

Codebreakers is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories.  Allied Codebreakers deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. Dr Mark Baldwin provides an entertaining and instructive account of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-boats.

The show is followed by a question and answer session and a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

 

 

“Dr Mark Baldwin’s enthusiasm and knowledge had the audience spell-bound as he unravelled the mysteries, workings and dedication that went on at Bletchley Park.” (Susan Bailey, BCS Branch Committee)

 

Code Breakers – The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)
Sunday 21 January
Entertainment – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members and 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

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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

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
7.30pm-9.00pm
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!

Thurs 1 March Dylan Thomas Clown In The Moon

Rhodri Miles in 
DYLAN THOMAS : CLOWN IN THE MOON

“My early work came out of a person who came willy-nilly out of one particular atmosphere and environment and are part and parcel, park and castle, lark and sea shell, dark and school bell, muck and entrail, cock, rock and bubble, accent and sea-lap, root and rhythm of them” Dylan Thomas

CLOWN IN THE MOON (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.

This solo show is directed by the award-winning director and actor Gareth Armstrong (Shylock, My Darling Clemmie, Rape of Lucrece, Becoming Marilyn) and is written by award-winning writer Gwynne Edwards (Burton, Dylan Thomas in America).

Rhodri Miles (Holby City, Torchwood, Richard II, Eastern Promises, Game of Thrones, Hinterland, Atlantis) returns as Dylan Thomas after his previous sell-out performances of the critically acclaimed ‘Burton’, winner of the ‘Best International Show Award’ at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010.  CLOWN IN THE MOON follows hot on the heels of his appearance as Lodovico in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre alongside ‘Wire’ actors Clarke Peters and Dominic West and his role as the Welsh Captain in Shakespeare’s Richard II in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series.

‘Captivating and deeply moving’ LONDONTHEATRE1

‘Mesmeric, flawless ‘ BROADWAY BABY ****

‘One of the best’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ****

‘Pure joy’ THREE WEEKS ****

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” *****
Edinburgh Guide

“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” ****
The Scotsman

Written by: Gwynne Edwards
Directed by: Gareth Armstrong
Performed by: Rhodri Miles

Thursday 1 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Thur 8 & Fri 9 March • DYT Senior Company • The Domino Effect • by Fin Kennedy

DYT Senior Company presents
The Domino Effect
by Fin Kennedy

A silent girl finds her voice and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects and how to master the law of unintended consequences. This is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

 

 

 

Thursday 8 & Friday 9 March

Dorchester Corn Exchange
7.30pm (doors & refreshments 7pm)
£7.50 / £4 under 18s (special school rates available by agreement- contact: finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk for more details)

Sat 10 March • The Boadicea of Britannia Street • Somerleigh Players

Somerleigh Players present
The Boadicea of Britannia Street

In celebration of World Women’s Day, Dorchester Arts Associate Amateur Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players, presents Ade Morris’s funny and very touching play about female friendship.  Local journalist Fran, PE teacher Penny, shy librarian Janet and feisty Annie form a writing group. Over the course of a few weeks, home truths are shared – along with a lot of tea and vodka.  Inspired by Boadicea’s courage, these women face their demons, overcome their enemies and move on as friends to a better future. If only all women had friends like these…

During the evening, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to The Domestic Abuse Welfare Board: providing support and training for people with domestic abuse issues .

Saturday 10 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions