Wed 4 April • A Heart At Sea • Half A String


Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breath-taking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.

The original songs, composed by Avi Simmons, knit together the atmospheric tale through live vocals, instruments and a loop station. The music sweeps through echoing soundscapes to create a visceral, heart-warming experience. Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart. This is a piece of stunning visual storytelling and intimate gig-theatre that will resonate with all ages.

5* “The beauty of this show is indescribable…remarkable in its design and a breath-taking delight in it’s delivery” (Edinburgh Guide, Aug 2017)

4* “Ingenious wooden creations and eloquent puppetry…this is a warm-hearted, joyful affirmation of life’s richness, with plenty to delight adults and children alike.” (The List, Aug 2017)

4* “A delightfully charming and immaculately produced tale of triumph, travel and terrific adventure told through innovative puppetry and wonderful lyrical song.” (Broadway Baby, Aug 2017)

4* “Simply sublime.” (The Wee Review, Aug 2017)

Wednesday 4 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors 2pm)
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 7+ and beyond.

Sat 7 & Sun 8 April • Crimes Under The Sun • New Old Friends

A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?

A comedy thriller featuring four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in New Old Friends’ trademark inventive style. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Hitchcock and film noir, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. Directed by James Farrell (Associate Director The 39 Steps, West End).

‘Hugely entertaining…terrific fun’ The Scotsman (on The Falcon’s Malteser) ★★★★

‘A mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy… echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies.’

The Stage (on Crimes Against Christmas) ★★★★

Saturday 7 April, 8pm
Sunday 8 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar ½ hr before performance)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Sun 22 April • Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

Jay Foreman is a musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child..” ★★★★

“My fellow child-wranglers laughed happily, probably even louder than their enthralled kids.” ThreeWeeks ★★★★

“Disturbingly catchy… my daughter was still singing about caterpillar sick right up until bedtime!” One4Review ★★★★

‘Classy and funny… Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation’ Chortle

‘Heartily recommended’ Fest

Sunday 22 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors 2pm)
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: 6+

Thur 26 April • Budapest Café Orchestra

Back by popular demand! Expect more of the traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world that we all loved last time.

Established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.  2017 sees the band enter its eighth busy and exciting year and also, coincidentally, the release of their eighth album, Fifty Shades Of Goulash.

Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler’s List theme or Andy Statman’s bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz.  The involvingly diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.

“…the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…”  Times

“The music is magic in their hands” Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

“Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires –  plus a few surprises along the way –  hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!” Songlines


“The Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of Czardas, East European and Russian folk tunes that might have come from the Hot Club of Paris via the Orient Express!” Brighton Argus

“The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre” BBC Celtic Connections  

Thursday 26 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Sun 6 May • Tom Thumb • Lyngo Theatre

Lyngo Theatre presents

One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking – there’s nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again.

Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show.


Suitable for ages 3+.  Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Audience comments:

‘Great actor, wonderful storytelling, ingenious props.’

‘Oscar loved the things you have made, Georgia loved the way it was life-like and mysterious, Pete loved the snow-tree, I loved the music and the beautifully put together whole.’

‘What I liked was the way you adapted parts of the story to fit the props (not the other way round). The gadgets were captivating for the children, and the way the sticks for example represented the big forest. It was stimulating for my little sisters because they had to think about it.’ 

A show by Marcello Chiarenza, Adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch
Original music by Carlo Cialdo Capelli
Assistant director Gianni Bissaca
Design assistant Elena Marini

Thursday 6 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
11.30am & 2.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance)
£8 / £6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Wed 16 May • The Immigrant • Chris Michael’s New Slapstick

A hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in the West today. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like to come to live in an unfamiliar culture, the show is about the universal experience of trying to fit in when you stand out.

Exactly one hundred years after the release of Chaplin’s film, the US passed the most controversial immigration policy in recent history. The experience of people going to live in America today is in stark contrast to Chaplin’s optimistic portrayal of hope and expectation. Chris Michael has captured the spirit of the original film and re- worked the content to tell a story of modern times.

Chris has worked as a professional visual comedian all over the UK for nineteen years performing over 4000 shows in theatre, circus, cabaret, festivals and schools. In 2000 he was the first clown to perform with the renowned Gifford’s Circus.

The show is fully accessible for deaf audiences.

“Beautifully timed buffoonery…skills honed to perfection” (The Oxford Times)


Wednesday 16 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions

Suitable for age 12+

Thurs 31 May • Stones and Bones • Squashbox Theatre


 Stones and Bones

Come on a journey to Ancient Cornwall…
A land of fiery volcanoes and strange prehistoric creatures…
A land of myth and legend, giants and druids…
A land of ancient stone circles and mysterious monuments…
A land of Stones and Bones…

Squashbox Theatre’s new show is a marvellous mix of history and mystery!

Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

Stones And Bones is 50 mins long and suitable for everyone aged 5+.

“Slick, original and funny, Stones and Bones is a one man whirlwind tour of prehistoric Cornwall, and is a must see for all Dinosaur lovers, young and old alike.” Sophia Richards,

“Craig’s success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman

 “Craig Johnson is totally at ease with his audience, adult and child alike, and combines an innate understanding and delight in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill.” Mike Shepherd, Founder and Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre

Thursday 31 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
11am & 1.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance)
£8 / £6 members, concessions and under 18s / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Fri 8 June • Black Water County

This six-piece folk/punk band from Bournemouth have built a reputation as an exciting live act at festivals in recent years, and now the time has come for their own tour. Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe here in their home county of Dorset.

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

‘High octane performance style and strong influences from Flogging Molly, The Rumjacks, The Dreadnoughts, The Pogues and the Levellers what is there to not like about Blackwater County?’ (

‘A strong dual vocal, multi-instrumentation and an almost swashbuckling attitude to stage presence.’ (

Singer Tim Harris met guitarist Brad Hutchings-Clarke through a shared love of all things folk and punk, and with the addition of Andy L Smooth on drums, Gavin Coles on banjo and Shan Byrom on tin whistle, Black Water County was born, later completed with Russ Scagell on fiddle.

After five busy years of relentless performing and two EP releases, Black Water County have earned their place on the gig circuit, having played on the same bills as bands such as Less Than Jake, The Rumjacks and The Dreadnoughts. Multiple festivals slots at the likes of Boomtown Fair and Camp Bestival have moulded BWC into an intense, entertaining unit.

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

Please note this event is standing only



Fri 13 July • The Cherry Orchard • Miracle Theatre • Maumbury Rings

Outdoor Theatre at Maumbury Rings

‘The Cherry Orchard’

Adapted & Directed by Bill Scott

Miracle Theatre makes a welcome return this summer, this time unpacking Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Obstinate and self-absorbed, they are deaf to the rumblings of change which surrounds them, and unable to accept help when they need it.

Will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of privilege and entitlement – or will their own stupidity be enough?

‘A comedy, even in places a farce’ Anton Chekhov

Cornwall’s award winning Miracle Theatre has developed a strong reputation for producing entertaining and dynamic adaptations of classic plays.

Go and see for yourself this summer!


What people have said about Miracle Theatre:

‘Miracle are a joy – go and see them!’ Western Morning News

‘Eclectic & Ingenious!’ The Stage

 ‘Excellent entertainment enjoyed by our entire family’ Audience feedback

“Truly Fabulous! Perfect example of what live outdoor theatre should be all about!” Audience feedback

On past Miracle shows

“Absolute masterclass in comic timing’” Western Morning News (Magnificent Three, 2015)

“World Class” Western Morning News (Waiting for Godot, 2013)

“A noble and faultless staging of a timeless piece” The Stage (Waiting for Godot, 2013)

clever commedia characters played with huge energy, slapstick, versatile doubling and cracking comic timing” The Stage (Government Inspector, 2006)


Maumbury Rings
7.30pm (refreshements from 6,30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £40 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Audience: Recommended ages 7+, young children to be accompanied by an adult.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours plus interval.


  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Warm woollies, blankets waterproofs and insect spray!
  • Bring your own seat – Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice too, combine comfort and style!
  • Gather a posse! Bring friends and family the more the merrier for a Miracle night out!
  • Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the beautiful surroundings
  • Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car.
  • Bring a Picnic – Refreshments will also be available at Maumbury Rings.