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+

 

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)

Sun 18 March • I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo

I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo (Wizard Presents)

Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns, which won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival, sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.

‘I Believe in Unicorns’ also includes a ‘book swap’, for which audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children’s book (for ages 6 and upwards) to help form part of the stage set at the beginning of the show. At the end the children are invited to swap their book for another one and so have a new story ‘from the library’ to take home with them.

‘Danyah’s performance is a tour de force. The show is moving and memorable, a glorious example of the magic of storytelling. I didn’t like it, I loved it!‘  Michael Morpurgo

Sunday 18 March
Family Theatre – Dorchester Corn Exchange
2pm & 4.30pm (doors half an hour before performance)
£11 / £9 members & concessions / £36 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: suitable for families with children 6+

 

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.

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..” BroadwayBaby.com ★★★★

“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+