Wed 30 Oct | Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century (Paddleboat)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 30 October
  • 2.00pm
  • £8 / £6 / £25 Family ticket (max 2 adults)
  • 50 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

This globe-trotting and playful family show embarks on the journey of fearless journalist Clare Hollingworth. From the busy newspaper offices in London to the frontline during World War II, Clare’s adventures tell the remarkable true story of one of the most important writers of our time.

A life-story which has been forgotten for years. We’ll celebrate the work of a pioneer who changed the mould of journalism, not just for women but for everyone.

PaddleBoat bring their unique style to this remarkable tale of daring, intrigue and an invasion that would rock the world. We invite you to be journalists with us as we go undercover in a highly interactive show bursting with storytelling, songs and the scoop of the century.

This tour in 2019 runs in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII.

Clare Hollingworth, who died in January 2017, was the first journalist to report on the outbreak of WWII – the ‘scoop of the century’. Hollingworth was fearless and was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 1982. Hollingworth’s life story, her character and profession inspired PaddleBoat to create a performance to share her legacy with families in the South West, and to make them reflect on their own experiences.

Sat 2 Nov | How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 2 November
  • 2.30pm
  • £6 / £20 (max 2 adults)
  • 1 Hour
  • Seated

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults.

Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer) know exactly how and will show you over 60 minutes just how to make sense of it all.

You might not be able to vote yet. You do have opinions, though. You know the world you want to see. You know what’s right and what’s wrong. Also, you want to have a fun. Comedy Club 4 Kids specialise in making children laugh & Simple Politics specialise in making them understand how politics works in a clear, informative and fun way. So we’ve teamed up for a show that keeps you entertained, engaged and informed so you can also shout at the telly along with your parents during Question Time!

Sun 24 Nov | Card Ninja: Javier Jarquin

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 24 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £8 / £6 / £24 Family ticket (max 2 adult)
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

WARNING: This show contains Ninjas, not magic. Card Ninja is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Expect deadly and risky fun as Javier Jarquin, otherwise branded as Card Ninja performs his extreme card-flicking stunts. Using genuine playing cards, comedian Javier Jarquin dazzles audiences with displays of decks as weapons. Extreme precision, impeccable timing and astonishing speed/distance – you will not believe what you’re seeing

Sun 15 Dec | The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 15 December
  • 2.00pm & 4.00pm
  • £8 / £6 / £24 Family ticket (max 2 adult)
  • 1 Hour
  • Seated

Dorchester favourites Squashbox Theatre’s are back with their spectacular celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy… 

Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!