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.

Wed 4 April • Make a Fish • Craft Session

We will be running a crafty session straight after ‘A Heart at Sea’. Make a decorative sea creature to move around and puppeteer yourself! Dorchester Art’s Participation Officer Megan will be on hand to help out.

Wednesday 4 April
Dorchester Town Hall
3.45pm – 4.45pm
£4 / £3 for siblings
Ages 7-12
Tickets just £2 if you also buy a ticket for A Heart at Sea.

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+

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)

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)

Sun 3 June • Romeo & Juliet • The HandleBards

The HandleBards entertained us last year with a hilarious version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. This year, they return by popular demand with their “seriously silly” production of Romeo & Juliet. This all-female, cycling theatre troupe will be pedalling to us with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. In usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Maumbury Rings, Dorchester
Sunday 3 June
7.30pm (refreshments from 6.30pm)
£13 / £11 Members and concessions/£40 family (max. 2 adults)

Bring a chair, bring a picnic!

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.