From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time. Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 5–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed during the show. A mixture of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation. A hilarious and positive route to show children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!
In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival.
‘One of the greatest children’s entertainers I have ever seen.’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman
Look out for our poetry workshop during October Half Term.
SPOKEN WORD / COMEDY / FAMILY – Corn Exchange 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm) £8 / £6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket Ages 6+
A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. But the challenge is perilous – will everyone survive? On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us – your toys.
This show is made by your toys. Grownups and children alike, bring your own toy to the theatre to join in this gigantic adventure. Slot Machine Theatre bring your real toys to life on stage using their unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour.
‘Magical, an ideal introduction to the theatre for children’ The Stage
Slot Machine Theatre Monday 23 October CHILDREN’S THEATRE – Corn Exchange 11.30am and 2.30pm (doors half an hour before performance) £6 (A family show suitable for 5-9 year olds and their grownups)
Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!
‘Hugely talented’ ★★★★ Daily Mirror
‘Charming and engaging’ ★★★★ The Stage
Also at Bridport Arts Centre.
Friday 3 November ENTERTAINMENT – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Family friendly 7+
Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas..
With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.
Goblin are a children’s theatre company known for their innovative use of original music and wild creativity with a dose of anarchy.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Sunday 12 November
FAMILY CONCERT – Corn Exchange
2pm & 4.30pm (doors & bar ½ hour before each performance)
Slightly Fat Features are a rabble rousing troupe of seven extraordinarily talented gentlemen who proudly pioneer Variety, giving this keystone of Great British entertainment a gloriously refreshing makeover for the 21st century.
They have won multiple awards for their highly original, chaotic and bizarre cabarets. The timeless shows that they create are stuffed to the seams with astonishing physical skills, orchestrated mayhem and lots of laughs- perfect for a wide ranging audience. Variety is back and it’s Slightly Fat.
‘Not often can you can say that a show suits all ages, shapes and sizes. This is one of those rare treats’ Broadway Baby
Saturday 25 November
COMEDY – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members and concessions / £35 family ticket (max. 2 adults) / £5 Live for 5
Stef Conner – A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet
Fodé Lassana Diabaté – Sunjata‘s Time
Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall
A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.
Sunday 17 December CLASSICAL MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange 3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm) £16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
As we always have such an enchanting time with Elsa, Anna and the crew, we decided to do it all over again this season.
Disney’s Frozen will be shown on the big screen once more here at the Corn Exchange so all fans, both young and old are invited to come and sing along to one of the most charming animations the world has seen. A perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather – but hey…the cold never bothered us anyway…
Squashbox Theatre’s new family show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, stockings and sleigh bells to cookies, crackers, presents and puddings!
Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, hear the tale of the first Christmas Tree, play hunt the brussel sprout and endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper.
Wednesday 20 December FAMILY THEATRE – Corn Exchange 2.00pm & 4.30pm £6 / £20 family ticket (max 2 adults)
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