Thurs 4 October • Gabrielle Ducomble • Classy Chanteuse

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 4 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5 (Live for 5)

Blending suave tones with natural charm and sophistication, Belgian chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble presents a night of French chanson, modern jazz, Brazilian choros and tango.

Original songs from her new self-penned album are interspersed with Gabrielle’s own unique take on tunes by Piaf, Brel, Legrand, Piazzolla and other classics. Performed with an authentic band including violin and guitar, the show will takes you on a mesmerising journey of discovery and delight, from passion to serenity.

Gabrielle specializes in Parisian-style jazz with an exciting, modern-day Gallic groove. After reaching the final of Pop Idol in France, she had a huge hit with her debut album and then settled in the UK where she has become an ever more popular performer.

London-based singer and composer, known for her performances of Parisian style jazz and tango, Gabrielle moved from her native Belgium to London following success reaching the final of the French Idol competition in 2003.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Fri 5 October • Ninebarrow

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 5 October
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

‘damn fine’ Mike Harding

‘absolutely amazing’ Kate Rusby

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 nominees Ninebarrow impressed audiences here last year with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

The duo have now joined forces with cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee Cuff, to produce an evening unlike any other. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, the trio are winning new fans wherever they go. See them now to find out why.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sun 7 October • King Lear Retold • Debs Newbold

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 7 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 12+
  • £12 / £10 / £5 (live for 5)
  • 75 minutes (approx)

Performance storyteller Debs Newbold brings Shakespeare vividly to life in a powerhouse solo performance of the Bard’s deepest and most moving tragedy.

 

On a simple, bare stage using no set script Debs creates a ‘cinema of the imagination’ which will hold you spellbound.  A story of human frailty and love, King Lear Retold catapults its audiences into the turbulent world of a man who gives up his life’s work and in doing so, loses himself.  Building on a passionate command of Shakespeare’s exquisite verse, storyteller Debs takes the audience on a magic carpet ride through this dramatic, shocking and deeply human story.  This is Shakespeare retold for everyone – and especially those who think Shakespeare is ‘not for them’.

 

Debs Newbold’s work brings together the poetic and the irreverent, the ancient and the defiantly modern.  A Performance Storyteller, Debs, regularly plays venues such as the Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as touring internationally.

 

Twice voted one of the top five acts at the Towersey Festival (the only Spoken Word Artist in its fifty-year history ever to achieve this), Storyteller for Shakespeare’s Globe, Associate Artist at the English Folk Dance & Song Society, double nominee at the inaugural British Awards for Storytelling Excellence, Debs is a force of nature, a teller not to be missed.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 10 October | Not About Heroes | Seabright Productions

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 10 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5
  • 2 Hours

Not About Heroes is the story of the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry.

The show commemorates the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon alongside Owain Gwynn as Owen.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Fri 26 October | Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 26 October
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins

A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music.

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.

The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 27 October • Graffiti Classics

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 27 Oct
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.

 

It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

 

Graffiti Classics were formed by a group of young graduates from London’s top musical conservatoires, including the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music, who met whilst street performing in London’s Covent Garden. They decided that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy, creating a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.

 

 

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 31 October | Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Happy Idiot Productions

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 31 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 16+
  • £13/ £11/ £5 (Live for 5)

If you liked The Naked Gun and Airplane!, you will love this play from Happy Idiot Productions. Surreal humour mixes with steamy costume drama in this laughter-filled parody of the D.H. Lawrence novel. Long contemplative looks into the middle distance, touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo.

 

Expect high drama, high comedy and highly raised eyebrows in what will be a fantastic show for those who know the novel as well as those who are coming to it for the first time.

 

Also at The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and Lighthouse, Poole.

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** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 3 November | Ventoux (2Magpies Theatre)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 3 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 1 Hour

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sun 4 November • Histories of the Unexpected • Dr Sam Willis & Prof. James Daybell

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 4 Nov
  • 15:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5 (live for 5)

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible.

Presented by historical adventurer Dr Sam Willis, and James Daybell, Professor of early-modern British History at Plymouth University, it is a show that demonstrates how everything – and we really mean everything – has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects, and how those subjects link together in unexpected ways. This unpredictable, absorbing and emotional rampage through the past will change the way that you think about the past…and the present.

‘History as you’ve never seen it before’ Dan Snow

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 7 November • The Men Who Marched Away – Songs of the Great War • GreenMatthews

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 7 Nov
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £5 (live for 5)
  • 2 hrs (inc. interval)

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbyeee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

“Haunting and eclectic… a great memento” English Dance and Song

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926