14 October • Murray Lachlan Young: Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

 

 

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+

14 October • How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You? An Evening with Murray Lachlan Young

Prepare for an evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty. A delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, a mild erotic folk ballad and the space-time continuum.

Playwright, actor, screen-writer and poet-extraordinaire, Murray Lachlan Young is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and delightful commentaries on contemporary life. Expect flamboyant, punchy wit, brooding subtext and empathetic humour.

In conjunction with Dorchester Literary Festival. 

‘A Noel Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation.’ The Times

 

 

SPOKEN WORD / COMEDY – Corn Exchange

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

1 November • The Book Of Darkness and Light

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare!

Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin. Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen.

LittleMighty
Wednesday 1 November
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
(Age guidance 14+)

1 December • An Evening With An Immigrant

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Inua Ellams
Friday 1 December
THEATRE/ SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5

17 December • Ligeti Quartet

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