Sun 24 June • He Ain’t Heavy • Oddly Moving/Turtle Key Arts

Performer Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.

“An incredibly poignant and intimate portrayal of sibling love. You have to see Grania in action: she is a highly skilled circus performer, storyteller and connector, lighting up the entire stage.” LucyLovesCircus

 

Sunday 24 June
THEATRE/CIRCUS – Corn Exchange
7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions

Fri 29 June – Sun 15 July • The Trumpet Major • New Hardy Players

The New Hardy Players return with a spectacular Georgian entertainment in evocative outdoor locations in Dorset. Bring along a picnic and enjoy Thomas Hardy’s historical romance ‘The Trumpet Major’ in a colourful new production directed by Tim Laycock with Penny Levick. Featuring Harlequinade dancers from Dorchester Ballet directed by Lucy Bishop, newly composed music by Alastair Simpson, and country entertainments for all to enjoy. With a host of colourful characters, and set against the background of the threat of invasion, the Battle of Trafalgar and the glowering presence of Old Boney (Napoleon Bonaparte), this is rollicking and richly comic adaptation was first performed by the Hardy Players in 1908, resurrected by Dorchester Drama in 1978, and is now brought up to date by the New Hardy Players – don’t miss it!

Friday 29 June Max Gate, Dorchester, 7.30pm
Sat 30 June Watercombe House, nr. Owermoigne, 2.30pm
Friday 6 July Lulworth Cove, 7.30pm
Sunday 8 July Bridehead House, Littlebredy, 2.30pm
Friday 13 July Cerne Rectory, Cerne Abbas, 7.30pm
Sunday 15 July Kingston Maurward College

(part of the Thomas Hardy Society Conference and Festival), 7.30pm

Thurs 5 July • DYT Performance Company presents Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Reiss Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Reiss

DYT Performance Company presents Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Reiss

The deadline was wrong so now there’s forty-five minutes until the bell goes and the UCAS forms must be sent and futures secured.

A thought provoking, funny play that many parents of sixth form students can relate to!

Thursday 5 July
YOUTH THEATRE – Town Hall
7.30pm (doors 7pm)
£7.50 adults / £4 under 18s
This play contains strong language, suitable for Age 16+

 

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!

miracletheatre.co.uk

 

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.

MIRACLE GUIDE TO OPEN AIR THEATRE

  • 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.

Mon 16 July • Portrait of Tess / Mr Hardy’s War

Thomas Hardy’s relationship with the remarkable Thornycroft family in peace and war.

 From his friendship with the sculptor Hamo Thornycroft and his beautiful wife Agatha, a model for Tess of the d’Urbervilles, to his war service in London and Dorchester, his personal family tragedy, his poetry and his influence on the young Siegfried Sassoon (himself a Thornycroft). Featuring Tim Laycock, Alistair Chisholm, Andrew and Marilyn Leah.

A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy’s War
(In association with The Thomas Hardy Society)
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
7.30pm

£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Fri 27 July • The Time Machine • Dyad Productions

Dyad Productions impressed us last autumn with Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. They return this summer with a radical new interpretation of the HG Wells classic The Time Machine, in which a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world.  Can we change the future?  Or has the end already begun?

★★★★★ ‘Outstanding… Amazing… Magic’ (Edinburgh Southside Advertiser)

 ★★★★ ‘Brilliant… Captivates and amazes’ (British Theatre Guide)

Friday 27 July
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 / £5 Live for 5

 

Thurs 23 August • Rustle • Paddleboat Theatre

 PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you help set up camp so that we can tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets.

 Join us for an interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises.

Age guidance 3+

Thursday 23 August
OUTDOOR THEATRE – Maumbury Rings
2pm (refreshments from 1pm)
£8 /£6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

 

 

Sat 3 November | Ventoux

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 3 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £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