8 October • Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion

June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy. There will be a post-show question and answer session. Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, and West Dorset District Council.

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

BurntOut Theatre Co.
Sunday 8 October
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

23 October • Your Toys… On A Big Adventure

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)

26, 27, 28 October • The Withered Arm • The New Hardy Players

The New Hardy Players invite you to Thomas Hardy’s powerful gothic tale of suspense and suggestion in the evocative surroundings of Ashton Barn. A young bride, a wronged woman, a mysterious affliction and a desperate remedy. Adapted by Sue Worth, and directed by Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Featuring Emma Hill as Rhoda Brook, and Amelia Chorley as Gertrude Lodge. The musical score is by Alastair Simpson. Following light refreshments there will country dancing in the barn with the acclaimed Tatterdemalion and caller Angela Laycock.

 

The Withered Arm
New Hardy Players
Thur 26 & Fri 27 October, 7.30pm
Sat 28 October, 2.30pm
THEATRE – Ashton Barn
£15 including light refreshments

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+)

4 November • Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

 

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

’A theatrical masterpiece’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

 

 

Saturday 4 November
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

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

3 December • Kathleen Ferrier – Whattalife!

 

Whattalife! is a new one woman play with music. Kathleen Ferrier was one of Britain’s phenomenal women of the 20th Century. Whattalife! tells her story from her debut as a singer in 1940, her meteoric rise and her tragic death in 1953.

Professional actress and contralto, Lucy Stevens has researched and created a unique and totally engaging performance, the text is taken straight from Kathleen’s letters and diaries. Sung music from her repertoire is woven through the text.

 

 

Sunday 3 December
THEATRE / Music – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions

20 December • The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmassness

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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)