Sun 16 Dec • The Little Match Girl

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 16 Dec
  • 13:30 & 16:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 4+
  • £8 / £6 / £25
  • 80 minutes

London. Christmas Eve. A little girl struggles fiercely through the snow. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match. The flame blazes to life, illuminating fantastic Christmas visions. We meet talking turkeys, dancing rats, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree. In this touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show, The Last Baguette use visual story telling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale.

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

Thurs 20, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec • Season’s Greetings (Somerleigh Players)

  • Corn Exchange
  • 20,21 & 22 Dec
  • 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10

Dorchester Arts’ Associate Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players guarantee festive fun with Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, Season’s Greetings – in the author’s own words  “a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just an average family Christmas”.

You are invited to enjoy our performance from sofas practically on the stage! A limited number of these sofas will be available at £15 per head (maximum two on a sofa, sold in groups of two), which includes chocolates and festive bites to enjoy as the play unfolds. It’s up to you if you sit in splendid isolation or cosy up as a couple to enjoy the hilarity. All sofa sitters must be 16+.

Eight-seater tables at £120 include wine and festive bites before the show and post-show chat with members of the company. Bring your friends and make a party of it!

Spaces are limited, so do book early if you want the best seats in the house.

Normal seating will also be available.

We are very excited to announce, thanks to the magnificent generosity of Fordington Gin, that there will be a Gin Bar in the auditorium serving gin of course, and festive cocktails to fill your evening with Christmas Cheer.

Profits from this performance will support the work of Dorchester Arts and the Dorchester Maltings project. contribute to the Maltings Theatre project.

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

Fri 21, Sat 22 December • Lost Lore (Lost Tail Theatre)

  • Wolfeton Riding House
  • Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec
  • Fri 19:00, Sat 16:00 and 19:00
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £25 family (max. 2 adults)
  • Accessible**

Lost Lore is a production by new company Lost Tail Theatre. Using breath-taking sound design and enchanting animation, Lost Lore will transport you to a world of witches, princesses, tricksters and sorcery. Light-hearted, organic and full of life, we invite you wrap up warm, bring along a blanket and gather around the fire for a spellbinding and unforgettable journey into the world of Lost Lore. Hailing from the heart of Dorset and trained in Cornwall, Lost Tail explore exciting ways to bring the magic of Celtic folklore to new audiences.

SPECIAL FAMILY OFFER: FAMILY TICKET (max. 2 adults) ONLY £25

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

Wed 16 Jan • Escaping The Storm (AsOne Theatre)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 16 Jan
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

AsOne Theatre present a thought-provoking piece of theatre about one of the 20th century’s most influential and controversial women. 100 years ago Dr Marie Stopes published her book ‘Married Love’, which brought the issue of birth control into the public eye and proved as popular as it was divisive.

Having bought the Higher Lighthouse as a refuge from the storms battering her on the mainland, a collision of cultures is inevitable. How will she change the Islanders’ ways of thinking and how will she be changed by Portland?

Followed by a post-performance Q&A with the AsOne ensemble.

In association with Portland Museum Trust, Pennsylvania Castle, Portland Quarry Trust, and Atlantic Academy. Funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Trust, and Business investments have helped in the writing, development, and tour of this new, multi-media play.

AsOne is associated and working with Portland’s secondary school, Atlantic Academy. Students who volunteer take part in training and workshops in performance, the making of pod-casts, and of a Heritage Marie Stopes’ Trail for Portland Museum (which she founded, funded and left as a legacy).

Free for members of Thomas Hardye sixth form (contact school reception for more details)

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

Fri 25 January | And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 25 January
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £10 / £5 U18s

This poignant and thought-provoking production forms part of Dorchester’s Holocaust Memorial Day events. Part oral history, part dramatic action and part remembrance, it brings to life what happened after The Diary of Anne Frank ends. Combining videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, live actors recreate scenes from their lives as teenagers during WW ll.

Ed Silverberg was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend.  Eva was the same age as Anne and lived in the same apartment block as her in Amsterdam until Anne and her family went into hiding. Eva and her family were also arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent.

 

‘After the war, people said it would never happen again, and people didn’t want to talk about it—it was something that happened, let’s forget about it, now we live in a different life. What’s happening now in Bosnia and what’s happening in many other places…we’re still doing the same thing and again the world just looks on.’  Eva Schloss

“This production is like a historic newsreel brought to life on the stage. And it works.”
(Charles Epstein, WICR Radio, Indianapolis)

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

Sun 27 January | Shivers by Adam Z Robinson (The Book of Darkness & Light in association with LittleMighty)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 27 January
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £13 / £11

The team that brought us the Book of Darkness and Light in 2017 return with a trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin, Shivers contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told.

You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.

A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty.

“A uniquely terrifying experience.” The Spooky Isles

Credits:

Stories written and performed by Adam Z. Robinson
Music composed and performed by Ben Styles
Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham
Technical Stage Manager Aly Howe
Produced by LittleMighty

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

Fri 15 Feb | Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 15 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A new play performed with musical accompaniment by contralto and actress Lucy Stevens, following her triumphant appearance last year as Kathleen Ferrier in Whattalife! Lucy returns to shine a light on the extraordinary life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth: composer, writer and Suffragette. She was the living embodiment of the passion with which

Victorian women challenged the “male machine” and the first female composer to have her work performed at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Neither opera house featured work by a woman composer for more than a century afterwards.

“…a magnificent entertainment that I can barely recommend highly enough” Light Music Society magazine

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

Mon 18 Feb | Lily & The Albatross

  • Corn Exchange
  • Mon 18 Feb
  • 14.30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 / £6 / £25

A family show full of live music about wild weather, wild birds and wild ambitions. Far out in the wild and remote ocean there is a small family on a fishing boat. When the whipping winds threaten their little world, the family must pull together, take a leap of faith and look beyond what they have always known to get themselves and their great old boat moving again. After the show, you will be able to take part in a meet and greet with the actors.

“The show was amazing, the puppets so beautiful and acting to capture the attention of adults and children alike. A magical experience” Audience member, Pound Arts

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

Wed 20 February | Rouse, Ye Women (Townsend Productions)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 20 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the plight of the woman chainmakers of Cradley Heath. In 1910, they stood up for their right to earn a living wage, led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur. Their ten week strike more than doubled their earnings and successfully established the right to a minimum wage. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Are The Lion’s Mr Manager; We Will Be Free; United We Stand).

Followed by a Q & A with Unison.

‘A powerful story, powerfully told.’ Clare Brennan. The Observer

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

Wed 6 & Thu 7 March | The Isle of Brimsker (Frozen Light)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • Wed 6 March
  • 11am & 2.30pm
  • Thu 7 March
  • 11am & 1.30pm

For booking and more information call Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or email  enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk

A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

A lighthouse keeper lives alone on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas. Change is on the horizon but not in the form she expects. One day a runaway lands on the shore and together they face the inevitable.

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon; Vivacity Key Theatre, Peterborough. With support from Arts Council England; house; The Garage Norwich, The Point Eastleigh, Dorchester and District Lions and Dorset Mencap.

“The way the show is so carefully tailored to the audience’s needs provides a vital reminder that theatre can accommodate everyone.” The Stage ****

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