Thurs 27, Fri 28, Sat 29 & Sun 30 September • A Pure Woman

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  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 27 Sept - Sat 29 Sept &
    Sun 30 Sept
  • 20.00
    (Sun 2.30pm)
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Set in the winter of 1924/1925 and based on true events, A Pure Woman is a new play that tells the story of 84 year-old Thomas Hardy, his second wife Florence and the young Dorset woman who played Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the 1924 Hardy Players production.

Tickets only £5 for members of Live for Five.

Remarkably, the world premiere will take place in The Corn Exchange, the very venue where some of the pivotal events took place.

Poignant and elegiac, this love triangle touches on issues of ageing, marriage, the lingering influence of a former partner on a relationship and the regrets of women who have sacrificed their own ambitions for those of their husbands. Its fateful, Hardyesque themes will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Poonamallee Productions
Poonamallee Productions is a professional independent theatre and film production company. For the stage it produced the 10th anniversary production of Private Peaceful at the Tobacco Factory, the recent Arts Council funded UK tours of Michael Morpurgo’ s An Elephant in the Garden and also T oro! T oro!

Simon Reade’s previous touring plays include Pride & Prejudice and Private Peaceful as well as the screenplay for the feature film Journey’s End.

In this world première Thomas Hardy is played by Tim Hardy (The Trials of Galileo), Florence by Alison Reid (An Elephant in the Garden) and Gertrude by Katy Sobey (The Woodlanders).

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

Sun 7 October • Me and my Bee (ThisEgg)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 7 Oct
  • 14:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 / £6 /£25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Plant the seed for change. Before it’s too late…

 

Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so they are launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time in this new comedy for children and adults alike.

 

** 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

Mon 22 October • The Pixie’s Scarf (Soap Soup Theatre)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Mon 22 Oct
  • 14:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 3-8 yrs +family
  • £8 / £6 / £25

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttley, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor.

While out picking whortle berries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon Dicky must strike a deal with the Queen of the Pixies, or loose the magical scarf forever.

With deliciously visual story telling, Soap Soup combines beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music, offering audiences their most unforgettable adventure yet!

** 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 11 November • Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and childish grown-ups!)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 11 Nov
  • 14:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 5+
  • £8 /£6
  • 1 hour

Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound. Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tomfoolery, this show is fun for ages five to 105!

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

Wed 14 November | Rum in the Gravy Boat | Fluid Motion Theatre Company

  • Thomas Hardye school (Queens Ave entrance)
  • Wed 14 Nov
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £10/ £8 (TH 6th form go free)
  • 55 minutes

Playful and energetic yet moving and raw, Rum In The Gravy Boat is based on actor Leigh Johnstone’s own experiences of growing up with an alcoholic  mother. Using humour and physicality, the company manage to explore a difficult subject elegantly and movingly, and the play ends up being life affirming and positive.

In association with Thomas Hardye School and The Alcohol Education Trust.

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

Fri 23 Nov | To Hell in a Handbag | The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 23 Nov
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11 / £5
  • 60 Mins

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde

While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private?

This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money.

A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.

Written and Performed by Helen Norton & Jonathan White

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