Sat 24 March • Teechers • Blackeyed Theatre

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling ‘sink school’ for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher. Will Mr Nixon abandon his students for a green and pleasant Grammar school? Who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And why does everyone smell of spring onions?  Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Tickets just £5 for ages 14-25

These rave reviews say it all!

“Hilarious” – The Stage

“Top of the class – 10/10” – British Theatre Guide

“An excellent production… a definite straight A” – Your Harlow

“What a winner” – Love Shrewsbury

“Wonderfully funny” – Cuckoo Review

“A non-stop laugh a minute romp” – Grapevine

“A tremendous must-see performance” – Ipswich Spy

“Blackeyed Theatre get an A* for Teechers” – Hereford Times

“Non-stop funny” – Get Reading

“A hilarious and timeless production” – Film and TV Now


Saturday 24 March
2.30pm & 8.00pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange



Wed 4 April • A Heart At Sea • Half A String


Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breath-taking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.

The original songs, composed by Avi Simmons, knit together the atmospheric tale through live vocals, instruments and a loop station. The music sweeps through echoing soundscapes to create a visceral, heart-warming experience. Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart. This is a piece of stunning visual storytelling and intimate gig-theatre that will resonate with all ages.

5* “The beauty of this show is indescribable…remarkable in its design and a breath-taking delight in it’s delivery” (Edinburgh Guide, Aug 2017)

4* “Ingenious wooden creations and eloquent puppetry…this is a warm-hearted, joyful affirmation of life’s richness, with plenty to delight adults and children alike.” (The List, Aug 2017)

4* “A delightfully charming and immaculately produced tale of triumph, travel and terrific adventure told through innovative puppetry and wonderful lyrical song.” (Broadway Baby, Aug 2017)

4* “Simply sublime.” (The Wee Review, Aug 2017)

Wednesday 4 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors 2pm)
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 7+ and beyond.

Sat 7 & Sun 8 April • Crimes Under The Sun • New Old Friends

A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?

A comedy thriller featuring four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in New Old Friends’ trademark inventive style. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Hitchcock and film noir, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. Directed by James Farrell (Associate Director The 39 Steps, West End).

‘Hugely entertaining…terrific fun’ The Scotsman (on The Falcon’s Malteser) ★★★★

‘A mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy… echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies.’

The Stage (on Crimes Against Christmas) ★★★★

Saturday 7 April, 8pm
Sunday 8 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar ½ hr before performance)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Sat 14 & Sun 15 April • Dad’s Army Radio Hour

James Seabright presents
Dad’s Army Radio Hour

Based on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft

Performed by David Benson and Jack Lane
Directed by Owen Lewis

Sound design by Tom Lishman


Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Two actors, 25 characters and some of the greatest comedy scripts of all time. In this brilliant radio-style show based on favourite episodes from the legendary TV series, double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (star of Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) use their mastery of the art of vocal impersonation, bringing to life all the wonderful personalities and brilliant lines from the pens of Jimmy Perry and David Croft. “Don’t tell him, Pike…”. Pure joy.

‘Classic British comedy recreated by two classic performers.  A show not to miss.’  Southside Advertiser ★★★★★

Saturday 14 April, 8pm
Sunday 15 April, 3pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
(doors & bar half hour before performance)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

Sun 6 May • Tom Thumb • Lyngo Theatre

Lyngo Theatre presents

One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking – there’s nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again.

Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show.


Suitable for ages 3+.  Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Audience comments:

‘Great actor, wonderful storytelling, ingenious props.’

‘Oscar loved the things you have made, Georgia loved the way it was life-like and mysterious, Pete loved the snow-tree, I loved the music and the beautifully put together whole.’

‘What I liked was the way you adapted parts of the story to fit the props (not the other way round). The gadgets were captivating for the children, and the way the sticks for example represented the big forest. It was stimulating for my little sisters because they had to think about it.’ 

A show by Marcello Chiarenza, Adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch
Original music by Carlo Cialdo Capelli
Assistant director Gianni Bissaca
Design assistant Elena Marini

Thursday 6 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
11.30am & 2.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance)
£8 / £6 members & concessions / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Wed 9 May • Out of the Ashes

Based on the novel by award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo, Out of the Ashes is the story of one girl’s experience on her family farm in Devon during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease across the UK.

We experience the momentous effect on British farming through the memories of Becky as she wrote them in her diary. The story features the birth of her first lamb (Little Josh), her glorious rides with Ruby the horse and the gradual spread of the disease from hundreds of miles away to right outside her doorstep. Becky’s diary comes alive on stage using heartfelt storytelling, family bonds and beautiful staging to document the spread of foot and mouth to the Morely’s farm in the South West’s rural countryside.

Aged 9+

Corn Exchange
Wednesday 9 May 2018
£10 / £8 Member and concessions


Wed 16 May • The Immigrant • Chris Michael’s New Slapstick

A hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in the West today. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like to come to live in an unfamiliar culture, the show is about the universal experience of trying to fit in when you stand out.

Exactly one hundred years after the release of Chaplin’s film, the US passed the most controversial immigration policy in recent history. The experience of people going to live in America today is in stark contrast to Chaplin’s optimistic portrayal of hope and expectation. Chris Michael has captured the spirit of the original film and re- worked the content to tell a story of modern times.

Chris has worked as a professional visual comedian all over the UK for nineteen years performing over 4000 shows in theatre, circus, cabaret, festivals and schools. In 2000 he was the first clown to perform with the renowned Gifford’s Circus.

The show is fully accessible for deaf audiences.

“Beautifully timed buffoonery…skills honed to perfection” (The Oxford Times)


Wednesday 16 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions

Suitable for age 12+

Thurs 24 May • Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with songs

Paul Robeson: world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

This roller-coaster journey in words and music through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee.

Show length: 80 minutes (no interval)

Corn Exchange
Thursday 24 May
£13 / £11 Members and concessions
Live for £5

Thurs 31 May • Stones and Bones • Squashbox Theatre


 Stones and Bones

Come on a journey to Ancient Cornwall…
A land of fiery volcanoes and strange prehistoric creatures…
A land of myth and legend, giants and druids…
A land of ancient stone circles and mysterious monuments…
A land of Stones and Bones…

Squashbox Theatre’s new show is a marvellous mix of history and mystery!

Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

Stones And Bones is 50 mins long and suitable for everyone aged 5+.

“Slick, original and funny, Stones and Bones is a one man whirlwind tour of prehistoric Cornwall, and is a must see for all Dinosaur lovers, young and old alike.” Sophia Richards,

“Craig’s success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman

 “Craig Johnson is totally at ease with his audience, adult and child alike, and combines an innate understanding and delight in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill.” Mike Shepherd, Founder and Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre

Thursday 31 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
11am & 1.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance)
£8 / £6 members, concessions and under 18s / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

Sun 3 June • Romeo & Juliet • The HandleBards

The HandleBards entertained us last year with a hilarious version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. This year, they return by popular demand with their “seriously silly” production of Romeo & Juliet. This all-female, cycling theatre troupe will be pedalling to us with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. In usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Maumbury Rings, Dorchester
Sunday 3 June
7.30pm (refreshments from 6.30pm)
£13 / £11 Members and concessions/£40 family (max. 2 adults)

Bring a chair, bring a picnic!