Sun 11 February • The Sagas of Noggin The Nog

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale.

The Viking storytellers bring the wonderful tales of Noggin created by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin to the stage in this new piece of theatre for Children, Families and Fans.

Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we go North on a journey of adventure & discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle; Nogbad the Bad!

Silly Vikings, puppets, projection, live music.

Of Noggin the King at Ramsgate:
“Clever, witty and entrancing . . . unquestionably a hit” THANET GAZETTE

of Third Party’s recent Peter Brook awarded work:
“Devilishly good fun” THE GUARDIAN
Directed by John Wright, Puppetry consultant Roman Stefanski, Puppets by Caroline Bowman and Ruth Herbert. Live music by the Company

Sunday 11 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors at 2pm)
Duration: 85 mins inc. interval
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: 4+

 

Fri 16 February • We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions)

Willisden, London. 1977
Mrs Jayaben Desai leader of Asian women’s strike at the Grunwick film processing factory.

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Will Be Free; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists).

“…a company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre’ (The
Observer)

Also at Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

Friday 16 February
THEATRE – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

 

 

Thurs 1 March Dylan Thomas Clown In The Moon

Rhodri Miles in 
DYLAN THOMAS : CLOWN IN THE MOON

“My early work came out of a person who came willy-nilly out of one particular atmosphere and environment and are part and parcel, park and castle, lark and sea shell, dark and school bell, muck and entrail, cock, rock and bubble, accent and sea-lap, root and rhythm of them” Dylan Thomas

CLOWN IN THE MOON (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.

This solo show is directed by the award-winning director and actor Gareth Armstrong (Shylock, My Darling Clemmie, Rape of Lucrece, Becoming Marilyn) and is written by award-winning writer Gwynne Edwards (Burton, Dylan Thomas in America).

Rhodri Miles (Holby City, Torchwood, Richard II, Eastern Promises, Game of Thrones, Hinterland, Atlantis) returns as Dylan Thomas after his previous sell-out performances of the critically acclaimed ‘Burton’, winner of the ‘Best International Show Award’ at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010.  CLOWN IN THE MOON follows hot on the heels of his appearance as Lodovico in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre alongside ‘Wire’ actors Clarke Peters and Dominic West and his role as the Welsh Captain in Shakespeare’s Richard II in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series.

‘Captivating and deeply moving’ LONDONTHEATRE1

‘Mesmeric, flawless ‘ BROADWAY BABY ****

‘One of the best’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ****

‘Pure joy’ THREE WEEKS ****

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” *****
Edinburgh Guide

“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” ****
The Scotsman

Written by: Gwynne Edwards
Directed by: Gareth Armstrong
Performed by: Rhodri Miles

Thursday 1 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Thur 8 & Fri 9 March • DYT Senior Company • The Domino Effect • by Fin Kennedy

DYT Senior Company presents
The Domino Effect
by Fin Kennedy

A silent girl finds her voice and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects and how to master the law of unintended consequences. This is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

 

 

 

Thursday 8 & Friday 9 March

Dorchester Corn Exchange
7.30pm (doors & refreshments 7pm)
£7.50 / £4 under 18s (special school rates available by agreement- contact: finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk for more details)

Sat 10 March • The Boadicea of Britannia Street • Somerleigh Players

Somerleigh Players present
The Boadicea of Britannia Street

In celebration of World Women’s Day, Dorchester Arts Associate Amateur Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players, presents Ade Morris’s funny and very touching play about female friendship.  Local journalist Fran, PE teacher Penny, shy librarian Janet and feisty Annie form a writing group. Over the course of a few weeks, home truths are shared – along with a lot of tea and vodka.  Inspired by Boadicea’s courage, these women face their demons, overcome their enemies and move on as friends to a better future. If only all women had friends like these…

During the evening, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to The Domestic Abuse Welfare Board: providing support and training for people with domestic abuse issues .

Saturday 10 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members & concessions

Sun 18 March • I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo

I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo (Wizard Presents)

Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…

An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns, which won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival, sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.

‘I Believe in Unicorns’ also includes a ‘book swap’, for which audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children’s book (for ages 6 and upwards) to help form part of the stage set at the beginning of the show. At the end the children are invited to swap their book for another one and so have a new story ‘from the library’ to take home with them.

‘Danyah’s performance is a tour de force. The show is moving and memorable, a glorious example of the magic of storytelling. I didn’t like it, I loved it!‘  Michael Morpurgo

Sunday 18 March
Family Theatre – Dorchester Corn Exchange
2pm & 4.30pm (doors half an hour before performance)
£11 / £9 members & concessions / £36 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: suitable for families with children 6+

 

Wed 21 March • Dominoes

Dominoes
The Lighthouse, Poole and Black Theatre Live presents Phoebe McIntosh in Dominoes

 

Written and performed by Phoebe McIntosh, this bold new solo show asks if the difficulties of the past will always pose a threat to the future, and if discovering your identity means picking a side. Mixed race history teacher, Layla McKinnon, is days away from saying ‘I do’ to Andy McKinnon. Already having the same surname as her fiancé used to be just a funny coincidence but now it threatens to drive them apart. Piecing together her family tree, she tries to hold onto her best friend and her husband-to-be and find out who she is and where she fits in. Dominoes is a pilot associate artist tour of Black Theatre Live and the Lighthouse, Poole.

Directed by Stephen Wrentmore.

Dominoes is a pilot associate artist tour of Black Theatre Live and the Lighthouse, Poole.

Wednesday 21 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

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