Wed 18 September | Big Heads and Others | 3-She

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 18 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £5
  • 1 hr
  • Seated

This comedy sketch show will take you on a journey from the topical and tropical to the meticulous and ridiculous.

Travel to Easter Island, face up to Killer Ladybugs, peek inside a woman’s handbag and trek alongside some not-so-religious pilgrims.

Written by 3-She, a trio of Dorset women writers who will make you laugh at the absurdity of the everyday.

“My only complaint? An hour wasn’t long enough. More please”. Dorset Eye

Wed 30 Oct | Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century (Paddleboat)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 30 October
  • 2.00pm
  • £8 / £6 / £25 Family ticket (max 2 adults)
  • 50 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

This globe-trotting and playful family show embarks on the journey of fearless journalist Clare Hollingworth. From the busy newspaper offices in London to the frontline during World War II, Clare’s adventures tell the remarkable true story of one of the most important writers of our time.

A life-story which has been forgotten for years. We’ll celebrate the work of a pioneer who changed the mould of journalism, not just for women but for everyone.

PaddleBoat bring their unique style to this remarkable tale of daring, intrigue and an invasion that would rock the world. We invite you to be journalists with us as we go undercover in a highly interactive show bursting with storytelling, songs and the scoop of the century.

This tour in 2019 runs in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII.

Clare Hollingworth, who died in January 2017, was the first journalist to report on the outbreak of WWII – the ‘scoop of the century’. Hollingworth was fearless and was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 1982. Hollingworth’s life story, her character and profession inspired PaddleBoat to create a performance to share her legacy with families in the South West, and to make them reflect on their own experiences.

Sun 3 Nov | The Monster and Mary Shelley (The Occasion Theatre)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 3 November
  • 7.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

1816 – the year without a summer.

On yet another sun-less day at their villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to ‘each write a ghost story’. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

Over 200 years since the publication of ‘Frankenstein’, The Occasion is delighted to present a new production drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s extraordinary life.

Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is a celebration of one of literature’s most influential talents and an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

The Occasion is a Glasgow based performance company dedicated to producing dynamic and exciting original theatre and innovative community projects. Founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard, previously the Co-Artistic Directors of benchtours.

Wed 6 Nov | May (Wyldwood Arts)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 6 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

Written and performed by Phoebe Kemp

Directed by Rachel Adams and Anna Carr

Presented by Wyldwood Arts

Celebrate over 100 years of the women’s suffrage movement and meet May Billinghurst – one of those who fought for it.

MAY is a one-woman show based on the life of ‘the cripple suffragette’ May Billinghurst, whose story has been widely ignored by the history books. Using original letters and extracts between May Billinghurst, her family, and other suffragettes including Emmeline Pankhurst, MAY is an exploration of the constricts facing women, the oppression of LGBTQI+ individuals and the restricted lives of disabled people, in the claustrophobic Edwardian era.

Through May’s story, Phoebe Kemp – writer, actor and activist – encourages us to reflect, and really ask ourselves, “How far have we come in 100 years in the fight for equality?”

Fri 22 Nov | Enter the Dragons (A&E Theatre)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 22 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £13 / £11 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour
  • Seated

Enter the Dragons is a riotous, surreal odyssey which explodes the myths about getting older. Dooley and Edwards present a comedic call to arms, marrying a wry exploration of the trials and tribulations of ageing with a delightfully dark surrealism as our protagonist embarks on a quest to halt the ageing process – or at least re-brand it. A knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone considering ageing.

Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards are a brilliant comedy coupling: the writing is sharp as a witch’s nose, the performance as sparkly as Cinderella’s silver slippers. A fabulously entertaining evening.
Total Theatre
They marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision, it had the audience in fits of laughter and heartfelt tears.
Broadway Baby

Fri 29 Nov | This Is Not A Wedding (Gracefool Collective)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Friday 29 November
  • 8.00pm
  • £12 / £10 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 10 Mins
  • Seated

Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics in this radical and apocalyptic reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies, as four defiant brides attempt to please
everyone and no one, boldly wading through the minefield of tradition, conformity &
expectation. Using their signature concoction of wildly entertaining dance theatre, Gracefool invite YOU to be guests at the non-wedding event of the year as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society.

Sun 1 Dec | Christmas Gothic (Dyad Productions)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Sunday 1 December
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations.  A time of ghosts.

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…

Dyad Productions (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography and The Time Machine) resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.

Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan.  Directed by Elton Townend Jones.

★★★★★ ’Truly extraordinary… one of the most exciting young performers on the British stage'
British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ ’A macabre masterpiece. Ghostly, grisly and gorgeous. Don’t miss it’ (Three Weeks)
Three Weeks
★★★★ ‘Holds the audience in the palm of its hand... a near-perfect piece of theatre’ (The Scotsman) ‘Perfection... Vaughan is simply sublime’ (Huffington Post)
The Scotsman
‘Perfection... Vaughan is simply sublime’
Huffington Post

Thur 19 Dec | Christmas. Time. (Near-Ta Theatre)

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Thursday 19 December
  • 8.00pm
  • £12 / £10 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)
  • Seated

A musical comedy for all the family! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody…

Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly festive show that puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!

Written and performed by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh).