What we do

Dorchester Arts is more than just a venue and promoter of entertainment. We are fully engaged in a range of community-based arts activities with a variety of groups in the local area, running a wide range of workshops and offering people the chance to participate in the arts.

The activities are too numerous to list here, but here are some highlights…


Young people from Dorchester Youth Theatre and The Remix West joined actors from Mind the Gap Theatre, England’s largest learning disability theatre company, in a fantastic workshop before their performance of Treasure Island last December. Other workshops have been run in connection with performances such as GI Joe in Dorset by local theatre company State of Play.

Connect, a series of drama workshops at Dorchester Arts brings together people from all backgrounds every week to help them gain confidence and meet others in a creative environment.

Pyramid Poets, a project brings poetry and performance together in schools in and around Dorchester. The first project ran in early 2013 and was a huge success, so we are delighted to be working with the schools again this year.

DepARTure Arts regularly bring groups of children with learning disabilities to the Arts Centre for a performances as part of their Short Breaks scheme

Dorchester Youth Theatre (DYT) and Pop Club and the youth theatre and youth music groups affiliated to Dorchester Arts and both are enjoying huge success, with DYT reaching the finals of National Theatre ‘Connections’ in 2013, culminating in a performance at the National Theatre itself.

Dorchester Arts is an Arts Award Supporter AASUPPORTERRGB