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DorchesterARTS SUMMER 2012

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DorchesterARTS SUMMER 2012 When I started at Dorchester Arts in mid-March I was lucky enough to find an exciting Festival schedule and some other summer treats already lined up. In June, for example, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour bring their unique take on vintage radio drama to the Arts Centre, fresh from a season in the West End. July sees a welcome return for Miracle Theatre to Maumbury Rings and this year’s production, The Importance of Being Earnest, looks tremendous bring your handbags and picnics! A visit from the hugely talented Rory McLeod and the usual mixture of quality blues and comedy makes this a programme well worth checking out. Meanwhile look out for the 2012 Festival brochure or check out the Dorchester Arts website for full details of this biennial feast of music, performance, parades and parties. Enjoy the summer – we’ll be back soon with our autumn programme…

Mark Tattersall Artistic Director, Dorchester Arts

DORCHESTER ARTS School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XR Box Office: 01305 266926 Email: Website: STAFF Mark Tattersall Artistic Director Julie Loyd Marketing Officer Mark Smith Administrator Kathy Webb Finance Officer ASSOCIATES Sharon Hayden Artistic Director, Dorchester Festival 2012 Tony Lidington Manager, Dorchester Festival 2012 Kathie Prince Community Outreach Jo Simons Youth Theatre Director Mickey Wills Youth Music Director BOARD Louise Sheaves (Chair), Simon Barber, Jane Burden, Tina Hicks, Terry Hooley, Andy Jacobs, Selina Malins, Ashley Matthews, Wendy Petitdemange, Suzy Rushbrook, Jem Shackleford PATRONS Tracy Chevalier, Penelope Hobhouse, John Hubbard, Ann Jellicoe, Lynne Reid Banks, Graham Snow, Minette Walters FESTIVAL PATRONS Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, Tracy Chevalier BROCHURE Designed by Simon Barber • Printed by Octavo Dorchester Arts Centre is registered in England & Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2752793. Registered Charity No. 1015546.

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Saturday 12 May

BILL SHEFFIELD AND DAVE SAUNDERS BLUES / AMERICANA DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) • £10 in advance / £12 on the door Although blues is the foundation for Atlanta-based Bill Sheffield’s music, the live concert contains elements of many other genres: folk, country and gospel. Classifying it as blues may be too limiting - ‘Americana’ may be a better description. Honest, gutsy, passionate, an evening orchestrated by Bill promises to be an unforgettable musical experience. Bill is accompanied by The Producers bassist Dave Saunders, so this is a fantastic pairing.

INDEPENDENT production

26 May - 10 June

Saturday 26 May



VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 10am – 4pm daily • Free admission An exhibition of block prints by Lucas Weschke winner of the solo exhibition prize at Dorchester Arts Open 2011 competition. Originally from Cornwall, he moved to Dorset 16 years ago. His work is figurative and contemporary, characterised by clear line and form, yet each image holds enduring echoes from our emotional landscape. Above: ‘Higher Ground’

BLUESNIGHTS DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) • £12 / £6* in advance • £13 / £6.50* on the door • Senior Citizens £10 in advance / £11 on door • *Under 18s / NUS cardholders Groanbox, the North American trio of Paul Clifford, Cory Seznec, and Michael Ward-Bergeman, are a musical hybrid of ideas and ideals. At first glance a roots band steeped in the traditions of American music, they play with all the guts of rock and roll and all the soul of the wandering troubadour. Their 2010 Bluesnight was a runaway sell-out success; make sure you don’t miss this one!

Dorchester Festival 2012: 1 - 5 June THE WORLD COMES TO TOWN: Five days of music, drama, comedy, outdoor performance and free events

Friday 1 - Tuesday 5 June

Saturday 16 June



VARIOUS VENUES • See Festival Brochure or website for full details • Five amazing days of music, street theatre, film, comedy and outdoor performances. Broadcaster, writer and cook, Hardeep Singh Kohli is offering a wonderfully funny, laidback evening’s entertainment in the Corn Exchange and Transglobal Underground are back with a full band line up. Among many other acts, Kawa Circus from Rajasthan and the Mighty Zulu Nation from Kwa-Zulu Natal bring their breathtaking circus and pulsating African rhythms to the Borough Gardens. Enjoy a feast of free entertainment - chill out with locally produced food and music in the acoustic café, discover the secret cinema inside a huge pliosaur, marvel at the insect circus, see animation from around the world at the Plaza cinema - and don’t miss the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations offered by Dorchester Town Council on Bank Holiday Tuesday!

BLUESNIGHTS DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) • £12 / £6* in advance • £13 / £6.50* on the door • Senior Citizens £10 in advance / £11 on door • *Under 18s / NUS cardholders In just a few years Cherry Lee Mewis has gone from playing local gigs in her Welsh home town of Mochdre to performing at the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi, being special guest of Blind Mississippi Morris in BB King’s Memphis club and opening for ‘Mud’ Morganfield (Muddy Waters’ son) on his UK tour. This Bluesnight features her with veteran guitarist Max Milligan and bassist Robbie Matthews. Just wait ‘til you meet her. You’ll be so glad you did!

Friday 22 June

THE FITZROVIA RADIO HOUR COMEDY THEATRE DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) • £10 / £9 members / £8 concessions Following sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, their first national tour and a West End season, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour arrives in Dorchester with a brand new show. Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut-glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, the show recreates the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. ‘Dramatic entertainment redolent of a bygone era... jolly good show, chaps!’ The Guardian

MARINE THEATRE Lyme Regis The Little Theatre by the Sea Box office: 01297 442138

shows, concerts, workshops, exhibitions box office: 01308 424204


Old Tea House Built 1635 Open for breakfast, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas Bed and breakfast available Business lunches, private bookings and parties etc catered for Tel: 01305 263719 44 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UT

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June

‘BULLY’ MUSICAL THEATRE CORN EXCHANGE • 7pm • £5 adults / £3 concessions Dorchester Youth Theatre Juniors perform excerpts from "Bully"- a musical by Jo Sands and Ruth Kenward - that tackles the problems of bullying, as seen through the eyes of Kim the leader of a girl gang. Directed by Jo Simons.

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Friday 29 June

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July



MUSIC DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm) • £12 / £10 concessions Rory McLeod - ex-circus clown and fire-eater. A one-man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the Middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth. “You don't listen to McLeod, you travel with him” City Hub, Sydney (Australia)

MUSIC DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • Doors and bar 7.30pm • £12 in advance / £14 on the door • Combined ticket for 2 nights £20 Following their hugely successful pre-Christmas shows at the Arts Centre the Producers return with an all acoustic session on Thursday night and an electric set on Friday with tracks from the new album London Blues and some tasteful blues covers. The reformed version of The Producers includes original front man Harry Skinner and bass player Dave Saunders. Ray Drury joins them on organ / piano. Biff Smith on drums and percussion completes the line-up. With a reputation for playing some of the freshest live blues in Britain today, the Producers move effortlessly between their own well crafted material and seriously reinvigorated classics stamped with their own characteristic identity.

INDEPENDENT production

Friday 6 July

STAND UP DORCHESTER COMEDY DORCHESTER CORN EXCHANGE • 8.15pm (doors and bar 7.15pm) • £8 / £6 concessions Stand Up Dorchester presents another great line-up of comedians. PADDY LENNOX: “comedy the way it should be: a laugh-a-minute which leaves the audience wishing the show was just a little bit longer...” (Fest). HANNAH WARMAN: “Exuberant with genuine comedy nuggets” (Three Weeks). COLIN MANFORD: “An up and coming comic with tales of student and family life... holding his own on stage he bridges the gaps between the generations” (Mirth on Monday). Compere LLOYD GRIFFITH: A tremendous comedian in his own right, Lloyd is also a very strong and enthusiastic compere and as a result is resident MC at a number of comedy clubs. May feature adult content. A STAND UP DORCHESTER PRODUCTION

Saturday 14 July

MIRACLE THEATRE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST OPEN-AIR THEATRE MAUMBURY RINGS • 7.30pm • £11 / £9 members / £30 family / £6 under 18s and concessions A welcome return for Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre with a wonderful new interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy. Set in the year 1912, with the Titanic sinking, mass production just beginning on the Morris Oxford and the Turkey Trot causing outrage across the dance floors of polite society, this tale of the strange contents of a handbag found at Victoria station has been subtly adapted to extract every drip of humour and contemporary relevance. This ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ is a masterpiece of sharp wit and preposterous plotting. In this high energy production Miracle adds an extra dimension to ‘the funniest play ever written’. Bring a picnic and enjoy great open-air theatre. Hot chocolate, teas and cakes from 6.30pm.

Friday 10 August

LAZY LESTER MUSIC DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE • Doors and bar 7.30pm • £12 in advance / £14 on the door This 78 year old blues legend from Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been described variously as a ‘National Treasure’, the ‘High Sheriff of Louisiana’ and ‘A nut!!’ One of the key creators of the South Louisiana swamp blues sound in the 1950s, Lester has often been imitated but never duplicated. As a true living legend, his talents are as much in demand as ever and this is probably your last chance to see a genuine blues legend in such intimate surroundings.

INDEPENDENT production


THE COMPASS FESTIVAL THE BAY THEATRE • WEYMOUTH COLLEGE, CRANFORD AVENUE, WEYMOUTH, DT4 7LQ An exciting programme of theatre for children and adults from local touring theatre companies – a cultural celebration between the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. Monday 13 August: SLIGHTLY FAT FEATURES: VARIETY BY THE SEA • 7.30pm • Tickets £10 / £8 / Family £3 • A cabaret spectacular for anyone over 3! Tuesday 14 August: MULTI STORY: THE ADVENTURES OF PERSEUS • 2pm and 5pm • Tickets £8 / £5 / Family £20 • A magical show with puppets retelling the ancient myth (ages 5 and above) Wednesday 15 August: LEAP THEATRE: CLEANSED • 7.30pm • Tickets £8 / £6 • Hard-hitting drama (contains some violence and sexual references) Thursday 16 August: THE PAPER CINEMA • Triple Bill – Rock Charmer, Night Flyer and King Pest • 7.30pm • Tickets £10 / £8 • A dramatic journey into live animation Friday 17 August: ATTENTION SEEKERS • Short Shrifts • 7.30pm • Tickets £10 and £8 • Satirical, sober and surreal sketches

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August

COMBINED ARTS WEEK PERFORMANCE MUSICAL THEATRE (DORCHESTER YOUTH THEATRE) VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED • Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm • £5 adults / £3 concessions Come and see the exciting show written, created, produced and choreographed during a week long summer workshop. A celebration of the creativity and talent of young people with a passion for acting, singing, dancing and making costumes and set design. To take part in the week long workshop telephone: 01305 266926


YACHTSWOMAN IN TROUBLE: Serena struggles to control her boat in a scene from THE HELPFUL DEAD by year five pupils at Wyke Regis Junior School

Children’s animated dramas for the Maritime Mix Talking rocks, shipwrecks off Chesil Beach, a stolen Olympic torch, and moonlit fishing for squid all feature in Dorchester Arts’ trilogy of animated films by primary school children for the Maritime Mix - the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the sea. The films, which premiered in April, are one of the projects awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said the project had helped the young filmmakers fulfill their potential. “I am proud that with the help of partners such as Dorchester Arts, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in animation and filmmaking in this way.”

OUR MOMENT TO SHINE: Four friends come to the rescue when there's a dramatic incident during the torch relay in THE BIG SPLASH by St John’s Primary School in Weymouth

Project co-ordinator Alastair Nisbet said it had been a transformative experience for the children. “They have produced three wonderful stories with terrific drama, beautiful drawing and extraordinary soundtracks - they should be justly proud of what they have achieved.” Project Producer Sharon Hayden said the 2012 Sailing events had been a perfect subject to base the films on. “We are incredibly grateful to our major funder First Light for believing in us. Thanks to their support, these children have produced some remarkable work which will be seen by tens of thousands at the Olympics this summer.” The Dorchester Arts team who worked with more than 130 children in the three schools included visual artists Nic Rawling and Delphine Jones, dramatherapist Sharon Hayden, music producer Mickey Wills, animator, film maker Alastair Nisbet and scriptwriting advisor and film mentor Pete Snelling. The project was funded by the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light initiative with additional support from b-side, Departure Arts, Plymouth University and the schools themselves.


Dorchester Youth Theatre

Pop Club

DYT is for young people who have a passion for theatre and are interested in performing. Led by Youth Theatre Director JO SIMONS using improvisation, games and devising scenarios. Drama and role play help develop children’s social and emotional well being as well as their creative and critical abilities. Dorchester Arts Centre • Tuesdays • Tuesday 24 April Tuesday 3 July (excluding half term, 5 June) • DYT Primary (6 - 7 year olds) 4.45 - 5.45pm, £40 • DYT Juniors (8 - 11 year olds) 5.45 - 7pm, £40 • DYT (12 - 18 year olds) 7pm - 9pm £60 • All workshops half price for siblings •

Each week POP CLUB members get the chance to engage in a wide variety of musical workshops and perform using a professional sound system under the guidance of music producer MICKEY WILLS. A fantastic opportunity for young people to discover and experience live music performance. Pop club also plays live at gigs and festivals throughout the year. Dorchester Arts Centre • Term-time Saturdays • 10.30am - 12.30pm • £45 (half price for siblings)


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Just Dance JUST DANCE offers RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap to all ages and abilities. Learn to dance in a healthy and happy environment with opportunities to perform and take examinations. Dorchester Arts Centre • Details and bookings: 07904 081854 or 01305 259937 (Lisa Evans-Misailidou, RAD, CBTS, RTS, AISTD)

Combined Arts Week 2012 Monday 20 August - Saturday 25 August PERFORMANCES

VIVA! Dorchester Community Choir If you love to sing join KATHIE PRINCE and the Dorchester Community Choir! The group meets weekly during term time and explores an eclectic mix of roots music from all over the world. In its fifth year now the choir has many exciting projects planned for the coming year to tie in with the Cultural Olympiad. Kathie, of Buzz Music Projects, leads the choir with her wealth of experience working with professional and community groups in Britain and abroad. Dorchester Arts Centre • Thursdays • 7.30pm - 9pm • £5 / £4 concessions • Details and bookings 01305 259201 • Visit

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Friday 24 August and Saturday 25 August A summer workshop led by Dorchester Youth Theatre If you enjoy acting, singing, dancing, making costumes and set design come and join in the fun of creating a performance in a week! Ages 10 - 18 years £100 for the week • £60 for second sibling Some assisted places available Full commitment required for the whole week BOOKINGS Telephone: 01305 266926 Email:



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● Priority booking for selected events ● Invitations to launches and previews ● New season brochure mailed direct to you ● 10% off arts and crafts at Frank Herring & Sons ● Free Members’ party Membership also provides an opportunity to join the Dorchester Arts Board, attend AGMs and play a central role in our development. MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY Mike Furse: 01305 266926

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VOLUNTEER Volunteers play a huge part in the continued success of Dorchester Arts, contributing time and skills that are an invaluable resource for the charity. If you would like to join our friendly team of volunteers please call Mark Smith at the Arts Centre on 01305 266926. Email: LEGACY GIVING Remembering Dorchester Arts in a legacy can help ensure the arts flourish in the future. Please consider including our charity as a beneficiary in your will. If you wish to make a legacy please get in touch with our director. Email:

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TELEPHONE: 01305 266926 The box office is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. At all other times please leave your name, telephone number and ticket requirements and we will call you back. Payment is required when booking.

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LARGE TYPE PROGRAMME Please email or call 01305 266926 for a copy of the programme in large type.

[EVOLVER] The Wessex Arts and Culture Guide

DIARY: SUMMER 2012 MAY Saturday 12 26 May - 10 June Saturday 26

BILL SHEFFIELD AND DAVE SAUNDERS Blues / Americana Visual Arts Exhibition LUCAS WESCHKE GROANBOX Bluesnights

JUNE Friday 1 - Tuesday 5 Saturday 16 Friday 22 Thursday 28 and Friday 29 Friday 29

Bluesnights Comedy Theatre Musical Theatre Music

JULY Thursday 5 and Friday 6 Friday 6 Saturday 14 AUGUST Friday 10 Monday 13 Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15 Thursday 16 Friday 17 Friday 24 and Saturday 25

8pm 10am - 4pm 8pm



8pm 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm


Music Comedy Open-air Theatre


7.30pm 8.15pm 7.30pm


Music Theatre Theatre Theatre Theatre Theatre Musical Theatre



DAC = Dorchester Arts Centre • CE = Corn Exchange • MR = Maumbury Rings • BT = The Bay Theatre, Weymouth

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Dorchester Festival 2012: 1 - 5 June THE WORLD COMES TO TOWN: Five days of music, drama, comedy, outdoor performance and free events

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