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Variety of entertainment at Dorchester Arts Centre
VARIETY is certainly adding spice to this autumn’s season of entertainment at Dorchester Arts centre.
Under the artistic directorship of Mark Tattersall, between now and December you can expect to enjoy everything from ballet and theatre to live music, the spoken word and a little bit of science at the venue in The Grove .
Mark, pictured right, who joined the arts centre earlier this year from London, said: “I have been doing what I said I’d do and listen to what people want and what they would like to see on at the arts centre.
“As a result, I’m incredibly excited by what we have programmed in.”
The season starts on September 7 with the arrival in town of Living Spit Theatre Company who will be performing an all-male version of The Six Wives of Henry VIII. The play went down a storm at the Ferment Festival held at Bristol old Vic and Mark thinks it will be equally well received in Dorset. The play can also be seen at Bridport Arts Centre and the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis as part of a recent collaboration between the three venues.
Other drama for the new season includes the family saga On Golden Pond (October 4-6) and the comedy drama Seven Ages, which takes a wry and sometimes poignant look at life (October 19).
Mark said: “On Golden Pond is a lovely show which I think will appeal to people of all ages living in the area, while Seven Ages should be very funny.”
Live music is also playing a key role in the autumn season, with Sarah de Warren performing a Sunday Session on September 9.
Ahab bringing their Americana-tinged folk to the arts centre on September 29 and Zoe Schwartz’ Blue Commotion coming to town on October 12.
Devil’s Violin return with A Love Like salt on December 1 and an evening of lyrical rhyme and acoustic hip-hop has also been planned for October 14, with performances by Dreads, Steven Duncan, Francis Anyanjo and others.
Mark explained: “These are such talented performers and I wanted to have more than just an evening of hip-hop. I wanted to show how lyrically talented these performers are.”
Comedy fans are also well served this season, with regular Stand Up Dorchester slots and a visit by Jeremy Hardy on November 16.
Cafe Scientifique on November 23 looks at extinction and running alongside it will be an exhibition of artwork by Dorchester Camera Club called Life on the Edge, which runs from November 23 to December 9.
Dance Afrika are coming to town for performances and also to hold a workshop for the over-50s and Ballet Theatre UK round off the season with A Christmas Carol on December 19 and 20.
For full details and bookings, call 01305 266926.