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Dorchester Festival 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

What is it that makes Dorchester such a special and unique town? There are a hundred different answers to that question, and one of them is that every 2 years, Dorchester has its own arts festival – an extravaganza of theatre, comedy, music, dance and interactive workshops taking place over 4 days in venues all around the town.

We’re just a few weeks away from the 2014 Dorchester Festival, and we thought it was about time we gave you the lowdown on what you can expect this year…

Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23 – The Ballad of Martha Brown

Angel Exit Theatre will be opening the Festival with their play The Ballad of Martha Brown, an original drama based on the life and times of Martha Brown, the last woman publically hanged in Dorset (an event witnessed by a young Thomas Hardy).

The company are known for their rich visual style, combining humour and horror, reality and fantasy to create a vivid performance that will certainly be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.

Friday 23rd May – Laurence Clark

Comedian Laurence Clarke will be performing his ‘Inspired’ show at the Dorchester Arts Centre. He’s the star of a BBC1 documentary and has been described as ‘blackly funny’ by the Telegraph and ‘incredibly mischievous’ by the Metro.

Sunday 25th May – Johannes Möller

Renowned Swedish classical guitarist Johannes Moller gives a special performance on Sunday at the Corn Exchange. His show is called ‘Tales of Europe: Tales of India’, and as the title suggests, his performance is split into two parts showcasing European and North Indian classical music.

Saturday 24th May – Festival Parade

The exciting, colourful Festival Parade on Saturday will be the centrepiece of the Dorchester Festival, featuring bhangra drummers, a life-size War Horse puppet, outdoor theatre, and Percy the 45 foot long Seahorse.

What are you most excited to see at the Festival? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @DorchesterBID. For more Festival information visit the Dorchester Arts website. You can book tickets for any of the events by calling the box office on 01305 266926.

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