Artsreach reveal exciting season of music, dance, and theatre

PASSIONATE about connecting communities across rural Dorset with professional arts experiences, the team at Artsreach are excited to reveal their new autumn programme.

Audiences can expect a high quality depth and breadth of events, with more than 70 performances and a range of workshops from 31 exciting companies and performers, set to take place in village halls, churches, libraries, pubs and other community spaces right across Dorset.

Music lovers can enjoy a real medley of styles and genres from both national and international musicians.

Bluegrass and country collective The Orange Circus Band kick off the autumn season, making their Artsreach debut. Bob Whitley and Lee MacKenzie combine breathtaking vocal harmonies with guitar, mandola and cello, to share the story of Magellan’s Circumnavigation.

Acclaimed Belgian brothers Trio Dhoore will perform traditional Flemish tunes and original material and Artsreach continues its partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, bringing the Resound and Symphonic Brass ensembles to rural venues across the county.

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis returns with his trio and Scottish folk firebrands Talisk meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to create an original sound.

Ground-breaking quartet Methera present contemporary, traditional music on cello, fiddle and viola. Acclaimed klezmer band She’Koyokh are back, and there’s the chance to join them for a Balkan dance workshop too!

The Ridgeway Singers and Band present another traditional Dorset Christmas with West Gallery Carols, while folk legend John Kirkpatrick serves up an evening of ‘Carolling and Crumpets’. Finally, the eclectic, hot club gypsy cabaret band Moscow Drug Club are back by popular demand!

Theatre for all tastes

For theatre-goers, Cornish company Oddbodies offer a fast paced, funny and poignant production of ‘King Lear’ and, told in exquisite three part harmony, Little Bulb Theatre explore the roots of country music in ‘Mountain Music’, a theatrical, musical extravaganza.

RedCape Theatre’s darkly comic ‘Thunder Road’ is part quintessentially British First Aid course, part ‘Thelma and Louise’. Or embark on a nostalgic trip back to the 80s and a comic exploration of a childhood haunting in Little Earthquake’s ‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost’.

Two Destination Language bring to life the childhood memories of Bulgarian born Katherina Radeva in ‘Fallen Fruit’, a play inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall.

Pentabus presents a dark comic journey through 24 hours in the life of a village in ‘The Tale of Little Bevan’, brought to life with live music, storytelling.

Using Dickens’ original words combined with anarchic comedy, Dave Mynne gives a mesmerising performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Finally, Living Spit are back and joined on stage by two professional ballet dancers for ‘Swan Lake’, the funniest, danciest, water-fowlest ballet ever seen!

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Louise Jordan follows the story of working-class suffragette Hannah Mitchell in ‘The Hard Way’. Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottoson weave tales from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India with contemporary Scandinavian folk music in ‘The Big Blind’.

Expect haunting vocals, highly accomplished mbira playing, dancing and drumming in Anna Mudeka’s brand new show ‘Kure Kure/Faraway’. Finally comic, poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee presents ‘Forget me Not: The Alzheimers Whodunnit’, a hilarious, heart-breaking murder mystery.

Exhilarating dance

As a National Rural Touring Dance Ambassador, Artsreach is also delighted to offer an exciting season of dance performances, including the physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, ‘Knot’, the internationally acclaimed circus and dance piece by Nikki & JD.

The latest production from Norway’s Panta Rei Danseteater, ‘Silence,’ takes place in a home – early booking is advised as capacity is restricted!

Canadian troupe Tentacle Tribe present a double-bill of award-winning hip hop and street dance, whilst Alleyne Dance brings to the stage dynamism and athletic strength in their stunning duet ‘A Night’s Game’.

There’s plenty for families to see too, with three brilliant productions touring Dorset during the half term break and in the lead up to Christmas.

Inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, tutti frutti brings to life the beautiful tale of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’.

Theatre Fideri Fidera are back with a brand new show about the very first dog in ‘Ogg n Ugg n Dogg’. And finally, Paddleboat Theatre tells the remarkable story of a fearless wartime journalist in ‘Clare Hollingworth & The Scoop of the Century’.

The Artsreach autumn season is once again supported by local solicitors Blanchards Bailey, as well as the Arts Council and Dorset Council.

Full details including individual box office numbers and online ticket links available at or pick up a copy of the programme at libraries and tourist information centres across Dorset.

Woodmead Halls
About Francesca Evans 1833 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.