The Dorsetarian

Dorset Ghost Walks

If you are looking for something different this year, then ghost tours can provide some great entertainment, especially if they're ghost tours after dark.
Alistair Chisholm's Dorchester Ghost Walks
Weymouth Ghost Walks
Haunted Harbour Tours
Granny Cousin's Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
The Bridport Ghost Walk


In January 2009 Dark Dorset was proud to announce that the Dorchester Youth Theatre was going to perform their hauntingly atmospheric play Dark Dorset, all based upon the legends found in our books. To a completely packed out theatre, the juniors gave an enchanting performance full of magical fairies, mischievous goblins and alluring mermaids.

The seniors captivated the audience with among other things, a haunting display of will o’ wisps, a creepy phantom army, a spellbinding witch trial, a couple of seductive murderous nymphs, and a frightful spectral black dog! A great performance enjoyed by all.


Press Release: Dorchester Youth Theatre presents Dark Dorset

Dorchester Youth Theatre presents Dark DorsetDorchester Youth Theatre takes you on an enchanting journey into deepest darkest Dorset, to a hidden world full of mystery and mischief.

This devised performance, set in the round, brings to life local folklore based on Robert J. Newland’s and Mark J. North's Dark Dorset Stories. Log on to to find out more about their work

When: Friday 16th Jan 2009 at 19:00 - Saturday 17th Jan 2009 at 19:00 (There will be a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday for junior performers)

Venue: Dorchester Arts Centre School Lane The Grove Dorchester DT1 1XR

Tel: Box Office (01305) 266926



Price: £3 (tickets are also available at WeGotTickets)

Press Release: Dorchester Youth Theatre presents 'Dark Dorset' - An enchanting journey into deepest darkest Dorset, to a hidden world full of mystery and mischief.

Dorchester Youth Theatre presents Dark DorsetFor the last four months, the youth theatre’s thirty-five members have been delving into Dorset’s rich folklore. The majority of the script has been created using the work of local author's Robert Newland and Mark North, ‘Dark Dorset: Tales of Mystery, Wonder and Terror’, who are very pleased that our young people are taking an interest in their local heritage. Find out more via their website at

As well as the ‘Dark Dorset’ book, the Youth Theatre’s latest devised production was also inspired by one of Dorchester’s famous ‘ghost walks’. Town crier, Alastair Chisholm, kindly led the group on one of his eery ambles and, finding this experience inspiring, the young people have created a scene from one of the ghost stories in the show. As part of the devising process, Youth Theatre members have also taken part in singing workshops and a making day, creating props and puppets for the show.

Dorchester Youth Theatre presents Dark DorsetThis physical theatre performance is set in the round and will include puppetry, singing and magical effects.

Senior performances will take place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 January at 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm). A Junior matinee performance will be on Saturday 17 January at 3pm (doors and bar 2.30pm). All performances take place at Dorchester Arts Centre and tickets for each performance are £3.

Dorchester Youth Theatre is led by Bianca Judd with assistant Tom Prior, and through workshops and projects, DYT encourages teamwork, confidence building and creativity for children ages 8-18yrs.

For booking tickets or for further information on Dorchester Youth Theatre, please contact Dorchester Arts Centre: 01305 266926 or

Spooky tales of Dorset

Dorchester Youth Theatre presents Dark DorsetCome and take a new look at the customs and spooky stories that make up the history of old Dorset.

This week, Dorchester Youth Theatre is staging Dark Dorset – a series of tales of the supernatural that have grown up around the county.

The tales have come from Dark Dorset, a website set up by Robert Newland and Mark North who have also written a number of books about Dorset folklore and ancient customs.

Robert said: “There is always a fear that the old tales will be forgotten down the years, so it is great to see youngsters coming up and showing an interest in their past. I think it will be a very good play.”

DYT’s Dark Dorset is in two parts, which the company’s junior and senior sections each performing different stories.

Bianca Judd, who runs the company, said: “It has been a very interesting project for the children and they have really enjoyed themselves. Dark Dorset is a fascinating subject and I hope our audiences enjoy it.”

Dark Dorset is at Dorchester Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, January 16 and 17 at 7pm. There is also a junior matinee at 3pm on Saturday. Tickets are £3 from the arts centre on 01305 266926.

Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 15th January 2009 reported by Ruth Meech