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Live on Stage: 

An Evening of Entertainment – Saturday 11th November 7:30pm

Swanage Drama Company are pleased to be back with this concert featuring songs, sketches, fun and laughter, in aid of charity. Featuring a host of local talent and some special guests,

Budapest Cafe Orchestra –  Thursday 16th November 7:30pm   

Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, from Klezmer laments, Romanian Doina and Hungarian Czadas, plus their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats.

Andy Parsons Bafflingly Optimistic – Tuesday 18th November 8pm 

A series regular on Mock The Week as well as numerous spots on Live At The Apollo (BBC 1), QI (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The World’s Most Dangerous Roads (BBC2), Comedy World Cup (Channel 4), Saturday Live (ITV) and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2. Andy is a hugely successful and popular writer and performer. 

Decatonics Show – Saturday 28th November 7:30pm

A powerful 8 piece ska band from Dorset whose vibrant live show has built up a great reputation for its high energy party atmosphere.The Decatonics will be supported by Stacey Lou performing ‘Amy’, a tribute inspired by the one and only Amy Winehouse.

Purbeck Film Festival 2023: 

Please see for full details of the festival – tickets for the films showing at The  Mowlem can be booked at 

Polite Society (12) Wednesday, 1st November at 7.30pm 

Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition (PG) Thursday, 2nd November at 7.30pm  Close (12A) Friday, 3rd November at 7.30pm 

Purbeck Shorts Competition Saturday, 4th November at 6.30pm 


  • The Miracle Club

There’s just one dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes. With a little benevolent interference from their local priest, a group of close friends get their ticket of a lifetime. 

Starring Maggie Smith, Laura Linney, Kathy Bates and directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

6th November 2:30pm & 7:30pm

7th & 8th November 7:30pm

  • The Great Escaper

In the summer of 2014, a World War II veteran sneaks out of his care home to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Starring Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing and directed by Oliver Parker

13th November 2:30pm & 7:30pm

14th & 15th November 7:30pm

  • Killers of the The Flower Moon

In the 1920s, members of the Osage Native American tribe of Osage County, Oklahoma, are murdered after oil is found on their land, and the FBI decides to investigate. 

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Lily Gladstone and directed by Martin Scorsese.

17th November 2:00pm & 7:00pm

21st & 22nd November 7:00pm

  • Past Lives

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are torn apart after Nora’s family emigrate from South Korea. Decades later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront destiny, love and the choices that make a life. 

Starring Greta Lee, Ted Woo, John Magaro. Directed and written by Celine Song.

24th November 7:30pm

27th November 2:30pm & 7:30pm

28th – 30th November 7:30pm

Events in The Showbar, upstairs at The Mowlem: 

  • Friday 10th November – Hyper 

The band formerly known as The Hyper Vypers return! Live music from 8pm

  • Wednesday 22nd November – Oscar’s Quiz Night 

£1 per person, up to 6 people per team, prizes to be won! Doors open 5.30pm, quiz starts at 8pm 

  • Friday 24th November – It’s Vinyly Friday!

Jazz, Funk, Afro & Latin all-vinyl all-dancing from 9pm with DJ Paul Angel

The Showbar is open Monday – Saturday 5.30pm – 9.30pm and later for events. 

 Mowlem Visual Arts Exhibitions:  

  • New Worlds’ Lewis Peake is a Swanage based Artist and Illustrator working primarily

with new media forms to construct futuristic narratives. Lewis has worked as a concept artist on many major productions of international stature such as His Dark Materials (BBC), Bridgerton (Netflix), Dracula (BBC) and most recently House of the Dragon (HBO).

For his exhibition at Mowlem he will present 5 large scale digital prints of forms that contain elements of creatures, space architecture and the archaeology of ancient civilisations. They unsettle the viewer through their complex weaving together of different times and spaces.

 The exhibition runs from 20th  October to 12th December whenever the theatre or Showbar are open.