THEATRE company The Gramophones will be bringing the stories of Shire Hall in Dorchester to life.

How do we decide which memories to keep? The memories of being locked in the cells, whilst awaiting trial for sheep-stealing, or the memories of marrying your husband in a historic courtroom?

Last year, The Gramophones Theatre Company spent time out on the streets of Dorchester, in the library and the market, collecting people’s memories of Shire Hall as part of the In Living Memory project. These have now been transformed into a promenade play called The Memory Museum, which will be performed in the historic courthouse from Wednesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 28.

The play focuses on the untold, personal accounts of Shire Hall, as told by the people of Dorchester - through rubber chickens, bubble wrap and silly hats, the cast evoke these different moments.

The play will allow people to see the newly refurbished museum before it opens to the public on May 1, as it will move around the building. Performances will be in low lit areas with some uneven surfaces, however the museum is wheelchair accessible with specially created staircases that transform into lifts.

*The Memory Museum, Shire Hall, Dorchester, Wednesday April 25 to 28. Performances at 7.30pm each day, with an additional play at 2.30pm on Saturday. Tickets are £5 each and are available from Dorchester Arts through their website or via the Corn Exchange.