Music and Drama Group

Music and Drama (MAD)

Activity_Drama_Herbal_BedDrama and Musicals are among the centre's principal year-round activities involving people of all ages and abilities, professional and amateur, who make full use of the Centre's fully equipped 157 seat theatre. Productions are organised mainly through the Music and Drama Group which stages a core of four shows a year, from a regular winter pantomime in January, a spring play, a summer show and an autumn play.

A Christmas music event is staged in most years.

The Music and Drama Group are members of NODA (National Operatic Drama Association). Read the NODA reviews of Spamalot , Private Peaceful and Sleeping Beauty.

Opportunities exist for Music and Drama Group members to participate in Cabarets which are very popular with audiences and to enjoy rehearsed play readings.  The group also produces shows outside the theatre, involving members of the wider community. An ongoing project is to organise more social evenings where members can meet informally to network with other members, to learn about the different roles involved in staging productions or to enjoy rehearsed play readings.

How and Who
The group reports to the Board of Directors and is run by a committee elected by its large membership.

The Music and Drama Group is always looking to encourage new members to perform or help backstage and offers a warm welcome with support to become as involved as they would like.

The Music and Drama Group meets Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 7.30pm in the Theatre.

For more info, email stage@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

Music and Drama Social Evenings

The Music and Drama Group also run social evenings giving people a chance to get together, meet the group and have some fun.

Music and Drama Group Youth Theatre

The Youth Theatre consists of workshops run by experienced and professional tutors in all aspects of theatre, with an opportunity to be involved in the annual pantomime and other productions throughout the year.

For anyone ages 11-18 inclusive, regardless of ability or experience.

Contact youththeatre@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk or call Sophie Lester on 01747 825349.

Costumes and wardrobe

The centre has an extensive wardrobe of some 2,000 digitally catalogued costumes available for hire to other groups and individuals, from period to modern and full chorus sets.

Rates are from £10-£20 per hiring (up to two weeks) or from £25 plus deposit for its specialist Proms Dress Hire Service. Accessories and props are available at an extra charge by negotiation.

Fees are payable on collection by cash or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to 'Shaftesbury Arts Centre'.

Please note bookings are by arrangement with the centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers,  not through the box office.

 For bookings and more information contact the Arts Centre's wardrobe mistress Liz Carruthers on 07939 617314 or costumes@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

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It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/Tpfi50yhAcY

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You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/Y9vV50yhzl0

Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/jhnr50yhySZ

Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks! @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/flQa50yhyL1

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  • It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX

    shaftesburyarts: "It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too!  @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX"
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  • You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

    shaftesburyarts: "You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS"
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  • It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ"
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  • Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV

    shaftesburyarts: "Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile  #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV"
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  • Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks! @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0

    shaftesburyarts: "Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks!  @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0"
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  • Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV

    shaftesburyarts: "Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles  http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV"
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  • It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists

    shaftesburyarts: "It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists"
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  • The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers

    shaftesburyarts: "The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers"
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  • It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP"
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  • Gallery open today, Sunday 10am-4pm and until 1st February. Great variety of medium and style from familiar artists and newcomers. @nationaltrust @WoodlandTrust #upcyclingsurfaces #wildlife #figuresculpture #textiles #abstractpainting #moonlanding http://ow.ly/jS1550xY7V0

    shaftesburyarts: "Gallery open today, Sunday 10am-4pm and until 1st February. Great variety of medium and style from familiar artists and newcomers. @nationaltrust @WoodlandTrust #upcyclingsurfaces #wildlife #figuresculpture #textiles #abstractpainting #moonlanding http://ow.ly/jS1550xY7V0"
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