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  and Private Peaceful.

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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Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/rVV950xY7rX

Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/lIhL50xY6A2

Painting the blues - paintings from four different exhibitions who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/Neqc50xY5Lw

Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brughtceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/2F5R50xY5q5

Coming soon Welcome 20 - the taster that showcases all the exhibitions coming up this year in the Gallery. 17 Jan - 1 Feb. We are now also promoting exhibitions on the global contemporary art website Art Rabbit ... have a look! http://ow.ly/DQlR50xTKUZ http://ow.ly/7woD50xTKUY

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  • Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW

    shaftesburyarts: "Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW"
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  • Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1

    shaftesburyarts: "Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1"
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  • Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx

    shaftesburyarts: "Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx"
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  • Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7

    shaftesburyarts: "Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7"
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  • Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery. #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery.  #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7"
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  • The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH

    shaftesburyarts: "The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH"
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  • We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN

    shaftesburyarts: "We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN"
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  • Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am. #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am.  #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6"
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  • The Eeles Family Pottery continues in the gallery until 4th January along with artwork from Uncle Alan. A great range of prices for Christmas gifts. #ceramicfigure #marbledporcelain #rainbowraku #givehandmadepotsforchristmas #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/7grL50xysdI

    shaftesburyarts: "The Eeles Family Pottery continues in the gallery until 4th January along with artwork from Uncle Alan. A great range of prices for Christmas gifts. #ceramicfigure #marbledporcelain #rainbowraku #givehandmadepotsforchristmas #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/7grL50xysdI"
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