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Welcome

This is the website of Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society, commonly known as 'BODS'. We are a friendly society with a long tradition of high-quality music and drama productions at Betchworth Memorial Hall (between Reigate and Dorking) as well as varied social events. Feel free to explore information here about our history, past productions and future plans. Then come and join us !

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BODS is committed to protecting personal information. This Privacy Policy relates to our use of any personal information we collect from you when you become a Member or Supporter of the Society. Members pay a membership fee and Supporters are individuals who are involved in supporting the activities of the Society. This involvement includes (but is not limited to) scenery construction, costumes, properties, publicity, front of house arrangements, stage management, sound, lighting, direction, choreography, music and orchestra. Supporters also include lapsed members, as such members normally wish to remain in contact with the society and may wish to renew their membership at a future date.

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Changes to this Privacy Policy

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Or by phone/post to the Secretary
Linda Slater
10 Lazell Gardens
Betchworth

This policy was last updated 31st May 2018

Thespis

or "The Gods Grown Old", by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan

Directed by Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Musical Director: Ian Stone

7-10th November Betchworth Memorial Hall

The 'lost' G&S opera

This is a unique production of the earliest G & S work, for which no musical score survives. First staged in 1871 as a Christmas entertainment, it ran for 63 performances, but Sullivan's score was then lost, and the work largely forgotten during the writers' lifetimes - although Sullivan certainly reused at least two of the tunes. The story concerns a group of actors in ancient Greece - the original Thespians - who take over the role of Gods on Mount Olympus so the decrepit deities can take a holiday on earth, with predictably chaotic consequences

Thespis has only occasionally been revived, from the 1950s onwards, sometimes with a score specially composed 'in the style of Sullivan'. Lynda and Ian however have painstakingly created their own score using familiar tunes in Sullivan's later repertoire, but incorporating 'Climbing over Rocky Mountains' (Pirates of Penzance) and 'Little maid of Arcadee' which are known to have been in the original. 

Cast

Jupiter Patrick Gallagher
Mars Matt Stainer
Apollo Colin Bousfield
Diana Pam Patch
Mercury Jane Khan
   
Thespis David Longes
Daphne Jane Johnson
Nicemis Margaret Longes
Sparkeion Carolyn Burnley
Tipseion Jane Seymour
Preposteros  Julian Warner-Edney
Prettiea Julie Bickerdike
Timidon Stephen Tickell

Production

Sound & Lighting     David Ames
Set Design Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Set Construction the Company
Costumes Lynda Barrett-Mercer
Video recording Jonathan Bickerdike

Front of House
and make-up

John Bryant, Sally Coleman, Alison Cooper, Kate Cottrell, Jane Flanders,
Fiona Garner, Selena Hegarty, Linda King, Jane Sillett, Ann Staddon,
Sheila Staples, Shirley Trower, Neil Williams

Rehearsal photos by Mick Mercer and Lynda Barrett-Mercer

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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The 39 Steps


Performances 17-19th May 2018

Directors: Julie Bickerdike & Diane Mayall
Sound & Lighting: David Ames

A comedy thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film and original John Buchan novel. All the elements of the film - romance, murder, a manhunt and even the Forth rail bridge are brought to the small stage. Follow fearless Richard Hannay from 1930s London to Scotland and back, on the run from police and German spies

Richard Hannay Julian Warner-Edney
Pamela Tracey Hulf
Annabella Linda Slater
Policeman, Heavy
and other parts
David Longes
Policeman, Heavy
and other parts
Stephen Tickell
Compere, salesman
and other parts
Ian Stone
Mr Memory  David Ames
Professor Jordan
and other parts
Neil Mayall
Mrs Higgins
and other parts
Diane Mayall
 Margaret and other parts  Amy Mager

Rehearsal photos

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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Dates for your diary

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Next event

Please check back here for news of our next production when available. In November 2019 we plan to stage The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, directed by Alison Cooper

News (most recent first)

Thespis rehearsal photos
Thursday, 01 November 2018

Less than a week till opening night, but Lynda still found time to grab some rehearsal photos as well as directing !

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Take Part - arts festival gala evening
Sunday, 21 October 2018

BODS will be performing in a gala evening at the Harlequin Theatre (27th October) to mark the Take Part arts festival

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Thespis - see the video then book !
Sunday, 21 October 2018

The cast of Thespis have been busy rehearsing, and director Lynda has produced a short video to promote the show

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