Bury St Edmunds
Amateur Operatic
& Dramatic Society

... or BSEAODS for short ... are a friendly bunch upholding the values of our founders over 100 years ago. Not that we are all old foggies, far from it. We aim to be a thriving organisation for all ages, offering a range of exhilarating productions and opportunities for all.

We hope you enjoy learning about our activities through this website and most of all that it will encourage you to come to see our productions. Who knows, you may even discover your own hidden talents!


Yes it was worth waiting for

Sweet Charity

Perhaps not always so sweet


A First-class Fagin

South Pacific

One from the deepest archives ..

Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society is offering a prize fund of £150 each to two young people who are about to embark on a full-time course of study in the performing arts. The money is awarded to help with the purchase of books and other essential items of equipment for their chosen course.

The prize (first offered in 1990) perpetuates the memory a past President and Chairman of the Society who died in 1987. Alan was also a teacher at County Upper School, and a Youth Officer for Bury St Edmunds. The award was set up in co-operation with his widow, Margaret, who is also a past President of the Society.

An applicant must write in their own words (about one A4 page) saying how they will benefit from the award, giving some information about themselves and what they have accomplished in the performing arts to date.

Full details of all the information required can be obtained by writing to the Honorary Secretary at enquiries@bseaods.org.uk, or by phoning us on 01284 788440.

In past years, it has been the case that more than one award has been made where applications merit.

... that an amateur stage production can cost anything up to £25,000?

In order to help BSEAODS continue to stage these shows, a group of supporters - "Friends" - has been formed, who each make a donation of £20 per year. In return, Friends enjoy several privileges including:

  • Advance notification of shows and concerts
  • A FREE programme and £1 off the cost of two tickets for each of our shows
  • You will be entered into a draw for free tickets for shows
  • An acknowledgement of your support in our programmes
  • Regular copies of the Society newsletter
  • An open invitation to social events
  • The opportunity to vote for future shows
  • Why not email us to become a Friend of BSEAODS for all of the above?

    Some links to our friends

    We would like to thank all our sponsors for the support they give ...

    The National Operatic and Dramatic Association

    Keith Mindham Photography

    All our photographic services

    Theatre Royal

    Our Thespianic Home in Bury St Edmunds