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We work hard, and work even harder at having fun. If you'd like to join LODS, find out more.

Support LODS

The best way you can support us is by coming to see our shows, we're always very grateful to our regular supporters. There are also other ways you can help support LODS.

LODS welcome our newest members...

  • Penny Aylott

    Penny Aylott

  • Lauren Bullock

    Lauren Bullock

  • Leanne Saunders

    Leanne Saunders

  • Jo Whitnell

    Jo Whitnell

About Leigh Operatic and Dramatic Society

The West Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society was formed in 1915 as a result of a concert party organised during the first World War. The Society expanded and in 1917 became known as Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society. Within 2 years the Society's success increased the membership and made it necessary to move from the original Clarke's College in London Road to more commodious premises at Elm Hall.

Over the second World War the Society had to scale down its productions but continued on by regularly giving first-rate revue type entertainment to the troops around the county.

Ours is a record of which we feel justly proud. We have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including 3 world premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations. Today LODS continues this tradition, always ready to take a risk in order to offer something, something exciting, but above all something entertaining. We have a lot of new and exciting shows coming up, so we look forward to seeing you there!

Join us

Each potential new acting member must pass an audition which is normally held the week after each production, every six months. The audition consitsts of three main disciplines: singing, dancing and acting as well as a general chat about your previous stage experience. Unfortunately we are not able to take all those who audition, and if, for whatever reason, you are not successful we'll give you some pointers to work on for the next time.

We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings at Wesley Methodist Church in Leigh-On-Sea. Around 5 weeks prior to each production we also rehearse on Sunday afternoons. We like members who are committed, enthusiastic and supportive and you are expected to attend each rehearsal unless otherwise noted.

What to expect at rehearsals

We start at 8pm sharp and although we work hard, rehearsals are a lot of fun. We love what we do and all our efforts go into producing the most professional show we can for our audiences. At 9pm we break for a quick cuppa and catch up with friends. At 10pm when we finish we'll sometimes head over to the pub, just across from our rehearsal venue (handy!).

Fees

Acting Membership - £100 per annum (£75 for seniors, £50 for students £40 for VPs). If you are taking part in a show we also ask you to pay a £30 show fee to cover additional fees invested in you.

Backstage Team

If performing isn't your thing please don't be put off! We need enthusiastic, helpful and willing stage crew to ensure that our shows are as professional as you see in the west end. Our backstage team are vital for the success of the show and they are the heroes that often go unsung. As a member of the backstage team you get to be an important part of our production team as well as come to all the fun stuff. Plus it's a great way in if you're a budding director, stage manager, set designer or you're just interested in the inner workings of putting on a fantastic show at the theatre!

Sound like you? Get in touch by emailing our membership secretary:

membership @ lods.co.uk