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Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society

Great entertainment on your doorstep


Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society (WODS) was formed in 1892, which makes us one of the oldest amateur musical theatre companies in the UK. We perform a series of musical shows each year, usually at the Swan Theatre in Worcester. Anyone from 16 to 116 is welcome to join whether you’re a dancer, singer or actor, or want to help out backstage behind the scenes in some way, we’re always on the lookout to welcome new members. WODS owns its rehearsal rooms (St. Mary’s Hall), complete with a small stage that we often use for smaller productions such as concerts and plays, as well as a workshop, props and costume stores, meeting room and more.


WODS also runs a series of social events for members and friends throughout the year, so there are plenty of ways to get involved.

We have a thriving youth section (WODYS), formed in 1982, for youngsters aged 8 to 18. WODYS also performs a musical production at the Swan Theatre, Worcester every year with over 60 youngsters on stage, and usually a similar number on a waiting list to join. Wodys also operates a training academy (WODAC) for those on the waiting list to join the main group, where youngsters are trained in all aspects of theatre work, including singing, dancing, acting and general stagecraft.

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