Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society

PODS is a member of NODA - National Operatic and Dramatic Association

Welcome To PODS

Welcome to Pershore's Resident Musical Theatre Company based at Number 8 Community Arts Centre, High Street, Pershore.


PODS was founded in 1989 and is now in its 30th year of entertaining local audiences with professional quality Musical shows and Variety performances to suit all ages and tastes.


New members are always welcome, whether you want to join as a singer, dancer, actor or to help with costumes, backstage crew, or anything else!


Please see our Join Us page for more information on becoming a Member.


You can also offer support by becoming a Patron of the Society, Sposoring a show or donating to our show Raffles, more details can be found below.




Tickets for shows are available from Number 8's Box Office  10am-4pm Monday-Saturday


Call 01386 555488


You can also book online. Please visit their website for more details: www.number8.org

Our Story

Rehearsals throughout the years have been held  in numerous venues including:  the New Inn, Cherry Orchard House, The Almonry, various village halls, the Old Music Hall, then at the back of the derelict former Co-op which later became Number 8. Rehersals now take place at  Number 8. 


Costumes have also  been stored in a variety of places, including: Special Occasions, Sue Clasen’s cellar, the back of Bradford and Bingley, the  Old Music Hall, the Wilson’s property on the High Street, then round everyone again before finally into Number 8 with a dedicated wardrobe store. 


Scenery for shows has been built in: the Old Magistrates’ Court Room where flats were painted on their side, then Jim Hutcheon’s factory, the Old Music Hall, a barn at Drakes Broughton and now at Steve Miller’s barn.   Props have been stored in a trailer on Pershore’s former Aerodrome and are now in our trailer on Marshall’s yard.

On 25th January 1989, Judy and Stuart Megarry held an inaugural Meeting above Pershore’s Baptist Church, having posted leaflets around the town for anyone interested in forming a Musical Theatre Society. 


They arrived on a freezing January evening and waited.   There was lots of interest, with 74 people attending.   This was no ordinary meeting, by the end of the evening everyone was up singing "There’s no Business Like Show Business" and so PODS began.


PODS performed their first show 14 weeks later at Pershore High School and had to put out extra seats for all three performances in the Hall, which held 400  people.


Later shows were put on at Pershore Leisure Centre, where impressive sets were built from scratch by the blood, sweat and tears of society members over a four day "get in".


 PODS have also put on shows at the Frank Parkinson Lecture Theatre at Pershore Horticultural College and the Swan Theatre in Worcester.


In 2004   Number 8 Community Arts Centre opened its doors and PODS became its resident  theatre company.


Between performances, PODS have  performed local cabarets for different organisations, entered floats in Pershore Carnival andtook part in other community events.


Many people who have come through our Society have also gone on to be professional performers in  Disneyland, the West End, on Cruise Ships, for Birmingham Rep, Panto on tour and lighting for West End shows to name but a few.


PODS have always put on quality shows where a combination of great talent, hard work, productive rehearsals and great team spirit have given the public in and around Pershore some wonderful entertainment which we hope will continue for many more years to come. 

Our Committee

President: Jim Hutcheon


Chair: Sue Price


Vice Chair: David Hemming


Treasurer: Stuart Megarry


Secretary: Victoria Annis


Business Manager: Judy Megarry


Committee Members: Sally Steadman, Matt Owens, Beth Milsom, Dave Thompson, Hannah Burton

Get In Touch

If you would like to get in touch with PODS, please use our Contact Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


We welcome hearing from any new members (minimum age 17) wanting to join and anyone interested in what we do.


We would  love to hear any feedback from our audiences too, so please do send us a message.


You can also email us direct on:




FOR ENQUIRES REGARDING OUR YOUTH SECTION PODYS (Ages 10-18 years) PLEASE DIRECTLY EMAIL: podys@live.co.uk or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/podysnew/ 




Pershore Operatic & Dramatic Society

c/o 8 The High Street


WR10 1BG

Email: info@pershorepods.co.uk

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Number 8 Box Office: 01386 555488