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.
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 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:
Number 8 Box Office: 01386 555488
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