Bournemouth Little Theatre is a self-funding theatre run by its members on a voluntary basis. With a busy schedule of productions every year there is always room for new people to come along and get involved.
How do I get involved?
There are a number of different ways in which we invite you to get involved:
- Attend one of our play readings or open auditions
- Come and see one of our productions and speak to any of our members on duty
- Contact us through this website
We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Membership subscriptions play a vital part in supporting the theatre financially and enabling us to continue to stage productions to the high standards that our audiences have come to expect.
For anyone wishing to take an active role in one of our productions, either onstage or backstage, it is required that they become a member. However we do have an open audition policy and it is not necessary to be a member at the time of auditioning for a part in one of our productions.
Membership is also open to anyone who would like to support the theatre in a ‘non-active’ way and take advantage of the ticket discounts offered to members.
The membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June and the membership subscription charges are as follows:
- Single member £25
- Single member aged under 25 at 1st July £10
- Couple and children under 18 living at home £40
We regret that we are unable to accept juvenile membership except where parents are themselves members and here they take full responsibility for chaperoning their children.
If you would like to join please download a membership form and send it to the Membership Secretary, together with your subscription cheque, to the following address:
Bournemouth Little Theatre Club
11 Jameson Road
If your interest is in acting then do come along to any of our auditions. Open auditions are held for each production with dates being announced on our News page and through other outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, and our mailing list.
Prior to each audition there will be a reading of the play. Anyone is welcome to attend the play reading to find out more about the play, the characters and the director’s ideas for the production. Even if you don’t intend to audition do feel free to come along to a play reading, it’s a good opportunity to see the theatre and meet some of us who are already involved.
Being cast in one of our productions does require a commitment to attend rehearsals on a regular basis. The rehearsal period for each production is usually about 6 weeks, starting immediately after the previous production has finished. Rehearsals are usually held at the theatre on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Extra rehearsals may occasionally be added on other days as required.
As well as a director and a cast of actors each production also requires backstage staff. There will a stage manager and possibly one or more assistant stage managers depending on the needs of the production. Each production also needs a lighting operator and a sound operator. If you would like to get involved backstage then do come along to a play reading or audition to volunteer. If you already have stage management or technical theatre experience that’s great, but if not we’re just as keen to hear from people with the willingness to learn and the enthusiasm to get stuck in and have a go.
Away from the production side the theatre relies on a team of people to carry out supporting roles which are just as vital as those onstage and backstage. For each performance we require a house manager and other people to run the bar and coffee shop. There are also other activities which are continually ongoing such as marketing, publicity and ticket sales.
- Monday 2nd - Saturday 7th September 2019, 7.45pm
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
- Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th September 2019, 7.45pm
P&P Productions: Cheshire Cats by Gail Young
- Saturday 21st September 2019, 7.45pm
Paradox Productions: Love Letters by A R Gurney
- Monday 21st-26th September 2019, 7.45pm
Mystery at Greenfingers by J B Priestley