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Audition information for Made in Dagenham released

Made In Dagenham Pre-Audtion Advert

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as she encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase.  Featuring a rousing score and a choice of good character roles, Made in Dagenham offers parts for all ages.

See our future shows page for Character profiles and more information.


Three Sexy Ladies, One Lucky Devil, One Hell of a Musical! Tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale via Anvil Arts for the Witches of Eastwick (Tue 21st – Sat 25th March 2017).

See our current production page for more information about the show.

Call the Anvil Arts Box office on 01256 844244 or Buy Online

Ticket prices:

  • Tuesday: £20
  • Wednesday to Saturday: £23.00 (including Saturday matinee)
  • Concessions:
    • Under 16s: £15.00 all shows
    • Over 65s and Full Time Students: £1.00 reduction
  • Group Discount: 10 or more at £1.00 discount per ticket

Ticket Price Includes £2 Anvil Arts booking fee


Cast Announced for Witches of Eastwick

Following our auditions today we are very pleased to announce our cast for the Witches of Eastwick.

Congratulations to all who auditioned, we have a fantastic company and it is sure to be a great show.


Darryl Van Horne Rob Wilson
Alexandra Spofford Alex Stores
Jane Smart Danni Stembridge
Sukie Rougemount Emily Gregory
Felicia Gabriel Kathy May-Miller
Jennifer Gabriel Megan Hindmarsh
Michael Spofford George Price
Clyde Gabriel Martin Sampson
Little Girl Hannah Baker


Gina Marino Stephanie Webb
Greta Neff Sarah Williams
Brenda Parsley Katy Wilson
Marge Perly Emily Hurley
Rebecca Barnes Lisa Holbrook
Fidel Russell Barrett
Joe Marino Martin Palmer
Raymond Neff Simon Eastwood
Toby Bergman Sam Alexander
Rev. Ed Parsley Ian May-Miller
Frank Ogden Aaron Lewis
Mavis Jessup Alannah O’Neill
Marcy Wills Eliza Holloway
Franny Lovecraft Rebecca Greenhill
Homer Perly Matt Clarke
Phyllis Nixon Anna Garlick
Shirley Latimer Rosalind Aylmer
Alice Polck Julie Morris
Nancy Carter Jenny Moseley


Witches of Eastwick – Audition Information

BAOS is proud to announce that its next show will be Witches of Eastwick, playing 21st to 25th March 2017 at the Haymarket in Basingstoke.

Would you like to take part? We would love to have you involved and are holding pre-audition rehearsals on:

15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th September, all from 19:30 at Everest Community College.

Audition pieces will be available from 11st September upon request and at our AGM on 14th September in the Board Room at Everest Community College.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 2nd October.

Director: Sue Sampson
MD: Jules Dance


Hairspray, 2015

Performance Dates: 16th – 21st March 2015
Venue: The Haymarket, Basingstoke

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Tracy Turnblad Siobhan Branch
Corny Collins Ed Branch
Edna Turnblad Rob Wilson
Penny Pingleton Hazel Baldwin
Velma Von Tussle Stephanie Webb
Amber Von Tussle Laura Whitwell
Link Larkin Connor Mcgrane
Seaweed J. Stubbs Curtis Adams
Little Inez Aneesa Coelho
Motormouth Maybelle Natasha Mulvey
Wilbur Turnblad Ian May-Miller
Prudy Pingleton Carlie Cohen
Mr. Pinky Richard Cox
Gym Teacher Rachel Beard
Harriman F. Spritzer Simon Eastwood
Matron Caroline Price
Gilbert Owen White
Stooie David May-Miller
Cindy Watkins Jade Threlfall
Lorraine Bryony Westwood
Duane George Price
Thadine Gemma Case
Tammy Ellie Abley
Bradleigh Jess Reynolds
Fender Jack Baldwin
Brenda Amy Trew
Sketch Hattie Brannam
Shelley Kelly Brewer
IQ Ollie Johnson
Lou Ann Zoë Blackall
Council Member Abi Bastin
Council Member Emily Williams
Dynamite Bethany Overton
Dynamite Carlene Riley
Dynamite Kathy May-Miller
Dynamite Katie Frewin
Dynamite Lisa Holbrook
Dynamite Rachel Kingston-De Caires
Principal Mike Scott Cound
Newscaster (V.O) Liz Cleary
Ensemble Karen Ford
Ensemble Louise Crocker
Ensemble Melissa Currey
Ensemble Natasha Jenkins
Ensemble Nicky Stephens
Ensemble Ron Bagley
Ensemble Tracey Emery

Production Team

Director Helen Buick
Assistant Director Richard Cox
MD Jules Dance
Production Coordinator Gordon Sutton
Assistant Choreographer Tracy Emery
Stage Manager Colin Eales
Deputy Stage Manager Coral Minifie
Wardrobe Sarah Williams
Lighting Andy Jones
Sound Daniel Paine
Props Master Ollie Read
Props Desk Nick Williams

The Producers, 2013

Performance dates: 19th – 23rd March 2013
Venue: The Haymarket, Basingstoke


Max Bialystock Rob Wilson
Leo Bloom David Izzo
Production team:

Director: Sue Sampson
Assistant Director:
Musical Director: Jules Dance
Choreographer: Alex Stores
Stage Manager: Tim
Production Manager:


The show centres around a struggling impresario Max Bialystock who discovers he can make more money from a flop than a hit. With the help of timid accountant Leo Bloom , Bialystock sets about staging the worst play he can find. The pair then hire the worst director in Manhattan who never goes anywhere without his partner Carmen Ghia. All that’s left is to raise the money, which Max does by seducing an army of old ladies.

The Pirates of Penzance, 2002

Performance dates: 11-16 March 2002
Venue: The Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke


Major General Stanley Tim Price
Pirate King Martin Sampson
Samuel David Scanlan
Frederic Matt Laxton
Sergeant of Police Simon Brickell
Mabel Stanley Sally Airey
Edith Stanley Helen Palmer
Kate Stanley Stephanie Webb
Isabel Stanley Karen Watson
Ruth Kate Youll

Production team:

Director: Sue Sampson
Asst. Director: Caroline Price
Musical Director: Anne Bell
Asst. Musical Director: Tim Price
Stage Manager: Paul Young


The show opens with a group of Pirates (‘the famous Pirates of Penzance’) having a party. Their youngest member (Frederic) has turned 21, completed his indentures (apprenticeship), and is about to become a full member of their party. He was apprenticed when very young to the pirates by his nursemaid (Ruth) by mistake: She misheard her employer saying that he wanted Frederic apprenticed as a Pilot, and delivered them to the wrong people…..

Frederic however, isn’t happy about being a Pirate, and announces to them all that he intends to leave the profession, and become respectable (much to their horror). Before he leaves the band however, he has to tell them the reason that they are not very successful as Pirates:

They are too soft hearted….

As they are all orphans, it is widely known that they will not attack other orphans. Whenever they better a smaller ship, all aboard declare they are orphans, and they are released. Whenever they attack larger ships, they get soundly beaten.

He gives the remaining Pirates the chance to become respectable; a thought which horrifies the Pirate King and the remaining pirates. With this, he declares that he will have to bring them to justice and departs the band with Ruth, his nursemaid….

Walking along the seashore he discovers a group of young ladies playing by the shore. After an argument with Ruth (who secretly loves him), he approaches the girls and warns them of their proximity to the dangerous pirates. Having never seen a girl before, he asks if any of them might be interested in rescuing him from his past calling. All decline, apart from Mabel. The remaining girls, not wanting to wreck the blossoming love of the two, but also aware of the impropriety of the situation, decide to remain and discuss the weather, whilst Frederic and Mabel declaim their love for each other.

Soon however, the reality of the situation comes to the fore, and the girls decide they must leave, rather than face the Pirates. This happens too late however, and they are caught and held by the Pirates who decide to marry them. Their father (Major General Stanley) arrives and puts off their intentions by declaring he is an orphan, and they would destroy him if they took his daughters.

The Pirate King declares them all members of the Pirate band, and swears to protect them all from then on.

That night, the girls and Frederic discover Major General Stanley up past his bedtime, fretting about the lie that he has told to the Pirate King, for he is NO orphan. It is decided to call the local constabulary out, to arrest the band and save his hide.

When the police arrive, the Stanley daughters upset them by concentrating on all the ways that they are going to die at the hands of the Pirates. Not being the bravest of men, they finally get bullied into attacking the Pirate lair, with Frederic leading them.

Frederic is happy that he is now actively rooting out the scourge of the Pirates, when he meets up with the Pirate King and Ruth. With great delight, they inform he that, as he was born on the 29th of February, he has only had five birthdays. As he was apprenticed to his 21st birthday, he is still a pirate…. So Frederic unwillingly becomes a member of the Pirate band, and tells them that the Major General is not an orphan (and never was either!). The Pirate King swears vengeance on the Major General.

Crestfallen, Frederic meets Mabel, and informs her that he is once again, a member of the Pirate band. Although she does her best to sway his determination to fall into his old ways, he declares that he is a ‘Slave of Duty’, and must follow the dictates of his conscience. They declare that they will remain faithful to each other until his 21st birthday (in 1940), and then depart.

Mabel informs the Sergeant of Police of the current situation, and gets his very unwilling promise that they will still root out the Pirates.

The Police gather themselves around the Stanley estate and wait whilst the Pirate band creeps up towards the Major General, who is unaware of the latest problems…….

As the Pirate King confronts Major General Stanley, the Police come to battle the Pirates. Unfortunately for the Major General, the Police are swiftly defeated, with the Pirates victorious. All appears hopeless until the Sergeant of Police pulls out his last weapon: He demands the Pirates give themselves up in the name of Queen Victoria. Faced with such overwhelming pressure, the Pirates concede…

As they are being dragged off, Ruth cries out that they cannot  be jailed, as they are all noblemen who have gone wrong. The Major General, being a true Englishman, forgives them all, gives his daughters in matrimony to the Pirates and everyone lives happily ever after.

The Mikado, 2005

The Mikado 2005

Performance dates: 21-26 February 2005
Venue: Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke


Yum Yum Sally Airey
Pitti Sing Kathy May-Miller
Peep Bo Karen Watson
Katisha Kate Youll
Nanki Poo Damon Gravatt
Ko Ko Tim Price
Pooh Bah Martin Palmer
The Mikado Peter Francis
Pish Tush Clive Slatter
Production team:
Director: Sarah Brickell
Musical Director: Anne Bell
Stage Director: Frank Bell


Nanki-Poo has fled from the court of his father, the Mikado of Japan, to escape marriage with an overpowering lady named Katisha, who is somewhat older than himself. Assuming the disguise of a musician, he has fallen in love with a fair maiden, Yum-Yum, but has been prevented from marrying her by her guardian, Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry her himself. Heartbroken, Nanki-Poo has banished himself from the little town of Titipu where she lives.

Upon learning that Ko-Ko has been condemned to death for the crime of flirting, Nanki-Poo returns to Titipu to claim Yum-Yum’s hand. After an odd turn of events, it turns out that Ko-Ko has not only been reprieved of his death sentence, but has earned a promotion to the post of Lord High Executioner.

Unfortunately for Ko-Ko, he is not a big fan of killing people. With the Mikado of Japan becoming increasingly annoyed at the lack of executions taking place, Ko-Ko makes a deal with Nanki-Poo. Nanki-Poo is persuaded to offer his own head in exchange for a month of connubial bliss with Yum-Yum. Yum-Yum’s ardour for Nanki-Poo is somewhat reduced, however, when she discovers that the wife of a beheaded husband is buried alive.

The feared Mikado arrives with Katisha and Ko-Ko falsely tells the Mikado that the execution has already taken place, as he has been too cowardly to behead anyone. Katisha discloses who Nanki-Poo really was, the heir to the thrown. Ko-Ko has thus beheaded the heir and must therefore die.

Facing a death sentence himself for executing the Heir, Ko-Ko pleads with Nanki-Poo to return. Nanki-Poo agrees – on the condition that Katisha is safely married off first. Ko-Ko therefore throws himself on the mercy of Katisha and begs her hand in marriage. She agrees, and begs mercy for him from the Mikado.

Nanki-Poo then returns and, of course, ends up with his beloved Yum-Yum.

Oklahoma!, 2008

Performance dates: 26th February – 1st March 2008
Venue: Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke


Aunt Eller Kathy May-Miller
Curly David Izzo
Laurey Alex Sellers
Ike Skidmore Gordon Sutton
Slim Cliver Slatter
Will Parker Joseph Philpotts
Fred Bob McGhee
Jud Fry Ian “Spud” Smith
Ado Annie Carnes Lauren Newman
Ali Hakim Peter Chiverton
Gertie Cummings Karen Moore
Helen Palmer
Andrew Carnes Keith Shergold
Cord Elam Peter Francis

Production team:

Director: Sarah Wood
Musical Director: Colin Woolmer
Choreographer: Cari Deaves


Oklahoma! was an instant success and ran for a record breaking 2,212 performances only to be beaten 15 years later by ‘My Fair Lady’. World War II delayed the opportunity for the show to be seen in London but when it arrived in 1947, starring a little known Harold (Howard) Keel, it had a profound affect on the British public. Brought up on a diet of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward, and living under the grey clouds of post-war austerity; audiences were won over by the upbeat, optimistic themes and colourful spectacle. From that moment, the American musical was to reign supreme for decades to come. The 1955 film, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, is still a popular favourite today and the show continues to be one of the most often revived by both professionals and amateurs. The recent National Theatre production, headed by Maureen Lipman, was critically acclaimed and a studio version was filmed specially for release on video.



In the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), during the land rush of 1907, Laurey, with the help of her Aunt Eller, is managing the family farm. She has two suitors: charming cowboy Curly McLain and Jud Fry, her dark, brooding farmhand. Though she favours Curly, to spite him she agrees to let Jud drive her to the Box Lunch Social.

Will Parker has returned from Kansas City where he has won fifty dollars in a steer roping contest and plans to claim man-crazy Ado Annie as his bride. Her father, Andrew Carnes, has told him that if he ever had that much money she would be his. Unfortunately, Will has spent the money on presents, and is broke again. Carnes insists Annie marry Ali Hakim, the peddler who has been pursuing her. Ali Hakim is not interested in marriage.

Curly visits Jud and tries to discourage him, but the rivalry intensifies. Laurey believing in the “Elixir of Egypt” bought from the peddler, sniffs it and has a dream that helps her make up her mind.

At the Box Lunch Social, while farm people and cattle folk socialize, Ali Hakim goes to great lengths to ensure that Will is once more worth fifty dollars. Jud and Curly engage in a bidding war in the auction for Laurey’s lunch basket (and her company at lunch) and Curly proves his love by selling everything he owns to win.

Later, at the dance, Laurey spurns Jud’s advances, which provokes a confrontation that results in Jud’s dismissal and banishment from her ranch. She and Curly admit their love and they agree to marry.

Ado Annie and Will, with Ali Hakim out of the picture, reconcile and promise to be true to each other.

Laurey and Curly marry, and during the shivaree that follows, Jud returns and provokes a fight. In the scuffle, he is killed with his own knife. Curly is tried on the spot, pleads self-defence, and is acquitted.