Past production of As You Like It


Being part of the Cast of BOAT is a unique experience; whether you are playing a lead character or a walk on - everyone is important and made to feel so. You are part of an extraordinary team and will, without a doubt, make some friends for life. The commitment is great but so are the rewards.

There are very few amateur companies who are sold out for three weeks in the summer, with an audience capacity of 500+ each night.

Many of our younger actors have gone onto drama school and made their career in acting on TV, film and/or stage.

Being in a Shakespeare production is the best ground work for any actor. The skills required to draw your audience in are the 'basics of acting' and once learnt will carry you through any production you may be involved in.

Once a member of the BOAT cast you will have the opportunity to join our Actors’ Workshop, prior to rehearsals starting, where you will be tutored by a professional Shakespearean Actor who is one of the BOAT Patrons.

In 2015 BOAT was selected to take part in the RSC Open Stages, an initiative for amateur Shakespeare companies. From our regional performance we were selected to perform on the main stage at the RSC.

The opportunities are great!

To audition for our 2024 production of Macbeth see our Auditions page

Auditions and Open Evenings are held every year in January, however you can join us at any time during the year using our crew sign up form.

Amazing dedicated and inspiring team to work with

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Get Involved. Backstage.


For those who prefer to be behind the scenes but still want to feel the excitement, this vital role will give you the buzz of performance. The stage crew is key to a successful production.

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Get Involved - Costume. A period dress costume is displayed on a mannequin.


If you love stunning fabrics, accessories, and jewellery you’ll find an outlet for your creativity.

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Get Involved. Front of House

Front of House

The Front of House team is there to meet and great members of the public coming to see the performance on Brownsea Island.

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Get Involved - Lighting. Lighting being rigged in the lighting tower.


There is something magical about creating theatre on an island and lighting particularly is a huge challenge. To be part of the Technical team is an amazing learning experience and good friends are made.

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Get Involved. Props


The props team support the actors on performance nights handing them any items that they take on stage. Bring a smile, a sense of humour, a few practical skills and enjoyment in being a team player.

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Get Involved- Publicity. Articles on BOAT appear in magazines.


We are always looking for new people with or without specific skills because publicity for BOAT is non -stop year round.

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Get Involved - Set Build. A partially constructed set in the field.

Set Build

Join us if you can wield a brush, or carry, fetch, hammer, drill or lift.

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