Past production of Two Gentlemen of Verona


Until 2000 BOAT hired most of their costumes from the RSC. As an experiment, a small but enthusiastic team made the costumes for our 2001 production of Twelfth Night. The result was so successful that we have made our own ever since.

We currently have a dedicated Costume Unit in Poole which is large enough for storage and to provide a workshop. Although some of our Volunteers have advanced dressmaking skills, much of what we do involves simple organisation of items, maintenance and repairs: sewing on buttons, trimmings, hemming and even glueing. We also need help with hair and make-up if that is your particular interest and there is the opportunity for the costume team to help with wardrobe backstage during the production.

If you love stunning fabrics, accessories, and jewellery you’ll find an outlet for your creativity whatever the level – and can be sure of a warm welcome. You can either sew in your own home or come to the store and get involved on site – tea, coffee and biscuits always on hand!

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. Acting


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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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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.


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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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