Past production of As You Like It


As a registered charity, BOAT always tries to limit the amount it pays out for publicity in order to donate as much as possible to the National Trust. Therefore, we rely heavily on Volunteers to promote the main production and the activities of BOAT in general. We are always looking for new people with or without specific skills because publicity for BOAT is non -stop year round. The biggest task is the distribution of fliers and posters in the local area and is the simplest way anyone can be involved. However we are also keen to find people with experience or interest in other aspects of publicity. This could include joining the team that writes press releases, creates artwork, finds new outlets for publicity and supports other projects that BOAT undertakes.

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.

Brownsea Open Air Theatre always put on a great show

Get Involved. Acting


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.

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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 - 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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