About BMCDS

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So who are we? ...

Since its formation in 1923 the Society has developed over the years from small beginnings to becoming arguably one of the finest Amateur Dramatic Societies in the South West.

Could our founder members ever have envisaged such success? Not only the well received performances and incredible reviews, but also the manner in which it has progressed in its presentation of the many Musicals, Plays, Cabarets and Youth productions.

From its early days and up to the outbreak of war in 1939, the Musical Comedy presented all the top musicals which were in vogue at that time. Sadly nearly all of these are no longer viable for performance as styles and tastes have changed.  That said though, BMCDS evolved with the ever changing times and grew stronger.

In the 60s and 70s the society presented many of the great shows coming in from Broadway and those showing in the West End.  All but a handful of the biggest names came to Barnstaple and the society continues to break new ground where and when it can, but always keeping a keen eye on a show's financial viability and constantly taking on board what the North Devon audiences will support.

Take a look at our Past Productions on the website to see our full history.

In 2008 we performed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which came to Barnstaple for only the second time ever. This is a "golden oldie" and as always we had an amazing cast and good reviews from our peers.  In 2009 we undertook a North Devon Premier when the society presented Lionel Bart's other great hit Blitz! A facinating and romantic trip through London during the dark days of the Blitz with excellent reviews.

In 2010 we played to full houses with the hugely successful "Beauty and the Beast". The excitement grew within North Devon over the course of the year and theatre goers were not dissapointed as the cast and crew delivered yet another phenominal week of performances with a waiting list for seat availability!

In 2011 we were one of only a few societies who were given an early opportunity to stage "The Sound of Music" following it's recent success in the West End. This was a huge success for us with new directorship and allowed the Society to spread it's wings further still.

So, what does the next few ywrs look like?  Well, for the 2016 show we are delving back into the past with the timeless classic "Annie".  Hailed as one of the "golden era" greats of Broadway this promises to be another scorcher and, with a vibrant production team in place breathing fresh air and energy in to the cast, you really don't want to miss out. 2017 will see us stage both Hairspray and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The future looks amazingly bright and will serve to show its founders what has been achieved following those early days in 1923. Long may it continue and long may the wonderful world of Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society bring theatre to life.