Barnum – Postponed

Barnum – Postponed

To all patrons and supporters of RMDS

I am sure it will come as no great surprise to you that we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our forthcoming Easter musical Barnum. We are taking this action in response to the announcement by the government that members of the public should avoid theatres due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. This is a very difficult decision to make, but it is a necessary one in consideration for the health and well-being of our membership, volunteers, and the wider community.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and very much hope that you will come and support us at Easter 2021 when we plan to put on this amazing show. In the meantime we will be offering full refunds for all tickets purchased. If you purchased your tickets with a card payment through the TicketSource website, you will shortly receive another notification from TicketSource explaining that your refund will be credited back to the card you paid with. If you purchased your tickets from our Greyfriars box office. Please pop in to see them and they will refund you. If your payment was by cheque, we will simply hand your cheque back to you as these have not yet been paid in.

Once again we’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, please do come and support our next show (whatever and whenever that may be) and in the meantime most importantly, stay safe.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch via the Contact Us page

Drama at Sea

Drama at Sea

Sailors, canoeists, paddleboarders and surfers can feel safer off the coast of Bournemouth and Christchurch thanks to fundraising by Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society. The society’s Ringwood Soirée chose the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Hengistbury Head coastguard lookout station as the focus for its charitable fundraising in November. And appropriately the NCI is now able to keep members of the public enjoying the sea very much in focus: the £1,000 donation from RMDS has enabled them to buy a £4,000 observation scope for use from the rejuvenated Hengistbury Head station, allowing them to keep a lookout for anyone who gets into trouble off the coast.
The NCI runs a network of volunteer coastguard stations around the UK, assisting HM Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats in keeping people safe at sea. RMDS, meanwhile, is very much back on dry land and currently rehearsing for it’s Easter musical, the circus spectacular Barnum, with the cast learning to juggle, tumble, tightrope walk and ride unicycles.
Pictured with the cast of Barnum, are the NCI’s Hengistbury Head station manager Peter Holway, deputy station manager (operations) Ed Essery and watchkeeper Bryan Scarfe.
Killing us with laughter

Killing us with laughter

An adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy film, The Ladykillers tells a tale of five criminal misfits holed up in an old lady’s house as they plan a robbery.

Renting rooms from the sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce, they plot to involve her in the mail train heist which sees them pretending to be musicians rehearsing in her home near King’s Cross Station.

They even con her into moving the stolen cash to her home after the robbery, but when they suspect she’s getting wise to their ruse they conclude there’s only way to keep her quiet…

With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her will the old lady live to tell the tale?

Graham Linehan’s black comedy converts proceedings into an hilarious send-up of loony, slapstick farce as the crooks fight among themselves.

Directed by Lucie Evans and with a cast of well known local faces, The Ladykillers play is staged by Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society at the Ringwood School Theatre from Wednesday 30th October to Friday 1st November. For details and tickets visit

Charity high flyers

Charity high flyers

Charity fundraising by Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society (RMDS) was flying high last year.

Following the RMDS Summer Show at Greyfriars in July 2018 the society was able to present £1,000 to each of the two chosen charities for the event – the Dorset & Somerset and Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulances.

Accepting the two £1,000 cheques were Leanne Colverson, fundraiser for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and Rob Harris, a volunteer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and the money was handed over by RMDS chairman Mark Bodger and society president Rosemary Guy.

The presentation was made during the RMDS Armistice Tribute held at the Ringwood School Theatre last November, part of the town’s Armistice centenary commemoration last year.

Proceeds from the Armistice Tribute, along with a donation from the sell-out RMDS Soirée also held in November – a further £1,000 – went to the local branch of The Royal British Legion.