About the DCPA/Membership


Welcome to the Dorchester Community Plays Association web site.  Here you'll find information about the Association and the five community plays which have been performed in Dorchester in the last quarter of a century, together with community plays in general.

The first Dorchester community play, Entertaining Strangers, was performed in 1985 from which the Dorchester Community Plays Association was born.  The Association has produced five further plays, one roughly every five years. Membership of the Association is open to all.

You do not have to be a member to take part in a play, but membership will allow you to be much more closely involved and will enable you to meet others with a similar interest.  Workshops and social events are a good opportunity for making friends, developing self confidence and discovering talents you never knew you had!

Why not join up today? 


Membership is open to all. The annual subscription is £5 for individuals and £8.50 for family membership. Click here to download a membership application form which when completed should be sent with payment of the subscription to the Membership Secretary. If you would prefer to pay by standing order you can do so by downloading a standing order form. If you are a UK tax payer then your subscription (along with any donations you may choose to make) can be gift aided - click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration form.


Dorchester Community Plays Association was formed as an unincorporated members’ association in November 1988 and registered as a charity. In 2010 it was decided to incorporate the Association and this was done by forming a company limited by guarantee, registering it as a separate charity and transferring to it the assets and functions of the former Association. The new Association came into being on 8th September 2010 and was registered as a charity on 21 March 2011. The company registration number is 07369993 and the Charity Commission registration number is 1140952.


The purpose of the Association is “to advance the education of the public in the performing arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts particularly by the production of community and educational plays and musicals”


The Association is managed by a board whose members are the charitable trustees. Much of the work is delegated to sub-committees or to small groups of volunteers. Once the decision to produce a play has been made a steering group is formed to take charge of the actual production and to work closely with the appointed professional team. The annual general meeting of the Association is held in May each year. If you want to find out more or to become a member please contact any of the officers of the Association who will be glad to help.

Chair: Rowan Seymour email Rowan Seymour

Vice-Chair: Sue McGarel email Sue McGarel

Publicity: Ruth Hayes 07776 420269 email Ruth Hayes  

Honorary Treasurer: Mike Beesley 01305 880055 email Mike Beesley

Membership Secretary: Lyn Beesley 01305 880055 email Lyn Beesley

Other members of the board:

  • Lucy Allen
  • Tom Archer
  • Peter Brown
  • David McGarel
  • Sue McGarel
  • Sonia Morris
  • Laurie Scott
  • Paul Wallis

Click here for the DCPA Health & Safety policy
Click here for the DCPA Safeguarding Policy 

The Association is set up as a company limited by guarantee (no. 07369993) and is also a registered charity (no. 1140952).