Why join HAODS?

There are few experiences that can top taking part in a stage show, either on stage or off. At HAODS we are a lively, friendly society that is keen to welcome new members. Many friendships have been formed over the years at HAODS, and one of the most frequent pieces of feedback we receive from our members is the real sense of community and family that we have established.

A great deal of time and effort goes into creating a HAODS show, and coming together with like-minded people to accomplish a common goal is incredibly rewarding.

Cast of Sister Act 2021

I’ve never performed before – will this affect my membership?

Not at all!

Whether you are a seasoned amateur or have never set a foot on the stage before, you will be most welcome and encouraged by all in our award winning society.

Do I need to audition to join?

There are no auditions for membership to the Society. We are all amateurs and we aim at the highest standards of performance and production in our shows. If you are interested in performing in one of our shows, auditions are held for both the principal (main) parts and a simpler group audition if you’d like to take part in the chorus. These usually take place around four or five months before the show is performed. The whole process is very friendly and informal and takes place in our main rehearsal studio at HAODS House in Hurst Road, Horsham.

HAODS have an open audition and casting policy, and unless a particular characteristic is stated within the character descriptions, we welcome auditions from everyone and actively encourage auditions from people currently underrepresented within amateur dramatics.

What if I want to join the backstage crew?

Then please let us know in your membership form, and our new members coordinator can introduce you to our incredible backstage crew! With weekly meet-ups to discuss ongoing and future productions, you’ll be working directly with the production team and cast to ensure the show looks as good as it possibly can be!

Backstage Crew – Sister Act 2021


There is a small membership fee of £50 per year to join the Society, which is due each year on the date that you join.

Those members who choose to tread the boards also pay an audition fee and a show fee for each show. These fees go towards production costs – Set, Props, Venue hire, Costume, and more.

What do I get for my Membership Fee?

HAODS has considerable facilities available to its members including:

  • Rehearsal studios,
  • Costume Rooms,
  • A large Set and Props workshop
  • A cozy and welcoming Green Room (with drinks and snacks available!)

As well as several members-only social events throughout the year:

  • Karaoke Nights
  • Bowling
  • Cinema trips
  • Theatre trips
  • Open Mic nights
  • Stars In Their Eyes
  • The Annual Christmas Party
  • And many more!

What shows are you doing next?

  • Hairspray! – November 2023
  • Kipps – May 2024
  • The Addams Family – November 2024

Thinking of joining us?

Please fill out the form below, and our new member coordinator will get back to you shortly.

Payments for membership can be made via Bank Transfer:

Account Name: Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
Name of Bank: Barclays Bank PLC
Branch: Horsham
Account Number: 10489794
Sort Code: 20-42-58
Reference: Please enter New[First Initial and surname]  , eg: NewJBloggs 

Alternatively please download and complete our Membership Form and return it to the address below:

New Members Coordinator
HAODS House, The Old Ambulance Station
Hurst Road
West Sussex
RH12 2DJ