BOAT 2018: Titus Andronicus

BOAT is one of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, annually performing on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.

The company is professionally run, but all of those involved with BOAT, whether on stage, backstage or front-of-house are unpaid volunteers. Since 1964 BOAT has involved around 1,500 volunteers, entertained more than 100,000 people and raised around £250,000 for the National Trust.

Every production takes many months to prepare each year, but it is an experience that the cast, crew and audience remember for a long time, and relish coming back to year after year. Maybe you will be part of BOAT 2018. We wish you the best!


Auditions will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January at the The Durley Dean Hotel from 7pm onwards. You need only turn up to one of these dates.

The Durley Dean Hotel,
28 West Cliff Road,

For more information, please download the Auditionee Information Sheet (PDF).

If you are interested in auditioning but can't make either date please contact the BOAT 2018 Production Manager on 07749 333897.

The Play

Titus Andronicus like many of Shakespeare’s plays as written has a lot more roles for men than women. However this play does have two of Shakespeare’s very best acting roles for women. This production will also make use of women in peripheral roles which would normally be for men. For more information, please download the Details and Roles Sheet (PDF).


Auditionee Information

Audition Details and Roles

Audition Pieces


Non-Acting Roles

If you are looking for a non-acting role you will be introduced to the Heads of Departments who will give you a clearer idea of what is involved in each department and will find out your special interests and experience.

We are very happy to introduce you to new skills and, rest assured, we are delighted to welcome people without any experience of theatre. You might like to be active in more than one department and, even if you are not part of the official set-build team, you will be given a pass that enables you to come to the island on Sundays & help with all the tasks that are involved in mounting and dismantling a huge, open air production.

This is a time when everyone is essential and, as well as working hard, we also aim to make it an enjoyable social occasion when cast and crew meet and mingle.