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Welcome to Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society

We are an Ipswich Theatre Group based in Suffolk UK we have been performing musical theatre for over 60 years! With shows like Oklahoma, The Producers, Alice in Wonderland and many more, we have a rich history of providing musical theatre in Ipswich and surrounding areas.

Here you can learn about who we are, what we do, and why we do it as well. This website is here to show you our past successes and what we have planned for the future. The Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society works within the community to provide top West End standard shows, but for the local community. Working closely with local theatres such as the Ipswich Regent, New Wolsey Theatre and others, we create an atmosphere of enclosure, love, and fun whilst disciplining ourselves in the magical world of Theatre. As a leading Ipswich Musical Theatre group, we showcase the best local talent.

What people say about us:

With no shortage of ability and experience in the supporting cast and a chorus in excellent voice, IODs cements its reputation for quality as it once again meets its own high performance standards.

James Marston – Ipswich Star 2015 – Sunset Boulevard

Mike Wren and did a brilliant job and the singing was to their normal  high standard. This was Mark Connell’s first time choreographing for IODS and he did a great job. The whole cast certainly looked to be enjoying themselves.

Catherine Dixey – NODA 2013 – The Witches of Eastwick


What do Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society do?

The society has been active for over 60 years and we are hoping to continue for 60 more years and beyond! Without the hard work of our production teams, committee and of course our wonderful members, we wouldn’t be hear today. Our members are the heart and soul of the society and we open our society to any and all ages, gender, and background. We want to encourage everyone to be creative, and be part of something bigger – whilst getting the opportunity to perform on professional stages.

If you wish to learn more about joining us, then please click on Contact Us and we’ll invite you to one of our rehearsals. We accept any and all abilities from the surrounding areas, and any person of any age as well!


The scene stealer for me was Chloe Brown as Ado Annie, a whirlwind of naivety, feistiness and flirtation. Played out in front of an actual audience, I think the comedic love triangle between her, cowboy Will Parker (Michael Haywood Smith) and peddler Ali Hakim (Owen Berry) will go down a storm.

Wayne Savage – East Anglian Daily Times 2016 – Oklahoma!

Interested in joining the society? Want to get the opportunity to perform on local stages around the area? Then why not consider joining the society! It’s really simple to find out more information, and we are friendly, enthusiastic and mad about theatre! We are open to anyone with any background and we welcome anyone above the age of 16! Want to learn more? Then click here