When Judy & Stuart Megarry moved to the area, it was to see the return
musical theatre to the Georgian market town of Pershore, by establishing
‘PODS’ – Pershore Operatic & Dramatic Society.
PODS is an inspiring story of people overcoming multiple challenges and
tribulations, led by the indefatigable Megarry’s whose determination
continues to inspire and brook no obstacles.
For over 20 years, before moving from Nottinghamshire to their Pershore home and joining Worcester’s Operatic and Dramatic Society, Judy had won her spurs in all aspects of musical theatre, whilst Stuart’s engineering expertise had long proved invaluable behind-the-scenes.
Seeing that Pershore lacked musical theatre, the pair began to dream.
- the community could once again support an Operatic and Dramatic Society?
- What if….those performing and behind scenes skills and talents that must surely be in our midst, could be gathered and developed to stage something of a renaissance in community arts?
The pair began to act – posting handbills to attract people to the first ever meeting of PODS. And, with 74 folk crowding into Pershore’s Baptist Church Hall that January night, PODS was born!
Over 30 years since then, the Megarry’s evolved PODS into a ‘brand’ that’s really come to mean something, giving a wealth of activities and entertainment people couldn’t previously enjoy in the town.
PODS was the inspiration and leading lights of a massive community effort to fund raise, then successfully turn a former derelict High St Co op supermarket into a thriving, multi award winning Theatre Arts Centre called Number 8; a jewel in Pershore’s High Street.
As well as performing 65 musicals (several award winning), PODS has led or participated in cabarets and ‘Singalongs’ for organisations and charities, entertained care home and sheltered housing residents, and at community events. Facets recognised when Judy was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours.