POSE was the ‘brainchild’ of Sylvia Denning, a local drama enthusiast, who has gone on to a successful career as a professional free-lance theatre director.

The group was formed in 1973 to put on a production of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War’, directed by Sylvia, and involving members of Bookham Youth Centre along with the rest of the community. A meeting was held in The Old Barn Hall where the name POSE was chosen – in case anyone is wondering it actually stands for ‘Promotion of Social Education’ but we think POSE is very apt for a drama group.This was expected to be a ‘one off’ production costing £300.00!

The first pantomime POSE performed was in 1976 and we are still going strong today.


(A full account of the history can be read following the link below.)