Thursday, 9 April 2015

New video for 'Out of Order' - meet 'Tricky Dicky' Willey!

Our next play is 'Out of Order' by Ray Cooney, the "master of British farce". This is the first play of our 2015 70th Anniversary season. We've been creating fantastic theatre in Grantham for seven decades and we still love it.

It's back to the 1980s for our pre-election show, poking fun at the shenanigans of the Westminster crowd. A little light relief amongst the election coverage!

'Out of Order follows the exploits of scandal-ridden junior MP Richard 'Dicky' Willey. He's not only skiving off a crucial debate, he's trying to have an illicit affair with an opposition secretary! When a dead body, his wife and interfering hotel staff turn up, the scene is set for a classic farce.

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To help us get in the mood, we created a new parody video featuring our cast and recreating the brilliant 80s music video for Robert Palmer's song 'Addicted to Love'.

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Blackadder Goes Forth nominated for NODA award

We're thrilled to announce that the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) has nominated our last show, 'Blackadder Goes Forth' for a coveted production award.

This nomination recognises the high standard achieved by our cast, crew and director in bringing this challenging show to the stage. NODA production awards celebrate the overall achievement of the entire show.

The show's director, Helen Pack, said: "This is so thrilling. It's a cliché but it really is an honour just to be nominated! The whole team worked incredibly hard on this production, including the technical team at the Guildhall, and we're proud of the high standard we achieved. This nomination is the icing on the cake!"

The winner of the award for the East Midlands region will be announced at a NODA event in June.

You don't want to miss our next production - 'Out of Order' by Ray Cooney. Find out more on our latest production page.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Help work out 'Who Killed Cupid' this Valentine's

GDS is helping to raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice again by performing a murder mystery dinner on Friday, 13th February. As a Valentine's night out, this event will certainly be a conversation starter!

Set in glamorous Hollywood, the mystery surrounds the murder of actress Joan Bollins' latest fiancé, Valentine Cupid. But which of the motley cast of characters is guilty?

Could it be sound effects wiz Mike Dupp (played by John Skerritt who starred as Blackadder in our latest show), or Tony Deff the dreadful singing gondolier (played by Bryan Scatchard aka General Melchett in Blackadder Goes Forth). Or could the guilty party be singer Zoe Prano, movie director Symour Films, or crazy relative Lucinda Marbles?

Join us at the Masonic Hall at 7.30pm on 13th February (tickets must be purchased in advance) to embark on this comic adventure, and see if you will spot whodunit.

Tickets can be booked online at any time from St Barnabas Hospice.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Casting our next show - Out of Order

Our next production is 'Out Of Order', a hilarious farce by Ray Cooney.  Casting readings are on Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th January, 7.30pm, at our rehearsal rooms. How to find us.
Please come along if you are interested in any aspect of the production. There are ten parts available in the play, with a variety of ages and a good mix of male and female roles. All are welcome.

Blackadder raises over £450 for poppy appeal

Fundraising at our recent production of Blackadder Goes Forth has raised more than £450 for The Poppy Appeal.

Sales of remembrance poppies and other poppy products, plus proceeds from a raffle and donations by audience members totted up to £450.10.  Chairperson Paul Meakin presented a cheque to John and Grace Knightall, local representatives of the Royal British Legion.

Remembrance has been a hugely important part of the production and we decided early on to try and raise as much as possible for the Poppy Appeal. We’ve been selling poppies and poppy products at rehearsals and in the theatre as well as donating all the proceeds of our raffle. It was amazing to see people coming out of the performance and adding their donations to the collection, and we’d like to thank them for their support.

Mr and Mrs Knightall were also extremely helpful, supplying the poppy petals used in the show, and we'd like to thank them for all their help.