Sunday, 7 October 2018

Blackadder the Third coming soon...

Haven't you heard? Blackadder is returning to the Guildhall this November - this time it's the Regency period and Edmund is down on his luck. Once he was a member of the nobility, now he's the servant to the Prince Regent.

We'll be performing three classic episodes from 21st to 24th November so grab your tickets!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Gorgeous photos from Allington Manor shoot

We've been out and about for our latest photoshoot - to Allington Manor to be exact!

Our cast and photographer, Adrian Bond (also our Producer!) were delighted to be hosted at the beautiful venue. Renowned for the stunning surroundings and top service, Allington Manor was a perfect backdrop to our shoot for When We Are Married.

Representing the Victorian era home of the show's characters, the Manor really helped to set the scene and highlight the differences between the characters - some of whom are mostly used to being below stairs! Find out more about the show, and book tickets on our Latest Show page.

The photos turned out brilliantly, and our thanks go to the Vincent family for so generously hosting us. When We Are Married opens on Wednesday 23rd May and runs until Saturday 26th May - 7.30pm nightly.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

When We Are Married - get involved now!

Our next production is J B Priestley's 'Yorkshire farce' When We Are Married. This fantastic play visits three couples celebrating their shared 25th wedding anniversary - or at least they think they are. A startling revelation shakes the foundations of their marriages, and a series of unmanageable characters and situations threatens to expose the couples to scandal!

This great play has a big cast, 8 men and 7 women, of varying ages. The three couples at the centre of the story need to have playing ages of over 40, and there are many other roles.

As well as the cast, we are looking for people to take on all the backstage roles so if you're interested in helping with sets, props, costumes, hair and makeup, marketing, graphic design, producing and anything else, then please do come along.

The focus of our first meetings will be on finding our cast and selecting a director, but we want you all to come along - you get a chance to see what the play is about, and we need to gather details of everyone who wants to take part.

Meetings will be at 7.30pm at our rehearsal rooms on 9th, 11th and 16th January.

Now is a great time to get involved - it's a new year and an ideal time to try something new! We're a friendly bunch and always welcome new members. Casting is done by informal readings where we take it in turns to read different parts while sitting in a big circle. We don't ask you to learn a part and stand up on your own so don't be too nervous! As readings progress we may start acting out bits of scenes in groups, but it's very informal.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Ladykillers - Opening Soon

Our production of 'The Ladykillers' comes to the this November. We'll be playing from the 22nd to the 25th and tickets are available now from the Guildhall on 01476 406158.
Guildhall Arts Centre

Alternatively, you can book online now!

For more information, check out the 'Latest Show' page, or keep up to date with all things GDS on Facebook. In the meantime, here are a few pics from recent rehearsals to give you a flavour of what the dastardly Ladykillers have been up to...


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Interested in joining? Come to our Open Afternoon

Have you been thinking about joining us? Well, now is the perfect time!

Haven't thought about joining us at all, but now thinking it might be fun? Now is STILL the perfect time!

We will soon start to cast and begin working on our next show, which will be The Ladykillers. To give you the chance to find out more about the group and the different things we do, we're holding an Open Afternoon.

Join us on Saturday 1st July from 2pm to 6pm at our rehearsal room, 'The Green Room'. We'll have interactive displays about the various aspects of putting on a production, lots of our members on hand to answer all your questions, and free refreshments.

There are lots of elements that go into making a show happen as well as acting, but it's all about teamwork and getting creative.

Acting is one obvious thing we do, but putting on a show takes a lot more than the actors on the stage. If you want to learn something new or you have skills to share, see if anything below appeals to you:

  • Costume - Everything the actors wear helps communicate who the character is
  • Hair and Makeup - From a retro updo to a slick man's style, these aspects tell you a lot about the character and the period
  • Props - Bit of a bargain hunter or a dab hand at arts and crafts? Everything that goes on stage has to be found or made within a tight budget.
  • Set Design and Build - You could try your hand at carpentry or share your brilliant DIY skills
  • Producer and Stage Manager - These roles need good organisation and the ability to deal with people - sounds like you?
  • Marketing - We have to tell everyone about the show, and spread the word with posters, leaflets and social media
  • Graphic Design - Well, someone has to design those posters - and the programme too!
  • Front of House - If you like dealing with people this is a great role for you, selling raffle tickets and programmes, and helping people get in the mood
  • Prompt - Essential team member who monitors the script and helps the actors keep on track
  • Photography and Video - We do a photoshoot to help promote shows, and sometimes make a promotional video
  • Light and Sound - Find, create and plan sound effects, and design lighting effects with the Guildhall team
Plus we always need general helpers, people to read in when actors are away, set painters and more.

Got any questions? Come along to the Open Afternoon or contact