Friday, 1 November 2013

‘Allo ‘Allo cast growing moustaches for Movember

Our ‘Allo ‘Allo cast are being sponsored to grow their characters’ moustaches to raise money for men’s health charity Movember.

Several characters had moustaches in the original TV series and we want our actors to look as much like them as possible. Usually we would just use make-up or false moustaches. However, our actors decided to raise money for charity as well as achieving an authentic look.

Steve Sale (Captain Bertorelli), Tony Lane (Rene Artois) and Mark Brown (Officer Crabtree) have been growing their facial hair for two weeks already. Regular moustache-wearer Kevin O’Neill (Monsieur LeClerc) is doing the ‘reverse Movember’ and will be shaving off his moustache. All are being sponsored by colleagues, friends and families.

Mark Brown said: “It’s a bit of fun to grow a moustache for your character, but it’s great to raise some money for charity at the same time. I’ve never taken part in Movember before, but I’m happy to take part and raise awareness of the campaign.”

Movember raises money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health issues. Men usually grow their moustaches during November, but GDS members have started early to ensure they will have a full upper lip coverage in time for the performances.

Sponsor the GDS team here

‘Allo ‘Allo will be on at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham from the 13th to the 16th of November, 7.30pm nightly. Call 01476 406158 or book tickets online.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Book your tickets for 'Allo 'Allo

Tickets for 'Allo 'Allo are on sale now!

People have been asking us for years to bring back 'Allo 'Allo as it was such a hit when we last performed the show in 2006. Catch up with your favourite characters at Cafe Rene from 13th to 16th November, 7.30pm nightly. Randy Rene, tone-deaf Madame Edith, the cheeky waitresses, and all the other residents of Nouvien will be waiting to greet you.

Tickets are available now from the Guildhall box office on 01476 406158 or online at the Guildhall website.

Monday, 23 September 2013

67th Annual General Meeting coming up

GDS's 67th AGM will take place on Friday 27th September at 7.30pm at The Green Room.

This meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about GDS and what we do, and will review the last year to April 2013. We will be looking forward to what is coming up over the next few months and making plans for the future.

The AGM will also see the committee for the coming year being voted in.

This meeting will also include an Extraordinary General Meeting to agree some changes to our constitution.

Drinks and nibbles will be served following the meetings and there will be an opportunity to chat, share ideas, and meet friends.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Casting for 'Allo Allo'

Initial readings for 'Allo Allo' will be held on:

2nd July 2013
9th July 2013
11th July 2013
- all at 7.30pm

“Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!”

Back by popular demand, GDS is excited to bring you this classic sitcom adaptation set in occupied France. Hapless café owner Rene Artois is caught between the Germans, the resistance, his wife and two mistresses. Can he keep everyone happy and save the café and his own life? This is an uproarious comedy with all your favourite characters, including ‘The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’!

More info about roles on our Latest Show page.

Performance dates: You must be available from 11th to 16th November 2013, and preferably the week prior.

Find out about our audition process
How to get to our rehearsal room

If you’re new to the group, email to let us know you’ll be attending, and to get the code for our electronic gate (not published here for security reasons).

Grantham Carnival 2013

For the third year, GDS had a float and a stall at Grantham Carnival. As always, we enjoyed ourselves on our float and raised some extra funds with our stall. The theme of the carnival this year was 'Events and Inventions that Changed the World'. We chose 'flight' which tied in perfectly with our recent production of Boeing-Boeing.

There was some controversy over this year's carnival, and we hope more of Grantham's clubs, societies and businesses will join us next year.


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Boeing-Boeing is a hit!

We had a lovely run of 'Boeing-Boeing' at the Guildhall, with great feedback from the audiences. Our surprise dance routine at the end went down particularly well and all the audiences left on a high.

Read the Journal's review of Boeing-Boeing

Our next production is going to be Allo Allo - audition information coming soon! Auditions will be open to all, and we'll be looking for plenty of men to take part - help us spread the word!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Check out our new video for Boeing-Boeing

Take a look at our hilarious new video featuring the cast of 'Boeing-Boeing'. All created by our Vice-Chairperson Paul Meakin.

Find out what really happens by coming to see the show! ‘Boeing-Boeing’, will be on stage at the Guildhall from 5th to 8th of June; tickets are available from the Guildhall website or on 01476 406158.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Grantham’s Calendar Girls nominated for awards

Our production of Calendar Girls has been nominated for two awards by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). NODA represents amateur groups performing plays and musicals across the UK.

We've been nominated for Best Production of Calendar Girls in the region and for Best Programme for the same show in recognition of the quality of the production which sold out at the Guildhall last November. Director, Mary O’Neill, commented: “We’re thrilled to have been nominated for these awards. Although we primarily put on our plays because we all love theatre, it’s gratifying to nominated for an award. It reflects both the quality of the shows we produce, and the hard work and dedication of the cast and crew of which we’re very proud.”

Our Chairperson Helen Pack added: “Grantham Dramatic Society strives for the highest standards in all aspects of theatre, and our nomination for the show and its programme just goes to show what we can achieve. We’re always keen for new members to join us, especially men who are always underrepresented in amateur groups.”

GDS’ next production, the farce ‘Boeing-Boeing’, will be on stage at the Guildhall from 5th to 8th of June; tickets are available from the Guildhall website or on 01476 406158.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Thank you for supporting our charity calendar - £1700 raised!

Sales of our charity calendar have raised £1714 for St Barnabas Hospice, and a cheque was presented this week. Cast and crew from our production of Calendar Girls posed for the cheeky calendar after deciding to use the popularity of Calendar Girls to help the local hospice.

We’re thrilled to have been able to raise so much for the Hospice. Many of our members have been affected by cancer and other illnesses so we were all extremely keen to make a success of the calendar. Grantham Dramatic Society was formed in 1945 to raise funds for good causes after World War Two so raising money for the Hospice is very much in our tradition.

Assistant Fundraising Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, Tina Dingley, commented: “On behalf of everyone at St Barnabas Grantham Hospice I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone from GDS for nominating the Hospice to receive the proceeds from the sales of the Calendar Girls calendars. Also a huge thank you to everyone who very generously purchased the calendars which resulted in the Hospice receiving the magnificent sum of £1,714 which will help us continue providing specialist hospice care within the local community; it really is greatly appreciated”.

Remaining calendars are still available from St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham for a small donation, and last until January 2014.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Boeing-Boeing tickets on sale now

Tickets for our fabulous new show 'Boeing-Boeing' are now on sale at the Guildhall. Book your tickets now to bag your favourite seats!

Find out more about the production on our 'latest show' page.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Open readings for our 139th production

If you'd like to be part of GDS' next show, come along to our open readings on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th February at 7.30pm. Readings are held at our own rehearsal rooms - The Green Room. Find out how to get there on our maps page.

Our committee have been reading and reviewing scripts for our next production from 5th to 8th June. It's been tough to find something to follow our sell-out run of Calendar Girls, but we have a fantastic show that has just been released - 'Boeing Boeing' by Marc Camoletti.

About the play
"Fasten your seatbelts for the most deliriously funny flight of your life".

Revived in the West End in 2007, Boeing Boeing tells the story of Parisian lothario Bernard who has three fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers". An unexpected schedule change brings all three to Paris and his apartment at the same time. Bernard's old school friend, Robert, and his housekeeper, Bertha, attempt to diffuse the inevitable chaos.

How you can get involved
There are roles for 4 women and 2 men. Of the four women, three are air hostesses; one American, one Italian and one German, each requiring the relevant accent.

To be considered for a part you must be available every evening of the play week from 3rd to 8th June 2013, and preferably the normal rehearsals the week before too. We usually rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week, and perform four nights, plus technical and dress rehearsals. You will need to become a member for at least the duration of the rehearsals and performance - current membership fees are £6 a month for full members, £2 for students.

In addition to the six acting roles we are also looking for enthusiastic people to support the show in a variety of roles, from backstage to technical or helping with publicity and promotion.

Other forthcoming activities
As well as Boeing Boeing we have an exciting opportunity to deliver a murder mystery play at the Lord Mayor's Charity dinner in April. We will be casting this over the next few weeks. We are also working with local cafe, Cafe Leo, to deliver a murder mystery play on 2nd March and currently looking to fill one of the male roles. Again if you would be interested in either of these activities, please do come along to next week's readings.

Our readings are open to all - existing members and those interested in getting involved. If you're interested in backstage, do come along and get an idea of what the plays are like. Like many amateur groups, we're particularly keen to hear from men who are interested in performing or working backstage. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or check out our Join page for more information about us and what readings are like.

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