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

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Blithe Spirit - Not long until curtain up!

It's under three weeks before the curtain rises on our production of Blithe Spirit, so we've been taking some fabulous photos to give you a taste of what the show is about.

You can see more of the pictures on our latest show page, and lots more on Facebook.

We had the privilege of holding our photoshoot at stunning Glebe House Bed and Breakfast in Muston. It's a fabulous house and we were given the warmest of welcomes by owners Carole and Andrew. Check out their website when you need accommodation - you won't be disappointed. Don't forget to say where you heard about them!

Book your tickets online or call 01476 406158. The first night is on Wednesday 24th May and we perform nightly until Saturday 27th May. Curtain up at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Change to rehearsal days

If you're planning on dropping in on rehearsals - if you're new to GDS or an existing member - please note that we are now rehearsing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. The Green Room will not generally be open on Tuesdays.

You're still welcome to come and see what's going on, but until Blithe Spirit opens on 24th May, rehearsals are on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Alternative Therapies Taster Day

And now for something completely different...

GDS invites you to join us for an Alternative Therapies Taster Day on Saturday 3rd June. From 10am to 4pm we will be offering taster sessions in a range of therapies delivered by experienced practitioners. Taster sessions of approximately 20 minutes will be available on a drop-in basis for a minimum donation of £5 per session.

You will be able to meet practitioners and get a taste of what each therapy is like, and whether you will enjoy or benefit from further treatment - and at a bargain price! Therapies available:

Indian Head Massage
Back Massage
Spiritual Healing
Ear Candling
Tarot Readings

This special pamper day will be held at our rehearsal venue, The Green Room, off Springfield Road. Please see our maps page for details of how to find us.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Blithe Spirit - By popular demand!

Our next production will be Noel Coward's sparkling supernatural comedy, Blithe Spirit. We will be on stage at the Guildhall Arts Centre from 24th to 27th May.

The play follows writer Charles Condomine as he holds a seance as research for a forthcoming story. All is going well when local medium Madame Arcati agrees to contact the other side, but soon Charles' life is turned upside down when his dead wife, Elvira, is brought back to visit him. Not a great situation when Charles has remarried, and his current wife finds out about the invisible house guest.

There are brilliant characters, and a lively plot with plenty of twists and surprises. Madame Arcati is a fabulous character in particular, and is a well known role in the theatre. Competition for roles was stiff, but we have a fantastic cast and can't wait to bring the play to the stage.

Tickets are on sale now!

This play was chosen as a result of the public vote that we conducted at the end of 2016. We surveyed audience members at our November show and held an open survey online, and Blithe Spirit came out as one of the favourite shows. There were also other plays you liked the sound of so we have lots of ideas for future shows.

We always like to hear from you which plays you would like to see, so do get in touch.