Forthcoming Grantham Dramatic Society productions at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre, Grantham. For more information, see the 'latest show' page:
23rd to 26th November 2016 - The Vicar of Dibley
Casting for The Vicar of Dibley begins on Thursday 14th July, 7.30pm. In the meantime, why not get involved in 'The Old Dogg at the Mint' or join us on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm for social readings to help choose our shows for 2017.
GDS is really welcoming and relaxed and we like to have as much fun as possible. Membership is open to everyone over the age of 18 - we have members up to 70 or 80 years old! If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by your parent or guardian, who must also be a member. We positively encourage people from all sectors of the community to join us as members, particularly those who are currently underrepresented.
It doesn’t matter whether the stage is your home-from-home or you’ve never been near a theatre before. We have lots of members who joined us with little or no experience, and they all enjoy getting involved and come back for more. Everyone has an equal chance to be cast; you don’t have to be a member for a certain time or ‘pay your dues’.
Our shows are cast through round-table readings (we sit down and read the play out loud) which is much more relaxed and less stressful than a formal audition. Everyone has the chance to read for a part, but you don’t have to stand up on your own and perform. It's informal, and gives everyone a taste of what each play is about and what the characters are like.
Rehearsals are generally every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at ‘The Green Room’ when we are rehearsing a production, although this can vary so it's best to contact us before you come. At other times meetings may vary, so please get in touch before coming along.
'The Green Room' is our rehearsal space on Springfield Road. See the ‘map’ page for directions.
Don't want to act, but fancy getting involved? There are many off-stage roles to fill with each production – it’s a true team effort. From costume to sets to technical, it all has to get done! Plus, if you want to have an acting role in future, it's a great way to build your confidence without the pressure of having a role immediately. You can see what happens at rehearsals, learn about theatre craft and be involved when we're at the theatre which is great experience.
We do lots of other things too, such as social events, theatre trips, smaller productions at local events and making videos. Fundraising is also really important with the rising costs of utilities and putting on a show, and to enable us to undertake a diverse range of activities. You can get involved in planning these events, too.
Try before you buy
We recommend you come along to a few rehearsals or an open event to get to know the group before you join properly. We're a very welcoming bunch and you're sure to make some great new friends. Keep an eye on our website, or like our Facebook page to keep up to date.
All active members of the Society are asked to make a contribution towards its running costs. You may also be asked to make a donation if you wish to keep your script after a production. As users of the Green Room, member fees go towards building rent, insurance and electricity. Member fees also contribute to stage insurance, theatre hire and transport costs.
Monthly standing order: £6 standard, £2 student/social member
Annual cash or cheque: Student or social members are able to pay on an annual basis if they wish: £24 payable at the Annual General Meeting.