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Drama Activities


Each year, we stage two full-length plays - in the spring (March/April) and late autumn (October). These run for three nights, from Thursday to Saturday inclusive. We rehearse twice a week for about eight weeks. Rehearsal nights are Monday and Thursday, with extra nights added if needed. Rehearsals and performances are in the Gosforth Public Hall.


Our latest initiative for youngsters is our weekly Youth Theatre Group and in August each year, we hold a week long theatre school for our younger members aged 8 and upwards.  This is a series of workshop activities which usually leads to some kind of show on the Saturday night at the end of the week.  It is always amazing how eager and capable young minds can be - if only our adult members could get from zero to a decent show in 6 days.


Our January pantomime, sometimes bought in and sometimes home grown, involves both adults and children. Rehearsals begin immediately after the autumn play, though we try to delay rehearsals for the children (the younger ones, at least) until nearer the Christmas holidays. The pantomime is very popular, playing for four or five nights to packed houses. As with many other amateur dramatic societies, we rely on the profit from the pantomime to subsidise occasional losses on our plays.

In February or March, we usually enter a one-act play in the Cumbria Drama Festival, a preliminary round of the All-England Theatre Festival (AETF) which, in recent years seems to have settled permanently at the Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands. Since we began competing in this festival in 1981 we have reached the next round (the North West Divisional Final) four times but so far, success at this stage eludes us - but only by a whisker! We feel that participation in such events is tremendously important, since it gives us the opportunity to meet other societies and to compare the standard of all aspects of our craft against theirs. The constructive criticism of a qualified adjudicator is also very valuable, as is the opportunity to perform on a decently sized stage.

It's not just acting ....

Even if you don’t fancy “treading the boards”, you can still be very helpful to us, just by doing whatever you do best. We need set designers, scenery builders, property makers, scene painters, lighting enthusiasts, dressmakers, hairdressers, make up experts, programme designers, publicity people and, last but not least, front of house personnel to set out seats, sell tickets, run raffles, organise refreshments or just show people to their seats.  For our pantomimes, we also need musicians and singers.

We have a multitude of uses for butchers (that's the butcher in the photo), bakers and candlestick makers, although they need to apply our trades, not theirs.  If you can handle a saw, hammer, screwdriver, paintbrush, wire cutters, soldering iron, needle and thread, scissors, pen, musical instrument, operate a sound system or lighting console, bake a nice cake or make a decent cup of tea or coffee or almost anything else, then we’d like to meet you..........
....... and if you really can act (or would like to give it a try), then we’d be even more pleased to see you.

Social Activities

GADS regularly attend local events like Seascale Fun Day and Gosforth Show - watch out for our gazebo.  And between shows the adults keep in touch with monthly Play Reading evenings (Plays for Pleasure), and the youngsters with the Youth Theatre Group.


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