KADDS – Amateur Dance & Drama

Drama in Kingswood has an outstanding reputation and a faithful following. At its inception in 1980, it functioned under the banner of the KVCA. This proved so successful that after ten years, a separate drama committee was formed, known as KADDS (Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Society) to continue the wide variety of productions, which included classical and modern drama, comedies, thrillers, pantomimes, revues and Christmas shows.

100% of all profits are given to the KVCA for the upkeep of the hall, and this benefits Kingswood Village generally, by keeping the charges to other hall users as low as possible. In order to continue the high standard and variety of productions at KADDS, we welcome interest from the local community, not only on stage and backstage, but through our audiences. Attending our events is a most enjoyable way of supporting your village. It is an extremely friendly group which welcomes adults and children alike, so do take a minute to look at our forthcoming events.

We also advertise on the Amateur Dramatics Worldwide site.

For more information please contact Judy Parnall, Chairman, KADDS.

Why not join KADDS?

KADDS is a wonderful local drama group putting on shows to an excellent standard, and having fun in doing so. But we find ourselves relying on a smaller group of people to participate in the production of plays and shows, particularly behind the scenes, and we are keen to recruit more!

Each year we aim to put on three plays – during the February, May/June and October half-term breaks – plus Crackers, our pre-Christmas review. Each production is a separate entity and you can be involved in one, or as many as you wish. For each we hold auditions approximately three months prior to the performance, led by the Director, when the actors are chosen, and we decide on the Back Stage roles. Each production requires a Producer, Set Building and Stage Setting, Stage Manager, Prompt, Lighting, Costumes, Props and even someone to help with tea-making at rehearsals. You do not need to have had previous experience.

We are a very friendly group, and during the rehearsals and production it is a great deal of fun, culminating in the satisfaction and thrill of the Play itself. And always followed by a party!

If you have ever felt you would like to join in, be part of it and the camaraderie, then PLEASE CONTACT Judy Parnall.

Old Actors never die – they simply lose the plot
A review by Angie Mathers

After more than a year when many theatres shut their doors, it was a long-awaited pleasure to be entertained by a vibrant group of KADDS actors, ably directed by Lesley Crowther-Smith at the Kingswood Village Hall at the end of October. This cleverly written farce by Lynn Brittney was chosen specifically to cheer us up, and the fact that the plot was improbable made no difference, as it kept the audience laughing throughout the evening.

The action was set in Mount Home for Retired Theatricals (theatricals being the operative word, describing their larger-than-life characters). Colin Edgerton and Nick Gane created a set which typified a particular genre of fading residential home, this home being run by a super-efficient manager (Sally Moss) with her persuasive sales pitch. There was inevitable sympathy for the manager who was never going to succeed in creating a calm and efficient atmosphere, given that residents refused point-blank to fade into the sunset.

Three ladies cheerfully joined forces to outsmart a shared-ex-husband, and their eventual success was very satisfying. Russians chasing down the ex-husband added to the chaos and humour. However unlikely the whole plot seemed, it certainly added to the excitement, and the arrival of a Russian dominatrix rescued one resident’s flagging libido just as a very fetching young member of staff was kidnapped by a gun-toting mafia gangster.

It does occur to me that if you were thinking of booking your place at a retirement home for some peace, perhaps you might want to avoid Mount Home? On the other hand, if you love adventure and action, clearly this retirement home will be just the place for you!

Perhaps most encouraging of all for the future of KADDS is that it has been joined by experienced actors from other drama groups. The talent of all eleven cast members was obvious. Sally Moss, Charlie Crowther-Smith, Diana Hearn, Jan Smith, Marion Barker, Laura Worley, Don Hindle, Colin Edgerton, Andy Nichols, Lars Sawyer and Elayne Teague gave us all a night to remember. Maggie Kippen provided an array of costumes which became ever more eccentric in Act 2, with more excitement being aided by David Ames’ sound effects, timed to hit the comedic moments. Judy Parnall (Stage Manager), Louise Jowitt prompting, Jill Gunn handling the publicity and the “Friends of KADDS” handling front-of-house should also be congratulated on their quiet efficiency.

Forthcoming Events & Productions

Christmas Carols at The Waterhouse Café

11am Saturday 11th December 2021

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