KADDS – Amateur Dance & Drama

By Judy Parnall, Chairman, KADDS

KADDS (Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Society)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 subscriptions of 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


Successful Farce

The production of “Beyond a Joke”, a comedy by Derek Benfield, by Kingswood Amateur Dance and Drama Society (KADDS) certainly generated a lot of laughs from the 80 or so who attended Kingswood Village Hall on Saturday February 23. The genre was “bedroom farce” although on this occasion the need to conceal what was going on concerned an embarrassing number of (possibly) accidental deaths with bodies piling up at inconvenient moments when other important guests were expected. Joy Seymour and Mike Hill were well cast as the householders with Joy displaying a very effective ability to screech when under pressure. Steve Bonnett was the prospective son-in-law and managed to credibly sustain his character’s apparent conviction that foul play might be involved and was very good at deploying a sudden booming “NO” when he thought another person might be about to be poisoned. All the cast performed well and there was some clever manipulation to get one of the dead bodies into a wheelbarrow. Director Georgie Lucas maintained a rapid pace and the split stage design between house and garden worked well.

All in all another fine production from KADDS.

Forthcoming Events & Productions

Our Spring Play, in the masterly hands of our director William McKee, will be Neil Simon’s comedy


For our Autumn Play the excellent Lesley Crowther-Smith will direct Simon Brett’s comedy

Murder In Play

Performed on 31st October, 1st and 2nd November
Auditions in August

Do put these dates in your diary and come to your local KADDS drama group’s entertaining offerings right on your doorstep in Kingswood.