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


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 put on three entertainments – end February, end May and end October – plus Crackers, our pre-Christmas show. 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


Revue of October Play – Murder in Play

Lindsay Cole, with husband Rupert, was at Kingswood Village Hall on 31 October to see KADDS Autumn play. Here is what she had to say – or did she?

A director called Boris, whose ego is matched only by his libido, an ensemble riven with politics and plagued with ineptitude, red herrings thrown carelessly into the dialogue at every opportunity. What can possibly go wrong, who will retain some dignity and will the dreadful performance ever reach a conclusion?
Anyway, back to the play and once again KADDS has staged a marvellous production of this Simon Brett comedy thriller that kept us entertained in suspense until moments before the final curtain. Acted with enthusiasm and wit, this play (Murder at Priorswell Manor) within a ‘play’, seems uncomfortably close to a murder mystery weekend gone horribly wrong; we’ve all been there, where guests imbibe a little too much, forget their lines and eventually give up the will to live – or at least to finish the drunken saga. The one difference is that the leading lady (and Boris’s wife in the real ‘play’ but not in the play) meets her ‘real’ demise on stage, but not in her play – with me so far?
Boris Smolensky (Lars Sawyer) comfortably leads the players (but not in his play unfortunately) through a highly amusing series of hilarious gaffes, wheels within wheels, plots within plots and intrigues within intrigues, where it seems everyone has a past to hide, an affair (or two) to cover up or an addiction to conceal (badly).
Who is the ‘real’ murderer, what is the true motive, is Boris really going to America and how will the Priorswell murder ever be solved now that the ‘real’ cast are playing musical casting couches with their parts? The reluctant Pat (Georgie Lucas) hilariously dons the cook’s apron with a tour de force from RADA, Tim Fermor’s (Geoff Thorn) soprano pistol wielding damaged war hero is superbly awful, Christa D’Amato (Alex Coles) past glories are endlessly recounted to the merciless scorn of her fellow thesps and Harrison Bracewell’s (Charlie Crowther-Smith) alcoholic haze of lost lines and name dropping is finally up-staged and silenced by a cupboard! Clearly the show must go on, but which one – still with me?
We didn’t understand the programme before the show began, confusion reigned amongst the cast(s) and audience, schizophrenia would have been helpful on the night, but we were treated to a wonderful display of bad acting (in the play, not the ‘play’!), which proved that when it is this bad it is very funny. Jill Gunn (Jill Gunn) tried to explain the programme to us, but to no avail. Still, at least her production was excellent!
Lesley Crowther-Smith’s direction must have been challenging, but came out easily on top with a fine display of organised chaos and comic touch. As ever, the excellent set, costumes, make-up, props, lighting and sound matched the acting talents on display and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re too late now.
If only Boris had got that job in America sooner..….

KADDS next production will be ‘The Snow Queen’ on Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd February 2020, when the play will actually be the ‘play’.

Lindsay Cole (or was it?)

Forthcoming Events & Productions

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

In February 2020 we will be presenting:

The Snow Queen by Ron Nichol

Directed by Eileen Hannah

Tickets now available at The Village Store, Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood

or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/kadds


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