Welcome to the Faringdon Dramatic Society's Website

"Entertainment for all the family in Faringdon and beyond"

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We hope that you will come and enjoy our productions. Faringdon Dramatic Society has been entertaining the local community for over seventy years and the standard of acting has often been compared to that seen at a professional theatre. The society has been the proud winner of many county and national awards.

And it isn’t all about the acting! We are also often complimented on the excellent quality of the stage set, make-up and costumes used in our productions. You may be surprised to hear that all are created specially “from scratch” for each production by the hard working “behind the scenes” members of our society. Why not come and join us? Everyone is welcome.

2020 is our website’s 20th Anniversary!


The CORONA INTERLUDE

ScrubsScrubs PigeonDue to the current health crisis, all future planned productions have been postponed until further notice. Meetings are continuing via video conferencing wherever possible.

As they have no plays to make costumes for, our wardrobe department have joined a whole group of volunteers who are keeping themselves busy by making scrubs and masks for our local health centre. One doctor specifically asked for one with a pink pigeon.

Every Friday we are having a virtual night down the pub for a chat and usually a quiz. Bring your own drinks! Check fb or email for details.

If you’re a senior, you will love this hilarious pandemic poem from New Zealand:

Pandemic PoemI’m normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates

You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.

They’ll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook
So not everything was told.

We may seem sweet old ladies
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s –
If you only knew the truth!

There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.

Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?

We didn’t mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full
But to bury us before we’re dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!

So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!

It didnt really bother me
I’d while away the hour
I’d bake for all the family
But I’ve got no bloody flour!

Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I’m swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.

At least I’ve got a stash of booze
For when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin
If I’m feeling suicidal!

So let’s all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn’t decimate our wealth.

We’ll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I’m not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!

Author – Jan Beaumont, Auckland NZ (www.facebook.com/janbeamont)

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Quiz of the week!

Lockdown Week 8 (11/05/2020) Lockdown Week 9 (18/05/2020)
Jack Beanstalk 2013 Cow1. Which panto was this made for?
Too easy?
OK then, whose head went in it?
Royal Marine Camp1. Where was “The Little Theatre”?
Outside Edge 2008 Cake2. Where did we eat this cake?
(I was there but never even saw it!)
ghost-train-1949-photo2. Founder members of FDS moving scenery for their very first play. What has that got to do with a BBC comedy-sitcom?
peter-panto-2008-863. Who is that crocodile? tons-of-money-1971-23. Who is that person shown on the right?
Lockdown Week 10 (25/05/2020) Lockdown Week 11 (01/06/2020)
1. This was basinful-of-the-briny-1972-photothe last play to be performed in the Little Theatre. How much did the adult ticket cost?

Brides Of March 1973 Photo1. This play was not performed in Faringdon. Where was it?

Blood Brothers 1997 12. The producer, Kate Lord quoted an old Buddhist tenet about this play. What was it?

Wishing On A Star 2019 042. If this pantomime had been performed in 1628 in Faringdon where would our intrepid searchers needed to go to find the real ‘falling star’. (Not across the River Temes as in this one)

Aladdin 2020 Poster3. What was the damming criticism in the NODA report for this play that disqualified it for the panto award?

Home3. How many plays have FDS performed at the Sudbury House Hotel?


Next Production

A Night at the Musicals poster

A Night at the Musicals

A concert by Verity Roberts
Dates to be decided
Faringdon Corn Exchange
This production has been postponed until 2020 is rebooted next year.

Tickets

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The latest production has now completely finished


Last Production

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Aladdin

A pantomime by Peter Webster
Saturday 25 January 2020 - Sunday 26 January 2020
Friday 31 January 2020 - Saturday 1 February 2020
Faringdon Junior School
A traditional pantomime to follow the winter solstice festivities.

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12th now 19th March 2020 Postponed - play reading - three one-act plays for potential performance at the 'Follyfest Fringe'; 8 pm in the United Church Hall. All three are for only two actors (two are male/female and one is two males).

4th April 2020 - Postponed to 5th September - Public performance of A Night at the Musicals - In aid of the Helen and Douglas House Children's Hospice. Directed and produced by Verity Roberts.

1st-3rd July 2020 - Postponed - Public performances of Ladies' Day by Amanda Whittington at Buscot Park Theatre. The production is to be repeated at the Garrison Little Theatre in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

12th July 2020 - Postponed - FDS performance for the 'Follyfest Fringe' at The Pump House Project.

25th July 2020 - Postponed - Canada Exchange - a small group of FDS members hope to fly out to perform Ladies' Day by Amanda Whittington at the Garrison Little Theatre in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

5th September 2020 - Postponed - Public performance of A Night at the Musicals - In aid of the Helen and Douglas House Children's Hospice. Directed and produced by Verity Roberts.


Come Along and Join Us

FDS-10yr-serviceFDS-25yr-serviceWe are always pleased to welcome new members. As well as acting and directing there are always opportunities to help with set building, front of house, and much more. No experience is necessary. Just come along to any reading, audition or performance published on this website and introduce yourself. Whether you want to be in a play or just help back stage or front of house you will always be made welcome.

What has FDS ever done for us? As a member of Faringdon Dramatic Society you can ... read more (FDS-MembershipBenefits.pdf).

Interested in joining the society? - click here

Want to put your daughter/son on the stage for our pantomime? - click here.

We are always looking for suggestions from members for play readings and offers to direct plays of your own choice. Plenty of help is always available if you haven't directed before. Please contact us with your ideas.

Canada Exchange

GLT-logoflags-UK-CND-smlFaringdon Dramatic Society currently have an exchange partnership with the Garrison Little Theatre in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Three times now they have come here and we have gone there to put on a production. The objective of the ‘twinning’ was, and still is, to give theatregoers from around Faringdon and Fort Erie the opportunity to see plays that would otherwise rarely, if ever, cross the Atlantic.

Garrison Little Theatre first came to Faringdon in September 2007 to perform 'Lend Me a Tenor'. Then again in October 2011 to perform a joint production of 'London Suite', followed by ‘Office Hours’ in May 2015 and 'Airport Tales' in May 2019.

We first went to Fort Erie in May 2008 to deliver a performance of 'Outside Edge', done here two weeks earlier. Then again in June 2012 to repeat the joint production of 'London Suite', done here the previous October. Then followed in June 2016 with 'Side Effects' and we will be returning with 'Ladies' Day' hopefully in late July 2021.