Welcome to the Faringdon Dramatic Society's Website

cider-with-rosie-2017-03We hope that you will come and enjoy our productions. Faringdon Dramatic Society has been entertaining the local community for over half a century 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.

Next Production

Airport Tales 2019 poster

Airport Tales

A comedy by Carol Libman
Friday 17 May 2019 - Saturday 18 May 2019
Buscot Park Theatre

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Tickets will become available here from 1st April.


Last Production

Wishing on a Star 2019 poster

Wishing on a Star

A pantomime by Helen Thrower & Verity Roberts
Saturday 26 January 2019 - Sunday 27 January 2019
Friday 1 February 2019 - Saturday 2 February 2019
Faringdon Junior School

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Thursday 7th March 2019 - reading for "Shakers" by John Godber between 8 and 10pm. Probably United Church but need to confirm this. Last performed in 2004: archives/shakers-2004/

Monday 11th March 2019 - auditioning for "Shakers" by John Godber - a one act play set in a cocktail bar and requires 4 cocktail waitresses. (We hope to take it to a couple of festivals at the beginning of June and Follyfest in July.)

Thursday 28th March 2019, 8.00pm, we will be having a read through of "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker, at the United Church. BIG cast of potentially 22 needed. Come along get and get a feeling of this powerful play about the transformative power of theatre. (This is our planned production for November.)

Saturday 11th May 2019 - Canadians arrive; followed by a barbecue on Sunday 12th to welcome them. Members only.

Friday 17 & Saturday 18th May 2019 - "Airport Tales" by Carol Libman, a light-hearted comedy - in collaboration with the Garrison Little Theatre from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada at Buscot Park Theatre. Due to limited seating members may be invited to a preview (dress rehearsal) performance.

May 2019 - AGM. All members and prospective members welcome.

June 2019 - performances of "Shakers" by John Godber at a couple of drama festivals.

12-14th July 2019 - performance of "Shakers" by John Godber at the Follyfest.

September 2019 - Summer BBQ. Members only.

October 2019 - auditions for next year's panto. Production not yet decided - if anyone has a script in mind and fancies directing, now’s your chance.

November 2019 - performance of "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Saturday 14th December 2019 - Christmas dinner evening at Sadlers. Members only.


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.

We are looking forward to meeting them again in May 2019 for a fourth time with their production of 'Airport Tales'. GLT 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.

FDS 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'.