About Us



faringdon townFaringdon is a small picturesque market town nestled in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire, England. The Faringdon Dramatic Society FDS, an amateur group formally known as the Faringdon Community Theatre, has been in existence since 1948, with its ups and downs over the years like all organisations.

Click here for a short history of the society. The level of membership varies from fifty to seventy, augmented by up to sixty children who become temporary members for the annual pantomime.

While there is a constitution and a properly elected committee to manage the society, there is no pecking order or timeserving in our approach. Everyone plays to his or her skills and there is considerable flexibility in how jobs are shared out, someone may be painting scenery in one production and directing the next. A new member is quite likely to be given a major part when they first join, in fact this is positively encouraged – assuming, of course, that they have the required skills. Having said this, no one is pressurised if someone wishes to stay behind the scenes, that’s fine.

We produce two plays a year in May and November and a pantomime in late January/early February, with play readings in between. There is also the odd one-act play, which we enter for the Abingdon Drama Festival. We are a very friendly group of people. As well as the party after the final performance of each production, we organise the occasional theatre trip, a regular mid-summer barbeque and a Christmas dinner. New members are always very welcome, for more information or to join, please contact us. You could also come along to one of our performances or auditions and introduce yourself.

See our FDS-AtoZ for more information.

About this website

The Faringdon Dramatic Society FDS first went online on 22 January, 2000. It now has over 500 pages which include programs, photographs and press articles from many past productions. In 2017, I converted it to WordPress and wrote bespoke php admin and page templates to match the current design thus enabling much of the content to be automated and therefore less laborious to update for each performance.

Many people have been involved in its production:
Ian Lee – editor and content production
The Faringdon Folly for providing most of the press articles and many of the photographs
Joan Lee, Helen Barter, Peter & Jo Webster, Nigel & Brenda Keith-Walker, Dave Headey, and Gary Bates for the loan of their archive material.