Welcome to the Faringdon Dramatic Society's Website
"Entertainment for all the family in Faringdon and beyond"
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.
A comedy by Amanda Whittington
Thursday 11 November 2021 - Saturday 13 November 2021
Faringdon Junior School
An exuberant comedy about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races.
Advance Booking Office
This production has now finished
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.
Dates for Your Diary
Now that the COVID restrictions are beginning to ease up we are hoping to get back into action.
11-13th November 2021 - Public performances of Ladies' Day by Amanda Whittington at Faringdon Junior School. This was postponed from last year but the cast have just had more time to rehearse.
Monday 22nd November 2021 - Read-through at United Church at 8.00pm. An idea for a winter performance in early February, a chance for all those members who have not had a opportunity to be involved in any production for nearly two years, to come along and be part of a musical extravaganza of songs and dancing.
Jan/Feb 2022 - It was agreed at the AGM that it was not practical to go ahead with a massive production like a pantomime in these uncertain times, sorry.
May 2022 - Debbie Lock and Carolyn Taylor have written a play to be staged at Buscot, based on the scenes from the life of Gavin Henderson, then Lord Faringdon, depicted in the frescoes which are on the walls outside the theatre he built. It will be in a similar format to 'Faringdon Follies' performed in 2018 and will involve a good number of members.
Come Along and Join Us
We 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).
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.
Faringdon 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.