OUR SOCIETY

We are an established amateur drama group, which currently has an acting membership of approximately 30. We also have a number of ‘Friends’ who although not acting members, provide help and encouragement behind the scenes.

Over many years we have achieved a reputation for staging performances of a high standard and for the quality and attention to detail in our sets. Several of our productions have been put forward for awards by NODA and we have won 4 prestigious awards as a result.

We are a friendly society and are always keen to swell our ranks with new members. Whether in an acting capacity or backstage, there are numerous ways to get involved including set design and construction, scenery, lighting, sound, costumes and properties. Wherever your particular interest lies, there is a welcoming place for you within WPDS.

Productions take place at the Adrian Mann Theatre NESCOT, which boasts 200+ raked seating and a large stage area. Our base, including rehearsal hall and scenery store, is located at the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam.

When not in rehearsal, we hold regular play readings, quizzes, and other social events and there are organised trips to see professional and amateur shows throughout the year.

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From The Militants
OUR HISTORY

Worcester Park Dramatic Society was founded in 1927 when it in fact also had a choral section. Although the singing side is not for the public these days, the dramatic side continues to flourish. For virtually all of its life, WPDS has been an affiliated member of NODA and four of our many productions have won NODA awards, ‘Tom Jones’ in 1970, Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in 1996, ‘Surprise Package’ in 2007, and Norman Holland’s ‘The Militants’ in 2011.

WPDS has always been known for the variety of plays performed, the standards achieved and also the quality of our set design. Productions vary from historical dramas such as Robert Bolt’s ‘A Man for All Seasons’ in 1973, to serious dramas such as Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ in 1993 and to comedies and farces such as Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’ in 1995.

 

Image: Sweeney Todd 1971
In the chair is our former chairman Hugh Jones!

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