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Frankenstein 1930 Cast

Here’s a look at our cast and their characters for our November production of Frankenstein 1930. We are proud to announce that Jake Figgins and Alan Honey are making their Adrian Mann Theatre acting debut for WPDS.

In order of appearance
Horst, a gravedigger
Claus, a gravedigger
Victor Frankenstein
Aunt Frederica
Henry Lovitz
Dr. Hellstrom
The Creature
Jacquie Yorke
Lorren Reader
Hugh Jones
Martin Phillips
James Canvin
Jake Figgins
Asun del Valle
Lorren Reader
Harriet Buckingham
Ian McDonald
Des Wilby
Andrew Parsons-Deering
Jacquie Yorke
Alan Honey
(Recorded Voice) TBA

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‘Frankenstein’ breaks record as rehearsals well under way

As we find ourselves well into rehearsals for Frankenstein 1930, a first edition of Mary Shelly’s iconic original novel ‘Frankenstein’ has smashed the previous record to become the most expensive printed work by a woman sold at auction.

We found the following article interesting as it not only explains how rare and collectable this copy is, but also gives some insight into, and quotes from, the author, including her inspiration for writing ‘Frankenstein’.

November Production 2021

Our November production is Frankenstein 1930, directed by Trevor Payne.

Frankenstein 1930
25 – 27 November
Adrian Mann Theatre

Based on a new version of Mary Shelley’s classic book, this adaptation for the stage by Fred Carmichael contains all the eagerly anticipated elements…

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WPDS are back!

We are delighted to announce we will be staging our normal 1-Acts production this July. The programme will be the usual mix of 1-Act plays, short sketches and monologues, with a mixture of published material and items written by society members.

Watch this space for Box Office information around the end of May. The production will be a matinee in the Colin Peel Hall, at the Elmcroft Community Centre in North Cheam on Saturday 24 July at 2.30pm

WPDS wins set award for Party Piece
Images: David Alcorn Photography
Great news! We have won a NODA scenic award for our November 2019 production of Richard Harris’s ‘Party Piece’.
After a careful review of all productions between April 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020 WPDS has been selected as the London District 3 Winner of the ‘Shinfield Players Scenic Award’.

We have also been shortlisted for the London Regional Scenic Award which will be announced on June 14. This is an honour for the Society and we would like to thank everyone involved in the production for all their hard work creating and constructing this set with a very limited time in the theatre.

Play Writing Competition: Deadline Extended
As the lockdown continues we have decided to extend the deadline for our play writing competition to give more people a chance to enter. Please see the previous article for full details.
The new deadline for entries is 1 July 2020
Entries to


Play Writing Competition

If you’re lost for something to do while stuck indoors, why not try your hand at script writing? We would love to hear from you!

We are calling all budding script writers, or anyone who enjoys a bit of creative writing, to send us either a full length play (approx 90 mins), a one-act play (20-40 mins) or a monologue to enter our competition.

If we really like your play and can cast it, we may perform it in the future in the Adrian Mann Theatre or as part of our summer one-acts productions (with your permission of course).

At a time when drama and theatre has shut down, we would like to encourage everyone to explore their creativity and have a go, even if you have not done anything like this before – so to help you get started we have found some useful resources on the internet!
How to format your stage play
A short introduction to writing a play
The play can be any length, any genre and about any subject that takes your fancy.

We are here to help. If you have any queries or writing dilemmas, please do not hesitate to contact Harriet.

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1 July 2020

Coronavirus: Sylvia’s Wedding Postponed
We are sorry to announce that our April production of ‘Sylvia’s Wedding’ has now been postponed due to the changing circumstances of the Coronavirus epidemic and following the latest government guidance.
We are hopeful that this production will now take place in November.
We would like to thank everyone who was planning to see the show for their support and reassure anyone who had purchased tickets that you will receive a full refund, but please be aware that this process may take a little time.
Thank you.

Hugh Jones
Chairman WPDS

Sylvia’s Wedding Cast

With rehearsals well under way here’s a look at our cast and their characters for our next production ‘Sylvia’s Wedding’, directed by Patricia Dale.

Yvonne (Sylvia’s Best Friend)
Joyce Lomax (Sylvia’s Mum)
Vic Lomax (Sylvia’s Dad)
Sylvia Lomax (The Bride)
Stanley Broadbent (Gordon’s Dad)
Myrtle Broadbent (Gordon’s Mum)
Gordon Broadbent (The Groom)
Harriet Buckingham
Kathy Byrne
Hugh Jones
Jacquie Yorke
Des Wilby
Lynda Mitchell
Chris Richards

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November Production Confirmed

We are pleased to announce that our next production at the Adrian Mann Theatre will be ‘Party Piece’, a comedy by Richard Harris.

Auditions will take place in the Hopkins Hall at the Elmcroft Community Centre on Friday 16th and Tuesday 20th August at 8.15pm

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