Each year, we try to stage two full-
Our January pantomime involves both adults and children and there is usually a part of some kind for anyone showing an interest. Rehearsals begin in early November, immediately after the autumn play, although we try to reduce the burden for the younger children until after Christmas. The pantomime is very popular, playing for four or five nights (with recent matinees) to packed houses.
Summer Youth Workshop
In most years since 2006, we have held a week long theatre school in August for our younger members aged 8 and upwards. This is a series of workshop activities which usually leads to some kind of show on the Saturday night at the end of the week. It is always amazing how eager and capable young minds can be -
Youth Theatre Group
Our Youth Theatre Group was initiated by former member Tom Morath in early 2016. Weekly sessions for 8 to 18 year olds develop all aspects of theatre production. Tom moved away in 2017 and the group continues under new Director Tosh McGregor. The sessions run from 7pm on Thursday evenings during term time. There is a small charge, although the first taster session is free. The sessions involve scene creation, improvisation, stage combat, make up and there are occasional showcase performances for parents and friends.
It's not just acting ..
None of this can go on without a massive army of support, so even if you don’t fancy acting or singing, you can still be very helpful to us, just by doing whatever you do best. We need set designers, scenery builders, property makers, scene painters, lighting enthusiasts, dressmakers, hair stylists, make up artists, programme designers, publicity people and, last but not least, front of house personnel to set out seats, sell tickets, run raffles, organise refreshments or just show people to their seats.
We modernised our sound and lighting equipment in 2016/17 (but it's amazing how technology has advanced since then!). Nevertheless we now have a 48 channel Zero88 Jester digital (dmx) lighting desk and an 18 input Behringer digital sound mixer. So we have plenty of opportunities for creativity in the sound and lighting department. We also have UV lighting and a UV scene has been a regular spectacle in recent pantomimes.
GADS also attend local events like Seascale Fun Day and Gosforth Show -
Shows away from home
Until recently, we have entered a one-
We have also performed occasionally at other locations, including "A Seat in the Park" at Egremont Castle, "The Monkey's Paw" at Dalegarth Ratty Station and "A Little Box of Oblivion" on the lawn at Muncaster Castle.
We have a multitude of uses for butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, although they need to apply our trades, not theirs. If you can handle a saw, hammer, screwdriver, paintbrush, soldering iron, needle and thread, scissors, pen, musical instrument, operate a sound system or lighting console, bake a nice cake or make a decent cup of tea or coffee or almost anything else, then we’d like to meet you. And if you really can act (or would like to give it a try), then we’d be even more pleased to see you.