Welcome to CADS, Royston


Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates - CADS Pirate Pantomime Poster 2019

booking now open!


Rehearsals are now well under way for next January's Royston Town Pantomime! Click here for details of where we're at so far, including the complete cast list of principal actors and ensemble. 

Tickets are now sale! Click here to book online or phone the Box Office on 07925 674967- make sure you don't miss out!





 Stage Combat Workshop - places still available

Following our hugely popular and enormously entertaining workshop on directing for the stage by Robin Belfield, we've organised a second FREE workshop, this time on (unarmed) stage combat. It's being run by Stuart McQueen on Saturday 24 November at Meridian School (10 a.m. to 12 noon). Stuart has been a drama teacher for 20 years and is an occasional member of CADS. For the last six years, he has trained with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC) in a range of weapon styles. He has achieved BASSC accreditation in unarmed combat, rapier and dagger, and sword and shield, alongside training in such diverse disciplines as single sword swashbuckling, formation fighting with halberds,  blood pack work, and cut-throat razor! Training in more traditional weapon styles has included knife, small sword, quarterstaff and rapier and cloak.

He has been trained by industry professionals such as Richard Ryan, (Troy, The Dark Knight, Stardust, Sherlock Holmes, Vikings), Brett Yount, (RSC, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Almeida Theatre) and Philip D'Orleans (RSC, The Globe, Royal Court, Royal Opera House), as well as a host of other respected fight directors from around the globe. As an actor-combatant he has filmed with the stage combat specialist company Fight Rep, appearing in Episode III of their initial season. To book your place at this exciting workshop, please fill in our online form by clicking here...

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One prize, three nominations for CADS at the 50th Cambridge Drama Festival!

RiD cast

festival prize

The CADS entry for this year's Cambridge Drama Festival  - Ben Lewis's Romance is Dead, specially adapted for the stage and directed by our own Emma Daintrey - carried off the Backstage Endeavour Award on Saturday 28 April! Also nominated among the awards were Rebecca Aloneftis (Best Actress), Nicky Paton (Best Actor) and Mark Hamblin (Best Cameo). Congratulations to all involved! Pictured left are Emma and Joe Daintrey with their award, and on the right the cast looking (mostly) suitably amazed!


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Congratulations to this year's winners of our Drama Awards:  Donna Sleight and Heather Lawrence.


 Most recent shows:

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We have a varied programme and always welcome new members. We've just presented David Tristram's black comedy Ghost Writer for the Royston Arts Festival and earlier this year we produced the world theatrical premiere of Romance is Dead, specially adapted and directed by our own Emma Daintrey from a radio play by Ben Lewis, which we took to the 50th Cambridge Drama Festival. In January we wrapped up the highly succesful 2018 Royston Town Pantomime Mother Goose, while 2017 saw both a critically acclaimed production of Pygmalion, and the fantastic pantomime Red Riding Hood. Back in 2016 we had a record-breaking run with our own home-grown Aladdin and also put on Abigail's Party for the Royston Arts Festival.  
During the past few years we have also presented Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, a cabaret-style evening of light entertainment for the Royston Arts Festival, the panto Cinderella and a one-act comedy Turn to Face the Change by local author Peter Hawes whicb we took to the Cambridge, Welwyn and Sawston Drama Festivals. Our Autumn 2014 production of The Fosdyke Saga for the Royston Arts Festival was warmly received and even attracted the attention of the legendary Bill Tidy, on whose cartoon strip it was based. Other successes have included The Importance of Being Earnest for the 2011 Royston Arts Festival, the spectacular musical show Return to the Forbidden Planet in 2012, and in 2013 the hugely popular Little Shop of Horrors
And of course every year there's the Royston Town Pantomime - oh yes there is!
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