Current CADS production

Cambridge Drama Festival 2018!

We are delighted to announce that CADS will this year be taking part in the 50th Cambridge Drama Festival, which takes place at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge between 23 and 28 April 2017. The CDF is a feast of entertainment with either two or three shows each night, culminating in an awards ceremony on the final Saturday. The group has entered several times in the past and has won numerous awards for its productions.

This year, Emma Daintrey will be presenting as our entry Romance is Dead by Ben Lewis. This was originally a radio play, but Emma has adapted the script for the stage and will be directing it for the Festival. Set in the present day, Romance is Dead is a charmingly quirky one-act comedy about an unwilling psychic, Lauren, who meets a lovely man called Jamie. The two would clearly make a wonderful couple... if only he wasn't dead! (Those of you who came to our last play reading will remember the story...) Comedy, tenderness, pathos and a 314-year-old highwayman all feature in this funny, modern romance.

The cast is as follows (as usual, those names not underlined are members appearinhg for the first time with CADS)

Lauren - Rebecca Aloneftis

Jamie - Nicky Paton

Celia - Brenda Cottis

 Tim - Rupert Jordan

 Jo - Claire Hogan

 Highway Robber – Mark Hamblin

 Dead Man 1- Joe Symonds

 Dead Man 2 - [tbc]

 Dead Woman 1 - Jo Buggey

 Dead Woman 2 - Wendy Watts

As you see, we're still looking for someone to play ‘Dead Man 2’, a small cameo part. If you are interested and want to know more please contact We have a Technical Director (Joe Daintrey) and a DSM (Jill Buggey) but still need a Stage Manager; again, please contact Emma if you can help. And if anyone is willing to be Producer for this show please let the Committee know, otherwise Production support will be led by CADS Committee

CADS will be performing at the Festival on Wednesday 25 April. It would be great to have as many supporters as possible cheering us on. More information and details about booking tickets can be found on the website

 Local audiences will also get a chance to see the play as one half of a special evening of drama and music co-organised by CADS and Meridian School's Performing Arts Department in the school hall at Meridian on Saturday 21 April 2018 at which A-level drama students will perform an excerpt from Saved by Edward Bond. Ticket information and details will follow in due course. We’re also working in collaboration with two Meridian Year 10 students, Oscar Berry and Lucian Crosby, who are composing an original underscore.

You can find additional information and updates on our Facebook Event page.



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