Welcome to CADS, Royston

FREE Voice Workshop

We are pleased to announce the latest in our occasional series of FREE workshops - this one is on voice production and will provide professional coaching on tips and techniques for actors and public speakers. It's being presented by Jennifer Scott-Reid and Emma James who have collaborated on many theatrical endeavours from productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival  to drama workshops for adults and young people. 

Jennifer Scott Reid Jennifer is a GODA Adjudicator for drama festivals, has acted in and directed plays for the festival circuit, and is co-founder of two theatre companies as well as running her own training company. 

Emma James Emma is a LAMDA Associate and her work as a fine artist bridges the gap between spoken, written and performed words; in her other hat she is a fine art tutor as well as a vocal coach. 

As well as bringing together their extensive experience in drama, presentation and voice based coaching, Emma and Jennifer employ a creative approach, and most of all aim to make their workshops the ideal balance of learning and enjoyment.

The CADS workshop takes place from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Saturday 15 June 2019 in the main hall at Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH and is free to all comers, but places are strictly limited, so booking is essential.

Click here to reserve your place! 

Chocks away!

Exciting news - we've just announced the cast for our contribution to the 2019 Royston Arts Festival - it's Terence Rattigan's classic wartime drama Flare Path - click here to discover more...!


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

RiD cast

festival prize

The CADS entry for the 2018 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 - Rupert Jordan and Ellis Hughes!


 Most recent shows:

  Abigails-Party-350px 2017PantoPoster Pygmalion Mother-Goose-98px living and loving Ghost-Writer-thumbnail Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates Poster 2019See some pictures here

We have a varied programme and always welcome new members. Our pantomimes are always child-friendly, focussing on family entertainment (for which we've gained an excellent reputation locally in recent years). Our performers (children and adults) are all local amateurs, yet we all aim for high quality in as many aspects as possible - acting, script, lighting, sound, special effects, and of course our live band...
We've just presented the 2019 Royston Town Pantomime Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates, while last year we performed David Tristram's black comedy Ghost Writer for the Royston Arts Festival as well as producing 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. Also last year we gave you the highly succesful 2018 pantomime Mother Goose, while 2017 saw both a critically acclaimed production of Pygmalion, and the fantastic 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!
For more information, or to enquire about joining CADS, please use the contact page