Welcome to CADS - Royston's amateur drama group!

*** 23 February - auditions for "The Blonde Bombshell" *** February [tba] - play reading: "The Staycation" by Claire Hogan *** 6 April - CADS AGM *** Coming soon: An introduction to coarse acting ***

Regrettably, we were obliged to cancel our planned 2022 pantomime Snow White - the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 meant that we couldn't guarantee having a full cast and crew for every performance - but we're already looking to cast our next show, the one-act drama The Blonde Bombshell, which we hope to be submitting to some of this year's drama festivals. Click here for more information and details of auditions.

Our most recent production, Strangers on a Film, recently won two awards (including Best Individual Performance)  and received three other nominations at this year's Cambridge Festival of Drama! We also performed it as part of a unique evening's entertainment at Royston Arts Festival.

And the production before that, the one-act play Seven Movies by local author Roy Maddox, won three awards at the 2021 Welwyn Drama Festival, and received glowing praise from adjudicator Walker Ewart! If you missed the show at the festival, you can catch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/MyL2L04uefA

In the mean time, we continue to organise a series of other events and meetings; these were online during lockdown but we've at long last begun to return to "live" meetings  (click here for details) though we also have facilities for people to join in via Zoom if they prefer.

We also produced, during lockdown, two versions of our virtual cabaret CADaret!, which we posted on YouTube, one during the 2020 Royston Arts Festival, and one in time for the Christmas period. These were both a mixture of songs, poems, sketches, monologues and general silliness,  recorded on film and edited together for posting. Both are still available; to view them, search for "CADaret" on YouTube, or just click here


Click on the links below for access to four important documents relating to CADS:

evening meetings

Our programme of evening meetings for 2021 continues online, with more play readings, talks and quizzes.

Click here for full details...

CADS is a not-for-profit organisation which relies solely on donations and ticket sales to finance our activities.

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Congratulations to this year's winners of our Fred Sillence and Lizzie Houghton Awards - Martin Maynard and Sam Durrant

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...

For obvious reasons, there wasn't a lot of activity on stage during 2020, but we did enter an original video recorded one-act play - Seven Movies by local author Roy Maddox - into the Welwyn Drama Festival, where it won no fewer that three awards, and once restrictions were eased in 2021 we came back with a vengeance with our long postponed production of Strangers on a Film, adapted (again by Roy Maddox) from a radio play by Stephen Wyatt, which we entered into the Cambridge Festival of Drama, where it won second place over all and also won the Best Individual Performance award for one of its two actors, Martin Maynard. We went on to perform it again at the Royston Arts Festival in September 2021.

During lockdown in 2020 we produced our first ever online show on YouTube, CADaret!, which saw members performing poems, songs, monologues and sketches in a sort of virtual cabaret. Prior to the current restrictions, in February, we rang down the curtain on the 2020 Royston Town Pantomime - the record-breaking Jack and the Beanstalk - and last year saw a highly acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan's Flare Path for the 2019 Royston Arts Festival and the 2019 pantomime Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates. In 2018 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. We also gave you the highly succesful 2018 pantomime Mother Goose, while 2017 saw both a much praised production of Pygmalion, and the fantastic Red Riding Hood. Back in 2016 we had a spectacular 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, a couple of fund-raising events for the Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, the panto Cinderella and a one-act comedy Turn to Face the Change by local author Peter Hawes which we took to the Cambridge, Welwyn and Sawston Drama Festivals. 

And of course nearly 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. And remember - you can check out our Facebook page for more updates and information.