Play readingAs well as putting on productions, CADS runs a series of more-or-less regular  meetings related to drama in all its aspects. Often these take the form of play readings - to date, we've read works by Alan Ayckbourn, Peter Shaffer, Willie Russell, Lee Hall, David Tristram and Terry Johnson - but we've also had talks by visiting speakers, a film show, several quizzes and a number of mini-workshops.

The meetings normally take place (unless otherwise stated) at the Coombes Community Centre (actual room may vary depending on the nature of the meeting). They usually start at 7.00 p.m. and last until about 9.00 p.m. (with maybe a break for refreshments, depending on the nature of the evening) but on occasion may go on slightly longer. And normally, there's no need to book - just turn up - we look forward to seeing you.

Our next scheduled meetings, however, are likely still to be online for the foreseeable future, and are currently being planned. First up is likely to be another online play reading, this time of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, hosted by Brenda Cottis some time in July. Further details to be announced shortly.

We hope, also, some time later this year, to put on an online rehearsed reading of The Staycation by Claire Hogan, to be hosted by Emma Daintrey. This is a brand new one-act play written by Claire as part of an exercise set during David Tristram's online School of Comedy, which Claire attended. Wendy and Rob are thwarted in their plans for a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their silver wedding by the restrictions of lockdown. Unfortunately, Rob has forgotten to cancel plans to rent out their home through Airbnb, and when the couple who have booked the house for the weekend turn up and refuse to leave, it's up to everyone to try and make the best of a bad job...

Other meetings are still being arranged and will be announced here and in our newsletter once details are finalised.

 To join any of these meetings, we do need your e-mail address, please, so that we can send out the necessary link; contact [email protected] as soon as posible to make sure of a place

If you have an idea for any future meetings, or would like to lead a session yourself, please contact the CADS Secretary Michael Young....

 Watch this site for details of future meetings!