Welcome to All Saints Dramatic Society
A bit about us...
All Saints' Dramatic Society was founded in 1950, staged its first production in 1951 and has always produced quality theatre, covering a wide range of plays (including comedies, farces, thrillers and dramas), pantomimes and musicals. Home for us today is the De La Salle Theatre at St Peter’s School, Southbourne, which has a tiered 475-seat auditorium.
We currently have around 70 members of varying ages, interests and abilities. We produce four shows a year: a pantomime or musical in January; two plays in April and September; and our Friends' Evenings, usually three one-act plays but sometimes, for example, a music hall or review, in June.
We also provide a December Carol Concert for our 'Friends' and arrange a variety of regular social events, including our Christmas Annual Awards' Party in December.
A message from our Chairman:
We regret to announce that we shall be unable to present our annual pantomime in January 2021. This has been a staple of the Southbourne festive and new year season since 1977, and we have enjoyed providing family entertainment to many thousands of local residents down the years. While this has been a regrettable decision, we are led by ongoing government guidelines around social distancing and public health advice surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, which sadly make such public gatherings an unrealistic proposition at present.
This is a challenging time for local amateur theatre, as many drama groups have had to put productions on hold since March. We will continue to monitor governmental guidelines and look forward to returning to “business as usual” as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Theatre remains a hugely important artistic endeavour, of which young and old alike are encouraged to take an active interest in. Pantomime plays an important role in local community engagement, and we look forward to welcoming you back to The De La Salle Theatre (which is currently undergoing impressive renovation work) as soon as we can, hopefully well in time for another trip to Panto Land in January 2022.
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What critics and audiences say about ASDS productions...
"All Saints’ Dramatic Society have a well-earned loyal following ..." ('Scene One Plus': September 2017)
"A magnificent team ... have produced yet another memorable success." ('Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' January 2018: 'Scene One Plus')
"I haven’t laughed so much for a long time. But the incredible thing was that the cast “became” the characters we knew & loved on the BBC TV programme. ... Not a hesitation, not a prompt, the whole show “flowed” with such professionalism," ('The Vicar of Dibley' March 2017 audience-member)
"... audiences for the remaining performances are in for a real treat, so if you haven't got a ticket, I suggest you do so quickly, ..." ('Aladdin' January 2017: 'Scene One Plus')