Meet the committee...
ASDS is made up of over 70 members, but here are just a few of our committee heads....
John has been a member of ASDS since he was just 15, first appearing as John Darling in 'Peter Pan'. Since then he has gone on to play many varied roles, from a Kangeroo to a gangster, and from an OAP to a 10-year-old boy! He has also directed for the Society, notably our 2018 pantomime 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. John has always enjoyed being a member of ASDS due to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the high standards the Society sets for itself.
I have been a member of All Saints Dramatic Society for 12 years and have undertaken a number of different roles in my time as a member. My most memorable role was very recently when I played Minnie in Who Goes Bare in April as I loved playing this comic role and I loved her comic timing. I enjoy the family and camaraderie feeling within the Society and always enjoy rehearsals with friends and all the fun and laughs that are had when you are a member.
I have been a member of ASDS for 13 years. So that’s 13 years of Pantomimes. Oh yes, it is. Oh no, it isn’t. There have been barrels of laughs, an eclectic mix of fabulous people and some anxious first-night nerves. I have discovered a skill in playing animals, who knew! And I have loved the nurturing atmosphere bringing out talent in new joiners both young and old. So it’s time to help out by joining the committee.
Tim is new to the committee and has taken on various roles such setting up an archiving system for the societies previous performances and writing the societies newsletter. Tim has previously starred as the Ogre in the 2019 production of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Fairy' in the one-act comedy sketch of Cinderella back in 2018.
Founded in 1951, ASDS performed, for its first twenty years, at the hall of its mother church on Oxford Avenue. After losing their first home through arson in 1971, they moved theatres several times before settling, in 1996, at the De La Salle Theatre, at St Peter’s School, where they have continued to provide amateur theatre with professional values and standards, consistently delighting and impressing audiences and critics alike.
As well as our customary two plays and a musical or pantomime, and along with their Friends’ Evenings, 'Friends' also enjoy the Society’s free annual Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, a long-established tradition.
Many members are Southbourne-born and –bred and/or live locally, including some third and fourth generation members. Membership is open to those aged 16 and above, while members’ younger children (and grandchildren) usually provide the junior chorus for musicals or pantos. The Society meets and rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, in addition to which there is a lively and varied programme of social activities, including theatre trips.
There is a strong spirit of teamwork: no one just acts or directs but it is part of the spirit of the Society that every member contributes to all aspects of our annual programme of productions, including in backstage and technical roles and helping front of house - definitely no room here for prima donnasand all members are welcome - indeed, encouraged - to sit in on and watch all auditions.
The well-being of the Society is overseen by three elected Trustees who ensure that its running is consistent with its written constitution. The day-to-day management of the Society is in the hands of a Committee of eight elected members: four officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) elected every two years and four further members elected annually.
Onstage, quality is at the heart of our productions; offstage, we are a very friendly and welcoming society with a lively social life.
(Chairman, All Saints’ Dramatic Society)
If you enjoy being involved in amateur dramatics, as either an audience member or in a performing, technical or creative role, then All Saints' Dramatic Society could be just the group for you!
For those who enjoy watching theatre, we offer a very good value Friends' package, which includes advance ticket booking, reduced ticket prices for our 3 annual productions, a 'Friends' only evening and a Christmas Concert, all at no extra cost on top of the annual membership fee.
If you are interested in treading the boards and/or becoming involved behind the scenes, we always offer a warm and eager welcome to new members.
Enquire about becoming a Friend of ASDS
Where we perform:
De La Salle Theatre.
St Peter's School,
St Catherines Road,