Links to Local Societies and Theatres

Bookham Light Operatic Society (BLOS)

“Bookham Light Operatic Society is a friendly active society of keen amateurs who put on musical shows in the Fetcham Village Hall and the Nomad Theatre Horsley.”

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Cody Farnbrough Amateur Operatic Society

“Cody has been going from strength to strength, and are approaching our 100th year. We have, in the past re-created some of the most challenging shows that have been on the West End stage such as Jesus Christ Superstar (first Amateur company to have been given the rights to stage this show following it’s run in the West End), Chess, The Producers, to name but a few and have been privileged to have received several awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) to which we are affiliated, the latest being for Sound of Music (March 2013).”

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Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society (DDOS)

“DDOS (Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society) is a community based theatre group. DDOS is probably best known for its annual ‘big show’ musical at the Dorking Halls but we also produce plays and small-scale musicals at our Green Room Theatre.”

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Epsom Light Opera Company (ELOC)

“Epsom Light Opera Company is a friendly, thriving amateur Company founded in December 1985 with an established and well deserved reputation for excellent quality, productions of a high musical and dramatic standard. We stage two productions a year at the Epsom Playhouse, usually alternating between light opera and musicals. Recent shows have included ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, ‘Follies’ and ‘Titanic’. We have won National Operatic and Dramatic Association Regional Awards for four years in a row, an achievement of which we are extremely proud.”

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Horsell Amateur Dramatics Society

“HADS (Horsell Amateur Dramatics Society) is the oldest drama group in the area, having been formed in 1922. Our purpose is to put on plays and similar forms of theatre for the public’s entertainment. Twice a year we put on full-length plays at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, as well as entering the Festival of One-Act Plays run by the Woking Drama Association at the same venue and usually the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival also. In addition, we put on performances in our parish hall in Horsell, a village close to Woking centre, where we hold regular play readings open both to all members and the curious alike.”

Knaphill and St Johns Operatic Group

“Knaphill and St Johns Operatic Group (KASJOG for short!) started life as an Adult Education evening class at The Winston Churchill School, St Johns, way back in 1968. Our first (and favourite) production was Gilbert & Sullivan’sTrial By Jury. In 1994, after having separated from Adult Education, Kasjog became a registered charity which coincided with a decision to move to The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, a huge step-up in terms of the scope of technical and production opportunities. It was also decided that the repertoire would extend to include light opera and so a process of alternating Gilbert & Sullivan’s works with operas such as Die Fledermaus, Orpheus In The Underworld and The Merry Widow, our first production at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, began.”

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National Operatic and Drama Association

“Our vision is that amateur theatre is successful and sustainable, providing a range of opportunities for people to develop their skills and enjoy taking part, at all levels. We are here to support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike.”

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Rhoda McGaw Theatre

“The 228 seat Rhoda McGaw Theatre is a community performance space jointly managed by Woking Borough Council and The Ambassadors, Woking. The theatre caters for Woking’s many community groups and societies, with a varied programme of entertainment throughout the year including musical theatre, opera, dance, drama, youth performances and Woking Drama Association’s annual festival.”

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Send Amateur Dramatic Society

“SADS is an enthusiastic, award winning drama group based at the Lancaster Hall, Send Road, Send. Each year we present a Christmas show, usually a pantomime, with additional productions in the Spring and Summer. We also have a thriving Junior section. For the last few years our Spring production has been an Evening of One Act Plays consisting of three separate productions providing an opportunity for first-time Directors to try their hand at directing a play, and for new actors to find their feet too.”

Simply Theatre

“Simply Theatre is Woking’s premier Amateur Dramatics Company. Performing two shows per year at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking all produced to the highest standard. Simply Theatre aims to create memorable, stirring shows and to give talented performers their chance to shine. New members are welcomed with open arms and whether you are a beginner or highly experienced doesn’t matter, just join in to have some fun – all we ask is that you are dedicated and have a sense of humour!”

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Walton & Weybridge Amateur Operatic Society

“WWAOS is based at The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton on Thames, where our performances are staged and where most of our rehearsals take place. The Society was formed in 1925 and, apart from the war years, has staged productions every year and now has over 130 to its credit. We are a friendly and enthusiastic society, performing two main musical shows each year plus Music Hall and Compilation shows.”

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 Woking Drama Association

“Woking Drama Association – organisers of Woking Drama Festival & liaison between groups using The Rhoda McGaw and Woking Borough Council.”

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