TADS was formed over 30 years ago as Tewkesbury Amateur Dramatic Society with the aim of providing drama for the enjoyment of it members and the community at large, and to widen the society members' knowledge of all aspects of drama. The Society has seen a number of changes over the years, but the aims of the Society remain the same to this day.
In May 2008 the name of the society was changed to Tewkesbury Arts & Drama Society.
The society is run by its members from its monthly meeting at which visitors are welcome. We usually rehearse twice a week so if you can’t make a meeting why not come along to one of them, and meet us there?
TADS is always pleased to welcome new members to add to the ranks. Both young and old, experienced or novice are welcome to come and meet the society's members at any of our rehearsals or meetings. In addition to the actors and actresses needed for our productions, we always have many posts to fill for the backstage crew. These posts include: marketing, stage management, musical direction, properties, lighting & sound, costumes, set design & construction, front of house, etc.
TADS perform all types of productions, from comedies and musicals to drama and the classics, but with an emphasis on drama. The society performs at the local One Act play festivals, usually presenting plays written by our members.
TADS members who are involved with a production for the first time are often surprised at the amount of fun we have producing plays. But whether it is a small production with just our experienced trained actors, a community performance with children and first time actors (or the usual something in between these extremes) we always aim for the highest standards. Although involvement in our productions can be a lot of hard work at times, both during rehearsals and at home, the rewards of taking part make it all worthwhile.