Our Story

TADS was formed over half a century ago as Tewkesbury Amateur Dramatic Society with the aim of providing drama for the enjoyment of its 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. In addition to the actors needed for our productions, we always have many posts to fill behind the scenes. These include: marketing, stage management, musical direction, properties, lighting & sound, costumes, set design & construction, and front of house.

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 Roses Theatre and at local one-act play festivals, where we usually present 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 first time actors, a full scale musical with experienced actors, a community performance with children (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.