Recent Productions

Par For The Course
Par For The Course - June 2016
Entertaining Angels
Entertaining Angels - March 2016
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None - Nov 2015
Holiday Snap Small
Holiday Snap - June 2015
Neville's Island
Neville's Island - March 2015
Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings - Nov 2014

Next Production read-through and auditions

CADS next production which runs Weds 22nd March - Sat 25th March 2017 will be 'The Importance of Being Earnest', to be directed by Mike Poole. Mike is the current Chairman of the North Essex Theatre Guild and is a very experienced Actor and Director, and a past member of CADS. He has directed this play before and we are very pleased to welcome him on board!

This is the best known and best loved of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, first performed in 1895. It is the story of two bachelors, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two young women, Gwendolen and Cecily, who both claim they could only love men named Ernest. Jack and Algernon struggle to keep up with their own stories and become entangled in a web of deception, disguise and misadventure, with hilarious results.

The characters –

Jack Worthing – a young eligible bachelor about town.
Algernon Moncrieff – his friend, also an eligible bachelor.
Lady Bracknell – Algernon’s aunt, a strongly opinionated matriarch.
Gwendolen Fairfax – Lady Bracknell’s daughter, a spirited young lady, whom Jack wishes to marry.
Cecily Cardew – Jack’s 18 year old ward, living on Jack’s country estate.
Miss Prism – Cecily’s governess.
Rev Canon Chasuble – the local Priest on Jack’s country estate.
Lane – a manservant
Merriman – also a manservant

The Read-Through will be held on Monday 5th December, with Auditions on Thursday 8th December, 7.30pm, both at our new premises - Albert Edward Hall, Legerton Drive, Bocking's Elm, Clacton , CO16 8BW.

We look forward to seeing you there!

N.B. Rehearsals – owing to a prior commitment, Mike is unable to rehearse on Mondays until the end of January. Up until then rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Albert Edward Hall, reverting to Mondays and Thursdays after 24th January 2017.

Welcome to CADs. Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society is 100% voluntary and is run by a Management Committee. All the money that is made from their productions is reinvested in the society to produce further plays. CADS would not be possible without the dedication of all the members who build sets, make costumes, produce marketing, arrange plays, direct plays, act in plays plus anything else that is required by the society. Everyone involved pays a yearly fee and is committed to producing high quality plays for all to enjoy.

CADS belong to NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) which was founded in 1899 and is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK, supporting local groups like ours in a number of different ways to achieve the highest standard of production. NODA operates through 11 regional councils and CADS, who have been a member for many years, is in the Eastern region.

Some people may think that amateur dramatics is no longer the driving force it used to be in theatre and as such is somewhat outdated, but that is far from the case. Here in the East, NODA has over 280 members competing to be the best and the "friendly" competition makes sure we are kept on our toes as each year we strive to win our own local "awards".

We are pleased to report, amateur theatre is most definitely alive and well and flourishing in East Anglia!!

Good News
CADS Spread far and wide!

Recently, CADS received an e-mail from Rosalie Lightman in Australia, enquiring about her mother Lorna Millar's involvement with the society. She remembered, as a child, helping her mother learn lines and seeing her on stage. Lorna passed away in 1974 and the family had no mementos of her CADS days.

Rosalie was thrilled when our Treasurer and Archivist, Ralph White-Robinson was able to research and establish that Lorna Millar first appeared on stage in 1957 and was involved in several productions up until 1963. Ralph was able to list each role she took and even provide photographs!

Our congratulations go to Ralph for his excellent efforts in providing a lady in Australia with a fondly remembered part of her family's past.

Members past and present can purchase a complete illustrated 'History of CADS' by Ralph White-Robinson by contacting him on

Why not join CADs?
Do you have a lifelong ambition to walk out on stage? Or maybe you are not quite brave enough but would like to be part of a team working towards the common goal of putting on a play? Why not come and join us and be part of an experience that is always exciting, rewarding and enjoyable.

If you would like more information about becoming a CADs member, please contact our membership secretary Ralph White-Robinson either by:

01255 432307,

or click on contact and let us know.