Murder Mystery Evening

This event proved very popular and tickets sold out quickly, so apologies to those of you who missed out on this fun evening. It was such a success that we shall be putting on another one – watch this space for details!

Despite the snow and icy winds outside, everyone had a great time at Wick Lodge, who put on a very good supper.

Thanks and congratulations go to Charlotte Root for organising the evening, ably assisted by Brenda and Ralph White-Robinson. Thanks too to the cast, the Houndslow family : CADS members Keith Sippitt, Lisa Winterford, John Thomson, Alex Bass, Charlotte Root and Vicky Tearle, and our visiting policeman Chris. (Nobody guessed who dunnit!)

Thanks to Ted Tearle for running the raffle and Barbara Tyrrel for her Charleston demonstration.

An excellent evening !

Recent Productions

Murdered To Death
Murdered To Death - November 2017
Run For Your Wife
Run For Your Wife - June 2017
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest - March 2017
Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit - Nov 2016
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

Next Production

Caught in the Net

Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th May

CADS’ May production of Ray Cooney’s hilarious follow-up to ‘Run For Your Wife’, which was last June’s successful production, is now in rehearsal under the direction of Alex Bass.

We find John Smith eighteen years later, still happily married to his two unsuspecting wives. He now has a sixteen-year old son, Gavin, by Barbara in Streatham, and a fifteen-year old daughter, Vicki, by Mary in Wimbledon.

One day Gavin and Vicki happen to meet surfing the internet and are amazed at the coincidences concerning their respective (!) fathers: both are called ‘John Smith’; both are aged 43; and, surprise, surprise, both are taxi drivers.

Vicki can’t understand her Dad’s vehement reaction when she tells him, firstly, of the amazing coincidence and, secondly, that she’s invited Gavin round to meet him and Mum, John spends the next two hours attempting to stop the inevitable.

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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!!


CADS’ November production of Peter Gordon’s hilarious spoof Agatha Christie-style whodunnit proved a great success; we had the best box office figures since our 2013 production of ‘Calendar Girls’ and very positive comments from reviewers, the press and our audiences.

We also were very honoured that the writer came down from York to see our Friday performance and was also most complimentary. He and his wife were given a tour of the theatre, came backstage to meet the cast and crew and joined us at Charnallies’ for our Friday night get-together.

As the icing on the cake, we have now been informed that this production has been nominated for a Regional NODA Award for Best Drama together with our March production ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

The NODA Awards Lunch and AGM will be on Sunday 13th May 2018 in St Ives (Cambs)

Congratulations to all involved in both productions!
Good Luck on the day!

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 Charlotte Root either by:

01255 434137,

or click on contact and let us know.

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