Next Production
Goodnight Mr Tom

Willie Beech is evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the outbreak of World War II. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley. Although the two find it hard to adjust to their life together at first, they gradually develop a strong, mutual bond. Willie begins to enjoy life and make new friends in the village.

However, everything is thrown into confusion when Willie is suddenly recalled to London by his neglectful and abusive mother. After several weeks with no letter from Willie, Tom Oakley becomes concerned for his welfare and sets out to London in search of him.

This superbly written and deeply moving tale, shows that even the most unlikely people can become exceptional parents.

Read through

CADS next production will be One Man Two Guvnors, our read through will be 20th June and auditions on 23rd June at the Albert Edward Hall Community Centre

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

NODA Success

CADS is very proud to announce that, at the NODA Awards Lunch, we were awarded the Best Drama Production for our area ( District 11) for our production of ‘Brassed Off’ in November 2021. The Director, Brenda White-Robinson, and Charlotte Root, who played Gloria in the play, were there to receive the award. So congratulations to all concerned- cast, crew and Tendring Brass Band – for this success. CADS also won an award for Best Programme, for which congratulations go to our Chairman, Ralph White-Robinson, who also was there to receive the award.

Hazel Hole, our district NODA representative, also said how much she enjoyed our March production of ‘Round the Houses’.

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!!

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 Brenda White-Robinson either by:

01255 432307,

or click on contact and let us know.

Help required


We are very lucky at CADS to have a wonderful team of set – builders led by set designer Terry White. However we would welcome new recruits. If you can wield a paintbrush, screwdriver or saw, and can come along on a Thursday evening, you would be made most welcome.


We are still looking for volunteers to train at the West Cliff Theatre in Lighting, Sound and Stage Management, so that CADS can provide its own Tech Crew for our plays.

If you are interested, please contact us here.

Recent Productions

Round The Houses
Round The Houses
March 2022

Brassed Off
Brassed Off
November 2021

Parents Evening
Parents Evening
March 2021

Flint Street Nativity
Flint Street Nativity
November 2019

See How They Run
See How They Run
June 2019

Wife After Death
Wife After Death
March 2019

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