The following excerpt was taken from "Tarporley Topics" which advertised the November 1991 production of "Candied Peel" :-

"The Society was established in the 1920s but activities lapsed during the years of the second world war.
Plays were presented during the years 1946-1962 in the old Victory Hall which later became our present Community Centre.
The Centre was built in 1963 and the Dramatic Society became an affiliated member society from that year. From 1970-1975 productions were restricted to an annual pantomine written and directed by George Bebington and included items by the Scouts and Tarporley Dancing Troupe. In 1976 normal play productions were resumed - two each year being staged in March and November.
A raffle is held at performances of the plays and each is held in aid of the Community Centre which has recently benefited from this with the purchase of new stage curtains for the Centre.
At present the Dramatic Society comprises 26 members and new members are very welcome - either in an acting capacity, or to help with the numerous back-stage jobs. Annual membership is a mere £2 and details may be obtained from the Secretary (P Billington) on Tarporley 732505."


Much of the following material was scanned from the Society's scrap book which has been kept by Linda Bennett and further scripts
and programmes were loaned to Peter Willis by Margaret Dean (nee Hughes) who appeared in many productions during the 1950s.
The original material dated back to 23rd February 1949 when "Yes And No" was produced by Stanley Wilson in the old Victory Hall,
but more recently, a programme (cost 2D) and press photo for "The Rotters" has been provided by Shiela Hatherley from Australia.

"The Rotters" was staged at Tarporley Town Hall and from the dates of the performances (Wednesday and Thursday, Nov 23 and 24)
the year was probably 1938. At that time the Town Hall was located near the bottom of Forest Road on the southern side.
The photo shows (left to right) Doris Woodward (daughter of Mr Woodward, licensee of the Rising Sun) Geoffrey Cluett, Shiela Hatherley (nee Platt)
Joe Woodward (printer working for Findlay Cummins) Dorothy Grafton, Nora Haines, Edith Barnes & Hector Hemmings.

In February 1949, in "Yes and No", the characters in order of appearance were played by :
Peggy Cowap, Charles Hopley, Evelyn Kenyon, Cicely Hopley, Christina Ledger, Tom Kenyon & Hector Hemmings.

"The Quiet Week-end" was staged in May 1950 and the programme shows admission
cost 3/- (3 shillings or 15p in today's money) and seats were numbered.

"The Chiltern Hundreds" was staged in April 1978 in the Community Centre (built in 1963) and tickets cost 50p.
One member of that cast is still acting today although (according to the Chronicle) he was then known as George.

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or the Victory Hall Years 1949 - 1963 (plus an earlier play staged at the Town Hall)


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December 2016 - A Christmas Carol (abridged) by Charles Dickens
Directed by Penny Jackson
. . . . click here to see photos
Members of TADS performed an abridged version of "A Christmas Carol" during the St Helens Church Carol Concert

November 2016 - See How They Run by Philip King
Directed by Chris Cefai
. . . . click here to see photos
March 2016 - Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott
Directed by Tom Kenny. . . . click here to see photos

November 2015 - Post Horn Gallop by Derek Benfield
Directed by Jan Blackford
. . . . click here to see photos

March 2015 - Tom, Dick & Harry by Ray & Michael Cooney
Directed by Penny Jackson & produced by Linda Bennett . . . . click here to see photos

November 2014 - Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Emma Goldstone & produced by Sue Goldstone . . . . click here to see photos


March 2014 - Some Of My Best Friends Are Women by Carole Tricker
Directed by Rik Bennett . . . . . . . click here to see photos

November 2013 - Happiest Days Of Your Life by John Dighton
Directed by Rik Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . click here to see photos

March 2013 - The Unexpected guest by Agatha Christie
Directed by Tom Kenny . . . . click here to see photos

November 2012 - Calendar Girls - based on Miramax motion picture by Julitte Howidi & Tim Firth
Directed by Beryl Kenny . . . . click here to see photos


March 2012 - Outside Edge by Richard Harris
Directed by Penny Jackson . . . . click here for photos

November 2011 - When We Are Married by J B Priestley
Directed by Rik Bennett . . . . click here to see photos

March 2011 - Love Begins at 50 by Raymond Hopkins
Directed by Tom Kenny . . . . click here to see photos

November 2010 - Trivial Pursuits by Frank Vickery
Directed by Jan Blackford . . . . click here to see photos

March 2010 - Out Of Order by Ray Cooney
Directed by Rik Bennett . . . . click here for photos

November 2009 - Our Day Out by Willy Russell
Directed by Penny Jackson . . . . click here to see photos

March 2009 - And Then There were None by Agatha Christie
Directed by Tom Kenny . . . . click here to see photos

November 2008 - 2 one act plays : Too Long An Autumn by Jimmy Chinn
& Last Panto in Little Grimley by David Tristram
. . . . click here to see photos
Directed by Jan Blackford

March 2008 - Funny Money by Ray Cooney
Directed by Chris Cefai . . . . click here to see photos

November 2007 - Deadwood Dick by Tom Taggart
Directed by James Blackford

March 2007 - Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney
Directed by Jan Blackford . . . . click here to see photos

November 2006 - Stepping Out by Richard Harris
Directed by Beryl Kenny . . . . click here to see photos

March 2006 - An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley
Directed by Tom Kenny

November 2005 - Tons Of Money - by Will Evans & Valentine
Adapted by Alan Ayckbourn - Directed by Jan Blackford

March 2005 - Deckchairs & Last Tango in Tarporley - two one act plays
By Jean McConnell & David Tristram, respectively - Directed by Sue Goldstone



November 2004 - Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Directed by Penny Jackson

March 2004 - Murder at the Theatre - by Robert Meadows
Directed by Tom Kenny



November 2003 - Toad Of Toad Hall
Directed by Jan & James Blackford

March 2003 - Daisy Pulls It Off - by Denise Deegan
Directed by Beryl Kenny

November 2002 - Arsenic and Old Lace - by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Rik Bennett

March 2002 - Cold Comfort Farm - by Paul Doust
Directed by James Blackford

November 2001 - Murdered To Death - by Peter Gordon
Directed by Jan Blackford


March 2001 - A Bird in the Hand - by Derek Benfield
Directed by Louise Hall



November 2000 - Murder At The Old School Do - by Robert Meadows
Directed by Beryl Kenny

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March 2000 - Noises Off by Michael Frayn
Produced and directed by James and Jan Blackford


November 1999 - Cash on Delivery by Michael Cooney
Directed by Linda Bennett
March 1999 - Lord Arthur Saville's Crimes by Constance Cox
.............. based on a short story by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Phil Sturla
November 1998 - Sailor Beware by Philip King & Falkland Cary
Directed by Sue Goldstone

March 1998 - Fish out of Water - by Derek Benfield
Directed by Beryl Kenny

November 1997 - Blithe Spirit - by Noel Coward
Directed by Terry Healey

March 1997 - Manor of Northstead - by William Douglas Home
Directed by George Billington

November 1996 - The Busybody - by Jack Popplewell
Directed by Hugh Melluish


March 1996 - It Runs in the Family - by Ray Cooney
Directed by Linda & Rik Bennett


November 1995 - The Militants - by Norman Holland
Directed by George Billington
March 1995 - Pickle in Paradise - by Sam Bate
Directed by Kerry Flanagan
November 1994 - One O'clock from the House - by Frank Vickery
Directed by Phyl Billington

March 1994 - House of Frankenstein - by Martin Downing
Directed by Jan Blackford

November 1993 - House by the Lake - by Hugh Mills
Directed by Colin Piper
March 1993 - See How They Run - by Philip King
Directed by George Billington
November 1992 - Pure as Driven Snow - by Paul Loomis
Directed by George Billington
March 1992 - There Goes the Bride - by John Chapman
Directed by Linda & Rik Bennett
November 1991 - Candied Peel - by Falkland L Cary
Directed by Dot Williams
March 1991 - Flying Feathers - by Derek Benfield
Directed by Phyl Billington

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or the Victory Hall Years 1949 - 1963 (plus an earlier play staged at the Town Hall)


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