Dream of a debut for TADS players

A ‘small but ambitious’ drama group in Toddington is celebrating its golden anniversary, and inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company who are also turning 50 this year, they are putting on the first Shakespeare play in their history.

TADS theatre group formed in the early ‘60s and since then have performed everything from plays to panto and musical to music hall but until now, never a Shakespeare play.

Their version of Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in the theatre which they bought 20 years ago.

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Director Sue Sachon who is currently completing a PhD in Shakespeare and Perception, said the opportunity to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream is “a dream come true”.

She said: “It’s the first time we’ve worked on a full-length play in the round in our little theatre and although some of the cast have never tackled Shakespeare before, they are absolutely loving it.

“We are setting our version in Edwardian times, and turning the theatre into a magical forest. Some of my cast members tell me they loathed Shakespeare at school and can’t believe how much they are enjoying this. If we can communicate that sense of joy and energy to our local audiences, I think we will feel we have marked TADS’ 50th year as another fantastic milestone in an ongoing, ever-developing history of theatre in Toddington.”

From May 10-11 and 17-19 in Conger Lane, Toddington. For tickets call 07952 633234 or visit www.tadstheatre.org.

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