About Us

About us ...

Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society has been established since its first production in 1941. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and our reputation for staging high quality productions has grown.

We perform plays from every theatrical genre including comedy, farce, murder mysteries, serious and period dramas.  Although based in Quarndon, our membership comes from across Derby and surrounding areas.  We aim to stage two plays a year, in May and November.

We are always looking for new members ...

Whether you want to act on stage or take a backstage role.  We rehearse twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Quarndon Church Hall (also known as the Village Hall) from 8.00pm to 10.00pm.  We also have an active social programme all year round.

If you’ve had experience before or are a complete novice we will be delighted to meet you all we really need is the enthusiasm and willingness to get stuck in so get in touch!

How it all began ....

There is nothing unusual about taking one’s dog for a walk but such a commonplace activity can sometimes be a link in a chain of events which have far reaching consequences.  It was one evening in the Autumn of 1941 that a local resident who was about to embark upon this particular exercise found himself. He had a letter to post.  Arriving at the postbox he chanced to meet another resident whom he knew. A man full of enthusiasm for an idea which he and his wife had just been discussing. The suggestion was that it might be possible to form some sort of musical society in the village which could be the means of giving pleasure to those who were musically inclined and also, perhaps, provide occasional concerts for the entertainment of a wider circle.

The man with the dog was interested in the proposition and, after a lengthy conversation, it was decided to consult another resident, Mr. Frederick Lockyear, a retired schoolmaster who was well-known locally for his choral activities and, perhaps more particularly, for his association with the promotion of large scale Christmas concerts given by Derby school children.  No time was lost and, within a few days, the three men met to discuss the suggestion. Mr Lockyear promised his support provided that a sufficient number of people could be found to form a choir.  A public meeting was held on the 24th October and there was an attendance of fifteen people which was considered satisfactory.  

It transpired that a number of people (including some who had come to live in Quarndon because of the war) had previously been members of choral societies in other parts of the country and the suggested formation of a choir received an enthusiastic welcome.  It was decided to arrange a Christmas concert to be held in the Church Hall. If this proved to be successful steps would be taken to keep the choir together on a more permanent basis. Rehearsals began immediately under the able conduct of Mr Lockyear and the concert was held on 23rd December 1941.  There was a large and appreciative audience and as a result of the event the sum of £13. S.14. 6 was raised and donated to the Quarndon Services Comforts League.

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