The Society is privileged to perform in the Georgian Theatre Royal for three major productions a year, and is committed to providing entertainment of the highest possible standard.
The main thrust of the Society and its members is to put on plays! We try to vary our programme as much as possible, to encompass all strands of drama. We are always willing to try ambitious projects.
RADS is a registered charity, and each year makes donations to charities proposed by the membership.
Our members turn out in all weathers to rehearse, build sets, make costumes - and coffee - and props, so that when a production goes to the Theatre, it is as polished as we can make it.
We welcome new talent - no experience is necessary, and support and opportunities to develop will be given.
We own our own property at 6-8 Castle Hill, and this building provides the perfect rehearsal space, as well as storage rooms for our sets, properties and costumes.
It is also ideal for workshops, after-show suppers and our regular fun social evenings.
On the second Monday of each month (except August) we hold a ‘social evening’. These vary in content from month to month, but are usually fun and give members the chance to chat and ‘catch up’ - not always possible during rehearsals!
Directed by Kathryn Torbet
Thu 11th - Sat 13th November 2021 at 1930h
Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Tickets: £7.50 - £14.50 including £1 Restoration Levy
Box Office Tel: 01748 825252 or book online at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
“STOPPARD'S COMEDY MASTERPIECE ABOUT SEX, DEATH... AND ALGORITHMS”
Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, an English country house in Derbyshire, and takes place in both 1809 and the present day. The activities of two modern scholars and the house's current residents are juxtaposed with those of the people who lived there in the earlier period.
In 1809, Thomasina Coverly, the daughter of the house, is a precocious teenager with ideas about mathematics, nature and physics well ahead of her time. She studies with her tutor Septimus Hodge, delving into intellectual and romantic issues.
In the present, writer Hannah Jarvis and literature professor Bernard Nightingale converge on the house: she is investigating a hermit who once lived on the grounds; he is researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. As their studies unfold, the truth about what happened in Thomasina's time is gradually revealed.
Tom Stoppard’s brilliant and absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits - ‘the attraction which Newton left out’.
Arcadia won the Olivier and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play in 1994/5.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.