News & Events

Updated 3rd July 2017


Having successfully repeated our performance of “The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley” on 9th and 10th June,  when we were invited to join forces with Medstead Players for a double bill at their venue, RDS members are now taking a brief rest during the summer.

However, on Thursday 6th July we will be holding informal auditions for our autumn production, “My Friend Miss Flint”, the brilliant comedy by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham. This is an open audition, so if you are interested in joining RDS, do come along – we are always pleased to welcome new members. The venue is the Coffee Room, Vicarage Lane, Ropley, 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

The play will be performed in Ropley Parish Hall on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November. Rehearsals will be held in the Coffee Room on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8.00pm from Thursday 14th September through to the performances.

For this production we will need additional help with set building, properties and scenic painting. If you are a keen DIY person, good at sourcing odd items, or you have artistic talents – please contact Jan on 01420 568265 or  janbennett42@outlook.com for more information!


“The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley”, performed on 17th and 18th March, was a sell-out and a huge success. We had a dedicated Director and Production Team who worked very hard to support the cast in this very funny comedy by David Tristram. At RDS we put on plays for enjoyment – ours and the audience, and we do have a lot of fun with our productions, because we believe that is what amateur dramatics should be about.

Our thanks must go to all those of you who bought tickets, as it is ultimately you who decide whether or not the show is a success. We have received many kind comments on the play, the fish and chip supper and the quiz; people said they had thoroughly enjoyed the evening and that it was good value for money. Our thanks to all concerned and we hope you will continue to support Ropley Dramatic Society’s productions.

If you are interested in joining a fun group, without lots of formal rules and hassles, do get in touch now, as we are currently planning our next production (17th and 18th November), which will be a full-length play (sorry – no supper this time!) We will be holding an informal reading / open auditions early in July, so please do come along if you are interested. Details will be given on this website in due course, or you can e-mail Jan on janbennett42@outlook.com


Updated 25th November 2016

Our Autumn production, “Secondary Cause of Death” was a sell out in November and we thank all those who have given us such good feedback – we are very pleased that you enjoyed the play  so much.

Our next production will be on 17th and 18th March 2017, when we will present a one-act play
followed by a Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz. To reserve your tickets please contact 01420 568265.

We are holding a read-through/open auditions for this production on Thursday 8th December in The Coffee Room, Vicarage Lane, Ropley (between the school and the shop) – 7.45 for 8.00pm. This will be an informal evening, with some drinks and nibbles provided. The plays we read then will not necessarily be the final choice – it all depends on who comes along and how many interested actors we have. Not the normal way of doing it, but needs must while we are still such a small (but beautifully formed!) group.

This is an open evening, and we are always pleased to see new members, both for acting roles and backstage tasks. In particular we are currently looking for a set-builder, preferably someone who is competent with power tools! We are a friendly, informal group who do amateur dramatics for fun, although we also work hard to make our performances as professional as possible. Acting experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and commitment are! So, if you think you might like to give us a try, come along on 8th December and see if you like the look of us!

For any further information please contact Jan on 01420 568265.


Updated 15th November 2016

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Out-Take from Rehearsals from Autumn Production

Details of our Autumn Production:-


24th April 2016

ROPLEY DRAMATIC SOCIETY

We have had some excellent feedback from audiences who attended our Spring production in
March, when we presented two short plays, “The Wooden Pear” by Gillian Plowman and “The
End of The Road” by Keith Outterside, followed by supper and a paper quiz.

However, we are a small society which somewhat limits the scope of the productions we are able
to stage, and we would very much like to address this situation. We are a friendly group and,
although we work hard for each production, basically we do it for fun and enjoyment. We put on
two productions a year, one in March and the other in November. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings and usually span around 6-8 weeks leading up to the performances, depending
on the complexity of the play.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved with our November production,
which will be a two-act comedy. We always welcome new blood, whether your skills and
aspirations lie with acting or with backstage roles. In particular we could do with some more help
for set construction – skilled handymen with tools would be particularly welcome!

If you are new to amateur dramatics, don’t let that deter you. Enthusiasm and commitment are
more important than experience, although we always welcome the latter.

If you would like to know more about us, come along to our AGM which will be held on Tuesday
17th May at 8.00pm in The Coffee Room, Vicarage Lane, Ropley; drinks and nibbles provided!
Alternatively, contact Jan on 01420 568265 or  e-mail jjben.morris@btinternet.com.