News & Events

Updated 3rd March 2017


Offer a superb evening’s entertainment on 

17th and 18th MARCH 2017

Curtain up 8.00pm.   Doors open 7.30pm



RDS is delighted to present David Tristram’s hilarious one-act comedy


Followed by a




Our last show was a sell out, so don’t miss out on this fun evening, contact our

Box Office on 01420 568265, or 

Tickets £15 (*including Fish and Chip Supper*)

*** STOP PRESS: Friday 17th March now sold OUT!!!  Last few tickets for Saturday 18th March still available.  BOOK NOW  to avoid disappointment.


Rarely has a collection of comedies been so outrageously popular as the Little Grimley series, and “The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley” completes the trilogy with a cock-eyed confidence that will delight the faithful.

Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back to tackle yet another threat to their survival – this time in the shape of a rival am-dram society, newly-formed in the next village and determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical.

The querulous quartet pull together to devise an ingenious, military-style operation, that doesn’t quite go to plan. When their subterfuge is discovered by the rival society’s psychopathic front-of-house manager, he’s none too pleased. Could this finally be the end of Little Grimley?

Don’t be so sure. It’s never over until the fat lady sings!

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


Out-Take from Rehearsals from Autumn Production

Details of our Autumn Production:-

24th April 2016


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