News & Events

Last Updated 2nd May 2019

Following on from our very popular Murder Mystery play in March 2019, our next production will be “Shut Up Monty!” a new comedy by Keith Outterside.

Auditions will be held on 18th July in Ropley. New members welcome.

Performances will be on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019 at 8.00pm. The play will be followed by a Ploughman’s Supper and a short Quiz.

The story ….

Frank is at a loss as to how to fill his time now that he has retired from the Civil Service. Should he follow Alice’s advice and take a lead from Alan? But the thought of taking up bowls fills him with horror. When an antique mask arrives, a gift from his daughter, it brings a thankful diversion but, as he ponders its origins, will the enigmatic stranger, Jean, make all his dreams come true?

Tickets £15, including supper.

Box Office:  janbennett42@outlook.com.  Tickets must be booked in advance.


2nd December 2018

Great news for Ropley Dramatic Society supporters!

Although we had to cancel the play originally planned for our Spring production, owing to the unavailability of some of our actors, we will instead be presenting a “Murder Mystery Evening” with a Fish and Chip supper. This will take place on Friday 15th March 2019.

Tickets will be £15 and, because of having to order the supper in advance, we will also need you to book (and pay for) your tickets in advance, either by BACS or cheque. Tickets are available by contacting:  janbennett42@outlook.com or 01420 568265.

Meanwhile we are making plans for Autumn 2019, when we will be presenting a two-act play on 15th and 16th November 2019.

We would still very much like to increase our membership. Experience, although very welcome, is not essential – just enthusiasm and commitment! We are a very friendly and informal group, with no cliques or prima donnas! We do this for fun, but at the same time we strive to make our shows as professional as possible. If you would like more information please contact Jan Bennett, as above.

Finally, our thanks to all those of you who supported our November play, “Theft”. It is always encouraging to receive so much positive feedback after a play, many of you saying it was the best production yet. We are so pleased that you enjoyed it as much as we did, and thank you for taking the time to let us know.

Jan Bennett


18th November 2018

Ropley Dramatic Society would like to thank all those of you who supported our Autumn production,‘Theft’ – and what wonderful audiences you were! Theft is a very clever play, with so many funny lines, and both nights our audiences picked up all the humour – always encouraging for the actors to hear!

As many of you will know, we are a small group – although we would very much like to be larger! In fact, we currently find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having to cancel our March 2019
production, which was going to be a one-act comedy with a fish and chip supper. This is purely due to the fact that our usual actors are not available. Hopefully we can continue with another production in November 2019, but we really do need some more actors.

If anyone out there is interested in ‘treading the boards’ at Ropley, whether or not you have any
experience, do please do get in touch for more information. We rehearse twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, usually with an 8 week run, so it is a big commitment. However, it is also a lot of fun and we are a very friendly group, so do give us a try if you are keen to have a go. Just contact us on: janbennett42@outlook.com.


10th November 2018

Following our summer break we are now pleased to announce details of our Autumn production, “Theft” a two-act play by Eric Chappell. Performance dates will be  Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November in Ropley Parish Hall, curtain up 8.00pm.

“Theft” is an intriguing, witty play with some lovely “gentle chuckle” comedy, interesting characters and a clever plot with plenty of twists and turns. The play is cast with Brian Arrowsmith, Steve Dunne, Jane Parsons, Dom Clifford and Claire Fraser. Our unsung heroes backstage include Giles Fletcher on Lighting, Nick Raynham on Sound and Jane Burton on Props. Our Director will be Keith Outterside.

If you would like any further information, or you wish to buy tickets, please contact Jan Bennett on: janbennett42@outlook.com.