News 7th January 2018
Read through for ‘The Lady Killers’
Open to existing members or new members. Starts at 7.30pm Monday 8th January at Swanmore Village Hall. If anyone is interested in helping with our next production you are very welcome to come along. See you there!
It is our opening night tonight, preparations are underway and our cast are getting in to character.
‘Break a leg’ to all the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this Panto and we all hope that our audience enjoy watching our production of Mother Goose by Limelight Scripts.
Sit back, relax and don’t forget the audience participation – Honk! Honk!
A Tribute to Lynda Parker 23.07.53 – 30.10.16
Lynda joined SADS for the 2004 pantomime ‘Snow White’; perhaps it is fitting we are putting on a variation of Snow White as this year’s pantomime. Lynda brought with her so many talents which greatly benefitted SADS. She had a lovely humorous streak too. She became a Parish Councillor, bravely enduring their meetings. As councillor and SADS member she would stand up for justice and fight for what she considered was the greater good.
Not only did Lynda perform magnificently on stage but she also wrote at least one pantomime with her friend Caroline (‘Aladdin’ which we staged in December 2008). At one of our summer shows I particularly remember her spectacular rendition of a music hall song ‘Burlington Bertie from Bow’. There were many other appearances too numerous to mention. However, when in 2014 SADS put on a tribute to those brave servicemen of WW1 (‘Lest We Forget’) she shone when reading a poem by Laurence Binyon called ‘For the Fallen’.
With Lynda’s help over the years SADS has won numerous nominations and awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), and Curtain Call awards from the Evening Echo.
Lynda became a dear personal friend to several of our ladies at SADS. All of our members miss her a great deal; she brought so much to our group and to all our lives. Lynda was a wonderful teacher and taught us acting skills and stagecraft with such patience and understanding.
She always shone on stage and will remain in our thoughts forever.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the death of Kath Reed one of SADS founder members.
She died peacefully in the early hours of Friday 5th February, at the grand age of 101. She will be greatly missed by so many, not least her daughters Pat and Pauline. Her private, family funeral will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 17th February at Wessex Vale Crematorium and then there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for her life at 2pm on Friday 26th February, in St Barnabas Church, Swanmore.
We send our condolences to Pauline and Pat and family.
Written by David Norster
Kath was a founder member of SADS along with her husband Bob and she continued to come along and support our shows only missing some of the latter productions because it was getting too difficult. She was always full of enthusiasm and always told us that the show she had just seen was ‘the best we had ever done’.
I have known Kath all my life and I remember her being an ever present face at the Mothers Union, Womens Institute and Twilight Club. Always she was there with the likes of Mrs Stubbington, Mrs Gadsby, Mrs Dearling and my granny and I cannot begin to guess how many times I’ve sung Jerusalem alongside Kath as a kid, not to forget the iced buns that she gave me!!
It was tradition for the drama group to go carol singing and we always ended our efforts at Kath’s house. We would gather outside her front door and give it our best efforts for a couple of carols, then we would be let in. We would sing another and then Kath would say ‘you play the piano, David’ and off we would go singing with lots of gusto and not much class! We would always finish with Frosty The Snowman, Jingle Bells, Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer and finally Walking In a Winter Wonderland, which for some reason that I cannot recall, always made us laugh. Kath always commented that her Christmas hadn’t ever started until we came carol singing. Given the quality of our singing I always thought that was very kind of her.
Even after she moved into Bishops Waltham House we were invited to go and sing to Kath and her friends and all of us who went are so grateful that we made the effort. Kath still had that same smile on her face and was as bright as a button, the same smile she always had.
Bless you Kath we will all miss you but we have loads of fond memories!
Back in 2013, Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society was approached to see if we would like to be part of Swanmore’s events marking 100 years since the outbreak of WW1.
After much discussion we decided to put on a one off performance for the occasion and two of our members got together to plan the evening.
They came up with an evening of songs, poems, readings and sketches, it was not an easy task but the end result was a blend of humor, solomn reflection and a little sadness.
The venue was Swanmore Village Hall. The evening was a complete sell out! Theatre goers arrived to find the hall and bar decked out in in red, white and blue bunting, tables laid with flowers, flags and poppies, and posters from the era proclaiming “Your country needs you!”.
At the interval the audience and cast all tucked into a fish and chip supper followed by home-made trifle, washed down with a range of drinks from the bar.
At the end of the evening the whole hall waved their Union Jack flags and sang along to “ Land of hope and glory “ and “There’ll always be an England” and to the sound of the last post, there was not a dry eye in the house.
Due to popular demand we repeated the performances 3 months later in the Paterson Centre where it was equally well received.
As a Society we were both proud and honored to have been part of such an important occasion.
By Nicki Cresswell.