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Play Readings

by anita

Play readings are held at various times during the year, both to pick future plays for production and also just for “social” reading, generally in the Tap Room at The Gaping Goose Public House, Selby Road, Garforth, starting at 7:30pm.

All Members, Friends, Potential Members or just anybody who is interested, are invited to come along to take part or to sit and listen.

There are currently 4 dates set for play readings, as follows: -

Thursday 14th June

Wednesday 20th June

Monday 25th June

Thursday 5th July




GADS 70th Anniversary

by anita

Thanks to all who braved a very cold night to attend our rehearsed reading of “Austensibility”, (devised by Alan Richardson and based on her writings and letters, including extracts from her most famous works), which was performed on Saturday 2nd December at St Mary’s Church, Garforth.

This was well received by the audience (as were the mulled wine and mince pies provided by the Church). See also review page.

70′s Disco Night

by anita

On October 29th 2016, GADS were pleased to be associated with a charity “70′s Disco Night“, to support The Lascelles Rehabilitation Unit in Harrogate, held at The Miners Welfare Hall, in Garforth Main Street.

The charity side of the evening was organised & run by one of our Member’s Family and GADS ran the licensed bar and provided the refreshments in aid of Society funds.

The evening raised nearly £700 for the Lascelles Unit and over £100 for the Society.

Many thanks to everyone who helped / contributed and also to everyone who attended, who all seemed to have a great time.

Please see the following link for details of the work that The Lascelles Unit does: –

We are currently looking into holding a similar event to support UK Veterans – watch this space for details!


Walking Treasure Hunt

by anita

Our first (at least for a long time), “walking treasure hunt” around Garforth, which was a collaborative event with St. Mary’s Church took place on Friday 2nd September and was thoroughly enjoyed by those who took part.

Although it was not as well attended as we / the Church would have liked, the event still made a small profit for both Society and Church funds.

Congratulations to the team of Anne, Sam & Gabby who came out on top, winning a day ticket for 4 to Harewood House, kindly donated by The Harewood House Trust.

Thanks to Tom & Erica for writing and organising the Treasure Hunt and to Alyson Hampshire for the refreshments.

Line Dancing Evening

by anita

We held our 2nd “Line Dancing Evening” on Saturday 23rd September, at Garforth Working Mens Club.

Once again this turned out to be an excellent evening and our thanks go to our member, Tracey Preston and her family for once again organising and publicising the event and for running it on the night. Thanks also to Pat for the ticketing and to the staff of the Working Mens Club for their sterling efforts behind the bar.

The dancing was great fun, for both experienced line dancers and for those of us who had never done it before and have two left feet!

The ticket money from the event together with the raffle on the night (thanks also to everyone who donated prizes) will hopefully have made a good profit for Society funds, which is a great help towards being able to maintain the (almost) 70 year tradition of GADS providing live theatre in Garforth.

We will almost certainly be holding a further Line Dancing event next year – watch this space for details in due course!

GADS – An Official History

by anita

We have recently produced a short booklet giving the history of the Society.

This is available to buy at the bargain reduced price of £5 £3!

The Booklet is now available to buy at Garforth Library and One Stop Centre in Main Street, Garforth.

Alternatively please contact Pat Toes on 0113 2862491 / or James Grayson on 07842 903018 / to purchase.

Summer BBQ

by anita

Our Summer BBQ 2017 was held at Mike & Erica’s house on Saturday 19th August.

A small group of members thoroughly enjoyed the evening, despite the gale that threatened to carry away the gazebo! At least it didn’t rain.

Once again, to no one’s surprise the karaoke machine was brought out, to much delight and hilarity all round.


Drama Workshops

by James Grayson

On May 14th, GADS had the pleasure of hosting our 3rd Annual Acting Workshop, with Sarah Osbourne.

Sarah always puts us through our paces and creates a fun environment for us to experiment with our repertoire of characters. None of us were quite sure what to expect on the day, as no two workshops are the same, but Sarah very quickly put us at our ease, making three new attendees feel relaxed and made sure that we were warmed up and good to go! After the physical and vocal warm ups, Sarah started to encourage us to work with our characters, putting us into pairs and giving us a short piece to work through. We all interpreted the piece differently, with styles ranging from the comic through to the dramatic. After feedback around our motivation, Sarah had us re work the piece again so we could experiment further, which added new depth to our pieces.

Following a lovely lunch prepared by Pat and Janet, we then started on a more structured piece, again in pairs. The key for working through this piece was using the text to better understand our character’s motivation. Focusing on different sections of the 3-page text, we pulled apart the different aspects to better understand what our characters may be needing or wanting from the situation. This gave a very different perspective on the characters and the dynamic. By the end of the session we felt we knew our characters better, which was the aim of the game!

We all took different things from the workshop; for me the big learning was not taking the character on face value and reading between the lines of the text for the hidden gems. The session challenged us and we are looking forward to trying out our new found skills in the November play!

Becky Mee


Quiz Night

by anita

The most recent of our very successful and well attended Quiz Nights was held on 9th March – please see the following review of the evening.

The arrival of spring meant that it was time again for us to swat up on our general knowledge, read classic novels, study the celebrity magazines and listen to music from ages ago. Or is it just me and Carole who prepare for these events with the dedication of an Olympic athlete? Anyway it was quiz time!

Six teams limbered up ready for any question our trusty Quizmaster could throw at us. (Although who could have ever predicted a round called ‘Batman or the Bard?’). There were the usual strong contenders on the Hurst and Nicholls tables. There were the stalwart competitors on the Toes and Ingram tables. There were the new kids on the block who have joined us before, and then there was the Moorhouses table. This was a new team who hid their true brain power behind their team name: these were no Muppets. In fact they were the overall winners! It was great to have their company and we hope they will join us again at other events.

Please don’t forget all Sponsors and Friends of GADS are welcome at social events and readings as well as productions. The more the merrier.

Thanks Tom for another great quiz, to Erica for providing the refreshments and to Carole for running the raffle. See you all again soon.

Our next quiz will be held on 29th June 2018, starting at 7:30PM, at the usual venue of the upstairs room at Garforth Welfare Hall!

Tickets are £4.00 and will include light refreshments (BYO drinks).

There will also be a raffle for which contributions would be very welcome.

To book your places (nearer the time), please contact Tom Nicholls on 0113 286 5552 or

Jumble Sale & Coffee Morning

by admin

Our latest Jumble Sale / Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 13th February 2016 and a small profit was made for Society Funds.

There are no further Jumble Sales booked at this time due to other commitments.