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New Romney Amateur Dramatics Society


New Romney Amateur Dramatics are almost ready for their next performance - Dick Whittington and his Cat. The show will be performed at The Marsh Academy Theatre in New Romney on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February at 7.30pm with and additional matinee performance on Saturday 23rd at 3pm. This already promises to be an even more spectacular show than their last pantomime, which was praised by many locals for its standard of professionalism and entertainment.

There are songs from many of the great shows and the dances and comedy are all looking fantastic. NRAD was only formed a little over a year ago, but the group has steadily grown and there are many talented performers amongst them. I'm sure you'll be surprised to see people you know suddenly becoming pirates and cats! Dick Whittington and his Cat takes us from Old London Town to Morocco and back via various comedic adventures.

There are plenty of jokes for all ages and some brilliant slapstick routines, the Dame is just brilliantly funny! This year's pantomime will leave you smiling and wishing you could come back for more really soon.

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New Romney Amateur Dramatics Society

Derek Ruby moved to New Romney about two years ago and having run his own Production Company in London and been a member of five Am Dram groups, he wanted to share his skills and experiences. He made some enquiries and found there was no such group in New Romney, so he thought he would try and form one himself.

A year ago, he made enquiries on social media to see if anyone would be interested and to his surprise and delight, he discovered there were at least 40 like-minded individuals all wanting to help or be involved with such a group.

Last November (2017) they had their first get-together and 15 people turned up to offer their support with not only performing, but administration, marketing, stage and set building, sound, music and web design and he was so impressed with all the positive feedback. It was suggested that their first production should be a Pantomime but as it was a bit too close to Christmas, Derek suggested a special Easter Panto. This was agreed and he got down to writing their first pantomime.

This was performed at Easter (2018) and called 'Jack Frost's Easter Adventure' and was their opportunity to show what talent New Romney has and what a great show they could put on. It was a great success.

They are proud to have formed a partnership with 'The Marsh Academy' where they hope to perform all their productions. This has a purpose-built theatre with 248 seats and disabled access and they are very excited to be able to use such a professional venue. During productions, they rehearse on Wednesday evenings in The Scouts Hut, New Romney.

Known as NRAD, they welcome new members of any ability. There is no audition to join the group and members are encouraged to get involved in any capacity, whether onstage, behind the scenes with costumes, scenery building, crew, publicity, promotion or front of house.The group is run by the small group of founder members, but they welcome any ideas and suggestions for future productions.
After the success of their Easter Panto, they were approached by a few parents asking if children could join them and the New Romney Am Dram Youth was launched in June (2018) and is open to 6-17 year olds. It includes singing, dancing and acting, with a lot of fun and activities thrown in and they are working towards a cabaret show in November (2018).

Their latest production recently comprised two One-Act Comedies, 'The Ladybirds' and 'Meat and Two Veg', which were well received by large audiences over two days. Comments on social media included, "The plays were funny and comical to watch. The characters had a good on stage chemistry which is good considering the experience of the actors and a lot of genuine talent shined through". Very well done to all the cast and crew; I can't wait for the next one".

Their next show is 'Children of West End Musicals' at The Marsh Academy on Saturday 24th November 2018 with performances at 3pm and 7pm.
The Christmas Panto is going to be 'Dick Whittington and his Cat' on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February next year (2019).


Tickets for future productions are available from 07931-904629 or boxoffice@newromneyamdram.uk