Reformed Allerton Dramatic Society (RADS) 

RADS' logo above the stageWe are a small but beautifully-formed amateur dramatic society in South Liverpool which has its roots in the Allerton United Reformed Church. The drama society was started by church member Margaret Shaw and has been in existence since 1975. The society has a cast and crew of over 25 members and puts on two shows a year in May and October/November, with  special fund-raiser shows each January/ February.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, February.

RADS are staging a weekend theatre experience on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, February. Saturday 17th is in the form of a dinner with two plays and a two-course meal starting at 7.30pm. Sunday’s event comprises two dramas with afternoon tea and starts at 2pm. Tickets must be bought in advance. You cannot pay on the door due to catering needs. All proceeds will go to church funds. Please see David Jones or book on line via  RADS' website (below)   

8th - 11th November 2023

RADS are pleased to announce their forthcoming production of “Wanted, One Body” a comedy thriller by Raymond Dyer in the Main Hall from Wednesday 8th until Saturday 11th November.  

Tickets priced at £10 adults, £7 concessions and £4 children are available after Sunday service, via or at the door each evening. All are welcome.

By kind permission of Joseph Weinberger

April 2023

RADS is proud to be presenting the work of "The Master" Noël Coward in our forthcoming production of Present Laughter, 24th - 27th May. Tickets available now, priced at £8 for adults,  £7 concessions and £4 for children. We have set up online ticketing which may be accessed via which will stay the same for future events).  

To read about how the casting, directing and rehearsal process is going on, you may care to take a look at where Director Jenny Cragg explains all.

January 2023

RADS will be putting on a January Theatre Dinner on 28th and 29th January. We have set up online ticketing which may be accessed via which will stay the same for future events).

October 2022

RADS last production was “House Guest” by Francis Durbridge (1912 – 1998) an exciting thriller written by the man who created fictional detective Paul Temple.

The plot followed famous actors Robert and Stella Drury, who are horrified to learn that their young son has been kidnapped – not for ransom, but to force them to allow one of the kidnappers to remain in their house. But later, two other men, supposedly police officers, arrive and reveal that one of the kidnappers has been murdered and Robert is suspected. However, it soon becomes clear that these two men are not what they seem, as they too demand to be treated as house guests…

 “House Guest” premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End in 1981 and starred Gerald Harper and Susan Hampshire in the leading roles as husband and wife.  It promises to be a vibrant and exciting production, which the director and cast members are very much looking forward to rehearsing and performing.

Wednesday 12th to Saturday October 15th . Doors open at 7.30 with curtain up at 7.30pm prompt. Tickets - Adults £7, Concessions £6, Children £4. Info also available on  RADS website at

The previous production was our annual variety show fundraiser for the church in the form of a theatre Dinner (two courses) on Saturday evening 25th January 2020 and a theatre Afternoon Tea on Sunday, 26th.

Over £1000 was raised for church funds.

Our previous production ran from 14th to 17th November., 2019. It was the premier production of  "Subject to Contract" by local playwright Nick Broadhead. The action took place in their living room  where Wilf and Grace were visited by friends Kay and Miles. Kay, desperate for money to save her business and Miles had heart problems. There was some hilarious "funny business", and it  took take all Detective Sgt. Murray’s skills to get to the bottom of it. 

Our offering in May (2019) was "It Runs in the Family", a comedy by the ever-popular Ray Cooney. Dr David Mortimer, happily married and in line for a knighthood - but .. did a past indiscretion scupper his chances?  See below for a review -

"Last week, our dramatic society's performance of "It Runs in the Family", by Ray Cooney, played  to packed audiences howling with laughter from start to finish. Brilliantly cast and directed, this fast-moving comedy was worthy of Brian Rix at his best, with each character played to perfection. The pace never let up and some of the routines had to be witnessed to be believed. Do hope you were able to  catch this splendid production - according to many, 'probably the best comedy RADS had put on for many a long year'."

Our now traditional January Theatre Dinner and Theatre Afternoon Tea were on Saturday  and Sunday 26th and 27th January 2019 in the form of a series of comic sketches. Many thanks to all who attended and helped in any way to put on two very successful events - especially the catering team. 

Our November 2018 production was the hilarious comedy thriller - "Secondary Cause of Death" - by Peter Gordon, in the same style as last November's offering. It was 1939 and Inspector Pratt and Miss Maple once again locked horns in this Agatha Christie-type spoof, previously performed 10 years ago. Three nights and a Sunday afternoon matinee had audiences laughing and gasping in equal measure, with some a little mystified by "Who dunnit?"

Please see our website link for more information about the group, our previous performances and, if you are interested, about becoming a member.