Allerton United Reformed Church
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Reformed Allerton Dramatic Society (RADS)
We 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 November, with special fund-raiser shows each January.
Our offering this 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. Four nights and a Sunday afternoon matinee had audiences laughing and gasping in equal measure, with some a little mystified by "Who dunnit?"
The week 9th - 13 May, 2018, we performed the premier of What Price for Justice?, by Ruth Barnett, the moving story of the author's family, torn apart by Hitler's racist policies in Germany. A complete divergence from our usual fare, this was a challenging work to perform, see and hear.
Performances were from Wednesday to Saturday and on Sunday afternoon, when Ruth was present and gave a short Q&A session. Audiences at all five performances were spellbound, many leaving at the end in silence, having been moved by the story and the stellar performances on stage.
Please see our website link for more information about the group, our previous performances and, if you are interested, about becoming a member.