Allerton United Reformed Church

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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 November, with a special fund-raiser show in January.

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.  

If you were able to join us for our November 2017 offering you will have witnessed several tours de force from our excellent cast for our production of comedy thriller, "Murdered to Death" by Peter Gordon. Another outstanding production all round had audiences rollicking with laughter throughout and still chuckling long after the final curtain.

Saturday, 27th January 2018 was our Theatre Dinner, which included a two-course hot meal, wine, tea and coffee. Entertainment was provided by our intrepid cast who performed two one-act comedy plays to a packed audience. On Sunday, 28th January we presented a matinee performance at a Theatre Afternoon Tea at 2 pm., performing the same bill. All moneys raised went directly to church funds.

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