TODS Big Quiz 2017 – Aardvark, Dart Boards, and Doris Day???

Where else would you meet an Aardvark, a dart board and Doris Day, but at the TODS BIG QUIZ.  These were some of the answers last year.

 I am delighted to tell you that the TODS BIG QUIZ is back by popular demand, on Saturday November 18th at Tenterden Town Hall.  As in previous years, the evening will include a supper of fish or sausage or veggie burger plus chips, there will be a bar, there will be prizes for the winning team and the cost is just £10.00 per head.

It is IMPORTANT that you book in advance so that we can cater accordingly.

So get your teams of six organised and BOOK EARLY

TODS News (and walnuts)

Like walnuts on a walnut whip – you may have noticed a slight absence recently of TODS newsletters….

We often have a break over the summer months to give our editor time to rest those fingers from all the typing (he does type each one personally you know)…  but it just so happens TODS has a vacancy going… or rather a volunteering opportunity going….

Newsletter Editor wanted…. Kingsley Amis once said, ‘If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing’. TODS is looking for a newsletter editor to take over the task of keeping people informed. As all the best job adverts say, experience is not necessary and full training will be given. Furthermore, resources such as the email distribution lists, theatrical anecdotes (to fill the empty spaces) and picture files can all be transferred to the lucky candidate. So most of it’s already been done. Special software is not necessary, OpenOffice (free to anyone) is currently used by our editor, but feel free to use what ever software you are familiar with. If you are interested please call Sally on 01580 762170 or Angela on 01580 241966.

In other news …(I can’t even do the Big Ben Bong as apparently they are about to be taken away along with the walnuts)

Show Fees
Those who made it to the AGM in June will know that decisions had to be made regarding TODS’ income and outgoings after a significant financial loss last year. The good news is that membership stays at £15 for the year (running July to June).

A show fee a is being introduced to cover production costs, payable by each cast member in each production. This will be about a tenner for normal plays (dramas, comedies etc.), although it’s likely to vary from one production to another. (This does not cover the cost of scripts, if they have to be bought in book form.)

The high costs of putting on a musical, however, means a higher charge is unavoidable. Publishers and agents (Samuel French et al.) want a lot of cash for the licence, libretti, CDs and so on. For ‘Sister Act’ next February the performance fee will be £25. (At least for ‘Sister Act’ we are having the use of the (suitably sibilant) Sinden Theatre, although the cost of the venue is being covered by an anonymous – and very kind – donor.)
Autumn Production

There will be no Autumn Production this year. Low audience numbers have been an issue and there have been problems with casting them in recent years. Nobody came to audition for ‘Absent Friends’, the play which was scheduled for this October. (I thought we couldn’t go wrong with an Alan Ayckbourn, but what do I know?)
Sad, but there you are…
New committee

Here is a list of the TODS committee members for 2017-18. Some are new, some are very definitely old…
Chairman – Sally Klemen
Vice Chair – Fiona Murch
Secretary – Angela Patrick
Treasurer – Michael Patrick
Members – Peter Huxley, Gillian Davis, Lynne Andrews, Vernon Reeve and Heather Kemeys.
Raymond Crawfurd remains President and Brian Fagg is still a particularly active VP.
Sister Act

Rehearsals have began already for our February 2018 production of Sister Act The Musical

As can be expected our director Heather Leslie, along with the amazing band and wonderful cast she has lined up will put on an amazing performance. Keep up to date with latest information on the production page Sister Act The Musical where we will try to regularly update with whats going on and of course keep an eye on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and this website for further updates.

TODS AGM June 9th June

TODS AGM – JUNE 9th – 20.00 – Tenterden Day Centre.
There are vacancies on the committee. We are sorry to see that Simon Phelps is abandoning his newsletter, so if you would like to put your spin on the TODS news, now is your opportunity. Iris has decided reluctantly to step down as chairman due to family commitments, so the inevitable shuffle will mean new faces and ideas. But only if YOU step forward.

Non-members are welcome to attend but will not be entitled to vote.

1. Welcome by Chairman
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of A.G.M. held on 3rd June 2016 (Copies will be available at the meeting)
4. Matters arising
5. Correspondence
6. President’s address
7. Reports:
(a) Chairman’s report
(b) Treasurer’s report – Adoption of annual accounts
8. Elections
(a) Election of Officers
(i) Chairman
(ii) Vice Chairman
(iii) Hon. Treasurer
(iv) Hon. Secretary
(v) Assistant Secretary
(b) Election of Committee
(c) Election of Auditor
9. Review of Membership subscription
10. Any Other Business
Cheese & Wine


Behind The Scenes – What goes into putting on a TODS production

What goes into putting on a show?
Well apart from the three months of planning, rehearsals, sourcing of costumes, sourcing of props, set design, sound and lighting set-up, etc. There is the task of “Getting in” followed a week later by the “strike”. This video gives some idea of the transformation. Look carefully at the door on the left, beyond which is a steel fire escape which our volunteers have to bring everything up from the van. It’s hard work, but very rewarding.

Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 2017 – Nominations announced








The nominations for the Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 2017 have been announced.

The Awards Evening will be held at Woodchurch Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th June – 7pm for 7:30, by ticket only. Ticketing details have been given to participating societies, and tickets must be applied for by each society.

Good luck to all the societies with their nominations.

Kent Drama Association – 2017 Full-Length Play Festival Award Nominees

Best Actress in a Cameo Role –  Detling Players Cup
Olivia Carty, Chandeliers (This Happy Breed)
Jane Fenlon, Gravesend & District Theatre Guild

Best Actor in a Cameo Role –  Detling Players Cup
Jordan Lee, Chandeliers (Ladies’ Day)
Graham Jackson, Herne Bay Little Theatre
Rob O’Hanlon, RaTS (Don’t Dress for Dinner)

Best Sound – Geoff Goodwin Trophy
Broadstairs Dickens Players
The Hayes Players
The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)

Best Lighting – Geoff Goodwin Cup
The Lindley Players (A Tale of Two Cities)
The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)
Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society

Best Debut in a Full-Length Play – Finch Trophy
Pamela Allen, RaTS (Don’t Dress ..)
Kirsty Marston, RaTS (Don’t Dress for Dinner)

Best Wardrobe Achievement – Marian Baldwin Trophy
Bromley Little Theatre
Chandeliers Drama Group (Ladies’ Day)
The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)

Initiative in Stage Presentation – Timber Wood Memorial Shield
Chandeliers Drama Group (Ladies’ Day)
Gravesend & District Theatre Guild
No Frills Theatre Company

Ensemble Acting  – RaTS Trophy
Beckenham Theatre Centre
Herne Bay Little Theatre
The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)

Most Effective Use of Limited Space – Alan Birch Award
Beckenham Theatre Centre
Herne Bay Little Theatre
RaTS (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – TODS Trophy
Laura Adams, Bromley Little Theatre
Victoria Jones, Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society
Sarah Maxwell, The Hayes Players

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – TODS Trophy
Simon Parker, Gravesend & District Th. Gld
Joshua Ellison, The Hayes Players
Roy Drinkwater, The Lindley Players (A Tale of Two Cities)

Best Set Design – Jean Grice Trophy
Fleur Buckley & Colin Napthine, Beckenham Theatre Centre
Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society
RaTS (Don’t Dress for Dinner)

Best Technical Achievement – Anne Gearey Cup
Bromley Little Theatre
Goudhurst Amateur Dramatic Society
RaTS (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Best Actress – Marlowe Cup
Sue Williams, Beckenham Theatre Centre
Lucie Nash, The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)
Rhiannon Christina, No Frills Theatre Company

Best Actor – Marlowe Shield
Mike Savill, Beckenham Theatre Centre
Kevin Monk, The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)
Larry Dobin, The Lindley Players (Boeing Boeing)

Best Stage Presentation – Roy Link Trophy
Bromley Little Theatre
Gravesend & District Theatre Guild
RaTS (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Nominees for the following Awards are not given in advance
Best Young Player – Young Players Trophy
Best New Festival Director – Pauline Chalk Award
Best Director – Denis Prince Trophy
Adjudicator’s Special Award – Irene Weller Award
Best Play – Challenge Trophy, Channel Cup, Weald Cup


March 2017 Newsletter

Please find attached our latest newsletter for the month of March.

Details of a busy May including our May Fayre, our next production in April ‘Entertaining Angels’, second half of the KDA 2017 Full Length Play Festival entries, plus all you wanted to know about our chair-person Iris in the second of our insights into TODS Committee.

TODS Newsletter Mar2017

Entertaining Angels – Tickets go on sale March 13th

If you haven’t received an early booking form (which you would get if you are a TODS Member – to join TODS please get in touch) then tickets for our April production ‘Entertaining Angels’ written by Richard Everett and directed by Michael Patrick, go on sale on Monday 13th March.

From 13th March tickets will be available online or from our High Street Box Office, located at Advantec Computing in The Fairings Tenterden