The current form of Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society (TODS was bought to life in July 1958, by amalgamating The Tenterden Players and The Masquers – that makes this year our 63rd birthday! As a society, we are one of many small-scale drama organisations in the South East and are proud to be members of Kent Drama Association (KDA) and the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA).
TODS, produce three shows each year – a Spring musical in February, a Spring play in May, and an Autumn play in October. Traditionally, the Spring musical was a good old-fashioned pantomime up until 1994, when TODS decided to branch into musical theatre. From our first ever musical production of My Fair Lady back in 1994 up to the present day, we pride ourselves on bringing quality and professional-standard productions to our little town of Tenterden and beyond. Our recent musical productions were Sister Act the Musical in 2018, Follies in 2019 and our last pre-pandemic production was Chicago in 2020. 2020 to 2021 saw an interuption in our schedule as a result of the Pandemic. However, we took part in the first ever KDA Radio Festival of 2021 and received a runner’s up award. The festival proved so successful that NODA will be continuing with an annual festival to run in parallel with the Stage Play Festival. We all look forward to returning to a more normal life so we can be fully operational and open with a new and exciting New Season of productions.
We usually enter into KDA’s Full Length Play Festival with our Spring play, and we are proud to boast of a plethora of awards for individual performances as well as the full-company. In 2019 we achieved the following for our production of Habeas Corpus:-
Habeas Corpus’– Director David Waters
Runner-Up: Best Lighting
Runner-Up: Best Sound
Runner-Up: Best Young Player – Max Chesters
Runner-Up: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Geoff Down
Runner-Up: Best Actor in a Cameo Role – Michael Patrick
Runner-Up: Best Debut in a Full-Length Play – Tilly Milnes
Like other Theatre companies, both amateur and professional, TODS has suffered an enforced hiatus, and so has postponed all productions. BUT, as Arnie Schwarzenegger says ‘We’ll be back” with a bang!
Usually our Autumn play is something a little different – be it a members’ night, variety show or a series of one-act plays. We will be producing another fantastic show for the family, in arly February 2022, Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions, under the overall direction of Heather Barnes. This production will provide an opportunity for new directors to cut their teeth on directing one of the 5 playlets, that form this show.