Happy Easter!

Hello everyone!

It is now officially the Easter holidays… phew! I hope you enjoy the excuse you now have to eat a mountain load of chocolate. I am sorry to those of you (like me) who will be spending the next two weeks revising for exams. Good luck!

Ellie 🙂


Don’t forget about the upcoming drama workshop from 2pm-6pm on the 6th of April! The workshop is at the Bouverie Hall and is for 10-16 year olds. All other information is on the poster below! Hope you’re all excited for it.

Imagine drama poster jpeg

Ellie 🙂

Harold Joliffe Festival 2016

PVADS are again entering the Harold Joliffe One Act Play Festival at the Swindon Arts Centre! We are entering a youth play called ‘Laundry Room’ by Nettie B Brown and one other called ‘Watching the Magpies’ by Les Clarke.

Poster for HJ preview


All the relevant information is on the poster above. Rehearsals are going very well, especially for ‘Laundry Room’, the play I’m in! Although the play’s been adapted since then, here are a few pictures from the last time we performed ‘Laundry Room’.

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laundry room 1


Please come and support us!

Ellie 🙂

Canterbury Tales

Hello PVADS people!

There is a new fantastic poster for Canterbury Tales! If you would like to see it, head over to our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PVADS

Whilst you’re over there, please give the page a like!

Ellie 🙂

The End Of Dick Whittington

I believe that the best review we got was from 7 year old Charlie, who said that our pantomime was ‘better than Bristol’. High praise indeed!


Ellie 🙂

Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!


Panto is over for another year (phew!) and I hope that everyone who came to watch enjoyed it! Here are a few pics from the show. This year, I was playing Fairy Bowbells.P1010114 12552851_968739306548699_1374004633128927939_n 12540699_965993306823299_7214089823708775682_n 12470033_962856007137029_1849798348_o P1010150 P1010146 P1010142 P1010119 P1010122

Of course there’s no rest for the wicked… this afternoon, there were auditions for the youth play ‘The Laundry Room’ and the spring play ‘The Canterbury Tales’. If you missed the audition and would still like the opportunity to be in one, there are more auditions this Wednesday at 7 at the Bouverie Hall. I hope to see you there!

Ellie 🙂

Alderman Fitzwarren

The next character on the list is Alderman Fitzwarren, Alice’s father and the owner of a shop in London. This year the role is played by Chris Smith (otherwise known as my dad). Fun fact: although not the main part, Chris has got the most lines as Alderman this year!


“EVERYONE on that stage was a SUPERSTAR” – Vicky Marshall

You can buy yours tickets by calling the box office on 01672 810436 or on pvads.co.uk

Ellie 🙂


Me again!

All the kid’s favourite character is Tom the cat! Dick’s best friend and lovable pet is played by (my brother) Daniel Smith. Daniel has been in PVADS since he was ten, his first role being Buzz in the Youth play ‘The Meadow’. Here’s a picture of him then (he’s the small one) and now!


You can buy yours tickets by calling the box office on 01672 810436 or on pvads.co.uk

Ellie 🙂


This year’s principal girl is played by Lucy Brown. Lucy has starred in many of our pantomimes, including playing Jack in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ a few years ago. This year she’s playing Alice, Dick Whittington’s romantic interest.


LAST WEEKEND went fantastically for all the PVADS cast and crew! We’ve had three performances but there are still tickets left for Friday and Saturday.

You can buy yours tickets by calling the box office on 01672 810436 or on pvads.co.uk

Ellie 🙂



So I’ve decided to write a post on some of the characters in this year’s pantomime… and we might as well start with Dick Whittington!

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This year, the principal boy is played by Nell James, a new member of PVADS. Our director Steve was blown away by her audition and immediately cast her as the title character. Dick (without giving away too much of the plot…) travels to London, befriends a clever cat, falls in love with a girl named Alice and… oops! I’ve said too much!

You can buy yours tickets by calling the box office on 01672 810436 or on pvads.co.uk

Ellie 🙂