Vale Amateur Dramatic Society or PVADS is a vibrant local theatre group who have been performing plays and pantomimes in the Bouverie Hall, Pewsey for over 90 years! We have over 50 actors, young and old, who tread the boards regularly to entertain ever increasing audiences.
We produce several performances during the year including full length plays, pantomime, themed evenings in support of the famous Pewsey Carnival and One Act Plays which we enter into the Harold Joliffe Festival in Swindon. We have obviously had to curtail our activities this past year due to COVID restrictions, but are waiting in the wings to spring back into life as soon as we can!
2011 Harold Joliffe Awards
Best Director, Best Youth Play, Best Dramatic Endeavour, Best Technical achievement, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and BBC Audience Award.
see http://www.swindonweb.com/hj12/festival2011results.htm for full results
We pride ourselves on the range and quality of our performances and have achieved many accolades over the years.
Our traditional pantomimes are very family friendly with time honoured characters, lots of comedy and usually some loud special effects!
Many of our full length plays are very challenging and yet according to our reviews and critics we manage to produce some very professional theatre – Albert Make us Laugh, The Graduate, Oliver Twist. But we do like a good comedy too – Noises Off, ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Comic Potential, Out of Order to name but a few.
Rehearsals: We are extremely lucky to have access to the hall for all of our rehearsals so cast and crew can familiarise themselves from early in the production process. Reharsals are usually on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoon/evening.
Wardrobe: We have a large costume collection in our purpose built hall which we use for our productions and carnival events and always welcome donations of unusual costumes or uniforms.
Technical: We continuously update our technical equipment and have state of the art lighting and sound desks, including radio microphones, laser lights, pyrotechnics and a hearing loop available in the hall.
Adult Membership – £20 per annum
We also offer a ‘per show’ membership which will last for the duration of a specific show but does not confer voting rights. This is known as a stage pass and and the costs are:
Adult Membership – £10
Youth Membership – £5
President – Tiggy McMahon
Vice President and Treasurer – Martin Clifton
Chairman – Steve Clements
Secretary – Avril Allsop
Other committee members – Nettie Baskcomb Brown, Rob Bottoms, Diane Bromwich, Peter Bromwich, Cheryl Callis-Nicholls, James Keepence, Hayley Martin, Paul Montgomery, Tracey Pullen.