PVADS @ 90

90 years ago, Pewsey Vale Amateur Dramatics Society, PVADS, was formed.

Our first ever production performed in the old Bouverie Hall was:-THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR by Veiller Bayard directed by Mr J Billington.The cast requires ten men and seven women and is performed on a single but elaborate set, depicting a wealthy drawing room of the era. It is written in three acts, with an intermission between each act; there are no significant set changes, but the play (which involves a séance and medium) requires several “sleight of hand” props and gimmicks.

THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR presents wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Crosby on the verge of announcing their son’s engagement to Mrs. Crosby’s secretary, an attractive young woman of slightly mysterious antecedents. Their dinner guests include Edward Wales, a man preoccupied with discovering who murdered his best friend, killed in a surprise attack with a knife to his back. Wales has provided after-dinner entertainment in the form of Madame Rosalie, a spiritualist who conducts séances. He hopes to obtain some clue to his friend’s killer—but during the séance Wales himself is murdered in the same way. The windows and doors are locked and Madame Rosalie herself is tied to her chair. Whodunit?

What a THRILLING start to our wonderful theatrical history!!

Over the next few months – until we can perform again – we will look at productions since this first show in 1930 to the present day! We have quite a list – and lots of photos!!

Happy 75th VE Day Celebrations

Happy 75th VE day celebrations!!

In 2009 PVADS youth members researched to put together a play of WW2 memories. We visited grave memorials at local churches, the county school and events records at Trowbridge and also spoke to local residents including Dulcie Kunkler, Max Blackman and asked the children to find out family anecdotes.

The play – I Remember Pewsey at War – was very warmly received in Pewsey, won several awards in Swindon and went on to represent Wiltshire in the Five Counties Final.

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Youth Play Workshop

I am planning a small drama workshop towards at the end of the summer hols to start working on our next PVADS Youth Theatre play – THE BEE HIVE by Nettie Baskcomb Brown!

Bees are the BUZZ word of the moment and having just acquired a few thousand of these fascinating creatures – I have some brilliant ideas for a play all about their buzzy lives- including loads of characters, food foraging, making a hive, making honey, dances, music and lots of fun!

The Drama Workshop would be at the Bouverie Hall EITHER:-

3.30pm – 6.30pm on Sunday 25th August,

5.30pm – 7.30pm Wednesday 28th August,


3.30pm – 6.30pm on Sunday 1st September.

For those who are interested, please let me know which of these days you could make (or all of them)

(I’m trying to fit this in before you go back to school so let me know when you can be there and I’ll choose the best date for most of you!)

Maximum number 16

FREE (bring drinks and snacks)

PVADS Membership not necessary

The plan for the workshop is for you young actors to improvise a ‘year in the life of a beehive’ including:-

Developing the characters – guard bees, nurse bees, larvae, the queen, drones, scouts, foragers, undertakers etc.

Acting scenes from the action – the winter cluster, new bee flights, human intervention, new queens, drone mating congregations, swarms, wasp attack etc.

Sprinkle all these facts with a bit of science – and a bit of magic – and we will develop the play together!

I can’t wait to get this started guys!!

Let me know ASAP by using our contact form or emailing contactus@pvads.co.uk


PVADYS Youth Director

May 2019 Newsletter

Hello all!

Less than a month to go now until our summer production, and we are already looking for ideas for the autumn slot. If that wasn’t enough, plans are also well advanced for next year’s pantomime, and we are looking for volunteers

Black Comedy

On 20-22 June at 7:30pm, PVADS is proud to present Peter Shaffer’s  famous 1960s farce. Tickets are on sale now – details below.

Struggling sculptor Brindsley Miller (Chris Smith) and his fiancée Carol (Anna Gent),  are having a party with the aim of impressing Carol’s bombastic father, Colonel Melkett (Rob Bottoms) and millionaire Georg Bamberger, who they hope might purchase some of Brindsley’s sculptures. Without permission, they have borrowed the furniture and effects of Brindsley’s fussy neighbour, Harold (Steve Clements), to make their own flat more presentable.

Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only we, the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. As you might expect, the results are chaotic, disastrous and very funny, indeed! Also starring Tracey Pullen, Sue Randall, Stu Jackson and Paul Hughes. 

Produced by Martin Clifton
Directed by Nettie Brown & Stu Jackson

Autumn Production

PVADS are looking for ideas for next autumn’s production. We are open to all ideas, and have done many different types of show in this slot in recent years, from sketch shows and one-act plays to epic productions. If you have an idea of something you would like to produce or direct, please let us know.

Pantomime 2020

Next year’s pantomime will be Peter Pan. This is a challenging show to put on and we are looking for volunteers to help with the production of the many costumes that will be needed. If anyone would like to help out and knows one end of a sewing machine from the other, please contact us and we will put you in contact with the producer of the show.



AUDITION NOTICE – Around The World In 80 Days 19th February 2017

Contact NettieBBrown@outlook.com to register your interest:-

Primary Auditions will take place on Sunday 19th February – there may be additional auditions on Wednesday 22nd (by request). However if you cannot make either of these dates I will arrange to see you before the first audition date – just let me know.

You do not need to prepare anything for the audition – but you do need to be prepared for some physical theatre (riding an elephant!) and to try your hand at a multitude of characters (see list of characters below).

The recommended cast size is 8 adults (to play 50 roles) – however we are considering having a few extra cast members to help with some of the ‘grand designs’ under consideration and particular crowd scenes.

I should have a limited scripts available for perusal from the beginning of February – or you can buy a copy from Nick Herne Books or Amazon.

Look forward to seeing you there!around-the-world-audition-notice


ATW Cast 1


Rehearsals start Sunday 12th March @ 4.30pm – 8pm. (March Sundays only)

April/May /June rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9.30pm and Sundays 4pm to 8pm

Final Performance

Sadly – Tonight is the final performance of Canterbury Tales by a truly talented cast of actors – we have had as much fun bringing this production to the stage as the audience obviously had being part of this unmissable 14th Century experience!
Here are some of our reviews…

“Totally hilarious evening; could not have been funnier!!”

“Absolutely hilarious evening at PVADS production of Canterbury Tales! Rather raunchy and bawdy! Great five course medieval feast too! All for £12! Great value! Brilliant!”

“Treated to a hilarious production of Canterbury Tales by PVADS tonight. Loved the tavern stye set up, the cast running round the audience, the six course meal, the overacting, the bawdiness, the atmosphere – what more could you want for £12 and in Pewsey”

“I just want to say a HUGE thank you for a FANTASTIC evening. A hilarious romp through Canterbury Tales. You were all brilliant…including the catering staff – I’d forgotten how much I loved blancmange !!”

“We have been supporting the theatre group since arriving in Pewsey some 8 years ago and this production has been your best yet. Excellent acting, timing, humour, the music, sound, lighting were all excellent. From the moment of arriving at the Hall, front of house and the team intermingling withe the audience just got everyone in the mood to which one must add the serving wenches, bar staff and catering who worked tirelessly to also make the audience’s evening so enjoyable.”


(Written by Nettie Baskcomb Brown)

Dress Rehearsal


Yesterday I watched the dress rehearsal for Canterbury Tales and it was absolutely fantastic!  It was the first time I’d seen it and I can assure you all that it was incredibly funny and the acting was superb (although it was very rude in places…). Well done cast and crew! I took lots of photos during the performance and I’ll share some of them with you now.

All the tales have been well directed and have been brought to life with colourful costumes, crude jokes and lots of visual comedy to enjoy. Tickets are limited so BUY NOW.

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Ellie 🙂


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Book your tickets!

PVADS are in full swing rehearsing our next production – CANTERBURY TALES from 9th to 11th June.

This modern version of Canterbury Tales is hilariously funny! Seven of the original Chaucer Tales will be performed by a large cast of PVADS actors – it is a mix of bawdy farce, Tavern, Monty Python, classic pantomime with some Buster Keaton/Benny Hill chases thrown in for good measure.

Included in the ticket price is a SIX course medieval Chaucerian taster menu!

Limited tickets available – PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

Tickets now available online at www.pvads.co.uk or reserve on 01672 810436/562248

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15 years old age restriction suggested.

Ellie 🙂

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Harold Jolliffe

Hello PVADS people,

What an extraordinary week we’ve had! It has been very busy for all of us and I would just like to start it off by saying a big WELL DONE to everyone who was involved and THANK YOU to everyone who came to support us.

On Wednesday, we did a preview performance of ‘The Laundry Room’ and ‘Watching the Magpies’. Thanks to everybody who came and gave feedback afterwards.

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On Friday, we performed ‘The Laundry Room’ at the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play festival in Swindon. It went really well and we were given great comments from the adjudicator. The next day, our adult play also performed. Stunning performances from Nettie, Avril and Steve!

‘The Laundry Room’, as well as being nominated for many of the awards, got the award for Achievement In Technical Theatre.

I was also nominated for best youth actor! 😛 Well done to Izzy, Jazz and my little sister Miranda for their nominations as well. I am extremely proud of the whole cast!

I would also like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Quirky Bird Theatre for ‘Tusk Tusk’ who won not only the best youth play, but also the best play overall! The performances were outstanding and they were deserved winners!

‘Tusk Tusk’ and another play which also performed at Swindon called ‘The Proposal’ (A hilarious play by Chekhov) have made it to the quarter finals of The All England Theatre Festival. These plays, along with three others, will be performing at the Bouverie Hall in Pewsey on Saturday 23rd April. It would be absolutely fantastic if you could come along and watch. More information on the poster below.


Ellie 🙂