Neil Rhodes

It is with great sadness that the LADS say goodbye to Neil. His creativity, energy, enthusiasm, stubbornness, wry humour, bizarre imagination, and ability to carry off a giant babygro with pompoms will be greatly missed.

Neil was a founder member of the LADS. Many of us had the privilege of acting with him or being directed by him. The many plays that he wrote over the years peppered our repertoire with originality, wit, and moments that brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.

Travel well, Neil. May your vegetables always be prize-winning.

Thank you for everything x

RSC practitioner leads LADS workshop

The cast of 'Twelfth Night' have spent a hectic and rewarding weekend, learning their craft from one of the best. 

Michael Corbidge is an international voice coach and practitioner and is Senior Voice and Text Associate with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was visiting Llanymynech as part of the LADS' preparations for their RSC Open Stages production of 'Twelfth Night', which comes to local theatres next month. “Having Michael for a whole weekend has really enhanced the production,” said director Alison Utting. “The whole team been inspired by his ideas and techniques, which will not only help us with this play but will carry forward to future productions.”

Michael spent the weekend demonstrating various warm-up techniques that the RSC use daily, and focusing on specific scenes with each of the cast members. “It was so amazing to see the cast really throwing themselves into the work, and seeing their performances really blossom as a result,” Alison said. “We can't wait to share the fruits of this work with our audiences.”

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare's famous comedy of life, love and mistaken identity

The LADS - in collaboration with RSC Open Stages - will be bringing this wonderful play to vibrant life with a production set in the Swinging Sixties. Our aim is to make Shakespeare accessible and fun for all. Following the runaway success of 'The Taming of the Shrew' in 2015, we are once again working with the RSC to bring the very best out of our amazing team of actors. Our greatest reward is to find people who have never seen Shakespeare before, and discover that we've converted them!

So if you've never seen (or maybe never enjoyed) a Shakespeare play before, why not let the LADS persuade you? Performances will be the first three weekends of September, in Oswestry, Llanymynech and Ellesmere. 

To reserve your seat, go to our 'Buy tickets' page and click on the link, which will take you to our secure online site (Ticketsource). 

Voice Workshop

We are sorry that this event has had to be cancelled, due to unforeseen circumstances. 

We hope to rearrange at a future date. 



The Crucible

Arthur Miller's disturbing tale of fear, malice and injustice comes to Llanymynech.

“We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment.”

Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society presents a new interpretation of Arthur Miller's famous stage play, 'The Crucible', written in 1953. Miller's script was based on historical accounts of the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials, which he used to create an allegory about the McCarthy 'witch-hunts' of the 1950s. It is a dark and powerful play about fear, belief and accusation, which challenges actors and audience alike.

Director Dickon Faux-Nightingale has created a new ensemble for this play, drawing together existing members, several newcomers and visiting actors from other companies. LADS is particularly proud to introduce some of its youngest new members drawn from Llanymynech's successful youth theatre group, Roleplay. The team has been exploring modern workshop techniques in rehearsal, to create a spirited and dramatic take on this modern classic.

"A powerful, disturbing play, performed by an inspirational local theatre group - don't miss it!"

Evening performances will be staged at Llanymynech Village Hall on 15th and 16th April at 7.45pm, and there will be a matinee at 2.30pm on Sunday 17th April. Tickets are now on sale via the 'Buy tickets' page of this website, or by calling Marg Kynaston on 01691 830558, as well as through our usual outlets. 


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