Rehearsals underway for Babes and the Hood

Rehearsals are now well underway for TAODS’ next production: Babes and the Hood, written and directed by John Parker. The talented cast features faces old and new and Dave Holland is helping us out with the music once again.

This family panto tells the story of Robyn Hood, her Merry Men, and what happened when they came across the mysterious Babes, banished to Sherwood Forest by the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. What will happen to the Babes? Will the Sheriff get his comeuppance? All will (probably) be revealed!

The show runs from Jan 22 to 25 2020, starting at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on January 25. Tickets are just £10 (£7.50 concessions) and will be on sale very soon.

This year the show is being performed at the Ariel Theatre at KEVICC, Ashburton Road, Totnes. This is a new venue for TAODS and we hope to see you there.

Rehearsals for Babes and the Hood

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Quiz night coming soon!

We are pleased to be holding another quiz night, this time at the Albert Inn on Sunday 24 November at 7.30pm. Entry is just £2 per contestant and you can come and join a team on the night if you like.

Quiz mistress Rachael Bletcher will be putting us through our paces and there will be a raffle and cash prizes – come and support the society!


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Tickets going fast for Aladdin

Our latest performance is fast approaching!

This year we are putting on Aladdin written by Stephen Duckham. With a top notch cast of faces old and new, it promises to be full of laughs, silliness, and of course a spot of magic!

This year’s performance has been produced by three fabulous ladies who have all been a part of the society for some years now. Rachel Bletcher is taking the helm as director, with help from Kirsty Allnutt and Sophie Macdonald. We are also excited to have Dave Holland on the team as our musical director.

Aladdin is on at Totnes Civic Hall from January 23 to 26 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday 26th at 2.30pm and tickets are going fast!

Click here, or on the ‘buy tickets’ icon, to book your seats now!

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Tickets going fast for Beauty

Rehearsals for the pantomime Beauty and the Beast are well underway and our showbusiness correspondent reports they are going very well.

There is a good mix of new and (to be honest) not so new faces in the show which is written by Philip Meeks and directed by Dave Waistnidge with assistance and choreography from Kirsty Allnutt.

Beauty and the Beast
is on at Totnes Civic Hall from January 23 to 27 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday 27 at 3pm and tickets are going fast!

It’s a hotter ticket than Hamilton, so to book your seat, just click on the ‘buy tickets’ icon and head over to

Beauty and the Beast poster

If you are able to share the poster on social media, that would be great! We look forward to seeing you at the show.

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Beauty gets underway

We are pleased to announce the dates for the read through and auditions for our next panto. Beauty and the Beast by Philip Meeks will run from 23 to 27 January 2018 at Totnes Civic Hall. Following the success of Puss in Boots we have persuaded Dave Waistnidge to direct once again, the MD is yet to be confirmed but we hope to have news on this very soon.

There will be a read through on 7 September at 7.30pm, with auditions taking place on Sunday 10 September at 10am for those interested in being in the chorus and at 2pm for principal roles. Both these events will take place at the Masonic Hall in South Street, our usual rehearsal venue. Click the link for more details about the show and the parts available.

So if you would like to have the chance to be involved, now is your opportunity! This magical family pantomime has exciting roles for performers aged from nine upwards. If you would like to be involved, just come along on the day or email We will also need lots of backstage help for this ambitious show, so if you can share the poster we’d be grateful.

Look out for news of tickets going on sale soon!

beauty audition poster

Audition poster

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Onwards and upwards for TAODS!

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our AGM upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn, when we were delighted to be able to report to the attendees a particularly successful past year.

Our 2017 pantomime, Puss in Boots, had been very well received by the local
community and the mood of the meeting was buoyant. New officers and a committee were appointed for the coming year, including David George as chairman, Dave Waistnidge as vice chairman and Alex Kidger as treasurer.

New committee members included society stalwarts Andy Gould, Rachel Bletcher and Fiona Murray as well as the welcome addition of Kirsty Allnutt and Bryoni Patmore (Rory/Puss and Wysteria respectively, in last year’s panto).

The committee expressed its thanks to outgoing chairman Lee Thomas, treasurer
Phil Spicer and committee member Ali Harris. Sadly the society will also be
losing the auditing services of John Ensby. We thank them all sincerely for
their time and effort on behalf of TAODS, they will be missed.

Dave Waistnidge will be directing next year’s panto which will be ‘Beauty and
the Beast’. This is a fast moving and very funny show with lots of quirky
characters, so if you fancy ‘treading the boards’ watch out for the announcement of the dates when a read through and auditions will be held in September.

Click here for further details of the characters and a synopsis of the story – in case you don’t know it!

The new committee, looking cheerful (but it’s early days!)

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Puss in Boots is the cat’s whiskers!

Many thanks to everyone who helped out in some way with our panto, Puss in Boots. The show was a great success, getting rave reviews all round. Below you can see some pictures from the show and rehearsals (more coming soon).
Encouragingly, good word of mouth meant ticket sales were higher than they have been for some years. We are also pleased to report that, as you may have seen in the Totnes Times, thanks to the generosity of our patrons we raised £330.44 for Totnes Caring. 
Plans are already being hatched for 2018 and there will be more news very soon.

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Quiz night coming soon!

TAODS quiz nights are always popular, so we’re pleased to announce that we have once again engaged the services of renowned quizmaster Dave Waistnidge for another event, this time at the Conservative Club, Station Road, Totnes on April 20, starting at 7.30pm. There will be cash prizes and a raffle. Entry is just £3 per person, with a maximum of six people in each team. Don’t worry if you can’t bring five people with you, as there are always a few quizzers looking for a team on the night.
A poster for the night is below, if you can share it on Twitbook or Faceache, or even print it off like they did in the old days, that would be much appreciated.

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Puss In Boots – get your tickets now!

Our next pantomime is Puss in Boots, which runs at Totnes Civic Hall from 17 to 21 January 2017 at 7.30pm. There is also a matinée on January 21 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale for this top-notch family pantomime and are already going fast. To get yours, head to: 

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Puss In Boots: Auditions September 18

Auditions for Puss in Boots by Philip Meeks, directed by Dave Waistnidge, with Bernie Artuso as musical director, will be held on Sunday, September 18 at the Masonic Hall at 10.30am for those interested in chorus work and 2pm for principal roles.

There is a good selection of principal parts including Rumbletum the ogre, Wysteria – a wicked witch, dame Doris Dimple and Puss in Boots him/her self. There is also lots of scope for interesting chorus work, featuring the clan of incredible cats.

You can find out more by coming along to the read through which will be on Wednesday 14 September, also at the Masonic Hall, at 7pm. The script is also available online at the StageScripts website, click here to have a read.

Note that the show will be at Totnes Civic Hall from January 17 to 21 2017, at 7.30pm (matinée at 2.30pm on 21 January) and cast members must be able to commit themselves to all the performances.

If you are unable to make the auditions or read through and are interested in getting involved in any way, please get in touch. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping out with chaperoning, front of house and set building (or all three).

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