The History Of DODS


It all started sixty years ago, when a group of local enthusiasts decided to do an operetta - "The Pirates of Penzance" which was staged at Cam Memorial Hall with a set of curtains, a tuneless piano and lighting from overhead 60 watt light bulbs!


A much needed move to Highfields School gave scope for more ambitious productions including "Merrie England" and "The Vagabond King" with larger casts, improved scenery and lighting and a orchestra. Finally the highly successful presentation of "The Merry Widow" made it obvious that the then Woodfield Operatic Society had outgrown even that venue.


In 1965 the committee made its most important decision so far - to move to the larger and more commodious Lister Hall in the centre of town, with an extended stage and even better facilities for scenery, lighting and the orchestra. Productions such as "White Horse Inn" were well-received and indicated the potential of the Lister Hall venue as the new home for amateur dramatics in Dursley.


In 1973 the Woodfield Operatic Society officially merged with the Priory Players to create the Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society. This merger created an even larger pool of experienced actors, producers, singers, stage managers, set designers, etc., whose talents were well-displayed in the society's Silver Jubilee show "My Fair Lady" in 1978.


In the 1980s and 1990s everyone combined to produce ever more ambitious shows including "Hello Dolly", "Barnum" and "Fiddler on the Roof". Technically we were becoming more sophisticated too, with the accumulation of ever better sound, light, set, costuming and all the other trappings of 'serious' theatre.


The decision in the 1980s to start producing annual pantomimes brought the society more local recognition and also many more junior members, leading to the establishment of the junior section of the society which currently thrives with over 50 members. In 1996 we moved into our present home, the Grade II listed Kingshill House, a community arts venture strongly supported by the DODS. We still use Listers for bigger productions and nowadays audiences sit more comfortably and see more with our raised seating facility.

In the last few years we have settled into a production schedule that includes the January pantomime, a May musical, a Junior show in July and an October play, with occasional musical revues or other productions throughout the year.

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