Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic Society

Otherwise known as SNADS, based in Sturminster Newton we put on 3 main shows a year, we also usually put on a Summer Review and over Halloween various members of the Society haunt Old Wardour Castle for English Heritage.


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During 2020, the Multi Award Winning SNADS will be Celebrating their 90th Anniversary Year. Join us for events during this special year that will be happening in and around Sturminster Newton. We will be starting with our Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in February and our first ever relaxed performance. In May we will be doing 2 one act plays. One from the year we started and one that's up to date, plus other great events like a quiz night for you all to come along and test your knowledge. Everyone at SNADS wishes to Thank You all for your continued support over the years and we look forward to entertaining you for the next 90 years and more. 🤩🥂🎈🎈🎈🎭.... Watch this space for updates.

100 Club Winners

December 2019

No 11 Valerie Atkinson £15.00

No 42 Tony Atkinson £10.00

If you would like to join our lottery please contact Lucy Greig on or call on 01747 811413 for more details.

SNOW WHITE Pantomime 12th - 15th February 2020

Play Reading Thursday 20th February 2020. Contact Denise Hobbs for more detail and to let her know you would like to come. or 01963 23985

Spring Play Auditions Wednesday 11th March at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm. Contact Annie Henschel on 01258 473855 or Email: and Toby Greenfield  07947 131531

Curry and Quiz Night Friday 27th March at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton.

Contact Paula Skinner on 01258 471871 for more details and to book your place. 

Spring Production 21st - 23rd May 2020

In the same year that the BBC Symphony Orchestra was formed as a permanent full-scale ensemble, the first experimental television play, The Man With the Flower in His Mouth is televised on the Beeb & Noël Coward's comedy Private Lives is first performed at the Pheonix Theatre, London, SNADS was born.                                                                           2020 will be the year that SNADS turns 90 and becomes a Grande Dame of local amateur dramatics and as always we will endeavour to bring to our audiences, great stage performances and live entertainment but we also hope to mark this special year with some interesting productions.

With this in mind our spring production will be two one-act plays set in similar settings of a sitting room but are very different tales; the first is a rustic comedy entitled ‘Soon To Be Wedded’ by F. Morton Howard and is the story of Rosie, a bright, engaging but somewhat impatient and dominating young woman and her quest to snare the desirable & eminently eligible Mr Jelks by inviting him to tea to meet her family, the very rustic Podmores.

The second play ‘Taken To Tusk’ by Troy Banyan is a story about twenty something Sharon who lives with her stubborn grandmother Rene though neither of them have seen Sharon's mother Wanda for years, until now that is.  Wanda arrives unexpectedly with a dodgy doctor who says he can cure Sharon of her belief in Trunky the elephant, an imaginary friend that Sharon has had since she was a very small child.  Not all is as it seems though and with the help of Rene's neighbours things start to develop as suspicion, doubt, disbelief and emotions take over.

Summer Production - Murder Mystery  Saturday 11th July 2020

We are holding a workshop for 12-18 year old's, concentrating on movements using different stage techniques. There will be a mask making class, voice projection and an introduction to technical lighting and sound.
Easter Workshop Tuesday 14th - Thursday 17th April 10am - 4pm
If you are interested please contact John Skinner on 01258 471871-daytime or 07799 250340 evenings. Price to be confirmed. Maximum 30 youngsters so register your interest early.

Youth Workshop 1, Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th April 2020   10am - 4pm in the Bow Room at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. Contact John Skinner 07799 250340 for more details

Youth Workshop 2, Monday 24th - Friday 28th August 2020   10am - 4pm in the Bow Room at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. Contact John Skinner 07799250340 for more details

Autumn Production will be The Jungle Book by John Hartoch, adapted from stories by Rudyard Kipling 22nd - 24th October 2020 Contact John Skinner 07799 250340 for more details.

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