Directors Wanted!

Directors wanted! Following the success of our May 2023 production The 39 Steps, TAODS is keen to put on MORE SHOWS (maybe even a musical…) in addition to our annual panto. If you are interested in directing and perhaps even have a show in mind, please get in touch at [email protected], and we’ll arrange a chat with a couple of friendly committee members to hear about your ideas! You don’t necessarily have to have directed anything before; we are keen to encourage new talent.


Puss In Boots – January 2024


Our next show

Coming up next is our annual pantomime, in January 2024. The show will be Puss In Boots, directed (and written!) by Gina Tredwell.

The show will be running 24th – 27th January 2024 and the important dates for your diary are as follows – 

Sun 3rd Sep – Interest Meeting 2pm – 4pm
Wed 6th Sep – Auditions 7pm – 9pm
Sun 10th Sep – Auditions 2pm – 4pm

All at Masonic Hall, Totnes

Interest Meeting

Sunday 3rd September, 2-4pm, Masonic Hall, Totnes

For those thinking of auditioning, at the interest meeting you can hear more about the parts available and have a look at the script. We are also, as always, very keen to get more people involved in all the very important off-stage roles – if you’d like to get involved in any of the following, please do come along to the interest meeting, say hello, and hear all about it!

We are looking for… Stage manager, stage crew, production, lighting, sound, hair & makeup, chaperones, stewards, bar staff, box office, front of house manager

If you would like a reminder via email when the interest meeting and auditions are coming up, click here & fill in the form.


Wednesday 6th September, 7pm – 9pm at Masonic Hall, Totnes
Sunday 10th September, 2pm – 4pm at Masonic Hall, Totnes

If you would like a reminder via email when the interest meeting and auditions are coming up, click here & fill in the form.

Any questions about the show, contact Gina.


The 39 Steps – Tickets on Sale!


Our next show…

So another year’s panto is done and dusted – congratulations to our wonderful cast and all the other people behind the scenes who helped make it happen! You can take a look at some photos here.

Our next production will be The 39 Steps – an uproarious comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan’s novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film. The show dates will be May 11, 12 & 13.

In this version of the 1935 movie a minimum of four actors play all the parts (there are 139 if you count them all).

We will probably have a few extra (!) and are looking for performers with the ability to give an energetic comedy performance, perhaps have a stab at an accent or two and switch between several roles.

Sunday 26th February, 2 to 4.30pm at Dartington Village Hall (in the meeting room down the path to the right of the main hall).

Thursday 2nd March, 7 to 9pm at the Masonic Hall, Totnes.

We hope to see you there!


Tickets now on sale


Save the date!

Our next show will be ‘Goldilocks’, directed by Dave Waistnidge, Wednesday 25th January – Saturday 28th January 2023. If you think you can help with props, sets, front of house, backstage crew, lighting or sound, please do get in touch!


Auditions open!

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Peter Pan: tickets on sale now!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for our 2022 pantomime are now available. Just click on the ‘buy tickets’ button to the right, or visit the tickets page.

Peter Pan poster

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!)