Radyr Drama Society

The Cast of 'Edith in the Dark'

The Radyr Drama Society was formed in 1982 by a group of enthusiasts living in Radyr and Morganstown. It performed its first play – ‘All in Good Time‘ by Bill Naughton – in May the following year. The group thrives entirely on the goodwill, hard work and support of its members, helpers and audiences.

The Next Production

Rehearsals are well under way for Radyr Drama Groups’ April production of the ever popular “Blood Brothers”. This Willy Russell play tells the story of twins separated at birth and brought up in two very different worlds with very different outlooks in life.

The play, from the author of “Educating Rita”, is fast-moving and perceptive, entertaining and thought provoking, funny yet ultimately tragic. It looks at the differences and conflicts of the boys’ upbringings, their relationships with each other and with their real and adopted mothers.

The play considers family, education, employment, housing and relationships and offers not only entertainment but also a great number of topics and starting points for discussion. With a mixture of styles and a naturalistic approach, the focus is on the acting with a minimalistic set and props kept to a bare minimum.

This season’s production is led by Director Mike Gelder, who is usually found treading the boards, with a mixture of new and old faces on stage bringing this popular story to life. Playing the contrasting roles of Mrs Johnston, the working-class Liverpudlian and deserted wife with seven children with two more on the way is Bev Jones with Lesley Collier-Roberts playing the middle class Mrs Lyons, who in sharp contrast is unable to have children and hides this fact from her husband.

The twins are brought to life by Peter Griffiths (Mickey) and Mark Sadler (Eddie) with Helen Blundell as the friend and love interest Linda who sparks a rivalry between the brothers which gradually spirals out of control to a devastating end.

The play itself is moved along by the Narrator (Alex Brent) whose omnipresent character drives the story to its climax with a dark and over-powering sense of foreboding whilst at the same time entertaining the audience with whimsical and poetic observations.

This production is set to entertain, with smiles and laughter as well as tears and shock. So hold on to your seats and watch the boys grow up in front of your eyes and drive headfirst into the final act.

A possible future production is Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh.

The Last Production

The last play performed by the society was Edith in the Dark’ by P Meeks. This is a recent play about E Nesbit, the author of ‘The Railway Children’ and was performed in Morganstown Village Hall from 24th to 26th November 2016.

More details of the play and the characters can be found by selecting ‘Last Production- Edith in the Dark’ at the right-hand side of this page (or at the bottom of the page on a laptop or other portable device).

The Previous Production

The society’s previous production was the hilarious comedy “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon. This was performed in Morganstown Village Hall from Thurs 21st to Sat. 23rd April 2016. For photographs of the production on Flickr, click the link at the bottom of this page.

For photographs and information for other past productions, click on ‘Past Productions’ at the top right of this page (or at the bottom of the page if using a laptop or other mobile device).

New Members

Our recent production of “Bonaventure” was well received and adds to the list of successful productions staged by the society. However, as in many spheres, there is a constant turnover of members and the group is constantly on the lookout for both for new acting talent and people interested in theatre ready to play a backstage role in a variety of ways such as dress making, costume design, set design, building and decoration, stage management, publicity, lighting and sound. On performance nights we also need front of house staff. Actors of all ages and sex are welcome. Recently, we have found that students following a course of study in the performing arts find it useful to get experience ‘on the ground’ via Am-Dram

New members who wish to take part or help off stage are very welcome

If you’d like to get involved, get in touch without delay. You can do this by contacting the chairman, Ian Ogden (click on the link below).

Friends of Radyr Drama society

This is a new class of membership for which the annual fee is £10 per person and for this the member will be invited to attend play readings and any social events organised by the society.

You will be offered ONE ticket per production at HALF PRICE. We generally do two productions per year.

You may also be invited to help to advertise/promote our productions and if possible, help with ticket sales.

Also you may sometimes be invited to help with front of house tasks during performances such as selling programs or raffle tickets, showing people to their seats or helping with refreshments.

If you would like to join or you want more information, please contact Ian Ogden.

Photos from ‘Edith in the Dark’

View the ‘Edith in the Dark’ photo gallery on Flickr

View the ‘Barefoot in the Park’ photo gallery on Flickr