Radyr Drama Society

The full Cast of 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'

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
It is planned to hold play readings at the end of June/beginning July with the aim of selecting a play for November’s production. The readings will be held at Christchurch Schoolrooms on Heol Isaf, Radyr at 7.30 pm each evening and the program is as follows:

Monday June 18th THE GINGERBREAD LADY by NEIL SIMON.

Monday June 25th HAPPY FAMILIES by JOHN GODBER.

Monday July 9th THE ODD COUPLE {male version] by NEIL SIMON.

Auditions for the selected play will be on Monday July 23rd also at Christchurch Schoolrooms at 7.30 pm.

In ‘The Gingerbread Lady’, set in the 70’s, Evy Meara is a popular singer who is just out of rehab. and is being helped to adjust to sobriety by age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, Jimmy Perry, a gay actor and Lou Tanner, a former lover who ends up giving her a black eye and Evy hits the ropes again. Cast of six with three men.

The action of ‘Happy Families’ takes place in the present day in Northern England and follows the life of John and his parents Vic and Dot. It is a memory play where the narrative moves back and forth. Full of warmth, understanding and humour. Cast of nine with three men.

The Odd Couple’, a Neil Simon classic comedy, opens in the New York apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. The men are assembled for a card game. Cast of six men of a wide range of ages and two women of 30+.

More details about the casts of these plays will follow.

The Last Production

The last production was ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ by Constance Cox. It was performed on Thursday April 19th, Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st at Morganstown Village Hall The play is based on an 1890’s story by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur’s palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. See ‘Past Productions’ for the cast list. Some photos are shown below also the link to the Flickr gallery.

The Previous Production

The previous production was “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell and was performed in Morganstown Village Hall from April 27th to 29th 2017. The play tells the story of twins separated at birth and brought up in two very different worlds with very different outlooks in life. For more information on the play, 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 productions have been well received and continue to add 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, Peter Griffiths at peter.griffiths5@btinternet.com

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 Peter Griffiths.

Some Photos from ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’:-

View the ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ photo gallery on Flickr

View the ‘Blood Brothers’ photo gallery on Flickr