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Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation

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In 1999, a local group entitled MAD (Millenium Amateur Dramatics) got together for the first time to produce Aladdin in Shiplake College's Tithe Barn in aid of the Shiplake and Dunsden Parish appeal.

Following the success of the venture, the group reinvented itself as SHADDO (Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation) and decided to produce a further pantomime. The proceeds were to be ploughed back into the local village venue, Shiplake Memorial Hall, with the aim of restoring the vestiges of a local theatre to the village, following the untimely demise of the Shiplake Players some three decades ago.

The annual pantomome is an experience we would love to share with anyone out there who fancies joining us – you don‘t need to be able to act! Perhaps you fancy set design, playing music, helping with wardrobe, prompt, scenery shifting, sourcing props, selling tickets, staffing the bar, applying make-up or any of the other vital roles which come together to create a community amdram society.  Please don’t be shy – all ages are welcome, so bring your talent to SHADDO and see how much fun you can have – we’d love to have you on board!

If you are interested in getting involved with SHADDO, please contact Pip Collings on 07799 646675.

Panto tickets now on sale in local shops


Don’t forget to get your tickets for Alice in Wonderland - now on sale at Shiplake Corner Shop and Binfield Heath Stores

Come along and see some familiar faces as well as some new ones! As usual there will be a Dame; there will be some lovely singing from Emma Piercey-Fisher as the Princess of Hearts, Ellie Classey as the Queen of Hearts, and Amelia Harding as Alice. Simon Classey will be again showing his dark side as the Knave of Spades and Emily Linsell and Tiana Hannaford will bring some crazy hilarity as the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Ben Wilkinson will keep you laughing with his continuous jokes....he is after all the Joker! There will be singing, dancing, silly jokes, a couple of overweight twins, a few talking animals, the odd haggis and a happy ending. AND of course as Neill Wilkinson is very much involved, there will also be a touch of magic!

Evening performances start at 7.30, doors open at 7.

The Saturday matinee performance starts at 2.30 , doors open at 2

Ticket prices are :

  • Thursday £5
  • Friday £10 (reserved seats)
  • Saturday matinee £8 (reserved seats)
  • Saturday evening £10 ( reserved seats)

Article created / last edited: 6 January 2018

Out of the SHADDOs’ – A veritable feast of variety


This year saw SHADDO (Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation) branch out from the annual pantomime to deliver a variety ‘Cabaret’ show in September and (back by popular demand) another in November, showcasing the wonderful array of talent the troupe has to offer – an evening of comedy, magic, music and poetry.

 The first half of the evening entailed a hilarious one-act comedy play starring SHADDO members Hilary Tucker, Angela Jones, Gareth Jones, and Neil McAdam. This production of David Tristram’s Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor on Ice sees the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society struggling to make ends meet as their productions are receiving bad reviews and pitiful audience attendance. The only way to get things back on track is to look to the TV shows, which receive the highest ratings and add a ‘Little Grimley Twist’. Thus, the farcical title of the play is born. Needless to say, things do not turn out as they all planned! The talented quartet brought this script to life, with some wickedly hilarious moments and perfect comedic timing.

 The second half of the evening was a wonderful variety of magic, poetry, music and comedy. First up, Sid the Spiv, played by Rod Type, transported us back to wartime London, bamboozling us with some brilliant magic. Nigel Piercey followed, delivering an emotive and moving rendition of The Man from Snowy River by Australian poet and writer Banjo Patterson. Next saw Mark Manson and Neil George perform a self-written, quirky, Monty Pythonesque, one-act comedy called The Guinea Pig. The whirlwind of variety continued, taking us to China with Ricky Knights performing a memorable and heart-warming rendition of the Chinese Opera Red Lantern. A foray into fiddling followed, with Peter Crowther ‘Scrapin’ the ol’ cat gut’ performing some upbeat tunes with his trusty fiddle. The comic poem I wanted to be an actress, a frustrated career read by Becky Ilderton rounded off this section of the evening with an amusing insight into the potential pitfalls of the world of acting and the perpetual wait for a ‘lucky break’.

 The evening climaxed with a musical bonanza by the SHADDO super group, comprised of Allen Appleby, Emma Piercey-Fisher, Hilary Tucker, Neil McAdam, Pip Collings, and Rebecca Strong. ‘Down to the River to Pray’, ‘Wonderwall’, ‘St. Peter’, and ‘Is this the way to sunny Shiplake’ were performed beautifully with interwoven harmonies and palpable energy and had the audience singing in their seats. No production could be delivered without the dedication and hard work of the team behind the scenes. A huge amount of effort went into this event and it certainly paid off with the aforementioned demand for a repeat performance!

 Next up – the SHADDO pantomime production of Alice in Wonderland on 25th, 26th and 27th January 2018. What could be better to cheer up those festive blues than a good old-fashioned Panto!? Advanced tickets will be available after Christmas from the Shiplake and Binfield Heath Village shops, or by contacting SHADDO secretary Pip Collings (pipcollings3@outlook.com). Tickets will also be available on the door. See you there!

Article created / last edited: 12 December 2017

Shiplake Village Pantomime 25-27 January


This year's village pantomime is "Alice in Wonderland", by Limelight Scripts, and runs from 25th to 27th January 2018. Come and see Alice, the White Rabbit, and many of the characters you are so familiar with plus a few more you'll not have met before, and a storyline that gives a whole new twist to the tale.

Tickets go on sale on 2nd January. 

Please put the date in your diary now, and if you are interested in assisting in the production in any way and are not already on our mailing lists just drop a note to panto@shaddo.uk or call Pip Collins on 07799 646675.

Article created / last edited: 28 November 2017

Out of the SHADDOs


Thank you to all those who came to our two sell-out performance of Out of the SHADDOs, a variety evening consisting of one of David Tristram's Little Grimley plays, extracts of Chinese opera, a magic show, poetry readings, a violin solo and our own 'Supergroup', and including dancers and a one act comedy sketch in the first and second shows respectively. 

Article created / last edited: 28 November 2017