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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, just drop us an e-mail at admin@shaddo.uk.

Aladdin - The Panto


Aladdin, the Pantomime is coming to town and it’s definitely not just for the children!

Come and support SHADDO your local Amdram Group have a laugh, listen to the music and enjoy the magic. YES MAGIC! 

See familiar people doing very silly things. Mark Manson as Widow Twankey, will once again be transformed miraculously into the Dame, Simon Classey will be the baddie, and Ellie Classey will be starring as Aladdin. The Kung Fu fighting Princess Jasmine ( who would have guessed? ) will be played by Pandora Pugsley. 

And what Pantomime would complete without a badly behaved Panda?

‘Aladdin’ will be in Shiplake Memorial Hall January 23-25. For more information see here.

 Tickets on sale NOW at Shiplake Corner Shop and Binfield Heath Stores.

For more information visit the SHADDO website.

Article created / last edited: 10 January 2020

SHADDO 2020 Panto launch


The Launch Party for the 2020 SHADDO Pantomime will take place this coming Sunday 13th October at the Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue, Shiplake Cross, RG9 4DW from 3pm to 5.30pm.

Last year, from the number of people who came along just to see what it was all about, we were delighted to welcome 4 new juniors, all in on-stage roles, and 2 new adults in stage and production roles. 

If you think you might enjoy being involved, in no matter how small a way, do come along and talk to us over a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink.

Article created / last edited: 14 October 2019

SHADDO at the Binfield Heath Show 2019

  • Fancy a cuppa?
  • Neil and Beryl on duty
  • Henry hiding behind the teapot!
  • Orla Williams in disguise!

SHADDO was delighted to have a presence again at this year's highly successful Binfield Heath Flower and Dog Show. We had pictures of past events on display, as well as colour lighting and costumery. A number of people were drawn to the stand by the range of props on display - in particular the giant mushroom and teapot (from Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland pantos respectively) crafted by our own master modeller, Charmaine Wood.

Our thanks to Henry Loud (SHADDO Chair), Beryl Lawson, Gareth & Angela Jones, and Neil McAdam for manning the stand.

Article created / last edited: 27 August 2019

SHADDO AGM - 14th May 2019

SHADDO, your local drama group is looking for new talent! Come along to the AGM on Tuesday 14th May. Find out what SHADDO does and give us your ideas for future productions and events. We would love to meet you, hear your ideas, and get you involved.

A theatre group needs a lot of different talents and skills. Apart from acting we need people interested in painting the set, helping with costumes and props, as-sisting with lighting and sound, and helping backstage. It’s a great way to meet new people and it’s a lot of fun! If you are interested in getting involved but can’t make the meeting, please email: liz@shaddo.uk.

Article created / last edited: 4 May 2019

Village Pantomime - 24-16 January

SHADDO has been producing Village Pantomimes and various other dramatic events at Shiplake Memorial Hall since 2001. This year's Pantomime, Merlin, the Spellbinding Panto, is at Shiplake Memorial Hall January 24-26 with 4 performances including a matinee on Saturday. Tickets priced £5-10 are on sale now at Shiplake Corner shop and Binfield Heath Stores.

The panto is a great way for the community to come together and involves all ages. It is fun to be involved and fun to watch. We have a wonderful range of talent in our community: singers, musicians, actors, magicians,  artists and technicians ( to name just a few).  It’s great  to see these talents being used. A number of our previous members have even gone on to  a professional career in theatre and film  having been enthused by taking part in panto productions during their their childhood. 

Every theatre production needs an audience! Pantomime can’t exist without it.  Please support your local village pantomime and buy your tickets NOW ! We are sure you won’t regret it !

Article created / last edited: 11 January 2019

It's Panto time again!

SHADDO is busy rehearsing for its next panto: Merlin - the Spellbinding Panto (by Limelight scripts - www.limelightscripts.co.uk).

This is the story of Camelot like you have never heard or seen before!! It will be the usual cheerful post-Christmas Pantomime at Shiplake Memorial Hall, all the familiar faces will be there and some new ones as well. Of course, there will be singing, dancing, magic and loads of jokes! Tickets will be available after Christmas at Shiplake Corner Shop and Binfield Heath Village Stores. £10 on Friday and Saturday nights, £6 on Thursday and £8 on Friday.

So, what are you waiting for? Put the dates in your diary! January 24-26 2019

Article created / last edited: 6 December 2018

In memory of Frederick Lawson -

Charity Dinner and Murder Mystery event 10 November 2018

SHADDO reprises one of Frederick Lawson's favourite Murder Mysteries at a Charity Dinner on 10th November, combining a Dracula/Frankenstein themed Murder Mystery performance with catering by Absolute Delights and the SHADDO team.

All proceeds will go the The Rainbow Trust - a charity supporting families with a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

For more information see the SHADDO website.

UPDATE: We are delighted to record that we were able to make a donation of £2000 to the Rainbow Trust - sufficient to provide support to one family for a whole year. 

Article created / last edited: 6 December 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!

Article created / last edited: 25 September 2018