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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 email at admin@shaddo.uk.

National Theatre - Free Plays


Missing your trips to the Theatre? Try this instead.

The National Theatre are streaming free plays through YouTube from 2nd April starting with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors. Each play will be available for 1 week. Visit the National Theatre site for more details and to watch the plays.

Article created / last edited: 1 April 2020

There’s more to SHADDO than pantomimes!


It’s all too easy to think that amateur dramatics involves cold village halls, actors forgetting their lines, dreadful jokes and scenery falling down.  With a reputation like this it is no wonder that people don’t want to get involved. But that’s not the whole story….

 Many Shiplake residents will know SHADDO (the Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation) as the people who put on a Pantomime every January.  This year we staged Aladdin and had great feedback from young and old.  Feedback included: “the overall production was amazing and brought out the best in lots of people”, “the music was very special, outstanding”, “the sets were amazing and were a colourful background for the action”, “the props were brilliant”, “some lovely acting and singing performances”.

 But, did you know that SHADDO is not just about the panto? And, while we are always looking for new actors, you don’t need to be an actor to join in and have fun.

 SHADDO runs play readings once a month at the Baskerville, puts on serious plays, holds musical evenings and is always exploring other ways to entertain the local community.  It gives people an opportunity to use the skills they have or to learn new ones. For example; prop making, set design, set building, painting, costume sourcing, song writing, directing, producing, lighting and sound, organising publicity, making teas and coffees, running the bar…

 So, do you want to have fun and put something back into the community?  If so, we would love to hear from you.  It doesn’t cost anything to be a member, and we welcome anyone from 10 years old.  You can find more information about us and contact details at our website - www.shaddo.uk.

Article created / last edited: 11 March 2020

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 Pip Collings. 

And what Pantomime would complete without a badly behaved Panda?

‘Aladdin’ will be in Shiplake Memorial Hall January 23-25. 

For more information visit the SHADDO website.

Article created / last edited: 3 February 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