Abingdon Drama Club | Theatrics galore since 1944

Each year ADC produces three shows at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon. An eclectic mix of modern dramas, classics and comedies. Every other year we produce our very popular pantomime.

Once you join the club you can take part in every show and activity. You do not need to audition to become a club member. There are castings for every production and every member, new or old, has the same chance of being cast in a leading role. All you need in order to be cast is enthusiasm and commitment.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in getting involved backstage. There are a huge number of different jobs that need to be done in order to get a show onto the stage and lots of them do not involve any acting.

ADC is a very friendly club with a family atmosphere. New members soon become part of the family. Theatre takes a lot of time and effort to produce but the rewards are huge. Get in touch to find out more about ADC and about how you could be part of the next show!

How do I Join?

To get more information about the club and to find out when you can come and meet us, send us an Email: membership@abingdon-drama-club.com.
Adult membership is £40 per year. You must be 16 or over to become a full member of ADC. If you are under 16 you can join our fantastic Junior Drama Club.

NEXT SHOW

BLACK COMEDY
BY PETER SHAFFER

A CRAZY FARCE, WHERE LIGHT IS DARK AND DARK IS LIGHT!
Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th March | 8pm
Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

TICKETS

£10, £8 concessions (60+, under 12s, Students, ADC members)
GROUP BOOKINGS Groups of 10 and over
All tickets £8 (£8.55 when booked online - Just select the concession rate ticket and choose the number you require)

All tickets are sold as unreserved seating.
Our Front of House team will do their very best to seat people together but please arrive in good time or this may not be possible.

Please get in touch if there are any problems with your booking.
Email: tickets@unicornboxoffice.org.uk
Phone: 0845 4636638

Tickets are also available from:
The Bookstore, The Abingdon Precinct (15 Bury St), Abingdon

 

BOOK ONLINE

An online booking fee of 55p is added to the ticket price. This pays for the Paypal credit card payment system.

Booking process:
1. Select a ticket type - on this page.
2. Click on 'Add to cart'
3. On the shopping cart page, choose the number of tickets you want.
4. If you want another type of ticket, click on the 'Continue Shopping' button, return to this page and repeat the process.
5. Purchase your tickets using a credit or debit card - you do not need to have a Paypal account.
6. When you purchase tickets you will receive an email receipt from Paypal, not Abingdon Drama Club.
7. We do not send tickets by post.
When you arrive at the theatre, for the performance, all you need to do is to give your name to the box office. We will then give you your tickets.

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Dates for your diary

PERFORMANCE
BLACK COMEDY | Wed 13th - Sat 16th March | 8pm | Unicorn Theatre

CASTING
'Allo 'Allo! | Weds 27th March & Mon 1st April | 7.30pm | ADC Clubhouse

PLAY READINGS
Weds 3rd April | Potential ODN one act + another text | 7.30pm | ADC Clubhouse
Tues 14th May | Amadeus | 7.30pm | ADC Clubhouse
Tues 11th June | Snow White - panto | | 7.30pm | ADC Clubhouse
Tues 9th July | TBC | | 7.30pm | ADC Clubhouse

MEETING
AGM | Thursday 16th May | 8pm | ADC Clubhouse

Junior Drama Club

All sessions are run by professional drama teacher Andrea Mardon. Andrea has many years experience teaching children from all over the world. We cater for those interested in all aspects of theatre and performance.

J1 Class | Ages 10-13 | Sunday 2.30pm-4pm

A combination of drama games, improvisation and scene work. A fun way to make new friends and start to learn the fundamentals of theatre and performance. SPACES AVAILABLE!

J2 Class | Ages 14-15 | Sunday 4pm-6pm

This class focuses on building drama skills including voice, movement, action, objective, subtext and characterization. In-depth study of plays and playwrights supports learning, particularly for those enrolled in GCSE Drama. SPACES AVAILABLE!

Performance Class

Students who have done 1 or more terms at ADC are welcome to join our Performance Class which works towards a full length show each term to be performed at the Unicorn Theatre. Past shows include Peter Pan, Dracula, The Laramie Project and The Servant of Two Masters.

Andrea Mardon

Our teacher Andrea is an actor and director. She also coaches students for LAMDA examinations as well as drama school entrance auditions. She regularly appears onstage in ADC productions.

ADC have been providing Junior Drama Classes for the community for over 30 years!

How do I Join?

To get more information about ADC Juniors send us an Email: enquiries@abingdon-drama-club.com.

What does it cost?

Price per term: £85.
Fees are payable in advance each term.
There are three terms each year.
The total cost for a full year of acting training is only £255.

All sessions will be paid for irrespective of attendance.

Past Productions

2018
Aladdin | A More Perfect World | Flare Path | The Crucible

2017
Brief Encounter | Thou Shalt Not Suffer... | Portia Coughlan

2016
Santa in Space | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? | Venom | A Man For All Seasons

2015
Henry V | The Elephant Man | Another Man's Eden

2014
Cinderella | Dangerous Corner | I do, I do, I do | The Wrong Goodbye

2013
Equus | The Accrington Pals | William Tell

2012
Alice in Wonderland | Rhinoceros | Wife After Death | Great Expectations

2011
Jekyll and Hyde | Kindertransport | Woyzeck | The Turn of the Screw

2010
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves | Thérèse Raquin | Peer Gynt | The Dreaming of the Bones | An Experiment with an Air Pump | Stepping Out

2009
A Kind of Alaska | Lies On Their Lips | I know what you did yesterday | Betrayal | Dr Faustus

2008
Jack and the Beanstalk | Blue + Black & Blue Rooms | Separate Tables | Fragments | Improbable Fiction | Pride and Prejudice

2007
Txt-life | Blinded by the Sun | 4.48 Psychosis | The Cripple of Inishmaan

2006
The Prince and the Mermaid | Macbeth | Funeral Games | There Goes The Bride | The Glass Menagerie

2005
Amy's View | Les Liaisons Dangereuses | Memory of Water

2004
Rapunzel | The Beauty Queen of Leenane | Pitty About Kitty | Canterbury Tales | Pygmalion

2003
The Taming of the Shrew | The Ark | A Woman of No Importance | Breaking The Code

2002
Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Philadelphia, Here I Come | Effie's Burning | Not Now Darling | Blood Wedding

2001
The Provoked Wife | Gods Favourite | This Happy Breed | Double Bill

2000
Hickory Dickory Dock | Measure for Measure | Don't Blame it on the Boots | I'll Get My Man | Sand Castles

1999
The Happy Marriage | Big Maggie

1998
Puss in Boots | The Ideal Gnome Expedition | Cold Comfort Farm | The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner

1997
The Matchmaker | Bar And Ger | Steel Magnolias | Wanted One Body

1996
Cinderella | A Day in the Death of Joe Egg | A Galway Girl | The Good Companions | Tomb with a View

1995
Night Must Fall | The Heiress | The School for Wives

1994
Dick Whittington | Playboy of the Western World | Lady Windermere's Fan | Twelfth Night

1993
Number One | An Italian Straw Hat | Cats Cradle

1992
Aladdin | Lettice and Lovage | Relatively Speaking | The House of Bernarda Alba

1991
An Inspector Calls | Mansfield Park | A Murder is Announced

1990
Absent Friends | Bonaventure | The Constant Wife

1989
Noises Off | An Ideal Husband | When we are Married

1988
The Bacchae | Good Morning Bill | Hedda Gabler

1987
David Copperfield | Dangerous Corner | Pink String and Sealing Wax

1986
The Gingerbread Man | Arsenic and Old Lace | The Seven Ages of Man & Woman Anthology | A Midsummer Night's Dream

1985
Peter Pan | Pride and Prejudice | Uncle Vanya

1984
Jack and the Beanstalk | Murder in the Cathedral | The Dresser | Tucaret

1983
Beauty and the Beast | Two Angry Women of Ablngdon

1982
Cinderella | The Merchant of Venice | Six Characters in Search of an Author

1981
Sing a Song of Sixpence | The Winter's Tale | Gaslight

1980
Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin | Brittanicus

1979
Living Arrows | The Feminists | Excerpts from The Wind in the Willows | Ladies in Retirement

1978
Hands Across the Sea; Sketches | The Barretts of Wimpole Street | See How They Run

1977
Sweet Thames Run Softly | Shakespeare's British Queens | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | Hobson's Choice

1976
The Knight of the Burning Pestle | Barefoot in the Park | Mr Tingewick and the Troublemakers

1975
She Stoops To Conquer | The Duchess of Malfi | Flibberty and the Penguin

1974
Twelfth Night | Thirty Years On

1973
Christopher Columbus | The Lady from the Sea | The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner

1972
Double Bill: States Of America; The American Dream | The Marriage of Figaro | Hay Fever

1971
Once Upon a Time | Othello | Pygmalion

1970
Double Bill: The Lover; The Dark Tower | Helen of Troy | The Importance of Being Earnest

1969
The Monstrous Regiment | Shaviana 3 One Act Plays | Traveller Without Luggage

1968
Macbeth | When We Are Married

1967
Heartbreak House | The Cocktail Party | The Young Visiters

1966
The Admirable Crichton | The Country Wife | Breath of Spring

1965
The Schoolmistress | The Women of Troy | The Hollow Crown

1964
The Wrong Side of the Park | King Lear | A Man For All Seasons

1963
The Rape of the Belt | Mine Hostess | The Miracle Worker

1962
Our Town | School for Wives | The Crucible

1961
The Moon in the Yellow River | The School For Scandal | Ring Round the Moon

1960
The Matchmaker | The Lady's Not For Burning | The Diary of a Scoundrel

1959
The Naval Volunteer (One Act) | Double Bill: The Browning Version; A Room in the Tower | The Tempest | The Glass Menagerie | The Diary of Anne Frank

1958
The Mayor of Torontal (One Act) | She Stoops To Conquer | The Romantics (One Act) | The Cherry Orchard | The Mask and the Face

1957
The Princess and the Swineherd | Triple Bill: The Laboratory; Count Albany; A Family Comedy | The Two Gentlemen Of Verona | Deep Are The Roots

1956
Grand National Night | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | The Barretts of Wimpole Street | The River Line

1955
The Noble Spaniard | The Mock Doctor | A Ladder for Lucy (One Act) | The Rose Without a Thorn

1954
Noah | The Winter's Tale | Master of Arts

1953
Victoria Regina | Two Angry Women of Abingdon | A Man about the House

1952
The Italian Woman (One Act) | Tomorrow's ChildLord | Arthur Savile's Crime | Arms and the Man

1951
The Winslow Boy | The Fish (One Act) | Bonaventure

1950
Fools Rush In | The Brontes

1949
Busman's Honeymoon | Spring Meeting | I Remember Mama

1948
The Foolishness of God (One Act) | Elizabeth Refuses (One Act) | Love Spiriting Gently (One Act)

1947
Pink String And Sealing Wax | Dark Brown (One Act) | Possession (One Act) | Frieda

1946
Triple Bill: On Dartmoor; Evening News; The Bride | The Farmers Wife | Revolt (One Act)

1945
Triple Bill: Russian Salad; The Passer By; The Black Cabinet. | London Wall

Abingdon Drama Club | A Brief History

In December 1944, during the Second World War, a group of Abingdon people, some from the Guild of Abbey Players, decided to start a new drama group - Abingdon Drama Club (ADC).

Our first public production was London Wall by John Van Druten and took place in the Corn Exchange in the Market Place, in September 1945.

The first club meetings took place in the Old Carpet Factory, beside the Thames near Abingdon Bridge. In 1946 the club moved to the Friends’ Meeting House, located on the Vineyard opposite the then Row Barge pub. The present ADC clubhouse, in Marcham Road, was acquired by the club in 1960 for the princely sum of £1274.15! The clubhouse contains our rehearsal space, green room, set workshop and store, costume store and props store. It is also the home of our fantastic Juniors section, which has been providing drama education for young people for over 30 years.

Our paper archives contain posters and photos from every show we have ever performed but it is the costumes, props and pieces of scenery which have been used across the years that are a remarkable 'living' history of the club.

When the Unicorn theatre opened in June 1953, the first production was by Abingdon Drama Club – the 16th century play, The Two Angry Women of Abingdon by Henry Porter and directed by Alan Kitching.

Since ADC began we have presented over 270 productions.

Get in touch

Enquiries | enquiries@abingdon-drama-club.com

Membership Information | membership@abingdon-drama-club.com

ADC Chair | chairman@abingdon-drama-club.com

Box Office Email: tickets@unicornboxoffice.org.uk

Box Office Phone: 0845 4636638

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