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The Good Companions ADS have been performing amateur drama at John Keble church in Edgware, Middlesex since 1933. Over the years we have presented all types of drama, as well as large-scale musicals and pantomimes. We are now one of the leading drama groups in the London Borough of Barnet. Each Spring we enter a full length play for the Barnet and District Drama Festival. In 2008 'A Voyage round my Father' won 6 awards. In the Summer we often do a series of workshops, shorter plays, or a musical entertainment devised by a member of the group. These activities provide an opportunity for all members to take part. In the Winter we stage our Pantomime or a musical, 'A Christmas Carol', 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' & 'Calamity Jane' being among our recent successes.
We are very fortunate in having permanent use of the John Keble Hall, and members of our dedicated stage crew build our sets. Members not in the cast of a production often help with the building and painting of these. We have an extensive costume department, from which we hire to other groups and private individuals.
As well as our activities on stage we lead a busy social life with visits to see plays presented by other groups in our area. Our barbecues and Christmas parties are always well attended. We have many enthusiastic young members who are always willing to lend a hand in all areas of our work.
We are a friendly Group and consider ourselves Good Companions indeed!
We meet regularly at 8pm. on Tuesdays and offer a warm welcome to new members. Please come along if you are interested in joining or e-mail us.
2013; All My Sons, Verdict
2012; Humble Boy, Camp Confidence, The Good Old Days
2011; The Old Country, Amy Wonderful Amy, Keep it special, A Christmas Carol
2010; Lettice and Lovage, After September, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2009; Caught in the Net, California Suite, Twelve days of Christmas.
2008; A Voyage round my Father, That's what people ought to be, Robinson Crusoe & the pirates.
2007; Dry Rot, Pardon my French, The Wind in the Willows.
2006; The Winslow Boy, Ernie's Incredible Allucinations, The Monkey's Paw, Beauty and the Beast.
2005; The Pajama Game, We'll meet again, Curtain up on Murder.
2004; Sing a song of sixpence, Letter from the General.
2003; Calamity Jane, 70 years on, The Woman in White.
2002; Ali Baba and the thief of Baghdad, Murder Mystery, Hay Fever.
2001; Peter Pan, A small affair, The Importance of being Earnest.
2000; Jack and the Beanstalk,20th Century story, Little Women.
1999; Carousel, West End to Broadway, Off the Hook.
1998; Ahmad and the thief of Baghdad, Old Time Music Hall, The Odd Couple.
1997; The Sound of Music, Brush up your Shakespeare, Pack of Lies.
1996; The Wizard of Oz, Brush with a Body, The House of Bernarda Alba.
1995; Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Keep Smilin' Thru', Present Laughter.
1994; Humbug, Under Milk Wood, Steel Magnolias.
1993; Little Miss Muffett, Glad of your Company, Daisy Pulls it off.
1992; Follow the Star, No Coffee for one, Let's go on with the show, Bonaventure, His Grace will be here, From five to five thirty.
1991; Aladdin, An Evening of Elegance, Stepping Out, The Matchgirls.
1990; Blithe Spirit, Plaza Suite, Santa in Space.
1989; The Chalk Garden, Smilin' Thru', The Farndale Avenue Macbeth, Duet for one, Salad Days.
1988; Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, Over the Wall, Separate Tables, Round and Round the Garden, Dick Whittington.
1987; The Hollow, Members of the Jury, Showstoppers, Whose Life is it Anyway?, My Gentleman Pip.
1986; The Exorcism, I have Five Daughters, Mother Goose.
1985; The Anniversary, Habeus Corpus, Murder at the Vicarage.
1984; Pinnochio, Local Affairs, Dark Brown, Clara pulls the Curtains, An Evening at the Empire.
1983; Cabaret, Home, Remember When, Outside Edge.
1982; Saturday Sunday Monday, Dry Rot.
1981; One Friday, A View from the Bridge, Cinderella.
1980; Gaslight, Was He Anyone?, Goodnight Mrs Puffin.
1979; Little Red Riding Hood, Juno and the Paycock, A Slight Accident, The Dumb Waiter, The Boy Friend.
1978; Fiddler on the Roof, Uncle Vanya, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte.
1977; Sinbad the Sailor, The Birthday Party, Summer Music Hall, Arms and the Man.
1976; Oliver, Under Milk Wood, Curtain Sideways!, The Happiest Days of your Life.
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