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About Us

St. Cuthbert's Amateur Dramatic Society Today

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Our Society today is affectionately known by its initials – SCADS.


We are a friendly group of people who like nothing better than welcoming newcomers to join us – especially when it comes to pantomime time. This is our big production of the year and people from throughout the community become part of this very ‘professional’, amateur production!  Our youngest usually come from the Year 2 class in St Cuthbert’s Primary School and our … shall we say, most experienced, have been retired from their careers for many years!  Each year we look out for new people to join us on stage, back-stage, wardrobe helpers, choreographers, front of house and every other department that helps to put on an award-winning production.


St Chad's Theatre

Our theatre is housed in St Cuthbert’s Church of England Primary School on St Alban’s Road, where we have a large, fantastic stage along with lighting and sound systems, a wonderful array of screen cloths and flats, and a cellar that houses several hundred costumes and a collection of props. ​

Our Community

We work closely with our Ofsted Outstanding Primary School community and we have two former headteachers on our SCADS Committee. We have anything up to 50 of the school’s pupils in our pantomime along with other children from the local community. They love being part of our award-winning productions with many of them staying with us after they move on to secondary school. Over the years we have also seen St Cuthbert’s teachers, headteachers, other staff and governors on stage as well as many sharing their talents to help us backstage. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church is also well represented including our priest, who always has a starring role in our pantomime!

If you are interested in finding out a little more about our Ofsted Outstanding Primary School or our Family Friendly Church please visit the links below.

St. Cuthbert's Church

St. Cuthbert's Primary School

Committee Members

These dedicated people are the driving force behind everything that we do, and this is drawn from our church, school and wider community. This hard-working group of people gather in order to make the all-important decisions concerning our society. Good attendances at our meetings shows that these gatherings are looked upon as a social night out as well as a business meeting. The committee also work tirelessly to ensure that each and every event that we put on happens in a timely and most professional manner. 

Let me introduce them to you …

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Amber Gibson

Vice Chair,

H&S and Marketing Lead


Jenny Tomlin

Secretary & Treasurer

Denham Robinson

Stage Manager


Sound and Lights Lead


Karen Clegg

Safe Guarding 


Fr Nicholas Davies

Vicar for the Parish of

St Cuthbert & St Stephen, Darwen

Martyn Pugh

Director & Script Writer


Claire Marsden

Box Office Lead


Jane Cordingley

Front of House Lead


Tracy Evans

Producer, Membership & GDPR Lead


Janet Grime


Wardrobe Lead

Get Involved

If you have an interest in any of the many skills and talents are needed to put on an award-winning production - acting, dancing, choreography, singing, playing an instrument, costumes, set building, prop making, sound and light, refreshment co-ordination, programme selling, booking office organisation, marketing... Whether you want to rekindle an old hobby, develop a current one, or you’ve just always had a yearning to get involved in amateur theatre, why not get in touch, you may just live out that dream!


If you would like to support our society without being an active member, why not join us as a Patron? Patrons are invited to all our events – both productions and social functions.  You would also receive free/reduced price tickets and refreshments. So why not support us and enjoy a few evenings out at the same time. 


If you are interested in becoming part of our society in any way please Contact Us.​

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where do rehearsals take place?

At the moment – 

Cast - Friday nights and/or Sunday afternoon

Senior Chorus - Wednesday evenings 

Junior Chorus - Wednesday after school


All take place in St Chad's Theatre, St Cuthbert's Primary School hall, St Alban’s Road Darwen, BB3 0HY

There are often additional rehearsals as opening nights approach


When do the stage crew meet?

Stage crew meet in the school hall most Saturdays from approximately May to November with extra days during some school holidays.  They are sometimes joined by our technical team for light and sound

What about Wardrobe?

The wardrobe group initially meet by arrangement then much of the work is done in their own homes, meeting up together or for fittings as necessary


Do I need experience? 

No, but if you do have a particular skill, please tell us!

How old do I need to be?  

Children who are in Year 2 are the youngest children that join us in the Junior Chorus, other roles are looked at individually as they must be age appropriate


How much do I have to pay? 

We ask for a small annual contribution towards our NODA fee - but it doesn’t cost anything to come and have a look

Do you loan out your equipment and costumes?

Yes, we are happy to loan out many of our items to help other amateur productions and for more information we ask that you get in touch


If you are interested in our society and would like to find out a little more about one of the many different areas that are part of putting on an award winning production we'd love to hear from you.

Please Contact Us.

Our GDPR Policy can be found here.

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