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Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society - Join the club

PUBLISHED: 11:21 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 16:56 20 February 2013

Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society - Join the club

Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society - Join the club

One of Surrey's most respected theatre groups, Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society are based in their own 85-seat Green Room Theatre, where members perform a wide variety of plays and musicals. David Burton tells us more about them

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2010

One of Surreys most respected theatre groups, Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society are based in their own 85-seat Green Room Theatre, where members perform a wide variety of plays and musicals. David Burton tells us more about them

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When was the club set up?
Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society (DDOS) was founded in 1927, so we recently celebrated our 80th anniversary in the town. For the younger actors, we also have the Theatre Arts Project (TAP), which is for those aged from 13 to18, and the Young Stagers for ages seven to 13. This gives our junior members a chance to perform in the Green Room Theatre on a regular basis, as well as learning improvisation and many other skills.

How often do you meet?
The younger members meet weekly, but for DDOS it can be up to several times a week when we are rehearsing and staging a major production.

Whats the best thing about being a member of the club?
The whole artistic involvement and helping productions happen, be it in wardrobe, props or scenery-making and settings. And new actors are always very welcome, too, as auditions are open to everyone.

Do you find being surrounded by like-minded individuals inspiring?
Yes, it encourages cast and crew to work as a team to produce a well-staged production we all have the same goals.

How many members do you have?
About 170, ranging from teenagers who form part of the TAPs section through to seniors like myself! We also have a group of 70 past and present Friends of DDOS.

Do you have links with other clubs?
We are linked with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), as well as other local theatre companies. We all have members who perform, direct and assist backstage for other productions over the course of the year.

Whats the most interesting story from the groups history?
Turning the Green Rooms behind the Dorking Halls from wartime barracks into an 85-seater air-conditioned theatre, which people are amazed to see when they enter. Dr Whos Tardis is nothing compared to stepping into our theatre! As well as performing plays there, we also hold our major productions, which attract large numbers, at the Dorking Halls.

And the funniest?
Winning The Sun newspapers recent Paint for Change competition and getting the whole of the exterior painted in a day. Many thought we were wasting our time entering, but we proved them wrong!

When is your next event that is open to potential new members?
Its probably best if they come along to our next show, Return to the Forbidden Planet, the cult musical based loosely on Shakespeares The Tempest, which takes place this month at the Dorking Halls.

Describe your club in five words...
Innovative, musical, artistic, friendly and ageless.

  • Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society is based at The Green Room Theatre, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG.

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