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At a time when the country was facing a fast changing and worrying scenario AWD involved many of our members, giving them a chance to do what it said on the tin – Act, Write and Direct.


Members were asked to submit short plays for semi-staged performance.  Others were asked to try their hands at directing and acting.  Nine plays were selected followed by a whirlwind round of rehearsals at members' homes. 

The plays were performed on 14th March to a very appreciative audience of members, their family and their friends at the village hall in West Ashling. The feedback was very positive with many expressing delight at the variety and quality of the pieces and the high standard of performance.  The writers found it rewarding to see their creations come to life, the directors learned a lot and the actors had a huge amount of fun.  This was a very worthwhile exercise and one which will be repeated. 

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Play readings 


We normally hold monthly play readings at the Church Room, Funtington 

These will be resumed when life gets back to normal.

Future production 

Henry Preece takes early retirement and moves with his wife to the country, hoping to settle down and write his book. He does not foresee just how shockingly his life will change. Henry embarks on a passionate affair with one of his neighbours and then quite suddenly his wife disappears..…… even the seemingly innocuous purchase of a flame gun for the garden begins to cast a chill.

This is a thriller with a difference, an atmospheric study of ordinary life and how it can become extraordinary.




Due to present circumstances all auditions and club nights

are suspended until further notice.   We shall resume all our activities once it is sensible to do so.


Meanwhile, we are investigating what drama related activities for our members can be set up using social media and internet conferencing facilities.

.................. watch this space



We have two venues:
AGMs, rehearsals, auditions, and performances take place at the West Ashling Village Hall, PO18 8DN


Club nights and play readings are at the smaller Church Rooms in Church Lane, Funtington 

What our audiences said about our Autumn 2019 performance of Rumours

"It was just what the doctor ordered in today’s gloomy environment !! Excellent!"

" ...magnificent performance from all concerned. I have been to many of your productions and all have been excellent but last night’s was exceptional!  Thank you!"

 Photography by Rosey Purchase


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