Gillingham Dramatic Society (G.D.S) has been operating in its current form for nearly 40 years (although we were previously known as Gillingham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (G.A.O.D.S). We dropped the ‘operatic’ from our name, as we felt it may have confused people (we have had people wondering whether our panto Cinderella was an Opera?!). Prior to that we were linked to Gillingham Parish Church with a history going back even further.
We perform one major musical and one pantomime each year.
The musical is performed in October either at the Brook theatre, Chatham or the Hazlitt, in Maidstone and the pantomime over the February half term and the Brook Theatre, also in Chatham.
For more information, please visit our productions page using the website link below.
Gillingham Dramatic Society also performs ad hoc concerts and are available to hire for this purpose. We perform many of your favourite songs from all sorts of musicals.
If you would like to find out more about booking us for a concert, please email us or call our Chairperson, Jeanette Davis on 01634 372322.
We are always looking out for new members – so if you are keen to try treading the boards, then why not take a look at our “Join Us” page, or email us for more information.
Getting involved with amateur dramatics presents so many opportunities:
– Making new friends
– Learn new skills
– Develop your self-confidence
– Exercise (your legs, your lungs and your brain!)
– Overcome your nerves
– Have FUN!
– Escape from reality!
Apart from rehearsing and performing shows, we are a friendly group that often organises social occasions and fundraising events.
We rehearse twice a week – on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Brook Theatre Chatham from 8-10pm.
The society is open to members of all ages (we currently have about 40 members of all ages and abilities).
If you’re not sure and would like to find out more, why not come along to one of our rehearsals and just watch? Please email us with any question you may have.
Alternatively, contact Jeanette, our friendly Chairperson Jeanette on 01634 372322.
If you would like to help out behind the scenes, we are always looking for stage hands to help us out during performances. Please email us to find out more.