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Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation

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In 1999, a local group entitled MAD (Millenium Amateur Dramatics) got together for the first time to produce Aladdin in Shiplake College's Tithe Barn in aid of the Shiplake and Dunsden Parish appeal.

Following the success of the venture, the group reinvented itself as SHADDO (Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation) and decided to produce a further pantomime. The proceeds were to be ploughed back into the local village venue, Shiplake Memorial Hall, with the aim of restoring the vestiges of a local theatre to the village, following the untimely demise of the Shiplake Players some three decades ago.

The annual pantomome is an experience we would love to share with anyone out there who fancies joining us – you don‘t need to be able to act! Perhaps you fancy set design, playing music, helping with wardrobe, prompt, scenery shifting, sourcing props, selling tickets, staffing the bar, applying make-up or any of the other vital roles which come together to create a community amdram society.  Please don’t be shy – all ages are welcome, so bring your talent to SHADDO and see how much fun you can have – we’d love to have you on board!

If you are interested in getting involved with SHADDO, just drop us an e-mail at admin@shaddo.uk.

It's Panto time again!


SHADDO is busy rehearsing for its next panto: Merlin - the Spellbinding Panto (by Limelight scripts - www.limelightscripts.co.uk).

This is the story of Camelot like you have never heard or seen before!! It will be the usual cheerful post-Christmas Pantomime at Shiplake Memorial Hall, all the familiar faces will be there and some new ones as well. Of course, there will be singing, dancing, magic and loads of jokes! Tickets will be available after Christmas at Shiplake Corner Shop and Binfield Heath Village Stores. £10 on Friday and Saturday nights, £6 on Thursday and £8 on Friday.

So, what are you waiting for? Put the dates in your diary! January 24-26 2019

Article created / last edited: 6 December 2018

In memory of Frederick Lawson -


Charity Dinner and Murder Mystery event 10 November 2018

SHADDO reprises one of Frederick Lawson's favourite Murder Mysteries at a Charity Dinner on 10th November, combining a Dracula/Frankenstein themed Murder Mystery performance with catering by Absolute Delights and the SHADDO team.

All proceeds will go the The Rainbow Trust - a charity supporting families with a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

For more information see the SHADDO website.

UPDATE: We are delighted to record that we were able to make a donation of £2000 to the Rainbow Trust - sufficient to provide support to one family for a whole year. 

Article created / last edited: 6 December 2018

Panto Launch Meeting

Our Panto for 2019 will be "Merlin - the Spellbinding Panto" by Limelight Scripts. We are holding a launch meeting this Sunday 30th September at 4.30pm at Shiplake Memorial Hall. If you are interested in finding out what goes into the making of a village panto then please come along.

In particular, any teenagers or young adults who have an interest in drama - perhaps studying drama or design at Henley College - would be very welcome. A number of our junior members have progressed to careers in the industry and we can offer valuable eperience in most performing and production aspects to add to their portfolios.

For more information see the SHADDO website.

Article created / last edited: 1 October 2018

Out of the SHADDOs’ – A veritable feast of variety


This year saw SHADDO (Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation) branch out from the annual pantomime to deliver a variety ‘Cabaret’ show in September and (back by popular demand) another in November, showcasing the wonderful array of talent the troupe has to offer – an evening of comedy, magic, music and poetry.

 The first half of the evening entailed a hilarious one-act comedy play starring SHADDO members Hilary Tucker, Angela Jones, Gareth Jones, and Neil McAdam. This production of David Tristram’s Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor on Ice sees the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society struggling to make ends meet as their productions are receiving bad reviews and pitiful audience attendance. The only way to get things back on track is to look to the TV shows, which receive the highest ratings and add a ‘Little Grimley Twist’. Thus, the farcical title of the play is born. Needless to say, things do not turn out as they all planned! The talented quartet brought this script to life, with some wickedly hilarious moments and perfect comedic timing.

 The second half of the evening was a wonderful variety of magic, poetry, music and comedy. First up, Sid the Spiv, played by Rod Type, transported us back to wartime London, bamboozling us with some brilliant magic. Nigel Piercey followed, delivering an emotive and moving rendition of The Man from Snowy River by Australian poet and writer Banjo Patterson. Next saw Mark Manson and Neil George perform a self-written, quirky, Monty Pythonesque, one-act comedy called The Guinea Pig. The whirlwind of variety continued, taking us to China with Ricky Knights performing a memorable and heart-warming rendition of the Chinese Opera Red Lantern. A foray into fiddling followed, with Peter Crowther ‘Scrapin’ the ol’ cat gut’ performing some upbeat tunes with his trusty fiddle. The comic poem I wanted to be an actress, a frustrated career read by Becky Ilderton rounded off this section of the evening with an amusing insight into the potential pitfalls of the world of acting and the perpetual wait for a ‘lucky break’.

 The evening climaxed with a musical bonanza by the SHADDO super group, comprised of Allen Appleby, Emma Piercey-Fisher, Hilary Tucker, Neil McAdam, Pip Collings, and Rebecca Strong. ‘Down to the River to Pray’, ‘Wonderwall’, ‘St. Peter’, and ‘Is this the way to sunny Shiplake’ were performed beautifully with interwoven harmonies and palpable energy and had the audience singing in their seats. No production could be delivered without the dedication and hard work of the team behind the scenes. A huge amount of effort went into this event and it certainly paid off with the aforementioned demand for a repeat performance!

Article created / last edited: 25 September 2018

Out of the SHADDOs


Thank you to all those who came to our two sell-out performance of Out of the SHADDOs, a variety evening consisting of one of David Tristram's Little Grimley plays, extracts of Chinese opera, a magic show, poetry readings, a violin solo and our own 'Supergroup', and including dancers and a one act comedy sketch in the first and second shows respectively. 

Article created / last edited: 28 November 2017