Merrow Dramatic Society Amateur Dramatics in Guildford since 1922

Welcome to Merrow Dramatic Society

With roots going back as far as the 1920s, Merrow Dramatic Society has been producing high quality productions for many years. Based at the heart of Merrow near Guildford, Surrey, UK, we pride ourselves on being part of the local community. Our productions vary from straight plays to poetry evenings, play readings, musical theatre, plus a host of social occasions including an annual barbecue and rounders match and a skittles evening.

Productions are performed at the professionally-equipped Electric Theatre at the heart of Guildford town centre. The annual pantomime, a regular feature of Merrow life since the 1950s, is performed at Merrow Village Hall.

We pride ourselves on a varied program including straight plays, comedies, classics and thrillers. Keen to make use of local talent, MDS is always happy to welcome new members of all ages, both on and off stage.

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Upcoming Productions

Annual General Meeting
Thursday 9 June 2022, 8-9:30 p.m.
St John's Church Centre, Merrow
Contact mdsboxoffice@gmail.com to confirm attendance

Speakeasy Event Night
Saturday 25 June 2022, 7:30 p.m.
St John's Church Centre, Merrow
Contact mdsboxoffice@gmail.com to get your tickets

Play In A Day
Friday 9 September 2022 (evening) to Saturday 10 September 2022
For members aged 18+
A show in 24 hours!
St John's Church Centre, Merrow
More details to come

MDS Youth Company

Merrow Dramatic Society love to celebrate the talents of all our members, whatever their ages. Over the past few years we have seen the immense energy and artistry of our younger members. We are excited to tell you that MDS have a brand new Youth Company for those aged 8-18, and we are still recruiting new members!

Elena Mason and Christina Drain will be leading weekly classes aimed at introducing a range of acting styles and skills to bring out the very best of MDS Youth. We will introduce opportunities to direct and manage back stage, building up the skills of the future of MDS. 

Classes will run every Tuesday from 5 April 2022 to 28 June 2022 (apart from May half term week incl. Tuesday 31st May) from 6-8 p.m. at St John’s Church Centre in Merrow. There will be a showcase on the first weekend of July to celebrate the Youth Company's hard work and talent! MDS YC will be based at St John's Church Centre in Merrow. Classes cost £10 for every 4 sessions (£30 for the whole term), to be paid prior to starting.

To sign up for the Youth Company, or for more information, please contact Elena and Christina by emailing merrow.yc@gmail.com

Workshops for Adult Members

MDS members have a wealth of talents and skills that help Merrow Dramatic Society to thrive! Starting with a play reading on Tuesday 26 April 2022, we will be holding monthly workshop on a range of skills and subjects, open to all MDS members aged 18+. Each workshop will cost £5 to include space hire and refreshments.

To join play reading, lead by Jenny Pegman, on 26/4/2022, please email mdsboxoffice@gmail.com to register.

Keep an eye on social media for our upcoming workshops!

Venues

Our productions are either held at the professionally equipped The Electric Theatre or locally at Merrow Village Hall .

Get Involved

Whatever your skills…there’s an opportunity to get involved!

MDS welcomes new members of all ages. Whether you want to be involved on-stage, off-stage, back-stage, front-of-house, or as a Director or musician we'd love to hear from you. If you decide to join, membership is £20 for adults, £15 for juniors, and £25 for a family per year. We sometimes ask for a 'Show Fee' to cover licensing costs.

Rehearsals are held at St John's Church Hall, Merrow usually on a Tuesday and Thursday. In January we stage a Pantomime locally in Merrow Village Hall. Two other productions take place at The Electric Theatre in May and October.

Choose a play…and direct it

MDS is seeking new Directors to take on the challenge of directing a play at the Electric Theatre, Guildford.

Choose your play, then agree it with the MDS Committee. We will give you plenty of support - particularly if you have not had much experience before. We have an excellent Company of all ages - both men and women.