? CADS - Market Theatre
  • A little about us

    The Market Theatre is situated in the town of Cowbridge, in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. It was built largely by volunteers almost forty years ago and is a small theatre with a capacity of sixty-five very comfortable seats.

    It offers all the facilities of much larger venues including a full-size stage with professional quality lighting, a dressing room, a sound system, a high quality electronic piano, an excellent well-stocked bar with associated kitchen facilities, and there is ample car parking. The Market Theatre is run by the resident group, Cowbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) who stage three main productions a year. It is the aim of the committee to present a varied programme and see that the theatre becomes a prominent part of the local community. The theatre is also available for hire by visiting groups

    Our History

    1947 - Cowbridge Amateur Dramatic Society was re-formed

    Cowbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) was originally formed in 1933 but ceased in 1939 as members responded to the call "Your Country Needs You!". In 1947 it was re-formed to offer people a welcome diversion from the post war years of austerity leading to the arrival of the 'modern' world in the fifties. It has been thriving ever since.


    1986 - The Market Theatre was built

    The Market Theatre was largely built by CADS actors back in 1986 after CADS took the decision to leave their previous home in the Town Hall.


    2020 - CADS 'goes dark' during Covid-19 pandemic

    CADS were busy rehearsing "Neville's Island" in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and we were forced to close for over a year. Don't worry we left a 'ghost light' on! Rehearsals were finally able to restart in May 2021 with "Neville's Island" making it to the stage in October 2021.


  • Future Events

    Latest News

    October 2021

    We're back! Neville's Island is our first production back

    We're back! We started rehearsing Neville's Island in 2019 ready for March 2020 and then the pandemic hit. We're delighted to now be able to stage this play. We can't wait to welcome you all back. Buy Tickets Now!


    September 2021

    Urgent roof repairs required

    Unfortunately during one of our visits to the check on the theatre during the pandemic we discovered our roof was leaking in the kitchen and bar area. We've asked several roofers to look at the damage and advise us. Sadly we're now faced with temporary repairs costing a few thousand and a full repair costing approximately £30,000! Whilst we're seeking help from various grant schemes we have also setup a gofundme page. Please donate if you can. Thank you!
    Roof repair Gofundme page


    December 2019

    "Neville's Island" Rehearsals started for "Neville's Island" Directed by Camilla Hopkin.

    Tickets on sale now, see poster for details.


  • Theatre Hire

    Our theatre is available for hire

    Why not consider our theatre as a venue for your next play? We've hired our theatre to professional groups for their productions as well as plays in R&D. The theatre can be hired at an hourly rate or per event. Hiring terms for performances and rehearsals can be negotiable. Visiting Groups must provide their own appropriate insurance.

    Staff

    During a rental CADS will provide volunteer staff to run Front of House (if required) and the Bar area.

  • About Our Shows

    Here at CADS we believe in providing a wide variety of plays for our audience.

    Comedy or Drama, Period or Modern all are considered. Any member of CADS who wishes to Direct will be encouraged to join our group of Directors. Novice Directors often start by directing a club night before moving on to a one act play in the Summer slot, before tackling the demands of a full length play. Usually a Director will approach the commitee with a proposal to put on a play and, if approved and cast, it will then be allocated a slot in our programme of 3 plays per year.

    Shows List

    Here is a sample of our productions in recent years:

    • Bedroom Farce - An Alan Ayckbourn Classic
    • Echoes of the War - WWI Commemoration
    • Bouncers - Modern
    • Blood Brothers - Willy Russell's classic
    • Dangerous Corner - JB Priestley Costume Drama

    A Look Back At Our Shows


    Take a look back at our shows from 1947 to now

    A complete history from 1947's Happy Death Ltd Directed by Capt. F. R. Whitwell to our latest production

    Productions History

  • If you would like to join us

    CADS are always happy to welcome new members.

    If performing isn't your thing why not join us backstage. For most productions we need a Props Manager, Stage Manager, Sound Operator etc.

    Of course we welcome actors too! Don't worry if you don't have much experience or haven't performed since school. We don't hold scary auditions, so why not attend one of our read throughs or a clubnight. It's a great pressure free way of trying things out and making yourself known to our Directors for consideration in future productions.

    Costs

    Annual Membership

    Annual Membership currently costs £20 per year or £30 per couple. This cost includes insurance for performers and as a member you'll be able to attend all club nights.

    If you'd like to support CADS but won't actively be involved you can join us as a Patron from £15 per person. Annual Membership/Patron fees are due on joining CADS and/or following the AGM held in January each year.


    If you have any queries please contact our Members & Patrons Secretary Patrick Davies.

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    Last Tour

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  • Shows

    Pack Up Your Troubles
    It can damage your health
    Bedroom Farce
    The Golf Umbrella
    An audience with murder
    Echoes of the War
    Let's Fly Away
    Mindgame
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  • Contact Address

    Market Theatre

    The Butts,
    Cowbridge, CF71 7AP
    Telephone: 01446 773167
    E-mail: camkin@live.co.uk Club Secretary Camilla Hopkin

    Contact Form

  • CADS Production List

    Below is a list of CADS Productions from 1933. Unfortunately we don't have a record of all productions in the pre-war period, but we do have a list of productions since 1947 when CADS was reformed:

    1 - 1947 - Happy Death Ltd - Directed by Capt. F R Whitwell
    2 - 1947 - A Murder has been arranged - Directed by Gordon Biggs
    3 - 1948 - Without the Prince - Directed by Douglas Phillips
    4 - 1949 - Till Further Orders - Directed by Douglas Phillips
    5 - 1950 - The Late Christopher Bean - Directed by M B Edwards
    6 - 1950 - Doctor Brent's Household - Directed by M B Edwards
    7 - 1951 - The Chiltern Hundreds - Directed by M B Edwards
    8 - 1951 - A Wind on the Heath - Directed by M B Edwards
    9 - 1952 - The Happiest Days of Your Life - Directed by M B Edwards
    10 - 1952 - The Devil’s Own - Directed by M B Edwards & Gwyneth Punter
    11 - 1953 - And this was Odd - Directed by Bill Anthony
    12 - 1953 - The Town that would have a Pageant - Directed by Peter Cobb
    13 - 1953 - Blithe Spirit - Directed by Min Bardell
    14 - 1954 - Power Without Glory - Directed by Gwyneth Punter
    15 - 1954 - Our Town - Directed by Enid Walker
    16 - 1955 - Queen Elizabeth Slept Here - Directed by Ron Oldfield
    17 - 1955 - Love Passes By - Directed by M B Edwards
    18 - 1956 - Robert’s Wife - Directed by Ron Oldfield
    19 - 1956 - The Importance of Being Earnest - Directed by Enid Walker
    20 - 1957 - The Hollow - Directed by Gwyneth Punter
    21 - 1957 - And so to Bed - Directed by Peter Cobb
    22 - 1958 - Bonaventure - Directed by Min Bardell
    23 - 1958 - Storm in a Paintpot - Directed by Gwyneth Punter
    24 - 1959 - Ladies in Retirement - Directed by Eifion Jones
    25 - 1959 - Here we come Gathering - Directed by Beti Punter
    26 - 1960 - The Chalk Garden - Directed by Gwyneth Punter
    27 - 1960 - The Miser - Directed by Peter Bate
    28 - 1961 - Treasure on Pelican - Directed by Jack Baynes
    29 - 1961 - Love’s a Luxury - Directed by Ben Hodgson
    30 - 1962 - The Secret Tent - Directed by Joan Chambers
    31 - 1962 - Strike Happy - Directed by Ben Hodgson
    32 - 1963 - Sweeny Todd the Barber - Directed by Eifion Jones
    33 - 1963 - Madam Tic Tac - Directed by Eifion Jones & Rosabelle Weeks
    34 - 1964 - The Noble Spaniard - Directed by Rosabelle Weeks
    35 - 1964 - Haul for the Shore - Directed by Dennis Bushell
    36 - 1965 - A Letter from the General - Directed by Len Brent
    37 - 1965 - Goodnight Mrs. Puffin - Directed by Gladys Clinton
    38 - 1966 - Count Your Blessings - Directed by Rosabelle Weeks
    39 - 1966 - The Gentleman Upstairs - Directed by Ken George
    40 - 1966 - Mystery at Blackwater - Directed by Gwyneth Punter
    41 - 1967 - Breath of Spring - Directed by Len Brent
    42 - 1967 - The Walrus and the Carpenters - Directed by Malcolm Brown & Eve James
    43 - 1967 - A Change of Air - Directed by Malcolm Brown
    44 - 1968 - Wanted One Body - Directed by Keith Crossman
    45 - 1968 - The Road to Ruin - Directed by Keith Crossman
    46 - 1968 - Hedda Gabler - Directed by Eve James
    47 - 1969 - As Long as they’re Happy - Directed by Keith Crossman
    48 - 1969 - Surgery Hours - Directed by Len Brent
    49 - 1969 - Pillar to Post - Directed by Keith Crossman
    50 - 1970 - You Can’t Take it with You - Directed by Keith Crossman
    51 - 1970 - Everyman - Directed by Keith Crossman
    52 - 1970 - Careful Rapture - Directed by Chris Collard
    53 - 1970 - Trespass - Directed by Keith Crossman
    54 - 1971 - Pool's Paradise - Directed by Chris Collard
    55 - 1971 - Three Melo-dramas - Directed by Keith Crossman
    56 - 1971 - Under Milk Wood - Directed by Keith Crossman
    57 - 1972 - Not Now Darling - Directed by Keith Crossman
    58 - 1972 - The Walrus and the Carpenters - Directed by Keith Crossman
    59 - 1972 - Brush with a Body - Directed by Keith Crossman
    60 - 1973 - The Wind of Heaven - Directed by John Henson
    61 - 1973 - Red Spy at Night - Directed by Len Brent
    62 - 1973 - Lady Audley’s Secret - Directed by Gwyneth Punter & Jim Grove
    63 - 1974 - Brides of March - Directed by Keith Crossman
    64 - 1974 - Everyman - Directed by Keith Crossman
    65 - 1974 - A Welsh Wordscape - Directed by Geoff Hunkin
    66 - 1974 - Hay Fever - Directed by Keith Crossman
    67 - 1975 - The Anniversary - Directed by Keith Crossman
    68 - 1975 - Night must Fall - Directed by Keith Crossman
    69 - 1976 - How the Other Half Loves - Directed by John Hollings
    70 - 1976 - Move Over Mrs. Markham - Directed by Keith Crossman
    71 - 1977 - Brief Lives - Directed by Keith Crossman
    72 - 1977 - Boeing Boeing - Directed by Keith Crossman
    73 - 1977 - Crown Matrimonial - Directed by Keith Crossman
    74 - 1977 - An Inspector Calls - Directed by Peter Stanton
    75 - 1978 - Crocodiles and Cream - Directed by Keith Crossman
    76 - 1978 - The Ghost Train - Directed by Keith Crossman
    77 - 1978 - Under Milk Wood - Directed by Keith Crossman
    78 - 1978 - Birthday Honours - Directed by Peter Stanton
    79 - 1979 - The Lion in Winter - Directed by Keith Crossman
    80 - 1979 - Habeas Corpus - Directed by Chris Collard
    81 - 1979 - Clerk of the Acts - Directed by Keith Crossman
    82 - 1979 - Living Together - Directed by Len Brent
    83 - 1980 - The Crucible - Directed by Keith Crossman
    84 - 1980 - Love for Love - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    85 - 1980 - A Bedful of Foreigners - Directed by Keith Crossman
    86 - 1981 - This Happy Breed - Directed by Keith Crossman
    87 - 1981 - The Importance of Being Earnest - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    88 - 1981 - There goes the Bride - Directed by Glenys Davies
    89 - 1982 - A Tomb with a View - Directed by Geoff Hunkin
    90 - 1982 - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Directed by Gill Davies
    91 - 1982 - Two and Two make Sex - Directed by Glenys Davies
    92 - 1983 - A Letter from the General - Directed by Geoff Hunkin
    93 - 1983 - Juno and the Paycock - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    94 - 1984 - Charley’s Aunt - Directed by Glenys Davies
    95 - 1984 - Relatively Speaking - Directed by Geoff Hunkin
    96 - 1985 - Waters of the Moon - Directed by Dave Mainwaring
    97 - 1985 - When we are Married - Directed by Glenys Davies
    98 - 1986 - Dead Ringer - Directed by Margaret Saunders
    99 - 1987 - Everybody Loves Opal - Directed by Dave Mainwaring
    100 - 1987 - One O’Clock from the House - Directed by Glenys Davies
    101 - 1988 - Gaslight - Directed by Margaret Saunders
    102 - 1988 - Dead Ringer - Directed by Margaret Saunders
    103 - 1989 - Confusions - Directed by Glenys Davies
    104 - 1989 - A Man for All Seasons - Directed by Dave Mainwaring
    105 - 1990 - Nude with Violin - Directed by Margaret Saunders
    106 - 1990 - Beyond a Joke - Directed by Peter Birmingham
    107 - 1991 - Bedroom Farce - Directed by Peggy Foster
    108 - 1991 - Downgoing of Orpheus; Hawkins and Ernie’s Incredible Hallucinations - Directed by Dave Mainwaring
    109 - 1992 - Silver King - Directed by Peggy Foster
    110 - 1993 - A Night Out - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    111 - 1993 - All’s Fair - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    112 - 1994 - Shut your eyes and think of England - Directed by Peter Birmingham
    113 - 1994 - Season’s Greetings - Directed by Peggy Foster
    114 - 1995 - Talking Heads (x3) - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall and Enid Nelmes
    115 - 1995 - The Browning Version - Directed by Brenda Grove & Enid Nelmes
    116 - 1995 - A Night on the Tiles - Directed by Peggy Foster
    117 - 1996 - The Twelve Pound Look. The old lady shows her Medals - Directed by Brenda Grove
    118 - 1996 - Knight of the Burning Pestle - Directed by Jim Grove
    119 - 1997 - Faith Healer - Directed by Peggy Foster
    120 - 1997 - Stags and Hens - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    121 - 1997 - Court in the Act (Joint CADS/Pheonix Production) - Directed by Keith Crossman
    122 - 1998 - Glasstown - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    123 - 1998 - Let the Prairie Echo - Directed by Mark Fowler
    124 - 1998 - Somersault - Directed by Lloyd Lee
    125 - 1998 - Hostage to Fortune - Directed by John Woods
    126 - 1998 - Three Hours after Marriage - Directed by Peggy Foster
    127 - 1999 - Blithe Spirit - Directed by Mark Fowler
    128 - 1999 - Shorten curlies - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    129 - 1999 - I Have been here before - Directed by Brenda Grove
    130 - 1999 - Dying for a laugh/ A Cut in the Rates/In the Blinking of an Eye/The Bespoke Overcoat Directed by Jim Grove, Malcolm Kelsall & Peggy Foster
    131 - 2000 - The Magistrate - Directed by Peggy Foster
    132 - 2000 - Mirandolina - Directed by Brenda Grove
    133 - 2000 - A Doll’s House - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    134 - 2001 - Billy Liar - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    135 - 2001 - Deathtrap - Directed by Mark Fowler
    136 - 2001 - Absurd Person Singular - Directed by Brenda Grove
    137 - 2002 - An Inspector Calls - Directed by Peggy Foster
    138 - 2002 - Jeffery Bernard is Unwell - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    139 - 2002 - The Imaginary Invalid - Directed by Peter Sain ley Berry
    140 - 2003 - Anorak of Fire - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    141 - 2003 - S.T.R.E.S.S. - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    142 - 2003 - Barefoot In the Park - Directed by Mark Fowler
    143 - 2003 - The First Rehearsal/All for your Delight - Directed by Chris Bumstead, Peggy Foster & Malcolm Kelsall
    144 - 2003 - Mrs Warren’s Profession - Directed by Malcolm Kelsall
    145 - 2004 - The Weir - Directed by Peggy Foster
    146 - 2004 - Hobson’s Choice - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    147 - 2004 - Our Town - Directed by Peggy Foster & Malcolm Kelsall
    148 - 2005 - Crummles Amazing Dramatic Society: Frankenstein – Man & Monster/That’s the way to do it/Nicholas Nickelby (Extracts) - Directed by Peggy Foster & Malcolm Kelsall
    149 - 2005 - The Happiest Days of Our Lives - Directed by Mark Fowler
    150 - 2006 - The Odd Couple - Directed by Mark Fowler
    151 - 2006 - Talking Heads - Directed by Peggy Foster
    152 - 2006 - Accrington Pals - Directed by Shirley Dunsworth
    153 - 2007 - Sleuth - Directed by Brenda Grove
    154 - 2007 - Deckchairs - Directed by Barbara Lee
    155 - 2007 - Gaslight - Directed by Peggy Foster
    156 - 2008 - Arms and the Man - Directed by Jim Grove
    157 - 2008 - Happy Families - Directed by Peter Sain Ley Berry
    158 - 2008 - Lettice and Lovage - Directed by Chris Bumstead
    159 - 2009 - Outside Edge - Directed by Peggy Foster
    160 - 2009 - Art - Directed by Brenda Grove
    161 - 2009 - A Russian Cocktail - Directed by Peggy Foster, Camilla Hopkin & Jim Grove
    162 - 2010 - A Man For All Seasons - Directed by Peggy Foster
    163 - 2010 - Rope - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    164 - 2010 - Confusions - Directed by Peggy Foster
    165 - 2011 - The Benefactors - Directed by Brenda Grove
    166 - 2011 - Temporary Shelter - Directed by Peter Sain ley Berry
    167 - 2011 - The Secretary Bird - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    168 - 2012 - Relatively Speaking - Directed by Peggy Foster
    169 - 2012 - Dangerous Corner - Directed by Brenda Grove
    170 - 2013 - The Business of Murder - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    171 - 2013 - Darkness Falls - Directed by Peggy Foster & Caron Reidy
    172 - 2013 - Blood Brothers - Directed by Gethyn Clarke
    173 - 2014 - God of Carnage - Directed by Brenda Grove
    174 - 2014 - Thirty Nine Steps - Directed by Peter Sain ley Berry
    175 - 2014 - Theft - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    176 - 2015 - Round and Round the Garden - Directed by Peggy Foster
    177 - 2015 - A Life in the Theatre - Directed by Brenda Grove
    178 - 2015 - Bouncers - Directed by Gethyn Clarke
    179 - 2016 - Mindgame - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    180 - 2016 - Let’s Fly Away - Directed by Chris Harries-Bowen & Caron Reidy
    181 - 2016 - Echoes of the War - Directed by Peggy Foster & Caron Reidy
    182 - 2017 - An Audience with Murder - Directed by Gethyn Clarke
    183 - 2017 - The Golf Umbrella - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    184 - 2017 - Bedroom Farce - Directed by Peggy Foster
    185 - 2018 - It can damage your health - Directed by Chris Harries-Bowen
    186 - 2018 - Pack Up Your Troubles - Directed by Pat Harrison & Peggy Foster
    187 - 2019 - Taking Steps - Directed by Camilla Hopkin
    188 - 2019 - Deckchairs 2 - Directed by Jeff Grist
    189 - 2019 - Season’s Greetings - Directed by Peggy Foster

    Break in Productions due to 2020/2021 Covid-19 Pandemic

    190 - 2021 - Neville’s Island - Directed by Camilla Hopkin