? 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.


  • Future Events

    Our Next Production

    Join us for a very different production. Our all female cast will entertain you.

    Club Nights

    At CADS we hold club nights. These can consist of anything from a read through of a potential play, an open mic night or even a Murder Mystery game. Informal affairs, this is a great opportunity to meet existing members should you be interested in joining CADS. Events are Free.

    Latest News

    2nd January 2019

    Rehearsals started for our next production "Taking Steps".

    We'll be rehearsing every Monday and Thursday until production week. We regret we may not be able to accommodate visiting groups who wish to hire the theatre on these nights or as we get closer to production week but please do check with us.


    27th February 2019

    Read Through for Summer Production

    We will be holding a read through of "Deck Chairs" a number of two handers which may form part of the Summer 2019 Production.


    April 2019

    "Taking Steps" will run from 3rd-6th April 2019.

    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:

    • It Can Damage Your Health - a comedy by Eric Chappell
    • 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 of our productions from 1947's Happy Death Ltd Directed by Capt. F. R. Whitwell to our latest production.

    Coming Soon


  • 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

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  • 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