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Cockermouth Amateur Theatre – A Pictorial History published in 2010 (ISBN 978-0-9551845-2-9), provides a commentary on the plays, musicals and operas staged in Cockermouth for more than 150 years.

The earliest record of theatre in Cockermouth so far traced in a production of Richard III, staged in the Brown Cow Public House in 1792. Throughout the ages amateur theatre in Cockermouth took on a variety of acronyms as groups formed and took over entertainment in and around the town. From Cockermouth Entertainment Society (CES) to Cockermouth Amateur Dramatics Club (CADC) to Cockermouth Operatic & Dramatic Society (COADS) that formed in the 1920’s. COADS performed up until the outbreak of WW2 putting on extravagant shows at the Grand Theatre, Station St, Cockermouth. Live theatre seemed a hugely popular past time back then (before the days of Netflix!) and buses came from Keswick and Workington to see the shows. Profits were donated to the local Cottage Hospital.

Museum Group’s photographic history starts in the early 1900s and their collection includes rare images of concert parties raising funds to support the troops during World War I.

The Workers Education Association also formed a group in the 1920’s- The Cockermouth Players, initially they staged productions in the basement of the Town Hall in Market Street but later mainly in Church Halls. They performed over 100 productions over the course of 50 years.

Throughout this period, and up until 1981 various groups staged many plays including annual pantomimes. In 1984, the current Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) was formed with their first production Christmas Crackers. They and have staged well over one hundred productions in numerous venues in and around the town and some of the founder members are still involved to this day.

past plays

1980's

Year

Play 

Location

1984 CADS – Christmas Crackers Victoria Hall
1985 CADS – The Beauty of Buttermere Derwent Centre
  CADS – Pyramus and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cockermouth Castle
  CADS – The Servant of Two Masters Lorton Road Theatre
    Cleator Civic Hall
    Wigton Peel Theatre
  CADS – Christmas Crackers II Victoria Hall
1986 CADS – Mixed Doubles Lorton Road Theatre
  CADS – Victorian Evening Victoria Hall
  CADS – Drunkard’s Dilemma Keswick School
  CADS – The Incredible Vanishing Derwent Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
1987 CADS – Abigail’s Party Victoria Hall
  CADS – Hobson’s Choice Lorton Road Theatre
  CADettes Evening Lorton Road Theatre
  CADS – Ah Cruel Fate  
  CADS – Educating Rita Lorton Road Theatre
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – The Heartless Princess Derwent Centre
  CADS – Good Old Days Keswick School
1988 CADS – Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay ! Victoria Hall
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – The Crucible Pardshaw Hall
  CADS – Friday Night Live The Office
  CADS – Ten Times Table Globe
  CADS – 84 Charing Cross Road All Saints School
  CADS – Black Comedy Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
1989 CADS – Accrington Pals Globe
  CADS – Mother Courage Pardshaw Hall
  CADS – Habeas Corpus Globe
  CADS – The Dumb Waiter Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS -Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswoman’s Guild Dramatic Society presentation of A Christmas Carol Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
1990's

Year

Play 

Location

1990 CADS – A Man For All Seasons Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Animal Farm All Saints School
  CADS – A Chorus of Disapproval Globe
  CADS – Rose Globe
  CADS – Old Time Music Hall Globe
1991 CADS – Look Back In Anger Globe
    Blue Box Keswick
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Twelfth Night Globe
    Blue Box Keswick
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Jesus Christ Superstar Mitchells Auction
  CADS – The Government Inspector Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
1992 CADS – Sheep Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Measure for Measure Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
    Blue Box Keswick
  CADS – Living Together Globe
    Blue Box Keswick
  CADS – Jesus Christ Superstar Carnegie Workington
    Marvejols France
  CADS – Waiting for Godot Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – The Killing of Sister George Rosehill Theatre
1993 CADS – On the Razzle Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
    Stanwix Carlisle
  CADS – Dracula Spectacula Carnegie Workington
  CADS – Death of a Salesman Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Accidental Death of an Anarchist Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
    Stanwix Carlisle
  CADS – The Glory of Love Hundith Hill Hotel
1994 CADS – Richard III Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
    Stanwix Carlisle
  CADS – Shakers Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – The Two Of Us Globe
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Our Day Out The Scout Centre
  CADS – What the Butler Saw The Globe
    Rosehill
1995 CADS – Much Ado About Nothing Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – My Mother Said I Never Should Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Shirley Valentine Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Trumpets and Raspberries Lakeland Sheep & Wool Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Laughing Away The Pain Kirkgate Centre
1996 CADS – Amadeus Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
  CADS – Willy Nilly Scout Centre
    Edinburgh Fringe
  CADS – Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – The Alchemist Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill Theatre
1997 CADS – Hedda Gabler Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – One For The Road Kirkgate Centre
1998 CADS – The Cherry Orchard Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – For One Night Only Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Daisy Pulls It Off Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Whistle Down The Wind Kirkgate Centre
1999 CADS – The Homecoming Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill
  CADS – A Midsummer Nights Dream Kirkgate Centre
    Marvejols France
  CADS – Entertaining Mr Slone Kirkgate Centre
    Rosehill
    Keswick Theatre
2000's

Year

Play 

Location

2000 CADS – Talking Heads Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Jane Eyre Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – A View from the Bridge Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Death and the Maiden Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – When We Are Married Kirkgate Centre, Fletchertown, Dean, Kirkbampton, Plumbland, Rosely, St.Bees and Ravenglass
2001 CADS – Talking Heads II Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – She Stoops to Conquer Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Popcorn1 Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Twelfth Night Kirkgate Centre
    Marvejols France
  CADS – Lysistrata Kirkgate Centre
2002 CADS – Rumpelstilskin Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Blithe Spirit Kirkgate Centre, Keswick Theatre, Ravenglass, Rosley, Plumbland, St Bees, Kirkbampton
  CADS – Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S’il Vous Plaít Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Starlight Express Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Dancing at Lughnasa Kirkgate Centre
2003 CADS – Cinderella Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – The Vagina Monologues Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Outside Edge Kirkgate Centre, Ravenglass, Caldbeck, Mawbray, Keswick Theatre
2004 CADS – Jack and the Beanstalk Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – The Vagina Monologues Stanwix Carlisle
    Keswick Theatre
  CADS – Get Up And Tie Your Fingers Kirkgate Centre
2005 CADS – Dick Whittington Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – On the Couch with Bridgitte and Trudy Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – How The Other Half Loves Kirkgate Centre, Ravenglass, Caldbeck, Mawbray, Keswick Theatre
2006 CADS – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Christmas Carol Kirkgate Centre
2007 CADS – The Dresser Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Absolute Turkey Kirkgate Centre, Ravenglass, Caldbeck, Mawbray
2008 CADS – Thick As A Brick Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – The Memory of Water Kirkgate Centre
2009 CADS – Aladdin Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Just Between Ourselves Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – April in Paris Kirkgate Centre

 

2010's

Year

Play 

Location

2010 CADS – Babes in the Wood Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Noises Off  
2011 CADS- Cinderella Kirkgate Centre
  CADS -Girl Talk Kirkgate Centre
2012 CADS – Gasping Kirkgate Centre
  CADS – Life of Beth Kirkgate Centre
2013 CADS – Panto at The OK Corral  
  CADS – Arms and the Man  
2014 CADS – Sinbad and the Magical Mystery  
  CADS – Last Tango in Little Grimley & Last Panto in Little Grimley  
2015 CADS – Robin Hood  
  CADS – Tommy’s Story  
  CADS – Inspector Drake’s Last Case  
2016 CADS – Dick Whittington  
  CADS – God of Carnage  
 

CADS – (double bill) Blue Remembered Hills Being Norwegian

 
  CADS – The Sneeze  
2017 CADS – Jack & the Beanstalk  
  CADS – The Weir  
  CADS – They Came from Mars & Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in time for the Townswomen’s Guild Coffee Morning  
  CADS – The Way of the World  
2018 CADS – Aladdin  
  CADS – The Bench  

Committee

actress

Hilary Rhodes
actress

actor

Ian McCaul
actor

actress

Jacqui Walker
actress