a community based theatre group in Stonegate, East Sussex.
Stonegate Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
The idea was to bring together the people of Stonegate at the Village Hall which was built by the men and women of the village over 60 years ago.
SADS has gone from strength to strength starting with two performances of Two and Two Make Sex and now performing eight shows with a public dress rehearsal catering for nearly 1,300 people at each production.
All profits from our productions go to a variety of local charities or charities that are special to locals, these include:
British Heart Foundation, Hospice in the Weald, Talking Books/Newspapers, St. Michael’s Hospice, Rwanda, Kent Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust, Sussex Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, Stonegate Church, Down’s Syndrome Association, Carillon Cottage, Stonegate Village Hall, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Nourish (community food bank), Hawkhurst Cottage Hospital, The Red Cross, East Sussex Disability Association, Macmillan Cancer Care, Stonegate Primary School, Labrador Rescue Kent, Canine Partners, Music for the Memory, and Team Domenica.
Our naked calendar 2007 with ‘scenes’ from our productions was a huge hit raising £4,685 for Hospice in the Weald.
So now in our 18th year and the 25th production, our donations so far total £152,500.
Our production of Fiddler on the Roof at Wadhurst Commemorative Hall in June 2015 made a profit of £15,000 which was given to various charities as well as £4,000 to Burwash Doctors’ Surgery for much needed equipment and £1,250 to Stonegate Village Hall for new chairs.
More recently, SADS have added new curtains for the Hall as well as the main stage curtains and a brand new up-to-date digital lighting system.
Want to join in?
We are always on the lookout for new actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Please check our website for future castings and productions. We are also keen to hear from people who would be interested in becoming part of our backstage crew or front-of-house, to include helping in the bar and waiting tables/selling programmes.
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us via our contact form.