The ODS Story

Overton Dramatic Society owes its origins to founder members Stella Holbrook and Janet Eves. Casual discussions about a drama group quickly led to an initial meeting of like-minded enthusiasts, chaired by drama teacher John Baxter.  Staging of the first plays, "The Monkey's Paw" and "Fumed Oak", followed in the spring of 1980, and ODS was born. 


Clive and Meg Green joined the society soon after those first spring shows, and with Clive's professional acting and directing experience, the play "The Happiest Days of your Life" was performed in the autumn, using lighting kit borrowed from the local WI, and scenery and set cobbled together from sheds and attics. 


Membership grew with each performance until it was  large enough to be able to perform the very first  pantomime, "Cinderella", in 1982.

Between the spring of 1980 and today, the Society has performed over 84 shows, and as well as running two very successful shows each year, the society packs in a busy social calendar centred in the village.  ODS also offers equipment hire and advice to other societies and groups. 



Year Season Show
2022 Winter Peter Pan
2022 Spring Title of Show
2021 Winter Adrian the Panto
2021 Spring Bad Auditions on Camera ("Zoom" online show)
2019 Winter Flint Street Nativity
2019 Spring Ben Elton's Silly Cow
2018 Winter Alice In Wonderland
2018 Summer Monty Python's Spamalot
2017 Autumn/Winter Jack and the Beanstalk
2017 Spring/Summer Guys and Dolls
2016 Autumn/Winter Treasure Island
2016 Spring/Summer The Importance of Being Earnest
2015 Autumn/Winter The Snow Queen
2015 Spring/Summer Avenue Q
2014 Autumn/Winter The Three Musketeers
2014 Spring/Summer Godspell
2013 Autumn/Winter Pinocchio (the Panto)
2013 Spring/Summer A Flea In Her Ear
2012 Autumn/Winter Camelot - the Panto
2012 Spring/Summer Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2011 Autumn/Winter Panto at the OK Corral
2011 Spring/Summer Joe Masteroff's "Cabaret"
2010 Autumn/Winter Once Upon A Time
2010 Spring/Summer Farndale Murder Mystery
2009 Autumn/Winter Cinderella
2009 Spring/Summer The Full Monty
2008 Autumn/Winter Cinderella Interstellar
2008 Spring/Summer The Beggar's Opera
2007 Autumn/Winter Babes in the Wood
2007 Spring/Summer Day of Reckoning
2006 Autumn/Winter I Didn't Do It 'onest!
2006 Spring/Summer Return to the Forbidden Planet
2005 Autumn/Winter Beauty & The Beast
2005 Spring/Summer Love Begins at 50
2004 Autumn/Winter Treasure Island
2004 Spring/Summer A Right Victorian Knees-Up
2003 Autumn/Winter Scrooge
2003 Spring/Summer Starlight Memoirs
2002 Autumn/Winter Old King Cole... In Space!
2002 Spring/Summer Home Is Where Your Clothes Are!
2001 Autumn/Winter Arabian Nights
2001 Spring/Summer Farndale Christmas Carol
2000 Autumn/Winter Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs
2000 Spring/Summer All the Best!
1999 Autumn/Winter Star Trail
1999 Spring/Summer Little Shop of Horrors
1998 Autumn/Winter Jack & The Beanstalk
1998 Spring/Summer Raising the Roof
1997 Autumn/Winter Adventures of Mr Toad
1997 Spring/Summer 20th Century Review
1996 Autumn/Winter Aladdin
1996 Spring/Summer Brush with a Body
1995 Autumn/Winter Tom the Piper's Son
1995 Spring/Summer Off the Hook
1994 Autumn/Winter Alice In Wonderland
1994 Spring/Summer Good Old Days
1993 Autumn/Winter Dick Whittington
1993 Spring/Summer Farndale Castle
1992 Autumn/Winter Hickory Dickory Dock
1992 Spring/Summer Opening Soon
1991 Autumn/Winter Wizard Of Oz
1991 Spring/Summer No Time for Fig Leaves
1990 Autumn/Winter Cinderella
1990 Spring/Summer International Cabaret
1989 Autumn/Winter Scrooge
1989 Spring/Summer Clerical Errors
1988 Autumn/Winter Mother Goose
1988 Spring Farndale Macbeth (May)
1988 Summer Old Time Music Hall (August)
1987 Autumn/Winter Star Trail
1987 Spring/Summer Showtime
1986 Autumn/Winter Sleeping Beauty
1986 Spring/Summer The Right Spirit/Fishy Business
1985 Autumn/Winter Captain Coley's Fishy Tales
1985 Spring/Summer Variety Show
1984 Autumn/Winter Jack & The Beanstalk
1984 Spring/Summer Man Alive
1983 Autumn/Winter Aladdin
1983 Spring/Summer Two & Two Makes Sex
1982 Autumn/Winter Cinderella
1982 Spring/Summer Midsummer Mink
1981 Autumn/Winter Murder at the Vicarage
1981 Spring/Summer Continental Quilt
1980 Autumn/Winter Happiest Days of Your Life
1980 Spring/Summer The Monkey's Paw/Fumed Oak
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