The Dales Music and Drama Group (formerly The Albion Music and Drama Group) is an amateur theatre group in Bakersfield, Nottingham. It has been in existence since the 1950's.
The group perform a whole variety of shows including: Pantomimes, Plays, Musicals, Operettas, Revues, Farces and Mysteries.
Location: The Dales URC, Eastdale Rd, Bakersfield, Nottingham
We are a non-profit making group and perform an average of 3 shows per year.
Dales Drama Group produce a variety of plays, including classics, comedy, fantasy and mysteries.
Dales Drama Group prides itself on producing original material
For younger members we have a junior drama group which produces one major show per year.
Group Members have written and produced plays, pantomimes and Musicals.
Dales Drama is welcome to members of any age.
History of the group
The Dales Music and Drama Group started life at the Albion Congregational Church in Sneinton, Nottingham in the 1950's.
The group initially involved Sunday School and Church Members putting on Pantomimes. Their first productions were performed at the YMCA hall on Nottintone Street, Sneinton Road. The building no longer exists and is now an infant school.
The Albion Drama Group, as it was known in it's early days, added plays to their repertoire. Early plays were Quiet Wedding and Quiet Weekend.
In the mid 1960's the group was fortunate enough to procure the services of an excellent pianist/musical director. Professor Neave (then just Doctor Neave) took over the reigns and led the group into the realm of Operetta. In the late 1960's the group began performing numerous Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas starting with HMS Pinafore. This new venture lead to the group being renamed The Albion Music and Drama Group. The group were still based at the church which now went under the title Albion United Reformed.
In the 1970's the group took on more adventurous productions venturing for the first time into straight musicals. The 1970's and 1980's also saw the group perform home grown revues written by group members but mainly put together and directed by Mike Milner. These revues all followed themes: medicine, food and finally education.
Professor Neave also musically directed the group charity carol concerts, which consisted of note perfect four part harmonies.
In 1986 the Albion Church closed and the drama group had to relocate along with the church members. The church merged with Parkdale URC and formed The Dales Church. The last production at the Albion was a Farewell concert and the first production at the Dales was the Housewarming concert.
The group is now in the 21st century and is called the Dales Drama Group.
Over the past decade the group have developed in many areas with performances of several full length musicals and plays written by group members. The group has also evolved technically with the introduction of radio microphones, sound systems and professional backing music etc
The Dales URC Church is also host to the Dales Junior Drama Group which has been running for over 15 years. The Junior group have been involved in many adult productions whilst also putting on their own annual production.
pre 1968-2019 Productions
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1968 Babes in the Wood / Revue / Happiest Days of Your Life
1969 Aladdin / By the bones of my Ancestors / Dick Whittington & his cat
1970 HMS Pinafore / The Peaceful Inn
1971 Humpty Dumpty / Concert / The Sorceror
1972 Sailor Beware / Gala Performance / Mother Goose
1973 Pirates of Penzance / Lord Arthur Saville's Crime / Carol Singing
1974 The Pajama Game / She Stoops to Conquer / Choral Evening
1975 Sleeping Beauty / Time to Kill / Princess Ida
1976 Toad of Toad Hall / The Passion of our Lord / The Hollow / Keep taking the tablets
1977 Cinderella / The Grand Duke / Arms and the Man
1978 Fiddler on the Roof / Gala Performance
1979 Aladdin and his wonderful lamp / The Mikado / Goodnight Mrs Puffin
1980 I'm Sorry it's off Sir / Blithe Spirit
1981 Life with the girls / Kiss me Kate
1982 Babes in the Wood / The Six Faces of Henry
1983 Madness in May / Free As Air
1984 Rumplestiltskin / Wake Up at the back there / A Funny Kind of Day
1985 The Boyfriend / The Wizard of Oz
1986 House Guest / Lady Windermere's Fan / Farewell Concert
1987 Housewarming Concert / Calamity Jane
1988 The Grand Old Duke of York / A Tomb with a View / A Night on the Ocean Wave
1989 Ruddigore / Jack and the Beanstalk
1990 Oliver / Daisy Pulls it Off / The Gift
1991 The Boyfriend / The Wind in the Willows
1993 Babes in the Wood / The Ghost Train
1994 Sleeping Beauty
1995 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Adult and Junior) / WWII Anniversary Show
1996 The Pied Piper (Adult and Junior) / Let us Entertain You incl Toys (Junior)
1997 High Hopes / Class of 97 (Junior)
1998 Beauty and the Beast (Adult and Junior)
1999 Pocket Dream / The Art of Coarse Acting
2000 Rumplestilskin (Adult and Junior) / A Spoonful of Sugar
2001 Humbug (Adult and Junior) /Importance of being Ernest/Wizard of Oz (Adult and Junior)/Let's make it happen (Junior)
2002 Tiptoe through the Tombstones / Improvised play
2003 Aladdin (Adult and Junior) / I read the news today / Cinderella (Adult and Junior) / Class of 03 (Junior)
2004 Play On / Teenager's in Love / Tom the Piper's Son
2005 Joseph and his technicolor dreamcoat (Adult and Junior) / An Inspector Calls
2006 Spotlight / High Hopes / Charlie & Chocolate factory (Junior) / The Grand Old Duke of York / Bad Guyz (Junior)
2007 Little Shop of Horrors / Vackies (Adult and Junior) / Treasure Island / Skool Daze (Junior)
2008 Wyrd Sisters / The Manor (Junior) / Puss In Boots (Adult and Junior)
2009 Musical World (Junior) / The Scottish Play / Whitechapel 1898 (Adult and Junior) / Hercules (the Panto)
2010 Spoonful of Sugar / Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Adult and Junior)
2011 Titfield Thunderbolt / Beauty and the Beast (Adult and Junior)
2012 Barnie and Jim (Junior) / Guards Guards / Tis the season (Adult and Junior)
2013 The Sanity Clause (Junior) / Ready Steady Dance / Snow White and the 7 D-Warves
2014 The Voyage of the Sloop John B / 13 O'Clock (Junior) / Jack and the Beanstalk
2015 West End to Hollywood (Junior) / Allo Allo / Raise the Roof
2016 Joseph and his ... dreamcoat (Adult and Junior) / Raise the Roof 2 / The Ghost Train / Toyz R Uz (Junior) / Dick Whittington (Adult and Junior)
2017 Hi De Hi / Villagers and Vackies (Junior) / Flint Street Nativity
2018 Murder on the Nile / Alice in Wonderland (Junior) / Knight Fever (Adult and Junior)
2019 12 Angry Men / The Sanity Clause (Junior) / Sleeping Beauty
2020 The Twits / Pocket Dahl (Junior) / Jack and Jill
2021 Arabian Nights~Aladdin / The Snow Queen