Tunbridge Wells Operatic & Dramatic Society


Tunbridge Wells Operatic & Dramatic Society

‘Musical Theatre is Good for the Body and Soul’

TWODS is bringing musical theatre back to the stage this autumn with a whistle-stop musical tour around the world. 

Director Adele Ebbage with the cast on The Pantiles

Its brand-new show, ‘Destination Anywhere: A Musical Journey’, is set to lift the spirits of its audiences who haven’t been able to see them perform since 2019. Destination Anywhere will be performed at The Assembly Hall Theatre from 24th to 27th November. Please visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk to book tickets or call the box office on 01892 530613.

L-R Anna Dunbar, George Fever _ Iris Constant start their Destination Anywhere journey at the railway station

Rebecca Clow is on the trail

Lynn White is attracted some (un)wanted attention on The Pantiles

TWODS is also delighted to announce that its next show in 2022 will be Shrek the Musical
(14th to 20th June 2022).

Research shows that watching musical theatre is great for our wellbeing, which explains why we have missed it so much! Most of us can identify with the feeling of our pulse quickening in anticipation as the curtain rises, and now scientists have found that watching a live performance can have the same impact on your heart as almost half and hour’s cardio exercise! Musicals can also make us laugh which, research shows, can lower blood pressure and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When the orchestra strikes up the audience comes together for the shared experience, creating a unique connection and sense of community that we have all craved during lockdowns.

If you are interested in boosting your wellbeing on the other side of the curtain, TWODS is looking for new members, particularly men. TWODS chair June Fuller says: “You don’t have to be a performer to make an amazing contribution! Perhaps you’d like to help front of house selling programmes, working backstage making props or costumes, or learning new skills as a stagehand?”

Find out more at www.twods.org. And here’s a little sneak peak

pictured at top: The cast have a real spring in their step as they walk The Pantiles

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