Our Next Production


SODS OPEN AUDITIONS for SNOW WHITE, this year’s pantomime!

PRE-AUDITION nights 7.30pm
Mon 10th July @ St Peters Hall
Wed 12th July @ Methodist Hall (Regent St)

AUDITIONS will be at Red Gables on Sunday 16th July from 10am onwards

REHEARSALS will commence 29th August with a break for October half term (24/26th Oct) and will be held Tues evenings at Boys Brigade Hall and Thurs evenings at Earl Stonham Village Hall 7.30pm.


6th – 8th December 7.30pm (Evenings)
9th – 10th December 12pm & 5pm (Matinees)


Writer & Director, Meryl Bunce is really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.  Meryl starred in our last production, Mame, and she wrote and directed our 2015 pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes In The Wood.


SODS’ Summer Treat – ‘The Railway Children’

Tickets for SODS’ eagerly awaited summer production of ‘The Railway Children’ are now on sale!

One of the best loved children’s novels, ‘The Railway Children’, by E. Nesbit, adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny, enjoyed long professional runs initially at York then at London’s Waterloo and King’s Cross stations.

Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society will present the play at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre from Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 August with performances at 7.30pm and matinees on both Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 August at 2.30pm.

Set in 1905, the heart-warming story shows the importance of family life and of kindness to strangers. It will be performed in the exciting ‘in-the-round’ format, with the actors close to, and surrounded by, the audience which will be seated on all four sides of the acting area.

When their father is taken away by mysterious strangers, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis are forced to leave their privileged London life for a humble existence in the Yorkshire countryside. Living close to a railway line, the children and their mother soon discover adventure, new friendships and, ultimately, renewed happiness.

Children will love this imaginative production and adults may shed a tear – ‘The Railway Children’ will be a summer holiday theatrical treat for all the family!

Seating capacity is limited so early booking is advised. Tickets £12, Concessions £10, are available from The John Peel Centre box office, 01449 774678, which is open from 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday for personal callers and telephone bookings. You can book online at www.johnpeelcentre.com/event/sods-present-the-railway-children


About Us

Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society is affectionately known to members and friends as SODS.

Since its formation in 1922 we have performed over 170 productions. We present three shows a year, comprising a musical, a play and a pantomime. We perform in both of Stowmarket’s premier venues, The Regal Theatre and The John Peel Centre For Creative Arts.

We enjoy a variety of social and fund raising events, hold fun play reading evenings and run occasional workshops in theatrical skills. We welcome new members, young and old, off-stage and on, with or without theatrical experience, so come and join us!

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