THE WAY OF THE WORLD Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society

Cockermouth’s Vibrant Venue for Theatre, Cinema, Music, Arts & Heritage

What’s On Friday 17 November 8pm

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (15) Saturday 18 November 8pm

Gary Stewart Band – Graceland A recreation of Paul Simon’s landmark album

Monday 20 November 8pm Mother (18)


Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November 7.30pm Theatre The Way of the World Cockermouth Amateur Dramatics Society presents the classic comedy by William Congreve

Monday 27 November 8pm

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) Thursday 30 November to

Film Special Event

Saturday 2 December Cockermouth Beer Festival Presented by Cockermouth Round Table with proceeds to local charities

Monday 4 December 8pm

The Party (15) Thursday 7 December 7pm

Young Marx National Theatre production of the new comedy from Richard Bean and Clive Coleman (One Man, Two Guvnors) directed by Nicholas Hytner

Saturday 9 December 7.30pm Special Event

Bollywood Jazz Supriya Nagarajan leads a meeting of virtuoso jazz musicianship and the technicolour drama of Bollywood for a journey through cinematic sound

Sunday 10 December 2pm Live Stream Encore

The Nutcracker The Royal Ballet from the Royal Opera House bring us this enchanting and classic Christmas adventure

Tuesday 12 December 7.30pm

Peace on Earth Sing In! and Sing Owt! community choirs led by Dave Camlin

New Film Friday!

Friday 15 December 8pm Blade Runner 2049 (15)

Saturday 16 December 7.30pm Monday 18 December 8pm

Murder on the Orient Express (12A) Friday 22 December 8pm

Tryckster Legendary Cumbrian folk-rockers

20/26/27 January Theatre

Aladdin Cockermouth Amateur Dramatics Society present the traditional family pantomime

Tickets and full details on our website and from the Box Office 019000 826448 10.00am - 1.00pm


Charity Christmas Ceilidh with Travelling Light In aid of Cumbria Cruse

Film Music Film Music Film Live Stream

William Congreve’s wonderful restoration comedy, ‘The Way of the World’, is to be performed at the Kirkgate, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 23rd, 24th and 25th November and at Rosehill, on Thursday, 30th November. Curtain up at 7.30pm for all performances.

Film Music

To get your tickets in advance, visit 81635 or call in to the Kirkgate.

After three months of intensive rehearsal and several more of planning, finally the show will go on. All is ready - the actors, the period costumes, the wigs, props, furniture and a dedicated backstage team.

Rehearsals have been great fun and have really shown how this play has an intoxicating mixture of serious drama and hilarious comedy, together with an ingenious plot that twists and turns to the very end.

‘The World’ is that of high society in 18th century London. A good marriage with money is everyone’s aim and keeping your reputation before and after is essential. However, with rivals, country cousins and interfering aunts nothing is straightforward.

A large cast of colourful characters with a heady mixture of scheming ways and outrageous behaviour gallop their way through the play, whilst we wait to see who the young heiress of sense and sensibility will have to

marry in the end. That is, if she agrees to marry at all.

As always, CADS is looking to recruit anyone who is interested in acting, backstage and technical aspects of theatre, irrespective of your previous experience. There are lots of opportunities to meet members in informal settings with no obligation. One example of which, is our monthly play-reading on the first Wednesday in every month at 7.30pm in The Bush pub in Cockermouth. You can also find us on Facebook to see what’s happening.


As the nights are drawing in and the winter solstice approaches, we usually become more involved in indoor activities. Rehearsals of all kinds are underway with concerts, plays and shows. Voices are put to the test, as singers and actors grapple with the demands of public performance.

Although I have mostly been involved in directing musical performances, it always surprises me how many actors, who are very comfortable with delivering huge amounts of spoken dialogue to an audience in a straight play, suddenly find themselves at a loss if the play happens to require them to sing. It is usually a lack of confidence because either they have not sung very much since their schooldays, or at some point in their lives, they have been told their singing voices are poor. Good voice production is very important for a performer, but this applies equally to acting and singing and the song should not let the overall down.


In my experience, there are few people who cannot sing in tune at all and are simply not able to produce the right notes. In my entire career so far, I have only come across

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two. Mostly, the problem lies rather in the sound quality being poor which can be improved with training. A thin or weak voice, a harsh sound caused by strain, breathiness and so on, can all be corrected or improved. When the quality of the voice begins to sound better, confidence grows, and the overall effect can be quite dramatic. Instead of the character being played, disappearing when the song is performed and reappearing afterwards, the song can then actually carry the action forward.

So, if you are an actor who is less than comfortable with singing, it is worth seeking some professional help. You will be surprised what a difference it can make.

Susan Coombs Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing

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