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This week Tulip Radio has been talking to Martin Tyrrell of the Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society, or SADOS, about their latest live production, Acorn Antiques: The Musical, at the South Holland Centre now until Saturday.

The origins of SADOS began in 1866, with the formation of a local amateur society for plays, as well as the occasional musical number, as shown by old accounts that show charges of five pounds and five shillings for an orchestra.

In 1928 an operatic society was formed for musical plays, and merged with the Amateur Society to create the group that it is today, the oldest of its type in England.

SADOS have produced performances such as Oklahoma and Alladin, and in 2011 helped us provide entertainment for the Christmas Lights Switch-On (pictured).

SADOS haven’t been limited to just plays and musicals; from September to December last year they performed a series of concerts in aid of the Holbeach Women’s Institute, following a successful concert in 2011 for the Institute.

For more information about their latest production, and the history behind SADOS, don’t forget to check out our interview with Martin Tyrrell on the podcasts section of our website,, where you can also find the latest news and community events.