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Tragedy looms for Spalding theatre group SADOS unless a rescuer is found

Tragedy is looming for a Spalding amateur theatre company unless a rescuer steps in to save them from the final curtain.

SADOS (Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society) will lose their rehearsal and storage space at The Shed in Monks House Lane at the end of May.

They are the oldest theatre group of their kind in the country but the final curtain is now threatening to come down on nearly 150 years of history.

Kevin Sharp, Jonathan Tibbs, Callum Forman, Zack Colam and Laura Scott in the SADOS production of The Ladykillers.
Kevin Sharp, Jonathan Tibbs, Callum Forman, Zack Colam and Laura Scott in the SADOS production of The Ladykillers.

SADOS chairman Jodie Schweikhardt is appealing for someone with a barn or big building to offer it as a rehearsal space so the group can have a happy ending to their current real life drama.

The group also needs somewhere to store about 100 flats (scenery panels) and kit including costumes dating back to Victorian times.

SADOS have been offered temporary help by town theatre group Act II - but that's for rehearsal rather than storage.

Jodie says the flats alone take up 25sq m of their current home but that will no longer be available to them because the council wants to build on the land.

SADOS would be happy to hear from anyone who can offer a rehearsal space or storage - or both together.

"We have got about 100 flats and they are huge, they are absolutely massive" said Jodie.

SADOS present a mix of plays and musical theatre, and will hold auditions in January for a May production of Fame at the South Holland Centre.

The group usually have a November production at the same venue but can't begin planning for that until a future home is sorted out.

"If we haven't got anywhere to go, we will fold," said Jodie. "It's as simple as that."

SADOS would happily accept a rehearsal space or storage within 10-miles of Spalding. Please call Jodie on 07702 754925 if you can help.

* The most recent SADOS production at the South Holland Centre was The Ladykillers, which was very well received.


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