Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society
Founded in 1919 , Cranbrook Operatic & Dramatic Society became a recognised body affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association in 1920 The first Production was “The Mikado” held in January 1920 in the Vestry Hall in Cranbrook. CODS continues a hundred years later, almost without pause except during the Second World War, where play readings were held instead of performances.
CODS produce three shows per year at the Queen’s Hall Theatre – one musical during the October half term followed by a play in the spring half term. This year also they will produce the annual pantomime “ Alice in Wonderland”. The society regularly enters the Kent Drama Association Festival competition, with a lot of success in many different categories. . CODS exists to encourage the performance of all forms of amateur theatre, musical,drama and comedy, & is open to all interested persons.
The main point of contact for CODS is the Secretary, Jackie Barker
Tel No : 01622 749762 Email :
For more information visit the website - www.cranbrookods.org.uk
Cranbrook Film Society
Cranbrook Film Society (founded in 1985 and voted “Best Film society” by the British foundation of Film societies in 2005) shows films that rarely get seen outside London. Some are independent, some foreign, some ‘art-house’; most have had only a very limited distribution. All our films have been selected from committee screenings, input from the British Film Institute or from members’ recommendations. Where time permits, we show short films before the main film. In addition to our main programme, we will also screen three extra films in the Lecture Theatre. We will also host other events, such as visits by guest film-makers and other cinematic surprises.
Membership costs £25 per person for the season. Members may bring up to two guests to each film at a cost of £4 each, but guests must be booked in advance (contact Selma Pickup). Membership cards are not transferable and may only be used by the cardholder. If you would like to receive a reminder by email before each film, please visit the website and register for alerts.
The main films are shown in the Queen’s Hall, at 8.00pm but the doors are opened at 7.30pm when wine and soft drinks are available. The additional films are shown in the Lecture Theatre which is in the central quad behind the main school building.The Society usually has over three hundred members.If you would like to join (new members are always very welcome) or renew your membership, it would help us enormously if you could do this online via the website or contact Selma Pickup, Weavers End, Coursehorn Lane, Cranbrook TN17 3NR.
Tido is the local singing group based in Cranbrook. If you just like singing with others then Tido is for you. The Saturday morning sessions will set you up for the weekend! All sessions take place in the Performing Arts Centre, Cranbrook School.
To register to attend and for further information information please visit their website www.tido-singing.net