about GDC

our theatre’s history

Welcome to the Gainford Drama Club web site.  The Club has been in existence since 1949 with an average membership of forty six, producing at least two plays each year.

Since its inception, Gainford Drama Club has put on over one hundred and fifty plays, the first four of which were staged in the village hall, before moving to the Academy Theatre in 1950. As audiences grew so did the club’s ability to invest and the old school, that had once educated Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame, into a theatre. Appropriate, perhaps, then that it should slowly be turned into a theatre.

With the help of members a stage was built, lights were fitted, curtains were made, a dressing room equipped and the little theatre, in which members take great pride, came into being. After 1961 the club became affiliated to the Village Hall complex and in 1983 tip-up seats were obtained from the Civic Theatre, Darlington and installed, paid for by members and friends.

Regular developments and improvements followed including a Green Room, which has greatly added to the facilities backstage, together with updates lighting and audio equipment.

And after a further thirty years, in 2016, we were fortunate to again procure seats from the Civic Theatre as it underwent refurbishment. We hope you find them comfortable.

Performances run from 7 to 10 nights with two plays per year by the Drama Club in Spring and Autumn, as well as occasionally hosting productions by other groups.

The theatre is in use throughout the year with rehearsals, play readings and set construction taking place.

People are welcome to come along and see what we do, with the group always on the lookout for new members and supporters.

We meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 pm, when a production is being prepared, and enjoy social events throughout the year. Visitors are always welcome.

The Club’s success comes down to our dedicated members and a wide range of talented helpers who all give their valuable time to the Club’s activities, and to the ever growing audience who support us.

We hope you enjoy the Club as much as we do.