2021 update – TATS ARE BACK


TATS have had their first two play readings in the last few weeks, with lots of fun and laughter being had as we read “Will you still love me in the morning?” a farce – written by Brian Clemens and being produced by his wife, Jan Clemens

The play will be performed on Wednesday, the 24th of November until Saturday, the 27th of November.

We are Back

The Village Hall is now able to re-open, so we are pleased to say that there will be a play reading for TATS members on Monday 12th October at 7.30pm.

Masks are to be worn and you might like to bring disposable gloves!

The kitchen is closed so you should bring your own drink.

As we are only allowed up to 30 people in the Village Hall, sitting in groups of 6, we would be grateful if you could let us know you are coming, by sending an email to p.gentry@me.com

We are looking forward to seeing you there – almost a year since our last production!


Covid update 1st September


Sadly, for the first time in its long history, TATS does not currently plan to stage any productions this year.

A message from the Committee

We would have expected to be telling you about now that tickets are on sale for our November production of the musical “Oklahoma!” but, with the ongoing virus situation, it is not to be at the moment.

Putting on a production can be quite a commitment, be it turning up to rehearsals and learning your lines, building the set, finding props, sewing costumes – the to-do list is always fairly lengthy!

So, what have TATS’ members been up to with all their spare time?

    • Some members have been using their skills to make scrubs and face masks for health workers, others getting creative and making beautiful, painstakingly hand sewn quilts.
    • Others have been out and about delivering PPE to GP surgeries and pharmacies in desperate need, growing masses of fruit and vegetables in their allotments or getting to grips with that long needed clear out project!

We all very much miss our TATS family; the regular meeting together to rehearse and plan our shows, the laughter, fun and nerves as the performance date draws near.

As things stand, we have not been able to make any detailed plans for future productions, but, when the village hall is able to reopen we hope to be able to hold some socially distanced play readings

Covid-19 May Committee Message

Earlier in the year, we had to postpone our planned production of the play “My Mother Said I Never Should” to 2021 due to the lockdown restrictions required for Covid-19.

We have now also made the difficult decision to postpone our big musical production of Oklahoma! until November 2021. 

This means that the previously advertised dates for read-throughs and auditions are cancelled.

Unfortunately we just felt that there were too many unknowns regarding the continuation of social distancing etc for us to audition, begin rehearsals for a large cast and plan to stage the show in the Village Hall.

If there is a bright side to this very difficult situation perhaps it is that we have had some time and space to reflect on the importance of our local community. Lots of us have been grateful to live in a village with such a vibrant and supportive spirit where people are willing to help others.

TATS very much hope that as people perhaps look to find their entertainment closer to home, they will want to get involved with Oklahoma! next year; we would welcome new faces.  The show has a big cast so there will be lots of parts available – but as ever there is a lot of fun to be had off the stage as well, with lighting, sound, painting, set building, wardrobe… the list goes on!

Further details of dates for read-throughs and auditions for both planned productions in 2021 will be published here in due course.

Thank you and keep safe.

The TATS Committee

Turvey Pre School Thank You

TATS regularly donate to local charities and in recent times the Turvey Pre School has been one of our beneficiaries, supporting their bid to buy the school.

In recognition we have received the following lovely thank you letter.

Andy Stewart MD?

Long Term TATS Friend and professional Musician, Andy Stewart, has hinted that he may be making a surprise appearance in the Medical TV series ‘Holby City’, but he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

So will it be Andy Stewart MD or Andy Stewart MD we wonder? – watch this space!

NODA Award Nominations

We were absolutely thrilled that our TATS production of Little Shop of Horrors was nominated for 2 NODA awards in the categories of Best Musical & Best Technical Production.

The Awards Ceremony was be held in Stevenage on March 8th, and whilst we did not win this time round, to be recognised and nominated still deserves many congratulations to all involved in this stunning production.

Congratulations from TATS to all NODA award winners, and especially to our friends down the road at AD HOC who won the best drama for their production of ‘Humble Boy’.


2020 Showbiz Quiz

quiz night poster 2020

A great night was had by all at the 2020 TATS Showbiz Quiz.

A new team set the questions this year so many thanks to John Murray and David Hughes for all their hard work



2020 Quiz Winners celebrating their prizes.

2019 Review


Why not click on some of the links below and remind yourself of TATS 2019 events & shows:

2019 Quiz – January 18th – completed
For results and pictures click GO below

Little Shop Of Horrors – March 2019 – completed
For NODA review and pictures click GO below

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of a Christmas Carol.June  2019 – completed

For cast and pictures click GO below

A Vicar of Dibley Christmas – November  2019 – completed

For cast, pictures and to read our super NODA Review click GO below


A Vicar of Dibley Christmas

20th – 23rd November 2019

TATS Turvey sold out vicar of dibley poster

Thank you for supporting our recent production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas

Four sell-out audiences competed with each other to raise the largest sum in our raffle each night with the highest night being donated to charity.

Our Saturday Night audience were the winners and the Raffle proceeds of £208 will be donated to
the Trussel Trust Food Bank, in Bedford.

Thank you all for your generosity.

The directors changed but we still made a record breaking return to Dibley in November, following our first visit back in March 2017.

The latest antics of the Rev Geraldine Grainger and the other eccentric residents of Dibley took us through a madcap selection of tv highlights, from Alice’s discovery of her pregnancy, through to the birth during the Dibley Nativity, via the great storm and Radio Dibley – including Frank’s ‘coming out’ and perhaps the worst audition sessions you’ve ever seen.

We had fabulous audience feedback for this show, so well done to cast crew and especially directors Karen Pickwick and Michele Swales, who also brought us ‘Allo,’Allo’ in 2011, ‘Calendar Girls’ in 2012 and the panto ‘Knight Fever’ in 2015.

To see our cast list and some rehearsal photos, please click GO below.

And… we hope this video captures the essence of this popular and very funny production, with thanks to Stephanie Munno for the photos.


3rd November 2019

The TATS AGM took place in the boys clubroom, Turvey on 3rd November – Cheese and wine was served, courtesy of John & Penny Murray.

Keep checking back for a copy of the notes of the meeting


The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of a Christmas Carol.

Wed 5 – Sat 8 June  2019

In June we welcomed back Pauline Adams to the TATS directing role for another of the hilarious Farndale comedies, this time appropriately, being June!, its just had to be  Farndale Christmas Carol.

This was the fourth ‘Farndale’ to be performed by TATS and followed the hilarious ‘…The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle’, again directed by Pauline, which went down a storm with audiences four years ago.

Pauline said, “Having been in the first 2 Farndale plays that TATS performed some years ago as Banquo {Macbeth’s son}, then as The Inspector in the second, I found them so funny and quite a challenge that years later when the opportunity came up for me to direct something, it had to be a Farndale – The Haunted through lounge and recessed nook at Farndale Castle, I enjoyed it so much I wanted to do another one….so there we are.”

“With some audience participation and a rogue PA system to contend with, this was an assault on the original Scrooge, performed by not-very-good actors. “People were treated to a night of sheer silliness, when the play took on some unexpected twist and turns.”

Cast and pictures from the show (click GO below)

Little Shop of Horrors

So we say goodbye to Audrey 2 as she wends her way home to Twickenham – next stop for her we hear is Scotland!

What can you say about the TATS production of Little Shop of Horrors,directed by Kate Brewster with dad Tim as musical director.

Fabulous, stupendous, unbelievable, fantastic, professional, just a few of the superlatives provided by some of our audience over the week.

Many congratulations to all the cast and crew for a stunning show.

In case you missed it, or just want to remind yourself of the show – click below to catch a glimpse of our highlight reel…and the NODA review.