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One Act Play Competition

One Act Play Competition Draws to a Close

As part of our 50th Anniversary year we launched a One Act Play competition to find a new play to be performed alongside a rehearsed reading of our very first production ‘Pop Goes the Patient’. The closing date for entries was midnight on Friday 5th June.  Shortly before that deadline we received our 294th submission. …

Sisterly Feelings

Sisterly Feelings Goes Virtual

Sisterly Feelings Monday May 18th Opening night transferred from Minack to Zoom. I was very pleased with the way our virtual reading went and super proud of everyone who took part with special thanks to Zoe and Ethan the backstage team. I think we have learned a lot. Virtual backgrounds and how to control them. …

One Act Play Competition

One Act Play Competition

As part of our 50th celebration we are launching a competition to find a new one act play to be performed 1st to 3rd Oct and 10th Oct. The competition is open to all; both members and non-members. Apart from the special reward of seeing your work performed there will also be a cash prize …


Sisterly Feelings Launch Day

On Saturday 30th November we are holding a launch day and open audition for Sisterly Feelings by Alan Ayckbourn. This will be a Carnon Downs Drama Group Production to be performed at the Minack Theatre from Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May 2020. The launch day and auditions will take place at 2.00pm at …

Recent Productions

Alice in Wonderland Jr

Alice in Wonderland Jr

Alice in Wonderland Jr 24th – 26th July 2020The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious …

Sisterly Feelings

Sisterly Feelings

Sisterly Feelings – By Alan Aykbourn 18th – 22nd May 2020The Minack Theatre, Cornwall, TR19 6JU Following the funeral of his wife, Ralph brings his family to a favourite spot on Pendon Common. With him are his two daughters, Abigail and Dorcas – trailing businessman husband Patrick and radical poet boyfriend Stafford respectively; his student …

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty – By David Ivall January 2020 The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU The Group’s pantomime for its Fiftieth Anniversary Year is The Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by David Ivall, with songs by David Ivall and Peter Smith. It blends the stories of the beautiful enchanted Princess with those of Red Ridinghood …

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And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None 1st to 5th October 2019 The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd From the pen of Agatha Christie comes an intriguing murder mystery And Then There Were None. Performances will take place from 1st to the 5th October 2019 Tickets The box …


Do you fancy getting involved?

Amateur dramatics is not just about being on the stage. Here at Carnon Downs Drama Group (CDDG) we are great believers in doing as much as possible ourselves; that way we get the best challenges. It would be easy to put on a good show if we hired in all the scenery, props and costumes but it would also be very expensive and like many people, CDDG has to watch the pennies carefully.

Of course we are always on the lookout for good actors and if “strutting your stuff” on stage sounds just up your street then give us a call,pop along to an audition, rehearsal night or better still come and see a show and talk to us. However if the call of “Act one beginners please” fills you with terror then don’t panic, as any CDDG member will tell you, a successful show is all about teamwork, both on and off the stage.

Am-dram is not just about acting there are lots of ways you can get involved. No matter what your skill level from complete novice, mildly competent to thevery experienced jack of all trades and master of none, you can join in the fun, tear your hair out, wonder why there is never enough time, panic, laugh a lot and share in the camaraderie of CDDG – there is nothing quite like it. We are a friendly bunch and always need of an extra pair of hands especially when we are working on a show (which is just about always) so don’t be shy, get in touch.

Here are some of the “things” that you can get involved with and remember you don’t need to be an expert, just be enthusiastic.

Acting, prompting, direction, choreography, music, assistant everything, publicity, scenery painting, set design, set construction, stage management, costumes, props, chaperoning, make-up, making cups of tea, eating biscuits and much, much more.

We rehearse and have stage work activities at Perran-ar-Worthal Village Memorial Hall (aka Perranwell Village Hall) most Sundays between 2pm & 5pm so why not pop in and see us. Alternatively you can email any member of the CDDG committee or call our information hotline on 03454 500296.

If you would like to become a member of Carnon Downs Drama Group, our membership form can be downloaded here.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Name Position Contact information
John Frankland Chair
David Ivall Vice Chair
Zoe Vale Secretary
Mark Breach Treasurer
Charlotte Padmore Membership Secretary
Abi Holmes Youth Representative
Ann Lejeunne Prompt Editor
Paul Barker Member
Moo Burnett Member
Pam Furnish Member
Elaine Gummow Member
Tracey Holmes Member
Nicholas Vale Member

Committee representatives are elected annually at the CDDG AGM in April. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee, please contact the Secretary for more information.