Amateur Dramatics

The MAD (Methodist Amateur Dramatic) Company

MAD are an amateur company based round the Liphook Methodist Church.
What do they do ? Each year under the leadership of Vanessa Breach they put on the best pantomime in Liphook (well, we all think so).

The Methodist Amateur Dramatic Company started in 1991 when the Reverend Phil Thomas expressed a desire to stage a pantomime. People were dragged in from the Church, kicking and screaming, to help with everything you can think of – costumes, scenery, script writing, lights, sound, make up and props.

With a budget of fifty pounds items were begged, borrowed and built, and to the delight of everyone our first production (Cinderella, of course) played to an audience of approximately one thousand people – far more that anyone would had ever hoped and imagined. The productions went from strength to strength and with the support of friends, family, the Methodist Church and most of Liphook, they have managed to keep their audiences entertained ever since.


In 2001 MAD Company joined NODA, the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, and were thrilled to receive the area Accolade of Excellence for their tenth anniversary production of Cinderella – what an honour but very well deserved! Further honours followed with the ‘Best Programme’ award from NODA Southern region for Beauty and the Beast

Many of the founder members are still involved with the company, both on and off stage, still enjoying the excellent fellowship that The MAD Company provides.

They strive to produce pantomimes that are fun for all the family and in this world of television and computers, we are very happy to welcome so many children to our shows. They have ventured into other areas; plays and musical evenings, and also enjoy taking part in community events such as Bohunt Community School and Millennium Centre Open Days.

All profits are donated to Liphook Methodist Church and every year they stage an additional Charity performance on Thursday evenings for an invited audience.

The MAD Company certainly have a wonderful time producing their shows and we hope that you do too and that they can continue for many years to come.

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