Bawds was founded in 1981 in Cambridge, initially to present productions of restoration plays. It was later decided to broaden the theatrical scope of the company by presenting a wider variety of pieces. As a result of this decision, Bawds has since staged many plays by modern authors. The company has used many different types of venues for its productions, ranging from college gardens and studio spaces to traditional proscenium arch theatres. Now recognised as a leading Cambridge amateur dramatic production company. We present three major productions a year and one or two festival or studio productions, some of which have been toured as far as The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Bawds has no formal membership.

 The company is administered by an elected committee; current officers and committee members for 2017 are: Rosemary Eason (Chairman), Colin Lawrence (Treasurer), Joyce Fenton (Secretary),  Brenda Cottis, Sean Baker (Publicity Secretary), Maddie Forrester, Helen McCallum and Richard McNally. In accordance with the company's rules all of the directors, actors, and backstage team members who have been actively involved in productions during a financial year are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting which is held in February each year.

We have an ongoing policy of considering submissions from local directors and open auditions are advertised for all our 'main-house' productions. For studio production submissions, open auditions are not always advertised as it's left to directors to determine whether to cast by audition or by invitation. They have the option of submitting a production for consideration after having already assembled their casts and production teams. We also, on occasions, accept submissions for drama festivals but this type of production is only approved subject to available financial resources.

Those interesting in directing for the first time may find it useful to 'shadow' a director to see how he or she works. If you are interested in becoming involved in a production in this way, you can approach any of the directors to ask if they are prepared to help in this way. Directors' contact details are shown on the relevant production pages.

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