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Thank you Kualo!

Imagine a company that is powered entirely by renewable energy and gives its services to charities for free on a regular basis. Take a bow Kualo! Running a charity like ours is more expensive than you might imagine.  As well as the essential costs associated with...

KYDS receives 4 prestigious awards

On Sunday 13th May, KYDS attended the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) East Region Awards Ceremony in St. Ives, Cambridge. We were delighted to come home with a total of FOUR awards!Our 2017 Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, was recognised with not one but...

KYDS recognised with Chairman’s Fund Award

KYDS is delighted to have been awarded £2,500 for the Essex County Council Chairman's Fund, along with an award recognising its valuable work with young people. James Stocker, KYDS Chairman, and Alexandra Berriman, KYDS Artistic Director, attended an awards ceremony...

Go Brad Go!

KYDS is delighted that Bradley Cole, one of their Ambassadors, will be running the 2018 London Marathon for KYDS on the 22nd April. Brad joined KYDS in 2009 for our very first production of Dracula Spectacular, where he played Father O'Stake. Brad also appeared in...

Top tips for auditioning

Auditions are an essential part of casting performing arts productions. At KYDS, we use auditions to help match our youth members to parts we think they will benefit from. It's nothing to worry about and at KYDS everyone that auditions will get a part in the...

Lola and Eva recognised with awards

As has become tradition, following our recent successful production of Sleeping Beauty, we held an after-show party to celebrate. Unfortunately due to the snow our December date was rescheduled to 7th January 2018. The afternoon was great fun and also saw two members,...

Charlie is an outstanding achiever!

Congratulations to Charlie Warner, who was recognised as an outstanding achiever with a Jack Petchey award in November. The award was presented to Charlie between the shows of our recent pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Following an open nomination process Charlie, who...

KYDS comes first place in Bags of Help competition

KYDS is hugely grateful to Tesco customers who voted for our project "Helping Our Young People Perform" during the vote between Saturday 1st July and Thursday 31st August in Tesco stores in Tiptree and Mersea. We are delighted to have come 1st place in the competion,...

Ben wins Best Young Actor award

Congratulations to Ben Collins who won the North Essex Theatre Guild's Best Young Actor award at their recent awards ceremony on the 8th September. Ben was nominated for the award following his performance as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ben...

Jack Petchey awards for Ellie and Matthew

Twice a year, KYDS awards Jack Petchey Achievement Awards to deserving youth members. The awards are completely member led, chosen in an open nomination process by our youth members. Youth members nominate someone who they believe has...

An evening at the Jack Petchey Awards

Our 3 Jack Petchey Achievement Awards winners and Leader Award winner all attended the Jack Petchey Celebration Event on Monday 27th March 2017 at the Mercury Theatre. The evening celebrated the achievements of young people from various...

Millie wins Jack Petchey Award

A Jack Petchey Achievement Award recognises the outstanding achievements of young people. This can include helping others, being a good role model, overcoming a challenge or breaking through a personal barrier. In KYDS, Jack Petchey Award Winners are chosen in an open...

KYDS welcomes 3D MarComms as Corporate Sponsor

KYDS is delighted to have received a generous donation from 3D MarComms for its upcoming production of Aladdin. 3D MarComms, whose Head Office is based in Heybridge, is a leading provider of Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). Their leading product, HARBOUR® ATS,...

KYDS President Ray Banks recognised with award

On the 9th September 2016 KYDS attended the annual North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG) Awards Ceremony in Clacton. We are delighted that Ray Banks, President of KYDS, was awarded the Jan King Award, which is given to recognise unsung heroes. Ray has been involved in KYDS...

Rotary Clubs support KYDS

Les Turner (President of Kelvedon & District Rotary Club) James Stocker (Chair of Trustees of KYDS), Tracy Rudling (CEO of Colchester CVS and Colchester Rotarian), Eugene Kraft (President of Colchester Rotary Club) KYDS is delighted to have received the support of...

KYDS celebrates 10 NETG nominations

The North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG) has released the nominations for its 2016 Awards Ceremony and KYDS is delighted to have received a high number of nominations once again for its 2015 Pantomime, Cinderella, and our recent performance of The...

Ben is the Highest Achiever for Little Mermaid

Ray Banks, President of KYDS, once again presented the President's Highest Achiever Award at the KYDS BBQ and after show party on Sunday 3rd July. Ray personally chooses the winner of the award, after observing the rehearsal process for each KYDS production and...

KYDS awarded £500 Grassroots grant

KYDS is delighted to have received a £500 grant from Grassroots Charity. Grassroots is a registered charity which has been operating since 1991, specialising in making small grants to voluntary and community organisations involved in social...

Ellie and Olly win Jack Petchey Awards

KYDS would like to congratulate Ellie Russell and Olly Smith who were both chosen to receive Jack Petchey awards in June 2016! Both Ellie and Olly were chosen by the KYDS youth members through an open nomination process. James Stocker, Chair of Trustees and Jack...

Celebrating Small Charity Week

This week, KYDS is celebrating Small Charity Week and the excellent work that small charities like ours do. We are proud of the work that KYDS is doing in Tiptree and the surrounding areas of Essex. Since 2009, we have been working with young people to help them...

KYDS wins award for Best Pantomime

KYDS is delighted to announce that it has won an award at the recent NODA East Awards Ceremony, held on the 3rd April 2016. The Society's production of Cinderella was named 'Best Pantomime' for the season in District 8. Director of the Production and Artistic Director...

Rehearsal underway under the sea!

The cast has now been finalised for The Little Mermaid and rehearsals are underway! KYDS has been delighted to welcome Lee Dillon-Stuart to rehearsals, who has played a pivotal role in blocking scenes and working with the cast at the initial stages of the production....

Dan wins Leader Award

We are delighted to announce that our Youth Engagement Officer and Choreographer Dan Carr has been awarded the Jack Petchey Leader Award at KYDS. The Jack Petchey Leader Award is a way of recognising leaders that motivate, inspire and encourage...

KYDS searching for Fundraising Coordinator

KYDS is currently searching for a volunteer Fundraising Coordinator. The Fundraising Coordinator will work with the KYDS team to champion the raising of funds in the community in order to support the Society's charitable work. With the full support of the KYDS...

Volunteers needed for future theatre projects

KYDS is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in working with us on a range of creative youth theatre projects. We are looking for team players interested in working in rehearsals for our future productions as assistant...

KYDS Trustee to play major role in feature film

Marcus Churchill, a founding member and current Trustee of KYDS, is due to play a major role in an upcoming feature film, Wuthering Heights. Marcus will play Hindley Earnshaw, the tyrannical brother of Catherine. After hundreds of audition tapes were received by the...

Olly wins President’s award

Olly Smith has been awarded the President's Award for the Highest Achiever by Ray Banks, President of KYDS. Ray told us why he decided to give Olly the award from the Society's recent production of Cinderella:"Every production that KYDS puts on, I always watch for the...

Congratulations Lucy!

We would like to congratulate our first ever Jack Petchey Achievement Award winner, Lucy Greed!Lucy was nominated by members of the cast of Cinderella to receive the award after she rose to the challenge of playing the title role in the show.Youth members explained...

KYDS on BBC Essex

James Stocker, one of our Trustees, chatted with Tony Fisher today on BBC Essex about KYDS and our forthcoming production Cinderella! If you missed it, you can listen again below:

Stage Management Roles at KYDS

Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net KYDS is currently searching for individuals with some experience of stage management to fulfil certain roles and help with future KYDS productions. These roles would be on an entirely voluntary basis.More information about the...

Our week in ‘The Bubble’

From the 1st - 8th August, five KYDS volunteers were fortunate to attend the NODA 2015 Summer School, affectionately known as 'The Bubble' by those who have been lucky enough to attend.  The school takes place at Warwick Conferences in Coventry each year during the...

KYDS receives another host of nominations

KYDS Youth Drama Society is delighted to have received a total of 11 nominations for the 2014-2015 season from the North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG)!The NETG provides a professional adjudication service which provides critical review of local amateur theatre...

KYDS wins £1000

We are delighted to have been awarded £1000 from the Aviva Community Fund. This funding will be put towards a programme of workshops over the summer. These workshops will help to build young people's skills which they will be able to use in...

Help us fundraise

As a charity, KYDS relies entirely on the support of members of the community in order to fund its activities. We understand that not everyone can afford to give financially to KYDS, but one way that you can help is by using easyfundraising when you shop online. By...

KYDS searching for principals

KYDS Youth Drama Society is looking for 3 boys aged 11-18 to fill principal roles in its next production, the Dracula Spectacula Show. 1 part is non-singing, the other 2 are singing roles.  The production will be performed on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June....

NETG nominations announced

The North Essex Theatre Guild nominations for this year have now been announced and this year we are thrilled to have received 6 nominations across 5 different categories:The nominees are as follows: Best Young ActorBen Collins as Humphrey in Jack and the...

KYDS praised by NETG adjudicator

The Society is delighted to have been commended in a recent adjudication for raising the standards of its productions.Michael Poole, an adjudicator for the North Essex Theatre Guild saw the Society's recent production of Alice in Wonderland and commented in his...

Highest achiever award goes to Sophie Stocker

Sophie Stocker has been presented the President's Highest Achiever Award following the Society's recent production of Alice in Wonderland.The award is presented after every production by KYDS President Ray Banks to the cast member who, in his opinion, has achieved the...

Remembrance cast announced

In September this year, KYDS will be staging a special production in commemoration of World War One entitled Remembrance. The play will take place on the 19th and 20th of September 2014 and has been sponsored by Tiptree Parish Council. Remembrance, which takes a look...

KYDS shortlisted for two NODA awards 

KYDS Youth Drama Society has been shortlisted for two awards by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.Seussical Junior, performed last year in July, has been nominated for the award for Best Musical whilst Jack and the Beanstalk, the Society's most recent...

KYDS member runner-up for Best Actor!

KYDS member Daniel Carr was recognised last week as runner-up for Best Actor in North Essex! The awards are hosted each year by the North Essex Theatre Guild and recognise excellence in amateur dramatics across North Essex. Dan was nominated after his superb...

Another great quiz! 

Once again, our Autumn Quiz was a great success with another selection of brilliant questions from our President and Quizmaster Ray Banks!This time, returning team GBH stole first place with 95 points, pipping Les Quizerables to the post by just one point! No Hope...

It’s panto time! Well, almost…

We are delighted to announce that KYDS will be performing the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk in November this year!The production will be directed by Jon Beales who will be assisted by Daniel Carr.Like our 2012 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the script...

KYDS receives NINE nominations for awards!

KYDS has received nominations for NINE different awards from the North Essex Theatre Guild! The nominations are spread across the Society's two most recent productions, the 2012 pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Seussical Junior which was performed in July...

Cheyenne wins President's Award

The President of KYDS, Ray Banks, has once again presented the President's Highest Achiever Award - after the Society's recent production of Seussical Junior.This time, the award went to Cheyenne, who played one of the Wickersham Brothers.Ray said "the award is...

The inspiration of Dr. Seuss comes to Tiptree!

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." (Dr Seuss ‘Happy Birthday to You’ 1959) This might sound just a little odd to us conservative Brits but as many parents and teachers can tell you, particularly those of...

Another quiztacular success!

The society held its second quiz night on Wednesday 10th April 2013 which, once again, was a great success.The 15 teams battled it out for first place, however 'The Bears' came out triumphant with a total of 99 points! 'The Three Musketeers' walked away  with the...