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Octopus Drama Group celebrates 50 years in 2021

It has certainly been a strange 2020 so far. The year started off really well with our Panto, Finding Buttons in January which played to full houses and was enjoyed by everyone who came along to see it. Then we were delighted to be nominated by NODA South West in the best comedy category , for our June 2019 production of Rumours by Neil Simon. Everything was all going along swingingly and we were looking forward to starting rehearsals for our June production when Coronavirus hit, changing all our lives dramatically. (No pun intended!) Our Summer production had to be cancelled and now we have, sadly, had to make the decision to cancel our October production but we have been meeting up on Zoom on a regular basis doing play readings and just generally keeping in touch so Octopus lives on!

2021 is our Golden Anniversary and we are very proud to think that we have been entertaining the people of Thornbury for 50 years! We are really hoping that we can start the year with our Pantomime, Aladdin. 50 years ago this was the first Pantomime that Octopus performed, written by Joe Dunthorn a local teacher. This 2021 version has been written by Octopus member Alison Bagnall and will be a colourful, modern update of the original story. As Alison is also our wardrobe mistress, amazing costumes are guaranteed. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that our panto can go ahead but if not we will definitely be back in June with our play. Written by Tony Domaille, Give Us a Sign is a 3 Act comedy and we are proud and delighted to be performing Tony’s first full length play. Over the years we have performed many Pantomimes and one act plays written by Tony which have always been very well received so we hope to see you all in June, if not before, when Octopus will once again be entertaining the people of Thornbury and celebrating 50 years of comedy, drama, song and dance. Until then, keep safe and keep smiling.


'Octopus' was conceived in 1971 as a multi-denominational society which would bring people of the Thornbury area together for an assortment of social activities. Some tentacles have withered and died, but the drama tentacle has developed beyond all expectations.

We perform three shows a year: a pantomime in January, a play in June, and a revue in October - proceeds from the October show go to charity.

We perform our shows in the Christ the King Church Hall, Castle Street, in Thornbury.

Web: octopus-thornbury.co.uk/

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