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Welcome to the Tadley Youth Drama website

Tadley Youth Drama is a Christian-oriented organisation founded in 1985, based at Tadley Common Methodist Church (TCM), and drawing members of secondary-school age from all the churches in and around Tadley.  However, we encourage people to bring along their friends too, so our members need not be committed members of a church.

Beginning in January each year, the TYD group meets for rehearsals on Friday nights to prepare a play with a Christian theme, for performance in May.  It's great fun, and it's free.  Literally hundreds of local teenagers have enjoyed being part of TYD over the last 30+ years, and they keep coming back!

There is also a more serious side to TYD activities: raising money for local charities; in the last few years we have been able to donate over £3,500 to such causes.

Tadley Youth Drama can be contacted by e-mail:

Our 2018 production is...

The Pilgrim's Progress

Rehearsals begin on Friday 12th January from 7pm to 9:30pm,
at Tadley Common Methodist Church,
and are open to all 11-yr-olds in secondary school, up to 21-year-olds.

Our performances nights are
Friday 11th May 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018

Tickets are not yet available, but details of price (very reasonable!) and availability will appear on this page in good time so please check back here regularly.

Our 2018 production is...

The Pilgrim's Progress
by Hilary Mackelden

Come back here for Consent Forms and Rehearsal Schedules as soon as they are available.

A piece of history...

TYD was founded in 1985 and put on its first production the following year - and hasn't missed a year since.

Believe it or not, at least one member of the present production team, Barry Seymour, was also in TYD in those dim and distant days, and remembers it as if it was little more than a quarter of a century ago.

You may also notice a sprinkling of very well-known titles in the list opposite, showing that we can hold our collective head up with the best of the West End!

One of TYD's traditions is for each production to have its own logo, which appears on the T-shirts worn by cast and crew, on posters and programmes, and more recently on the website.

Below is a selection of these logos:

Our previous productions...

Click on the icon, where this is shown, to see a slideshow of the production

1986 Day break
1987 Holy Moses
1988 The Witness
1989 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1990 Godspell
1991 Bibalive
1992 Back for Good
1993 Walls apart
1994 A Knight to remember
1995 Green Dream
1996 Whose Dunnet?
1997 On the Rocks
1998 Mission Incredible
1999 Time Trial
2000 Hopes and Dreams
2001 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2002 Jesus Christ Superstar
2003 Time Will Tell
2004 Get the Habit
2005 Back for Good
2006 Alive! To Tell the Story
2008Above and Beyond
2009Snakes and Ladders
2010Bet Your Life!
2011Second Chance
2012Eve & That Snake!
2013 Jonah!
2014 To the Rescue!
2015 Samson The Musical
2016Noah yes Noah
2017 Christ's Passion

WANTED - BUDDING ACTORS (no singing required) aged 11-21 for the 2018 TYD show.

Backstage roles are also available - Scenery, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound - for ages 11 and above, adults welcome for these roles.


Join us at Tadley Common Methodist Church, Newchurch Road, Tadley on Friday 12th January 2018 and and find out what we are all about.

How the Gallery works...

We have arranged selections of images into slideshows, which are listed on the right.

When you click on a slideshow a set of "thumbnail" images should appear.

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The slideshows...

TYD 2007: Jailbreak

TYD 2008: Above & Beyond

TYD 2009: Snakes & Ladders

TYD 2010: Bet Your Life!

TYD 2011: Second Chance

TYD 2012: Eve & That Snake!

TYD 2016: Noah Yes Noah

TYD 2010: Bet Your Life!

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Our 2017 production was...

Christ's Passion

by Hilary Mackelden


Our performances take place at...

  • Tadley Common Methodist Church,
  • Newchurch Road,
  • Tadley,
  • Hants
  • RG26 4HN
...marked on the map opposite.

Car parking:

Although there is no car-park specifically for Tadley Common Methodist Church, parking is available at:
St Mary's Church
and (after 18:30) at:
Tadley Dental Care.

These are the premises on each side of Newchurch Road nearest to the junction with Bishopswood Road, marked on the map.

Parking along Newchurch Road itself is restricted, and may be unavailable - particularly on performance nights.

(Please note that the Tadley Community Centre car parks, both at the Centre itself and directly opposite, are for Community Centre use only)

You can zoom the map out and in by clicking the "(-)" and "(+)" symbols, and pan in any direction by holding the mouse button down while dragging the map.

indicates Tadley Common Methodist Church;
indicates possible car-parking locations.

Directions from Basingstoke:

Take the A340 north past the hospital, signposted Tadley.
In Tadley, cross over the roundabout by the swimming pool.
Continue up Mulfords Hill, passing the Esso garage on your left.
At the top of the hill, pass Sainsbury's on your right.
At the traffic lights, turn left into Franklin Avenue.
(See below for further directions from this point)

Directions from Newbury:

Take the A4 eastbound, signposted Reading.
At Midgham, turn right opposite the Coach and Horses, signposted Tadley.
In Brimpton, turn left at the T-junction, then follow the road round to the right.
Follow the road past the pub, downhill past the school, then uphill towards Tadley.
At the T-junction, turn left signposted Tadley and Basingstoke.
After the long straight, cross the roundabout, signposted A340 Tadley and Basingstoke.
At the junction by the Shell garage, turn right signposted A340 Tadley and Basingstoke.
Pass Barclays Bank on your right, and continue along to traffic lights by Lloyds Bank.
At these traffic lights, turn right into Franklin Avenue
(See below for further directions from this point)

Directions from Reading:

From M4 Junction 11:

If you are unfamiliar with the backroads between M4 J11 and Tadley, we suggest travelling via M4 Junction 12 instead.

From M4 Junction 12:

Take the A4 westbound, signposted Newbury.
At roundabout, continue on A4 signposted Newbury.
After short dual carriageway, continue on A4 signposted Newbury and Pangbourne.
After end of next dual carriageway, pass Total garage on left.
At roundabout, turn left signposted A340 Basingstoke, Aldermaston, and Tadley.
Cross single-track swing bridge over canal at Aldermaston Wharf.
Continue to Aldermaston Village.
Remain on A340: road bears right on exit from village.
At top of hill, cross roundabout ("AWE A340 Gate").
Cross over next roundabout ("AWE West Gate").
At next roundabout, turn left signposted A340 Tadley & Basingstoke.
At the junction by the Shell garage, turn right signposted A340 Tadley and Basingstoke.
Pass Barclays Bank on your right, and continue along to traffic lights by Lloyds Bank.
At these traffic lights, turn right into Franklin Avenue
(See below for further directions from this point)

After turning into Franklin Avenue:

Continue until you reach a parade of shops on your right
Just after the last shop ("Franklin Special Fry" Fish & Chip shop), turn left into Newchurch Road.
Pass Tadley Community Centre on your right.
Tadley Common Methodist Church is the next single-storey brick building on your left.

For car-parking, continue along Newchurch Road to St Mary's Church (with a bell tower) on your left, and Tadley Dental Care on your right.

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