Adhoc (Amateur Drama in Harrold, Odell and Carlton) is a local amateur dramatics group based in the villages of Harrold, Carlton and Odell.
The group was formed in 1992 and put on its first productions, ‘Drinking Companions’ and ‘Between Mouthfuls’ by Alan Ayckbourn in the Harrold Centre in March 1993. Ad Hoc has presented one or two plays each year since then, and has built a loyal and supportive audience. The group has become an integral part of the local village communities, providing a wide variety of entertainment.
Plays we continue to stage a wide range of plays, comedies, thrillers and dramas, and the Harrold Centre has become the regular venue for Ad Hoc’s productions.
In addition to full length plays, Ad Hoc has always been involved with organising and supporting less formal and more inclusive events such as Murder Mystery Evenings. The group also produces successful village pantomimes in the Harrold URC Chapel, with the proceeds donated to local charities.
Bouncers, the Review
Bouncers was another successful Ad Hoc production, very much enjoyed by the local audiences and very much admired by our NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Society) reviewer who saw the show at Stevington.
“I have now seen it (Bouncers) performed five times including a professional touring company, so I’m beginning to know it well and I’m yet to see one I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed, or been surprised by the innovation the various groups come up with. Ad hoc were no exception, this was certainly one of the best I’ve seen. The imagination and sheer skill involved was masterful. Fran Ross is a very imaginative director and certainly stamped her own interpretation all over it. What was particularly clever was the amount of choreography she brought to the table, which was delivered with perfect comic effect by her consummate actors. A particular mention of the Michael Jackson’s Thriller setting, that had the audience absolutely rolling in the aisles, which on a stage that size was all the more remarkable. Another clever trick was to get the actors not involved in a particular piece of action to simply turn their backs to the audience. The levels of concentration and discipline required were immense especially on a stage so small. All round very clever directing indeed.”
Download and read the full review: Ad Hoc – Bouncers
Adhoc’s award winning productions
Adhoc have won and been nominated for a number of National Operatic and Dramatic Association regional awards over recent years
In 2015 ‘Blackadder’ was nominated in the Best Play category
In 2013 our performance of ‘Whodunnit’ was nominated in the Best Technical category
Adhoc’s 2012 production of ‘Present Laughter’ was nominated for the Best Play award.
In 2011, Adhoc won the Best Play award for our production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’.
We are always looking for new members to support and grow our future productions. We warmly welcome newcomers to the group so please get in touch and you could soon be involved in some aspect of our next production.