Love potions cause havoc at Stewartby village hall

Stewartby Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society with The Sorcerer.
Stewartby Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society with The Sorcerer.

Talented members of Stewartby Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (SAODS) take on a Gilbert and Sullivan work for their next show.

The Sorcerer, pictured in rehearsal, is one of their less well known operas and it will be performed at Stewartby village hall, along with a full orchestra. You can see the show from Tuesday, November 18 until Saturday, November 22, with curtain up at 7.30pm.

A spokesman for the society said: “It is full of wonderful music and witty dialogue and involves a whole village unwittingly drinking a love potion.

“When they awake, the villagers fall in love with the first person of the opposite sex they meet. This leads to all sorts of unlikely pairings and ultimately the villagers turn to the magician who created the love potion to reverse the spell.”

SAODS was founded as a school society in 1951 and the first production was The Pirates of Penzance, a show that has been performed several times since.

As the group has progressed some of the lesser known operettas of that famous duo have also been performed – Utopia Ltd, Cox and Box, The Zoo.

Over the years some members have gone on to sing with leading opera companies. During this period there have been 15 producers and nine musical directors.

The society has recently won awards for its musical productions. If you are interested in seeing what they do or would like to take part in the next production, contact Hazel by email at, or call 01908 616213.

Tickets for this latest show are Tuesday - Thursday £12 (£11 concessions), Friday and Saturday £14. Call 01525 402457 or 403426, email: