The Dales Music and Drama Group started life at the Albion Congregational Church in Sneinton, Nottingham during the mid 1950s. No-one is sure of the exact date, however the earliest traces can be pinpointed 1957.
The Group started initially putting on Pantomimes as the Sunday School and involved the children, teachers and some Church members. The first productions were performed at the YMCA hall on Nottintone Street, Sneinton road. The building no longer exists and has been replaced by an infants’ school.
The group was known as the Albion Drama Group in the early days and as well as pantomimes soon started to add plays to it’s repertoire. Plays like ‘Quiet Wedding’, ‘Quiet Weekend’. In the late ’60’s the group took a new turn and performed the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta ‘HMS Pinafore’. This led to a name change to The Albion Music and Drama Group. Still based at the now Albion United Reformed Church. Other G & S operettas performed were ‘Pirates of Penzance’, ‘The Mikado’, ‘The Sorcerer’, ‘Grand Duke’.
Into the ’70’s and more adventurous productions like ‘The Pyjama Game’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ as well as a Grand ‘Gala Performance’, an ambitious mainly musical extravaganza with many different types of musical numbers from the Classics to the Beatles. Also during the ’70’s and ’80’s we performed home grown revues written by the members of the group. These were well received shows with titles like ‘Keep Taking the Tablets’, ‘I’m Sorry It’s off Sir’ and ‘Wake Up at the Back There’.
During this period the group also went carol singing, raising money for charity at Christmas. Plays included ‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crimes, ‘Madness in May’ and ‘House Guest’.
In 1986 the Albion Church closed down and merged with the Parkdale URC to become ‘The Dales Church’ based in Bakersfield, about one and a half miles further up the road. The last show performed at the Albion was ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
The first show at the Dales URC, was a repeat performance of the second ‘Gala Performance’, done as a ‘House Warming Concert’. This was quickly followed by ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Ruddigore’. Plays included ‘Tomb with a view’ by Norman Robbins and a repeat performance of ‘The Ghost Train’, in which a lot of the props were loaned by ‘The Great Central Railway’ based at Loughborough.
During the 90s the group was renamed to the ‘The Dales Music and Drama Group’. More recently the group has performed shows such as Joseph and His Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat, 12 Angry Men, Jack and Jill and A Tomb With a View.