Founded in 1936, Totnes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society have been performing ever since to the local people of Totnes from family pantomimes to full blown musicals! When in 1959 the new Civic Hall was completed the grand opening performance was HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury. By the late 1960s the society was producing plays and an annual pantomime but no musicals, although a locally written musical comedy, Willow Green by Douglas Donald, was staged in 1967. For over ten years the society languished until, in 1983, we once again tried a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado. This proved to be our last G&S, but it started the pattern of ‘musical subsidised by panto’ which lasted until the late 2000s. In recent years rising costs and falling revenues have made regular musicals harder to sustain, but the tradition of an annual pantomime in the town continues and we hope TAODS will continue to entertain the people of Totnes for many years to come.