MODS is the Southend Mencap Operatic and Dramatic Society. It is a drama group for adults with learning disabilities, who meet every Wednesday evening between 6.45pm and 9pm at The St John Fisher Church on Cuckoo Corner roundabout, Southend.
Due to the popularity of the club there are currently no spaces available but there is a waiting list in operation that you can be placed on for when a position in the club becomes available. If you are interested in becoming part of the drama group, please contact us at Southend Mencap.
The group is run by Andrew and Georgie Watson who, with their dedicated band of volunteers, support the members in learning their own individual parts for the annual MODS performance. The list of shows and their titles currently sits at:
2006 it was Gunshots and Golden Garters
2007 it was Pretty Petals
2008 it was Rings and Rainbows
2009 it was Paint the Sky with Stars
2010 it was Cutthroats and Coconuts
2011 it was Why do Fools Fall in Love?
2012 it was Look with your Heart
2013 it was Pretty Petals – The Musical
2014 it was The Colours of My Life
2015 it was Fallen Angel
2016 it was Silent Shadows
2017 it was From Broadway to Bognor
Up until 2012, these shows were performed at The Eastwood School Theatre and we are extremely grateful to the school for their support of the group over the years.
However, 2013 and 2015 saw the cast perform at The Cliffs Pavilion and both shows proved that this amazing group of people deserve to be on the bigger stage.
Additionally, though, the 2016 and 2017 shows were performed at Westcliff’s historic Palace Theatre as this allowed the students to deliver two performances per show and they were so well received by the audience but also the Palace staff that the group are now seen as a regular ‘booker’ by Southend Theatres and this will allow all future shows to be performed at The Palace Theatre during November. Details of the 2018 shows will be posted by the Spring of 2018.
For a copy of the MODS flyer detailing where and when the group meet, please go to our Flyers page and select the MODS photo.