EODS can trace its roots back to November 1881, when an Entertainment was organised in the Evesham Farmers and Merchants Hall (now the Public Hall). The Entertainment consisted of some musical items and a play “Bardell versus Pickwick” performed by members of the Evesham Institute Discussion Class. The play was a success and as a result the Evesham Amateur Dramatic Society (EADS) was formed within a couple of weeks.
EADS was an instant success and, with the exception of the period 1915 to 1919, presented plays almost every year up until the outbreak of war in 1939. A list of the shows is attached.
In 1902 the Evesham Amateur Operatic Society (EAOS) was formed. Their first production was “The Mikado” and the society quickly gained a very good reputation throughout the Midlands. A list of their shows is also attached.
In 1946, after the war, it was decided to combine the two Societies as Evesham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (EAODS). From 1947 to 1951 we performed in the Lifford Hall, Broadway. We returned to Evesham Public Hall in 1951 and this became our "home" until 1979 when the Evesham Arts Centre was built.
In the late 1960’s, the word Amateur was dropped from our title and we became EODS. Now in our One Hundred and Thirtieth year, we can claim not only to be one of the oldest societies in Evesham, beaten only by the Rowing Club, but also one of the oldest operatic and dramatic societies in the country! The list of shows performed since the merger is attached.