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SECOND PLAY OF OUR 2018 SEASON
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PLAY HAS NOW BEEN CAST)
Owing to a
fall in the numbers of members attending, regular Members'
Evenings / Rehearsed Readings will be suspended for 2013.
will however continue to have an Annual Dinner, Summer
Social and Christmas Party Night.
let us know if you
feel that you would like us to continue with the regular
Members' Evenings - Rehearsed reading nights can still be
arranged as and when anyone wishes to put one on - simply
by contacting the Production Committee.
THEATRE WORKSHOP GROUP
Readings, Dramatic Activity, Invention and Creation
Chris Neville Smith will be pleased to hear from you.
are held monthly in the Theatre Green Room, usually on
Tuesdays at 7.30pm. All members are welcome, as
indeed are ideas and suggestions for potential workshop
activity, e.g. plays, sketches and scenes. They are
organised by Chris, but individual sessions are to be led
by different people, and any member wishing to lead or
contribute to a session will be welcomed.
to pressures of time and use of the City Theatre, there
will in future be only two workshops held between each
mainstream play, on the most appropriate Tuesdays.
contact Chris on 0191 393 0339 for the latest news and
information. He will be pleased to hear from anyone
prepared to offer ideas or help for any workshop.
DDS ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
THE DRAFT VERSION,
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF DURHAM DRAMATIC
(A Company limited by guarantee
and not having a share capital)
DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
1.1 “the Company”
means the Durham Dramatic Society Ltd.
“the Act” means the Companies Act 1985
including any statutory modification or re-enactment
thereof for the time being in force.
“the Articles” means the Articles
of Association of the Company.
“clear days” in relation to a period of
notice means that period excluding the day when the notice
is given or deemed to be given, and the day for which it is
given or on which it is to take effect.
“executed” includes any mode of
means the registered office of the Company.
“Secretary” means the Secretary of the
Company or any other person appointed to perform the duties
of the Secretary of the Company, including a Joint
Assistant or Deputy Secretary.
“Accounting Year and Subscription Year”
means the twelve months commencing 1st January and ending
Register” means the Register of Members to be kept
pursuant to the Act.
United Kingdom” means Great Britain and Northern
1.11 . words importing
the singular number include the plural number and vice
1.12 Words importing the
masculine gender include the feminine gender and vice
1.13 .“in writing”
and “written” include printing, typewriting,
lithography, photography and other modes of representing or
reproducing words in a visible form.
.unless the context otherwise requires, words or
expressions contained in these Articles shall bear the same
meaning as in the Act or any statutory modification of the
Act in force on the date at which these Articles become
binding on the Company.
2.1 The Company is
established for the objects expressed in the Memorandum of
The number of Members with which the Company proposes
to be registered is three hundred, but the Directors may
from time to time register an increase of members.
The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of
the Company and such other persons as are admitted to
membership in accordance with the Articles shall be Members
of the Company.Where admission to membership is granted
prior to 1st July, a full year’s subscription shall
be payable.If membership is granted after that date, the
amount payable shall be 50% of the annual
3.3 The annual
subscription shall be the amount the Company at its Annual
General Meeting shall from time to time decide. The annual
subscription shall be due as at 1st January each
3.4 Every person who wishes
to become a Member shall deliver to the Company an
Application for Membership in such a form as the
Directors require, executed by him.
A Register of Names and Addresses of Members shall be
kept. If any Member shall fail to give a place of
address in the United Kingdom he shall not be entitled to
receive notice of any of the General Meetings or other
proceedings of the Company, and no meetings or other
proceedings shall be invalidated by reason of his not
having received such notice as aforesaid.
The Directors have the right to terminate the
membership of any member at their discretion
If any Member shall fail to pay his annual
subscription by 1st March of the subscription year he shall
be deemed to have resigned his Membership of the Company
and his name shall be removed from the Register, but he
shall remain liable to pay such subscriptions and other
sums due from him.
4.1 There shall be
the following categories of Membership of the
4.1.1 Full Members –
any individual who pays the full subscription as laid down
from time to time by the Members at an Annual General
4.1.2 Junior Members –
any individual under the age of eighteen years old on the
first of January, shall be eligible for Junior Membership
during that year at a reduced subscription, as decided from
time to time by Members at an Annual General Meeting.
Such Junior Members will be entitled to attend and speak at
all General Meetings but will not be entitled to
4.1.3 Family Members –
at the discretion of the Directors, a family rate
subscription may be applied to a family group consisting of
two Full Members, each having one vote, plus a number of
free Junior Members, having no votes . The number of
Junior Members in a Family Membership shall be at the
discretion of the Directors. The names of all the
Members of a family membership group shall be advised to
Members – any individual over the age of eighteen who
is in full time education or vocational training at 1st
January in the Accounting Year, shall be eligible for
Student Membership during that year at a reduced
subscription as decided from time to time by Members at an
Annual General Meeting. Such Student Members will be
entitled to attend, speak and vote at all General
4.1.5 Honorary Members –
any person supporting the aims and objects of the Company,
or any Member or past Member of the Company who has
rendered outstanding service to the Company, may be
appointed by the Directors to be an Honorary Member
of the Company, and shall be entitled to all the rights and
privileges of a Full Member.
Honorary President – any person supporting the
aims and objects of the Company, or any Member or past
Member of the Company who has rendered outstanding service
to the Company, may be invited by the Directors to hold the
position of Honorary President, and shall be entitled to
all the rights and privileges of a Full Member. At
the discretion of the Directors a maximum of two persons
may be invited by the Directors to become Joint
4.1.7 Patron –
any person of eminence or distinction supporting the aims
and objects of the Company may be invited by the Directors
to hold the position of Patron, and shall be entitled to
the rights and privileges of a Full Member.
No person may appear in or produce a theatrical
production for the Company unless they are a Member.
The Directors may waive this requirement at their
5.1 The Company shall
hold a General Meeting in every calendar year as its Annual
General Meeting at such time and place as shall be
determined by the Directors and shall specify the meeting
as such in the notices calling it, provided that every
Annual General Meeting shall be held not more than fifteen
months after the holding of the last preceding Annual
General Meeting. Twenty one clear days notice shall
be given of such a meeting.
full or Honorary Member shall be entitled to raise any
matter relevant to the business of the Company under the
agenda item “Any Other Business” at an Annual
General Meeting provided it has been notified to the
Secretary in writing seven days prior to the Meeting.
The conclusions reached on these matters, even though they
be decided by a vote of the Members present, shall be
deemed to be advisory to the Board of Directors and in no
case will the Board of Directors be bound to implement, or
not implement, such decisions.
General Meetings, other than Annual General Meetings, shall
be called Extraordinary General Meetings.
The Directors may, whenever they think fit, convene
an Extraordinary General Meeting by giving notice in
writing to all Full Members of the Company at least twenty
one clear days prior to the date of the Meeting.
Any twenty Members entitled to vote may request the
Directors to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, and
no such request shall be refused provided that it has been
submitted to the Secretary in writing thirty five days
before the date of the requested Meeting.
No business shall be transacted at any Annual General
Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting unless a quorum is
present when the Meeting proceeds to business. Save
as herein otherwise provided, twenty Members
personally present and entitled to vote shall be a
5.7 If within half an hour
from the time appointed for the holding of a General
Meeting a quorum is not present, the Meeting shall stand
adjourned to a time and place that the Chairman shall
appoint and if at such an adjourned Meeting a quorum
is not present within fifteen minutes from the time
appointed for holding the Meeting the Members present shall
be a quorum.
5.8 The Chairman, or
in his absence the Vice-Chairman, of the Company shall
preside as Chairman at every General Meeting, but if at any
meeting neither be present within fifteen minutes after the
time appointed for holding the same, or if neither shall be
willing to preside, the Members present shall choose some
member of the Directors, or if no such Director be present,
shall choose some Member who shall be present and entitled
to vote thereat to preside.
Chairman of any General Meeting may, with the consent of
the Meeting at which a quorum is present, (and shall if so
directed by the Meeting) adjourn the Meeting from time to
time and from place to place but no business shall be
transacted at the adjourned meeting other than business
which might have been transacted at the meeting from which
the adjournment took place.
all General Meetings a resolution put to the vote of the
meeting shall be decided on a show of hands by a majority
of the Members present and entitled to vote, unless before
or upon the declaration of the result of the show of hands
a secret ballot be demanded by the Chairman or by at least
five Members present and entitled to vote. Unless a
secret ballot be so demanded a declaration by the Chairman
of the Meeting that a resolution has been carried, or has
been carried unanimously or by a particular majority, or
lost, or not carried by a particular majority, shall be
conclusive and an entry to that effect in the Minute Book
of the Company shall be conclusive evidence thereof,
without proof of the number or proportion of the votes
recorded in favour of or against that resolution. The
demand for a secret ballot may be withdrawn.
.If a secret ballot be demanded in the manner
aforesaid, it shall be taken at the Meeting and without
adjournment and any business other than that upon which a
secret ballot has been demanded may be proceeded with
pending the taking of the secret ballot. Two tellers
for the secret ballot shall be appointed by the Chairman of
5.12 .In the case of
an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or in a
secret ballot the Chairman of the Meeting shall be entitled
to a casting vote in addition to the vote to which he may
be entitled as a Member.
.Elections for Officers, Directors, and the Elected
Members of the Production Committee shall be by secret
6. BOARD OF
6.1 The affairs of the
Company shall be managed by the Board of Directors which
shall consist of:-
6.1.2 The Secretary
6.1.4 The Theatre
6.1.5 Production Committee
6.1.6 Six Members elected in
6.1.7 Such additional Members,
not exceeding three, as may be co-opted by the Directors in
any year, provided only that they shall not be co-opted for
more than three years in succession and that they shall not
be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Directors.
No person shall be eligible for election or to serve
or to continue to serve as a Director or for election or to
hold or to continue to hold office as Chairman, Secretary,
Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee Chairman
of the Company unless:-
6.2.1 He has
been a continuous Full Member of the Company for at least
two years previous to the date of the Annual General
Meeting at which he is elected and that all monies payable
by him have been paid.
6.2.2 He shall
have been duly nominated and seconded for election by Full
Members of the Company.
6.2.3 He has indicated to the
Secretary of the Company in writing, for the time being,
his willingness to act.
person will be eligible for election to hold office as
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Theatre Manager of
the Company unless he has served no less than one full year
as a Director at any one time.
person will be eligible for election or to occupy or to
continue to occupy more than one office at a time on the
Board of Directors, with the exception of the Vice-Chairman
who may hold one other office.
Chairman shall be an ex-officio Member of all Committees
and Sub-Committees and as such he shall be given notice of
all Meetings of such Committees and Sub-Committees and be
entitled to be present thereat.
Directors may from time to time and at any time fill any
casual vacancy occurring in the Office of Chairman,
Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production
Committee Chairman, provided that any person so appointed
shall retain this office only until the next Annual General
Meeting, but shall be eligible for re-election.
DISQULIFICATION OF DIRECTORS
The position of Director shall be vacated:-
If he ceases to be a Member of the Company for
7.1.2 If he becomes
of unsound mind
7.1.3 If without leave
of the other Directors he absents himself from the meetings
of the Directors for three consecutive meetings.
If by notice in writing to the Secretary he resigns
7.1.5 If he ceases to hold
office by reason of any order made under the Company
Disqualification Act 1986.
8.1 At the Annual
General Meeting in every year elections will be held for
the offices of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre
Manager and Production Committee Chairman. Previous
holders of these offices will be eligible for
8.2 At the Annual
General Meeting in every year two of the six remaining
Directors shall retire from office but shall not be
eligible for re-election in the same capacity in that
year. Election of the replacements for these two
retiring Directors, together with any vacancies caused by
the election of any other existing Directors to the
positions of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre
Manager or Production Committee Chairman shall be held at
the same Annual General Meeting.
The Directors to retire shall be those who have been
or are deemed to have been longest in office since their
last election or appointment. As between Directors of
equal seniority, the Directors to retire shall in the
absence of agreement be selected from among them by
8.4 The length of time a
Director has been in office shall be computed from his last
election, or in the case of a Director elected or
appointed in place of another person who has retired or has
been elected to the office of Chairman, Secretary,
Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee
Chairman, the date of the last election of the person he
was elected or appointed to replace.
All candidates for Directorships, including Chairman,
Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager, and Production
Committee Chairman, should be nominated and seconded by
full Members of the Company, in writing to the Secretary of
the Company, before the Annual General Meeting, by a date
to be specified in the Agenda for the Annual General
Meeting. The candidates should indicate to the
Secretary of the Company in writing, by a date to be
specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting, for
the time being their willingness to act.
If an election is necessary the Officers and
Directors of the Company shall be elected by secret ballot
at the Annual General Meeting.
MEETINGS OF DIRECTORS
Directors may meet together for the despatch of business,
adjourn and otherwise regulate their meetings as they think
fit, and determine the quorum, being not less than three,
necessary for the transaction of business.
The Chairman of the Company shall be the Chairman of
the Board of Directors and the Directors will elect, at
their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting, one
of themselves to act as Vice Chairman for the coming
9.3 Questions arising at any
meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes and, in the
case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a
second or casting vote.
The Directors shall cause proper books of accounts to be
kept with respect to:-
10.1.1 All sums
of money received and expended by the Company and the
matters in respect of which such receipts and expenditures
10.1.2 All sales and
purchases of goods by the Company.
The assets and liabilities of the Company.
At the Annual General Meeting in every year
the Directors shall lay before the Members of the Company a
proper income and expenditure account for the period since
the last preceding account made up to a date not more than
six months before such meeting, together with a proper
balance sheet made up as at the same date.
Every such balance sheet shall be accompanied by
proper reports of the Treasurer and the Auditors and
copies of such account, balance sheet and reports, all of
which shall be framed in accordance with any statutory
requirements for the time being in force, shall be
available at the Annual General Meeting for the perusal of
10.4 The auditor for the
forthcoming year shall be appointed by the Annual General
10.5 The Treasurer must
approve all expenditure in excess of such sums as the
Directors may from time to time specify.
shall be a Committee to be known as the Production
Committee for the purpose of selecting the programme and
producers and to oversee the production of plays.
The Committee shall consist of:-
A Chairman to be elected annually by the Members of
the Annual General Meeting of the Company.
The Chairman of the Production Committee shall have
been a Member of the Production Committee for at least one
year at any one time.
Members elected at the Annual General Meeting. At the
Annual General Meeting in every year one of the three
Members shall retire from the Committee but shall not be
eligible for re-election in that year. Election of
the replacement for the retiring Member shall be held at
the same Annual General Meeting.
recognised mainstream producers as approved by the
11.2.5 The Chairman of the
Company (ex- officio).
Season shall be deemed to commence on 1st January each
year, and to finish on 31st December each year.
The Chairman and elected Members of the Production
Committee shall be nominated and seconded by full
Members of the Company, in writing to the Secretary of the
Company, before the Annual General Meeting, by a date to be
specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting.
The candidates shall indicate to the Secretary of the
Company, in writing, by a date to be specified in the
Agenda for the Annual General Meeting, for the time being
their willingness to act.
an election is necessary the Chairman and elected members
of the Production Committee shall be elected by secret
ballot at the Annual General Meeting.
The Committee may from time to time invite
representatives of the stage management, wardrobe and
properties staff or any other Member of the Company to
attend their meetings provided only that they do not have a
vote at such meetings.
Committee shall will elect, at their first meeting after
the Annual General Meeting, one of themselves to act as
11.8 A copy of
the Minutes of the Committee shall be lodged with the
Secretary of the Company.
COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES
Any Committee or Sub-Committee of the Company may
regulate its meetings as it thinks fit provided only that
such regulations do not conflict with the Articles or
Byelaws of the Company.
13.1 The Board of
Directors and the Production Committee shall both cause
minutes to be kept on paper for the purpose of all
appointments and proceedings at their meetings. Once
these minutes have been agreed they shall be put on display
for perusal by Members.
Sub-Committees, working parties and the like shall report
to the Directors, so that their actions and/or
recommendations shall be recorded in the Directors’
The Directors may at any time and from time to time
make such general Bye-laws as they shall think conducive to
the attainment of any of the aims and object of the Company
and they may at any time and from time to time rescind or
alter any of such general Bye-laws for the time being in
force but no such general Bye-law and no rescission or any
alteration thereof made by the Directors shall have any
force until the same has been approved by an ordinary
resolution of the Company in General Meeting.
DRAFT 20 Nov. 09
Please don't throw
out your old dry-cleaning bags! DDS Wardrobe department
needs them. Also, any spare wallpaper (2 rolls or more) -
if anyone knows where to get wood-grain effect/stone/brick
pattern wallpaper, please let us know!
available in various colours. To order, contact Lesley on
We now have a
microwave for member use. No more sandwiches during a play
week, and goodbye to cold food on social nights! It will
also be handy for hot food in plays!