Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure Update

Following the official government notification which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings, we regret to announce that MADS Theatre will close to help slow the spread of coronavirus and to protect our patrons and volunteers. All public performances and social events are postponed, but we hope to be able to present the two remaining productions from our 2019-2020 season in the future. This is an unprecedented event for everyone and we thank you for your continued support and loyalty.

In the meantime, please watch this short video to hear about our plans and aspirations for the rest of 2020.  Thank you.

Best wishes
MADS Theatre

Ugly Duck

by Deborah McAndrew

Thursday, April 10th, 2025


Saturday, April 12th, 2025

“You took a chance advertising like that. ‘Life model. Middle aged male. No experience required.’ You could have got some right whatsit – weirdos.”

Burslem bloke and lifelong Port Vale fan Dennis Hancock is rapidly declining in middle age and sinking into the ranks of the long-term unemployed. In desperation, he answers an ad in the local paper for an artist’s model and discovers unexpected friends in troubled young artist Kat Drosdzowski and her overbearing parents. As Kat begins to paint him, Dennis finds himself exposed in more ways than one. A warm-hearted comedy about life’s struggles, surprising friendships, and the healing power of art.

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