Merstham Amateur Dramatic Society was founded back in 1931, soon after the Village Hall in Merstham had been built. In its early days MADS was an Operatic & Dramatic Society, often performing G&S operas

The Society was re-started after World War II, by Merstham author and actress Joy Anderson and went on to become one of the foremost Amateur Societies in the area

The Society was a founder member of the Betchworth Drama Festival of One-act Plays (now called the Southern Counties Drama Festival) and notched up many successes in this local competition, in which the winners go forward to successive rounds culminating in the All England Theatre Festival – originally organized by the British Drama League. The high-point of this for MADS was probably 1973 when its production of ‘Epilogue to St Joan’ (by George Bernard-Shaw) reached the final in Birmingham and came a close runner-up