About us

Who we are

ABDABS Youth & Community Theatre was set-up by professional actor Debbie Ruth in 2005 to provide opportunities to help build self confidence, build on self esteem, improve on acting, singing and dancing through workshops, drama activities and productions for people aged 3 to adults in the Oxfordshire area.

Smile All our team are DBS checked and the Team are as follows (click on the names to show/hide more information):

Debbie Ruth - Principal Director

Debbie was brought up in a Theatrical family and is a professional actor, singer & dance, she belongs to Equity who represent professional performers.  Debbie’s mum, Valerie, had her own Theatrical Agency and Dancing School. Debbie initially started dancing at the age of two, with Corona Academy in London and took her first ballet exam at the age of four and passed with Honours. She then went onto become a regular attendee at the Dance Studio (now known as Pineapple) in Covent Garden. She was trained by Gillian Gregory in EnglishTap dancing, studied American Tap and danced with the Junior Ballet Rambert.  She has appeared in several adverts and in BBC productions such as Z Cars and The Little Silver Trumpet. Debbie also made a film with Eyeline Films, Children’s Film Foundation. Debbie attended Phildene Stage School.

Her career later in life took her into singing and dancing and she had her own Old Thyme Music Hall Show with which she toured the Counties. A Londoner by birth, Debbie was a member of the Pearly Kings and Queens and raised well over a hundred thousand pounds for many of her charities in the time she was a part of the Pearlies clan. Whilst appearing with Les Dawson and Faith Brown at the String of Pearls, she was presented to Prince and Prince Michael of Kent. Debbie says she never wanted to be famous when she was younger, just happy to do what she loved best, which was performing on the stage.

A trained teacher and manager, with three children and 4 grandchildren of her own, her passion are people and their self development.  She says she’s happy to be behind the scenes and encourage the young people of our community to build on self esteem, self confidence, life skills and performing arts, and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and hard work all the students put into Abdabs Youth & Community Theatre productions.  You may see Debbie return to the stage or appear on film occasionally, she's still very active in the continuation of her own practice in Musical Theatre.  She appeared in The Full Monty as Georgie in 2010 & Yvonne in Bad Girls The Musical in 2012.  Debbie is an accomplished Director and has directed many productions including Bugsy Malone,  Stuart Little, High School Musical, Back to the 80s Musical, The Witney Story, 'Allo 'Allo, Captain Blackboots & The Wallamagrumba, The Full Monty & more recently Bad Girls The Musical.  Debbie has also appeared in Panto with Travelling Light Productions in December 2014 as PC Pong in Aladdin.  More recently Debbie directed and appeared in Darling Buds of May as Miss Pilchester.

Aimie Beth - BA Performing Arts with specialism in Contemporary Theatre - Vice Principal Director

Aimie Beth has been dancing since the age of two and has numerous dancing medals under her belt. She was actively involved in school drama productions, including The Wizard of Oz as The Sorceress of the North and has appeared in several dance shows.  Aimie Beth produced the choreography for Bugsy Malone, Abdabs first Senior production in 2006.  She completed her GCSE's & A'Level and graduated from Winchester University with a BA in Performing Arts (Contemporary Theatre).  She is an accomplished performer and producer of devised performance achieving Distinction in LAMDA group devised performances.  Aimie Beth has had total responsibility for the choreography for many of Abdabs productions and has definitely risen to the challenge each time! For someone so young she has made a great personal achievement in the production of dance and perfomance.   Aimie Beth is a registered member of Equity.  Amy is currently on a sabbatical from Abdabs.

Theatre & Film experience

2005 - New Theatre, Oxford - Me & My Girl - ensemble

2006 - New Theatre, Oxford - Oliver - ensemble

2007 - New Theatre, Oxford - High School Musical - Mime artist and ensemble

2007 - Abdabs Youth Theatre - Gel - Principle Role - Debbie

2008 - Abdabs Youth Theatre - Score - Principle Role - Juanita

2009 - Abdabs Youth Theatre - High School Musical - Principle Role - Sharpay

2009 - Abdabs Community Theatre - Captain Blackboots - Victoria

2010 - Back to the 80s - Miss Brannigan

2012 - Bad Girls The Musical - Shell Dockley

2012 - Calendar Girls - Elaine


2010 - Scumdog Millionaire - Small role as an Author

2010 - Appeared in a university film

Christie Baldock - Vice Principle Director - Head of Junior School

Christie holds a degree in Community Theatre.  She is a very successful Drama Coach for our Junior & Senior School.  She works during the week in a Secondary School as a Teaching Assistant.

Christie will be co-directing on Wonderland High the Musical.

Christie has performed as follows:

Aladdin - Aladdin

Wendy - Peter Pan

Elvira - Agatha Crispie

Denise/Carrie - Remain Seated

Kathy - Disco Inferno

Mariette - Darling Buds of May

Laura Penneycard - Vice Principle Director with specialism in Theatre & Film

As well as being a professional actress Laura has worked extensively in theatre in education; looking at Shakespeare, historical plays, devised tales, musicals and pantomimes. She runs a company called ‘act1to1’ (see our links page) which offers acting and public speaking tuition for individuals or pairs. Laura has also directed acting workshops and productions both in London & Oxfordshire.  She does workshops with Stagecoach & Bigfoot Theatre Company and also tutors acting at Abingdon Prep School.

We are proud to also have Laura as one of our Patrons.

Dan Abrams - Vice Principal Director - Media

Dan studied media production and art & design at Telford College of Arts & Technology. He has written & directed several short films and recently had a small acting role in 'Scum Dog Millionaire', a feature length movie. Since joining Abdabs in 2007 he has been involved in every production, such as The Witney Story, High School Musical, The Dracula Rock Show, Captain Blackboot's Island & The Wallamagrumba, Allo` Allo`, Back To The 80s & The Full Monty. Other than Theatre & Film, his hobbies include Graphic Design, Music, Parkour/Free Running, Martial Arts, Philosophy, History & Mythology.

Dan is director of media for Abdabs. He designs and creates all of the logos and posters for the company and for the shows. He also designs and maintains the Abdabs website.

Abdabs media involves:

  • Video production
  • Music production
  • Graphic design
  • Visual effects
  • Sound effects
  • Editing
Zoe Denton - Drama Coach

Zoe trained for 3 years at a Performing Arts School and holds a degree in Performing Arts - Contemporary Performance.  She specialises in devising and loves merging different theatre styles and skills to create exciting and modern performances.

Zoe is also a keen actress having performed at:

The Playhouse in Oxford as Jane in Jane Eyre

The Theatre at Chipping Norton in Harold Pinters, The Betrayal

The North Wall Arts Centre - Mark Ravel Hills, Citizenship

Dani Lane Company Assistant Director

Bio to come

James Falconer - Student Director

James is a student with Abdabs and is a very talented performer in all aspects of the performance arena.

Cheryll Dove - Wardrobe Manager

Cheryll's son started with Abdabs approx 3 years ago and Cheryll, more recently, has become involved with helping and supporting our productions.  Cheryll is not new to the performance arena as she also belonged to a Drama Group some years ago.  She made the fantastic costumes for Mulan and Aladdin and we are very grateful to have her on board with the production team.  Cheryll agreed earlier this year to become our Wardrobe Manager for which we are delighted to have her as member of our team!!

Nick – Treasurer & Technical Manager

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