Ruscombe Amateaur Theatre Society (RATS) was formed by actress Susan Lynch in Stroud, Gloucestershire in 2013 in an aim to encourage local people to join together and release their dramatic talents.

RATS’ aim is to instil community and amateur drama with a sense of the professional theatrical world. Susan ensures that all rehearsals, workshops and productions are conducted with professional standards and values.

“The company – technical and acting – will already be valued as a fully fledged asset and in turn that is what we will be.” Susan Lynch, founder of RATS.


Beginnings; how did it all start? 

It all started with a conversation between Susan Lynch and her friend Victoria. Victoria and her sister Laura showed a keen interest in dramatics – inherited from their mum, Lou and nana. The sisters knew they would benefit from workshops to give them the confidence to take their desires further, and that was it….RATS was formed.


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