In 1978, Production was handed over to Colin Lapworth and in 1983, David Allen became Musical Director. Since 1983, the Society, now functioning as an independent organisation, has performed at Dunlop Hall, Lichfield Civic Hall and most recently, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
Following the death of Mr. Page, in 1990,Marie Bassett,the Society Secretary for twenty years and stalwart of the Society, became the new President. She is fondly remembered for her unfailing support,loyalty and impish sense of fun
In 2002, Joan Lapworth became our current E.O.S President.Joan has previously served as Society Secretary and Committee Member for many years.Above all,however, Joan is best known for her highly successful performances in thirty productions.
In 1985,Joan won the Birmingham Evening Mail's 'Entertainer of the Year' award for her outstanding portrayal of Mad Margaret in 'Ruddigore'.