Another Bridge To Farce Review


(Text from review in Holy Trinity Parish Magazine for July 2017)

Brian Cutler reviews the latest offering from Cuckfield Dramatic Society, ‘Bridge to Farce

[WARNING – For those still to see the show at Hurstpierpoint this review contains spoilers!]

It has been said that farce treats the improbable as probable and the impossible as possible. The idea of two couples mistaking the venue of their Saturday night out and ending up with totally different evenings to what they had been expecting is really quite improbable, if not impossible. However, this is exactly what Richard Willis and Paul Ruse’s new play, Bridge to Farce, convinces you can happen.

The Nicol-Stevens (Margaret, the politically ambitious wife, and Norman, a henpecked, golf loving husband), are expecting a couple they do not know, the Websters, for a game of bridge. The young couple that arrive, Barrie and Angie, are looking forward, somewhat anxiously, to a totally different kind of evening, a wife swapping party. As other guests arrive the opportunity for misunderstanding and double entendre are innumerable and the language of bridge subjected to the strangest of interpretations.

Meanwhile, the Collin (George, a photographer, and Zoe, a model, both of whom enjoy the recreational use of sex and drugs to the full), are awaiting their unknown and anonymous guests. The real Websters arrive and soon find that this is not quite the evening that they had in mind either. However, by the time that they realise their mistake, they are enjoying the evening so much that they suggest the Nicol-Stevens join them. Chaos reigns with some resolution in the final act, though the investigations of DS Doyle, the perspicacity of the prosecuting counsel, Nailer, and the judgement of the local magistrate, none of the other than Norman Nicol-Stevens.

This amusing and entertaining piece has no fewer than 21 roles undertaken by a cast of 15 talented actors. However, their success is not primarily in any individual performance, but in how the Director, Sophie Bradshaw, enabled the whole company to work together to produce a lively, engaging and fun show. Of course farce can be seen as just that – something to make us laugh. However it does also demonstrate just how much perception is dependent upon expectation, on the mind set with which we approach any issue.

Watch out for CDS’ next production, Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, in the autumn.

There is also a review on the NODA website – see link here.



Bridge To Farce T-Shirts!

Yes, leaving  no opportunity to promote the show and celebrating our first World Tour of Mid-Sussex CDS cast and crew have been spotted in these very fetching tour T-shirts featuring the CDS banner and the WIllis-Ruse Bridge To Farce play logo! (Like the play itself this image is copyright and the colour parts are kindly used by permission of Richard Willis and  Paul Ruse)

CDS logo copyright 2014, 2017 Cuckfield Dramatic Society
Bridge To Farce logo copyright 2017 Richard Willis & Paul Ruse



Hurstpierpoint Dates Approach!

CDS’s “world” tour to Hurstpierpoint gets ever closer and sales hit a new peak on Thurs 20th with 13 days to go to the opening night on Wed August 2nd.

Obviously CDS’s increasingly fine reputation speaks for itself, but a poster/flyer and online publicity campaign to reach as many new potential audience members seems to be bringing in the results needed!

While seats are being snapped up increasingly fast  there are still many good choices and you will not find better entertainment or more laughs on your doorstep for such a bargain price!

Book now and don’t miss the Sussex show of the summer!


Men Wanted in Hurst…

  • UPDATE:  Hurst Players are still looking to cast some male roles (some mature roles and some with a playing age under 35 ).
  • Most of the remaining parts are not too big, but it is a big cast and men are needed to play alongside Hobson’s younger daughters)
  • For more details see our Other Auditions page about Hurst Players upcoming audtions for Hobson’s Choice which will form part of the Hurst Festival.
  • CDS lists information about other shows and auditions nearby!
  • If you are part of another local group just send us the details!



Singers Wanted…

Plans are being hatched for the 2017 Christmas Cabaret…  after the success of the 2015 and 2016 shows… but as such a fount of new talent CDS has been approached by a production company to help them find new singers of quality …

Why not warm up for a knock ’em dead performance with a BBC pilot show being made by Whizzkid TV ?


Whizzkid TV are looking for people who love to sing, aged 18 or over, for a non-broadcast* pilot of a new Singing Gameshow.

  • Deadline for applications is 17th September 2017 and you must be 18 years or more on that date
  • Filming in November 2017 – (So  it would make an ideal warm up for Christmas  Cabaret 2017!)
  • To apply click here to email BBCPILOT@WHIZZKID.TV

*except no doubt when you are rich and famous



Bridge To Farce REPRISED!

Yes, it’s official –  CDS has been able to agree use of the Players Theatre, in Hurstpierpoint, the home of its resident company the  Hurst Players.

As well as an available slot at the Players Theatres all the Cuckfield cast have agreed to repise their roles and perform before their holidays from Weds 2nd to Sat 5th of August.

Show dates have been published to facebook, and tickets are already on sale!

Prices are slightly higher than at the Queen’s Hall, and are not on sale this time in Cuckfield shops. However you can book online with a flat rate booking fee of just £1 (for any number of tickets).

Alternatively please contact the CDS box office  by  email or leave a message on the answerphone on 01444 848156.

As well as making online booking cheaper for this show we have first night discount. If you buy two or more seats and save £1 on each one, making  the cost per seat only £9.

  • Why not book a pair of tickets online now for the Wednesday – for  just £19 (when you select e-ticket delivery)





NODA review of Bridge To Farce

“a well-rehearsed, slick production by an extremely talented group, with well cued sound.”

“a fast moving ‘swinging’ three act Comedy Farce to be performed for the first outing in Cuckfield. An entertainment of cross-purposes resulting in compromising, hysterical situations.”

“beautifully executed ”

“[the] constant misunderstanding causing the audience little time for belly laugh recovery!”

Read the full review of Bridge To Farce at the NODA website!



St Lawrence Fayre – Sat 1st

Cast members and others will be at the St Lawrence Fayre in Hurstpierpoint this Sat 1st July at the Hurst Players Stall to promote Bridge To Farce‘s upcoming touring show at the Players Theatre in August!


Where to Park
The easiest places to park are Trinity Road Car Park, or Browns car park  just behind the High street on opposite side to the park, or nearby residential streets.

Access to car parks is off Cuckfield Road, if coming from South from Cuckfield then Trinity Road will be on your left, just before you reach the mini roundabout at top of Hurst High St.

Entrances onto the recreation ground are from ‘South Avenue’, which leads off the High street, if you are driving into Hurst from the Hassocks end, or,  you can walk up ‘Pit Lane’, which is also straight off the High street and sits between a Lloyds Pharmacy and Gibson’s Green Grocers on each corner.






Cream Teas in Hurstpierpoint – Sun 2nd

After the fun of the St Lawrence Fayre (on Saturday 1st), why not make a plan on Sunday 2nd July relax with a cream tea at an open garden event in support of the Hurst Players Theatre and the village of Hurstpierpoint?

[As the Players Theatre has been kind enough to host the reprise of Bridge To Farce and we have conducted some technical training in the venue CDS wishes them all the best with their fund raising]

As part of the fund-raising for the refurbishment of the Players Theatre, Michael and Annette are opening their lovely garden to offer visitors a wonderful cream tea in a relaxing environment.

Cream Tea Poster
There will be a plant stall and other garden-inspired items for sale. If you have any spare plants or any thing that you think might be good for this table (including spare carrier bags), please let Michael and Annette or the Hurst Players know.

CDS will be publicising some of their other fundraising events such as a Non-Stop Shakespeare marathon (12-15th October)!