The latest CDS Newsletter has just been sent to remind members and friends that we have a social evening this week, as well as a final role to fill in The Browning Version.
You can read it online here or get your own copy by email!
A personal message to CDS members from our President about the third outing of Bridge to Farce last week:
If you were not at the performance(s) at The Capitol Theatre , Horsham (the full three act play) on 24/25 August, you missed a great event.
When I re-formed the Cuckfield Dramatic Society in 1994 – I hope that you have read the story on our website – I hoped and expected a “normal” amateur dramatic society. My ambitions were for a great camaraderie, mainly successful productions (with perhaps one or two failures !), and a good reputation in the community.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a professional performance at a professional theatre in a play written for us by two of our talented members Richard Willis and Paul Ruse.
Next year we are about to celebrate our quarter of a century and my greatest satisfaction has been to watch the members, some of whom joined us with little or no experience of any aspect of amateur dramatics (together with more experienced newcomers) and many of the relative beginners have improved beyond all recognition. We now have “stars” in every department !
Nowadays we are also asked to perform our plays in other venues, including for charity events.
Our enthusiastic members have extended our repertoire such as the Christmas Cabaret and the February Frolics with wonderfully themed decorations in the Queen’s Hall also including delicious food for our appreciative audiences.
BUT – there is always a But – how do we top all of this ? We have reached the stars – are the planets too far for our 25th Anniversary?
Here’s to the future of CDS!
“Their big-heartedness is growing their membership and their accomplished performances fill the seats.”
Performances October 24th – 27th Oct (half term week)
This one act play, often considered Rattigan’s masterpiece, tells a story of British reserve where characters develop and and the situation builds to an intense emotional peak that finally reveals the sensitivity behind the stiff upper lip with unexpected strength replacing weakness.
Ill health is forcing Andrew to retire from teaching. His wife despises him for his failures and finds consolation with Frank, a younger teacher. She openly taunts Andrew while Frank watches with disgust and shame. The wife knows she has lost Frank- but even more bitter is the realization he’s now Andrew’s fast friend.
You will also see (on the right hand column of wider screens) that we have some randomised images and links to some of our regular programmes advertisers as well as other worthy events either or in or around Cuckfield such as the upcoming outdoor Shakespeare and the upscaled Bridge to Farce production in Horsham.
These are provided gratis, and we encourage other Cuckfield organisations to reciprocate!
Ever wondered what that bewildering set of knobs and sliders on a sound desk do? Wanted to produce better sound in support of your play?
Lean the skills and techniques of theatrical sound production from an experienced professional from Ariel Ltd, in this workshop session (25 people max).
Support local amateur theatre and muscials!
Great fun and great value on your doorstep!
After unlucky 13 attempts surely it must be a lucky 14th attempt for Leanne Knapman to become Mayor of the Independent State of Cuckfield in 2018.
CDS officially adopted Leanne as our candidate for this unique charity where all the money raised by the mayoral candidates goes to local good causes.
Why not help her raise the necessary £££ votes needed by joining in a team for Ted’s Mega Quiz at The White Harte on Sunday Jun 24th at 4pm!
Last time the CDS team won the pot! Can we do it again?
CDS members have priority booking for a week before public online sales and telephone sales open on May 30th.
Our president Joan Collins has written a short history of CDS and how it came to be reformed in 1994, and some of the many highlights and people involved along the way.