Urgent Casting!

Your chance to break into movies …

A female role needs to be recast for a short film being made by Haywards Heath Movie Makers playing alongside several faces well known to CDS and other local societies.

Filming will be in Balcombe Church over a 2 day period on Jan 29 and Jan 31 (yet to be confirmed).

Natalie, in her mid 30’s or younger, is the daughter of Ted, and wants to uncover the mystery of  why she never knew her father’s other brother .   She has about 12 lines in total.

This short film is set around a family memorial (church and village hall) for George the elder brother of the Trevellian family, when Natalie discovers she has another uncle Arthur whom she never knew about, and who left under a cloud …

If interested please contact David Fenn ASAP!

The script can  be read here:  The Elephant-V9.docx

Reviews and comments

See the feedback from NODA and elsewhere on Uncle Vanya!

  • an excellent job … Well done to Cuckfield Dramatic Society in giving us the blend of humour and sadness at the heart of Uncle Vanya – Dee Sharpe (NODA)
  • There was a really high standard of acting and production throughout and your enjoyment communicated itself to the audience… It seems a shame that such a splendid production will not be seen more widely. – David
  • What a tour de force!  You all did a superb job with a difficult play – Sheila M
  • We were enthralled by a lively, engaging interpretation of this classic and learned loads, thought-provoking and good! Well Done! – Sarah

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Vanya Arrives with a Bang!

Uncle Vanya opened on Wednesday with the house over 90% full!

The set and costumes looked amazing, surpassed only by the  quality of the acting from the fine set of actors as CDS brought rural Russia to Cuckfield.

See the comments already received or if you saw the show already add your own!

There are some gunshots in the play, (even  if you are don’t know the story that’s not a spoiler – there are warning  signs in the lobby), but the tension and frustration are so palpable that the actual shots are a welcome release!

There’s still time and seats to book – check for the latest – or buy at the door if there are any left!




Sussex Harmonisers Barbershop

If you are a male singer looking for a find a suitable home for your voice, the Sussex Harmonisers would like to invite you to an open rehearsal of their male-voice chorus.

The Harmonisers is a sociable chorus which offers a warm welcome and an opportunity to develop your singing skills under the guidance of our talented music team.

Their open rehearsal takes place on Tuesday 24 October at 7.30pm at our normal rehearsal venue: St Paul’s Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill RH15 8GA.

The music is ready and the kettle is on Just drop in and they’ll do the rest!

The Sussex Harmonisers is a Registered Charity (number 1146107).

For more information, visit www.sussexharmonisers.org.uk or call Brian on 01273 553 102.


Vanya Playlists

As part of the work to develop our characters and having a little fun to boot, the cast of Uncle Vanya contributed some ideas for appropriate music for their characters.

A  one off joke to illustrate characterisation and traits turned out to be rather fun and got the whole cast bonding with some themed music suggestions included Heavy Rock, ABBA and The Beatles!

We are now posting playlists for each of the characters on our social media (twitter & facebook) or search for the hashtag #VanyaPlaylists.

You can also follow the progress here on the website for each character(Vanya, Helena, Sonia, Marina, Mme Voitskaya, Professor Serebryakov, Telegin, Doctor Astrov and Workman & Watchman)


And you can even leave your own suggestions!