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.  [spoiler removed!]

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.




Opening Night is Wednesday!

Don’t Miss Your Second Chance!

Re-opening night is nearly here and the cast are ready to bring Bridge To Farce to the people of Hurstpierpoint.

They may have 01273 phone numbers and a BN6 post code, but we are sure they will welcome both everyone from Cuckfield (whether in cast, crew or audience) and they will laugh at the same jokes and double entendres!

One thing is certain, the remaining tickets are likely to be snapped up as this super show takes to the boards at Hurst!

So come and see it up close and even more personal in this lovely little theatre!




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!



One Needed for Hobson’s Choice!

Hurst Players need an actor needed to play the lawyer Albert Prosser – playing age between 20 and 40.

  • It would be an easy role for an experienced actor, or a nice straightforward one for someone who wants to try a new skill!

All you need is a little imagination and a willingness to try “playing dress up and let’s pretend”  as one person put it!

This is increasingly urgent as rehearsals start this week – although for a small role we understand that the degree of attendance is negotiable!

In the 1954 film the role was played by Richard Wattis!


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 [email protected]

*except no doubt when you are rich and famous