How do we top this?

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!

Joan Collins

Open Audition Announcement!

“Their big-heartedness is growing their membership and their accomplished performances fill the seats.” 

The Browning Version
by Terence Rattigan

Performances  October 24th – 27th  Oct (half term week)

Roles for 5m, 2f

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.