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Don’t MISS The Double Bill

As many of you will be aware, we had to cancel our October production of our two one-act plays (The Browning Version and Dirty Business) due to the sudden illness of our leading lady.

Both plays are now back at the very top form and will showcase the dramatic and comedic talent we are lucky enough to have within the group!

You won’t see a better show from actors who are unpaid, but clearly skilled.

So don’t miss this superb pair of plays in one great evening at the Queen’s Hall with CDS!

Book here or drop into Marcus Grimes in Cuckfield.



Men needed in Ditchling

As well as Henfield's need for a new Brian, Ditching need a couple of men as well ...

Ditchling Players Are presenting How the Other Half Loves’ by Alan Ayckbourn in May and are still looking for two men to fill the last two roles:

Bob Phillips – disappointed in his marriage to Teresa and home life – looking for something better.  Is always in conflict with his wife and ignores anything to do with their child.  Employed by Frank Foster and having an affair with Frank’s wife (Age 30 to 50).           

William Featherstone – Works for Frank Foster to whom he is rather ingratiating.  Dominating and controlling towards his wife, Mary.  Bit of a “nerd” for which he overcompensates at times.  (Age 30 to 50).                  

Rehearsals are Tuesdays & Thursdays at Ditchling Village Hall and the production dates are 15th to 18th May.

Henfield Recasting!

URGENT RE-CASTING CALL FOR ‘FULL CIRCLE
with Henfield Theatre Company

Due to serious family illness one of our cast members has had to drop out, leaving an urgent need for someone to take on the following character role in their March play, Full Circle .

A black comedy about a family in the immediate build up to a wedding and a few days after. In the tense atmosphere of preparing for the wedding of the century (in Mum Linda’s eyes) various family skeletons come tumbling out of long, firmly locked, closets and natural disaster threatens the big day’s content. Brian, the long suffering husband/father of the bride has to take control and pick up the many pieces.

The Character portrait is:-

Brian (45-55): a very likeable, funny individual, who doesn’t take life too seriously although he is quite capable of
intensity given the right reason. He loves his wife and child and is sometimes a little over protective. He is a ‘live and
let live’ kind of person. He is very intelligent but allows his wife to make all the major decisions in the house and
very rarely puts his foot down. He has a very special relationship with his mother (Dee). He sometimes gets
frustrated with Wills from next door, but it is a comical, not derisory, relationship.

Rehearsals have just started on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with Sundays nearer the production dates of 14/15/16 March.

Director Malcolm Harrington would like to hear from anyone who feels that they, or someone they know, would like to take on this challenging but rewarding role.

Please contact him on 07788713864 or email [email protected]  ASAP to get more information and a script, and arrange a brief meeting /audition.

Peter Gilbert cast!

We are delighted to welcome Josh Hards to both CDS and to the cast of The Browning Version.

Josh joins the existing cast members of this moving play, considered to be Rattigan’s finest work – and we are sure one of the best in Cuckfield too!

JOHN TAPLOW — a schoolboy Logan Brewer
FRANK HUNTER — the chemistry  master Simon Perkins
MlLLIE CROCKER-HARRIS — wife of Andrew Hazelle Woodhurst
ANDREW CROCKER-HARRIS  – a classics master Philip Robinson
DR. FROBISHER — the headmaster Laurence Leng
PETER GILBERT — a modern languages teacher Josh Hards
MRS GILBERT— wife of Peter Heather Gosling

(If you missed out on our recent auditions the Hurstpierpoint Players are auditioning this week for Rope – see our page here for details of that and other acting opportunities we are aware of!)

New Peter Gilbert SOUGHT!

Our delayed October Double Bill will be staged at the end of February as …(drum roll)… The February Double Bill. All the cast for the two plays are available – bar one part in The Browning Version.

So we need to recast the supporting role of PETER GILBERT in this classic one act play.

Anyone able to play a young(ish) man (with appropriate makeup if required!) is invited to come along on Saturday 5th January from 11am to meet the cast and director Emma at the White Harte meeting roomAnd of course you can read Peter Gilbert’s lines.

  • The performances are Thu 21st – Sat 23rd February (half term week)
  • The scenes that the Gilberts are in are quite limited
    • And Peter Gilbert has about 50 lines
    • So the rehearsals should only be a few evenings or at weekends
    • Peter is the younger successor teacher to the protagonist Crocker-Harris (whi is in his 60s)

Might this suit you, or someone you know?

  • Experience would be ideal – but we will support anyone who is willing and able!
    • These roles might well suit a student (A level or University) who loves theatre and who would like to work with a group of experienced actors.
    • Or it would just as well suit a slightly older man who’d like to work with CDS.
  • With focused rehearsals we think the impact on academic work will be minimal, and it will all be over before the end of half-term.
  • So please pass this on to any contacts who may be interested

About the Play

  • The Browning Version is often considered Rattigan’s masterpiece, tells a story of British reserve, as 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 Crocker-Harris to retire from teaching Latin & Greek at a public school. 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.
  • Peter Gilbert is the incoming modern languages teacher, who togther with his wide will be moving into the Crocker-Harris’s flat (where all the play is set), together with his wife. Crocker-Harris therefore has to face the fact that he is being replaced in his marriage, his position, academic subject and home as well … But he finds solace from an unexpected source…
     

Christmas Cabaret Tickets

Priority (CDS members) booking for tickets will end on Monday and sales to the rest of Cuckfield and the public will start at 7am that day.

Saturday sold especially quickly again – but there are still seats left as well as plenty for the Friday. We do expect the event to sell out (as in previous years -so we encourage members to book this weekend and everyone to do so as soon as possible.

Online card sales do not carry any extra fee, but from Monday you can also book in other ways such as by phone and at Marcus Grimes.


And if you also fancy a local traditional Xmas show in the form of a Pantomine we have several now listed on our Coming Up Elsewhere local listings page.

If you go please mention CDS when booking and encourage other groups to help spread publicity  and awareness of local amateur theatre! There may only be four or so CDS shows per year, but you can see a lot of other entertainment within 10 miles of home!