Murder On Air

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Major Sidd really does Ride Again!

We are presenting another performance of MajorSiddMurder On Air as a fund raiser for Hassocks Cancer Research group on Saturday April 15th.

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The location will be at The Hassocks hotel and pub, (next to Hassocks Railway station on the southbound side).

CDS crime logo4The menu will be a cold starter of pate & cheese, followed by chilli con carne (or con quorn) with rice & salad. A selection of fine desserts will be auctioned!

Seats are £20 each and are on tables of eight.  Please mention if you want the vegetarian option when booking.


Doors open 7:00pm, show starts 7:30pm, show ends approx 10:30pm

Taking a leaf from our first perfomance with Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary the evening will include a  pudding auction (by table).  The highest bid a table will win the most desirable  dessert!

As a co-production with Cuckfield & Lindfield Rotary Club  “Murder On Air!” by Andrew Hull was first presented on Friday Octoberotarywheel3r 7th.

This first CDS murder mystery evening included dinner, provided by Rotary, with CDS performing the dramatic parts of the evening.

CDS crime logo4Featuring a cast from some CDS regulars plus more of the best from Hurstpierpoint Players , Henfield Theatre Company and The Victory Players in Balcombe all agreed that this was a very superior Murder Mystery!

With some high class acting and some upper class accents (among others) he murder mystery was a great short play accompanying a fine dinner, with a break for a pudding auction where donated desert courses were bid for by different tables.

Bringing back the golden days of radio Murder On Air is a drama set at a 1957 recording of a popular BBC Light Programme sitcom, Major Siddlington Rides Out.

All profits from the evening will be going to local mental health charities jointly selected by Rotary and CDS.

The venue was the Millennium Hall in the Village Centre at Scaynes Hill.

Doors open 7:00pm, show starts 7:30pm, carriages 10:30pm.

Murder on Air!

By Andrew Hull

In the 1950’s television was still the upstart progeny of On Airthe nation’s favourite medium – radio!

The play is set in 1957 at the BBC recording of the final episode of popular radio sitcom after a run of seven years.

Once the BBC’s top comedy “Major Siddlington Rides Out”, is the story of a retired army officer with more than an eye for the ladies, as well as a highly suspicious wife. Somehow, often with the help of his butler, Jacobs, he always seems to escape discovery.

At one time the UK audience alone was over ten million, but after changes in writers, and the removal of soMajorSiddme old characters the listener numbers have begun to decline and “Major Sidd” is due to draw to a close with the recording of a special episode titled “The Major’s Last Ride”.

A select audience has been invited to witness this historic event and meet the cast and crew at an after party,  However, tensions are running high and the cast and crew are not quite the happy family that the public have been led to believe…


Casting for Murder On Air!, includes some faces familiar to CDS as well as some new ones who we warmly welcome!

With an impressive range of experience they will be helping us bring Major Siddlington Rides Out to life, as well as letting the audience glimpse behind the scenes at the a recording that will be final in  more ways than one!

Role (in Major Sidd)
Played By
Alan Morrison Major Siddlington Philip Robinson
Emily Barrett  Daphne Siddlington Liz Gibson
Richard Cross Jacobs, the Butler Charles Metcalfe
Anne Warren Sally, the Housemaid Phoebe Izzard Davey
Jimmy Slater Various Characters Wilkie Dickinson-Sparke

(Oct 2016: Ali Somers )

Vickie Lynch Penny, the Country Club Manager Hazelle  Woodhurst-White
Roger Whitfield The BBC Producer Martin Sheldon
Peter Clarke Sound Man Paul Davey
Donna Edmunds Production Assistant Isobel Holloway