Sussex Living covers CDS

Have you seen the October issue of Sussex Living Magazine?

There’s an article on CDS’s renewal “High Society“,  and how we have found new success (after coming close to demise), as well as letting people across MId-Sussex know about October’s Uncle Vanya .

  • One of the themes is that quality performances and acting bring a regular audience back, and that in this busy digital age we need to work hard to publicise our shows and activities both online and in print!
  • Cooperating with  other groups and welcoming new members keeps our ideas fresh and lively, and we hope will bring new people into the village and our audience!
  • CDS is doing more, but it takes not only actors, but a producer,  director, and backstage and front of house teams to bring a show to the stage.
  • We aim to develop new chiefs as well as indians, so if you’ve ever though about getting involved in any way why not find out more about a fun and satisfying hobby!
Or read the whole magazine  online  – the CDS article is on page 12


Hurst Players – Non-Stop Shakespeare

October 12-15, 2017

Hurst Players have asked if anyone at CDS (and elsewhere) would be willing to help them in this fund raising event by helping to read a play.

STOP PRESS – as well as a raffle “with lots of lovely prizes”,  and “a souvenir programme for sale.” we can also tell you that the Players have a 24 hour bar!  Which of those leapt out at us most we wonder …

  • Remember the Players were kind enough to allow us to take Bridge To Farce on tour there this summer and several CDS members are Hurst Players members as well.

The readings will go on 24 hours a day from 7.30pm on Thursday, October 12th, until whatever time they finish on Sunday 15th.

The Players are running this event to keep live theatre alive in Hurstpierpoint. The Players Theatre’s building was built in 1817 and was converted to a theatre by them in 1976. It has been apparent for a while now that the theatre building is in need of some significant maintenance and refurbishment work. for which they need to raise about £145,000.

Their intention is to read all 37 plays in this 70-hour marathon and we are inviting friends, schools, professional actors, amateur drama groups, local organisation, in fact anyone who is interested, to get involved!


  • With Uncle Vanya coming less than two weeks later e many of the cast and production team may be unable to devote large amounts of time to supporting the Players, so we are asking any one who can spare some time to help out and figuratively wave  the CDS flag in support!
  • Hurst Players are not asking for money;  although, if you felt able, any donation to the refurbishment fund would be gratefully received and acknowledged in their souvenir programme.

We contacted the Shakespeare Centre Library looking for advice on how long we might have to allow if we were to read right through, they said: “You deserve a huge amount of money if you’re going to read through all of Shakespeare’s plays! Going on the productions done here by the RSC, and taking at least half an hour off their running time, it would take anywhere between 60 – 80 hours to go through all the plays, depending on your texts and the speed of your readers.”The Players Theatre is a community asset and is used by Hurstpierpoint Players, Hurst Festival, Hurst Village Cinema, Centre Stage Children’s theatre as well as many other touring theatre and musical shows. The theatre also shows National Theatre Live screenings on a regular basis. Details of all events that happen in the theatre can be found at . The intention of this refurbishment is to make the place more comfortable for the audiences and users of the theatre.






September Club Night & Social

Free & Open to all! Wednesday 20th September

(a collection for Leanne’s campaign for Mayor will be taken)
 At the White Harte meeting room at 8pm!

Would We Lie To You? Or Will You Lie To Us?

Briefing material will be handed out to those taking a turn
So no preparation is required!
Bring nothing except your imagination (if you want to take part)
But in any case be sure to bring your sense of humour!

September’s club night event is open to everyone (potential members, guests, the public) and will be an evening of improvisational practice at being convincing –  or as some of us call it “Acting”.

  • We will be asking other local clubs (theatre and others) if they would like to come and share the fun with us!
  • Watch or join in it’s your choice!

Taking inspiration from TV shows such as “Would I Lie To You?” people will take turns to tell tall tales, which may or may not be true.

  • Spot the liars! Identity the Truth!
  • Massive prizes!  Fame and glory!
  • Guest appearances by Hollywood and West End Stars!
  • Free OBE’s for all attendees …

Can you spot the truth from the acting?

Who will be provide the most Unbelievable Truth and the most convincing lies?
Can you Call My Bluff in defining obscure words or making up a red herring?

Visitors from other groups, or anyone interested in some free entertainment are very welcome!