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Latest Newsletter

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      • We have added links to corresponding sections on CDSWEB where appropriate.
Join CDS in celebrating the Independent State of Cuckfield on Saturday 19th

Flyers Available for Comedies of Class

Can you help distribute these flyers in and around Cuckfield?

Publicity is often one of the most underestimated off stage tasks needed! But if you don’t tell them they can’t come!

Please support CDS by say, putting one in a back window of your car and having a few to pass on to friends or drop off at shops and pin to community notice boards.

You can collect flyers from the Queen’s Hall or contact us if you need larger numbers or have locations for a poster sized at A4, A3 or even A2 boards!

October Auditions Next Week – UPDATE!

The first auditions for our October Double Bill of two short plays are this coming week on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Come along to the meeting room at the White Harte Inne at 8pm either day.

The Bear was announced first and is the priority for casting (due to director unavailability in July).

  • We had hoped to also hold auditions for the other play, but that’s not possible – so these auditions are only for The Bear.

For more details see the auditions page!


Double Bill Review

The Browning Version and Dirty Business received high praise from many who came to see it in February including NODA reviewer Dee Sharpe.

The intense emotions of Rattigan’s tale of social mores and a faled marriage were perfectly counterpointed by the rather lighter tale of council cuts and a couple of cleaners, Whichever you enjoyed most we hope you felt the show was worth waiting form after the cancellation of the original dates in October 2018

The NODA review pointed out the sensitivity and skill of Emma Gosling’s direction of the poignant story of The Browning Verision, as well as Philip Robinson’s effortless genius and Hazelle Woodhurst’s sneeringly cruel but desperate portrayal of his unfulfilled snobbish wife. Top credit as well to Simon Perkins as the lover who finds his disgust at himself is eclipsed by what he finds he really thinks of his co-adulterer. All the supporting cast including CDS newcomers Logan Brewer, Josh Hands and Heather Gosling along side old-hand Laurence Leng.

Following such a famous play and such intense passions was always a hard task. (Rattigan’s original companion piece Harlequinade is far rarely performed than The Browning Version.)

Dirty Business then was set out as a total contrast, author Derek Webb. has a good number of plays to his name, but would probably not expect to be linked with Rattigan. Dirty Business was then cheekily cheery contrast standing on its own terms.

Primarily a double act with little time off stage its protagonist cleaners played by Caroline Morley and Lorraine Jordan are determined to protect their interests (specifically their jobs). Unlike the Browning Version they are willing to consider exposing Paul Ruse’s council manager’s dirty laundry as part of taking a stand against the cuts.

Lesley Jenks’s direction brought a sense of modern realism in a relaxed working environment after the stuffy suits of the 1950s, with the set transformed into an office with three very accomplished performances. The surprise twist at the end concluded what Dee called a hugely enjoyable evening.

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.