- New officers and committee were elected at the AGM on Wed 30th January.
- New chairman is Ross Bradshaw, rarely seen on stage he is more often found behind the curtains or at the bar which he will be manning at our Double Bill at half-term.
- Do say “Hello”, and “Can I get involved” and “Have one yourself”
- New treasurer for 2019 is Emma Gosling and Martin Sheldon remains as secretary.
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.
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.
- The CDS AGM 2019 will be held on Wednesday 31st January 2019
- The Agenda and location will be emailed to members later
- Only members in good standing may vote at the AGM – so please pay up promptly if your membership dues are not settled by standing order!
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|
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 room. And 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
- Anyone wanting to know more can either email our director (Emma)
- or come along to the cast meeting at the White Harte at 11am on Saturday 5th January.
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…
This year the CDS entry to the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival is a Star Studded Seventies Tree – but if you want to see CDS top the pops you will need to see our Cabaret, rather than the selection of perfofmances accompanying the tree display at Holy Trinity Church.
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.
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!
Do you dance?
Do you act?
If the answer to either question is yes then perhaps you should audition for CDS’s summer spectacular “Stepping Out”.
Stepping Out is a comedy set in tap dancing class, with some tap dancing routines as backdrop to the story. It’s not a musical (which we can say for sure since there is a full musical adapation version with songs as well!)
But the play does combine acting and tap dance so it’s a great chance to learn some new skills!
- There are roles for 1 man and 9 women so click here to see the audition details and an outline of the roles.
We would like to cast both people with acting and/or tap-dancing abilities, with an emphasis on acting.
- Actors who can’t tap dance will be taught the steps needed!
- Dancers who haven’t acted will be helped to learn lines, act naturally and play members of an amateur group!
Our October Double Bill had to be postpondeddue to illness, but we will now be performing the show as planned at the end of February (during half term).
So although we need to recast one smaller role (due to availability) the Double Bill will be performed as originally planned and has been imaginitively retitled February Double Bill
However we are unable to use the Queen’s Hall on the Wednesday night so the run will be from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February.
More details – and booking will be provided soon!
- All tickets were refunded but we hope you will all be booking again!
- Sales had been healthy, and we have been encouraged by your messages of support and disappointment.
This does means that we will not be performing our usual February Frolics show this year – but you can be sure that the mix of food and fun will be back another time.
Of course our Christmas Cabaret adds music to that mix, and with the Double Bill in the starting gate we wanted to bring that to you as soon as possible. We are sure that The Browning Version and Dirty Business will thrill you and bring a mid-winter smile to your face!