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Actors needed in Ditchling & Henfield…

Mainly men needed…  what is they say  – a good man is hard to find?

Ditchling Players need two men and one woman for “Private Lives” (show is in November)


Henfield Theatre Company need one youngish man  for ” One Man, Two Guvnors” in October.

See Some Auditions Elsewhere for more details

But if your amibitions are not on stage why not consider helping CDS  with an off stage role – either Front of House or Behind the Scenes.  This can be either before or during the performances!

Casting Announcement

Casting for Fumed Oak

          Directed by Izi & Robin Gaff

  • Doris Gow Louise Paton – most recently seen in Stepping Out
  • Elsie Gow Isabelle King – her debut appearance with CDS
  • Mrs Rocket Lorraine Jordan – most recently seen in Dirty Business
  • Henry Gow — Vincent Whittaker – most recently seen in Christmas Cabaret 2017

Casting for The Bear

          Directed by Hazelle Woodhurst

Play Reading This week!

Play Reading – on Wednesday 19th June

  • We will be reading the short comic play “Twenty Five Not Out” by Hazel Wylde.
  • Starts 8pm at the White Harte
  • You can just listen, or take a turn reading if you wish.
There are parts for men and women and the reading will last 35-40 minutes – or longer if we are laughing a lot!
Twenty Five Not Out tells the story of Diane and Harold Blott’s party for their silver wedding. As it progresses Harold becomes sulkier and sulkier, and Diane finally realizes that the cause of Harold’s behaviour is the presence at the party of his current lover. Diane faces a dilemma: either to wound Harold’s ego, or carry on with her “pretending-not-to-know” farce.

Fumed Oak joins The Bear – but not for Saturday night…

Our October production will be a pair of period comedies both by master playwrights with Noel Coward’s “Fumed Oak” joining the Chekhov comedy “The Bear”.

We are vey please to annouce that Izi Gaff (as seen as Lynne in Stepping Out) will be directing “Fumed Oak” with the assistance of her father Robin.

The Bear” is being directed by Hazelle Woodhurst with the assistance of Simon Perkins.

Co-ordination of all the unartistic matters off-stage is by producer Paul Davey.

The CDS committee has decided that there will be no Saturday Show on Nov 2nd.

  • because of this we will be starting the run on Tuesday 29th October rather than the usual Wednesday.

The reason for dropping the Saturday night show is that Cuckfield will be even busier than usual that weekend with the Fireworks with Music at Cuckfield Park that evening, and there are complications of access during the Veteran Car Run on the Sunday morning – which is when we need to move equipment out of the Queen’s Hall.


About Stepping Out…

Stepping Out is a comedy written by Richard Harris in 1984.

It was a hit in the West End (and won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award) and was also performed on Broadway and several productions have since toured the UK, most recently in 2017. (A film and Stepping Out—The Musical were adapted from the play in the 1990s.)

The story concerns eight individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy North London church hall. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the background for the focus of the play, the relationship and interaction of different people…

The CDS cast include both experienced actors (who’ve had intensive training to improve their dance skills) and some new faces to CDS from Dance with Emily who were experienced tap dancers but who have developed their acting skills with CDS!

We are sure you will enjoy this high production as much as usual and that by the time of the final number you won’t know which of the eight were primarily actors or dancers.

With less than two weeks to the first night on Wed May 29th ticket sales are flying out the door but you can still get your seats in the stalls or on the raked seating either online now via TicketSource or at Marcus Grimes in Cuckfield High Street.

The cast are working hard to show their progress from their “mixed” abilities in the scenes of theor early lessons before they bond and display teamwork in a spectacular sequin studied finale!

Wednesday May 29th to Saturday June 1st

8pm nightly & a football free Saturday Matinee at 2:30pm

Why not have a pre-theatre supper before the evening show at Cuckfield’s Good Evening Thai restaurant?

Book now!

Hurst Players

Hurst Players are auditioning for four women on Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th April for The Killing of Sister George in July.

See our Auditions Elsewhere page or their newsletter for more details.

Also their delayed performances of ROPE, by Patrick Hamilton are now booking for Tuesday 30 April until Saturday 4 May (not Wednesday 1 May).

  • Made even more famous by the Hitchcock film Rope is the story of two students who try to get away with the perfect murder.

Patrick Hamilton was a local boy – born in Hassocks, in 1904, before moving to Hove. His other most famous play is “Gaslight” – which is being presented by Newick Amateur Dramatic Society from Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th May 2019

2019 AGM Agenda

The Annual General Meeting for the Cuckfield Dramatic Society will be held on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at 7:30pm in the hall of the White Harte, Cuckfield.

Please bring your own copy of this agenda if you want to refer to it, as printed copies will not be distributed on the night.

In accordance with the Constitution §12.1 “Notices of motions to be brought before the AGM must be signed by the proposer and seconder and must reach the Secretary not later than seven days before the AGM. No business other than that on the agenda will be considered by the AGM. “

No such notices have been received and, therefore, the Agenda is as follows:

1.          Apologies for Absence

2.          Minutes of 2018 AGM

3.          Matters Arising

4.          Chairman’s Report

5.          Treasurer’s Report

6.          Committee’s selection of President

7.          Election of Chairman

8.          Election of Treasurer

9.          Election of Secretary

10.        Election of Committee (a maximum of seven persons)

11.        Election of Auditor

12.        Any Other Business

Having completed three years in their respective roles the Chairman (Peter Bowman) and the Treasurer (Shirley Coates) are standing down in accordance with the CDS constitution. Nominations for their roles as Officers of the Society have been received by the Secretary who is also standing.

Chairman: Ross Bradshaw
Proposer: Sophie Bradshaw, seconded by Caroline Denholm

Treasurer: Emma Gosling
Proposer: Paul Davey, seconded by Martin Sheldon

Secretary: Martin Sheldon (restanding)

A maximum of seven Committee Members plus three Officers is permitted by the constitution. The following are standing for (re-)election to the Committee:

Jason Redford-Ross – Committee Paul Ruse – Committee
Kirsty Bishopp – Committee Paul Davey – Committee
Shirley Coates – Committee  

The following Members of the Committee are standing down from the committee:

Hazelle Woodhurst Lesley Jenks


Further nominations and seconders for officers or committee members may be sent by email to [email protected] or raised at the AGM.