Stepping Out by Richard Harris
Wed 29th – Sat 1 June 2019
- A hit comic play about eight aspiring tap dancers (of varying standards) who meet weekly for lessons in a church hall
- As time goes by we learn more about them and their relationships as they develop understanding, and cohesion alongside their tap dancing skills.
Thursday 21st, to 23rd February 2019
- Postponed due to serious illness from October 2019 this production was well worth the wait.
- The plays showcased the both the dramatic and comedic talents of CDS with Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece making even stiffest upper lip tremble at its emotional charge, while Derek Webb’s Dirty Business provided some light relief and laughs to conclude the evening.
With a theme is based around the classic Top of the Pops performances of the early 70’s there were some upbeat Glam Rock numbers as well as some teen idols and the odd ballad- all introduced by a pair of DJs and accompanied by a Chicken Chasseur meal.
November 1st & 3rd 2018
This special event on was part of Cuckfield Remembers..
CDS and friends performed a selection of music, images, and readings about the impact of the Great War inlcuding war poetry andf local letters.
30 May to 2 June 2018
Our main Spring production in the summer half term was Alan Ayckbourn’s gender-switch comedy If I Were You.
Mal and Jill Rodale’s marriage is on rocky ground but when they find themselves in each other’s shoes, they begin to better appreciate each other.
23rd & 24th February 2018
Our annual dinner theatre event with food and comedy!
With hot food included and an evening’s entertainment with a selection of of comedy sketches it’s always a great night out!
Our December seasonal spectacular returned and was themed on the Swinging Sixties with a mini musical when Austin Flowers had to work with James Bond to defeat SPECTRE – the Society for Promoting Expensive Coffee To Ruin England! Keep our tea safe!
Run by Ernst Stavros Blowhard the Yorkshire super villain and his scientist Dr Weevil!
Dates were Fri 8th & Sat 9th Dec 2017
Uncle Vanya is an story of country life sees the routine of a farming estate disrupted by visiting relatives, with subsequent arguments over money, drinking too much, and protecting the environment, while unrequited love and a mid-life crisis become intertwined!
The play explores regret at wasted lives and missed opportunities. A timeless classic of modern theatre it was also ahead of its time in commenting on deforestation and land use and humanity’s effect on environment.
With themes that woud not be out of place in a modern soap like East Enders, Chekhov is full of emotion, and the play was brought vividly to life by Stanislavski – who developed his system (what became known as “method” acting in the USA) where actors use techniques to help them recall emotions used in portrayal of their characters and their interaction with the others on stage.
Expect laughter and tears as well as frustration and anger as CDS and director Emma Gosling lay bare a play where emotions build and explode from the stage. For more information see here.
All the original Cuckfield cast reprised in their roles and four sell out nights proved laughs were guaranteeed! As Sir Gerald Farquar says, “Come Early, Come Often!”
Politically ambitious Margaret and long-suffering husband Norman are expecting a new couple into their Bridge circle.
When wife-swapping beginners Barry & Angie arrive by mistake, both couples spend an alarming evening at cross purposes!
Meanwhile, bridge-playing Edward and Charlotte – Margaret and Norman’s intended guests, enjoy a party with George and Zoe – Barry and Angie’s intended hosts! When the party is in full ‘swing’, all are caught in compromising situations as Bridge turns to Farce…
Murder On Air – reprised
Our successful Oct 2016 production of Andrew Hull’s Murder On Air was presented again as a charity fund raiser this time for Hassocks Cancer Research support group on Saturday April 15th.
With dinner included the evening raised over £600 for the charity!
2017’s theme was Travel – a selection of Jocular Journeys
Dealing with the struggles of travelling “On Hold at 30,000 feet” by Kitty Burns started the with a story of the the anxieties of flying.
Following the meal we had a selection of sketches about air, rail and car journeys.
Fun was poked at Southern Rail, airline pilots, Southern Rail, Sat Navs, Southern Rail, Food on Wheels, Southern Rail, Tourists, and Southern Rail!
was our second Christmas Spectacular with a mix of singing, dancing and entertainment with supper performed on 16 & 17th Dec
This follow up to the first highly successful Christmas Cabaret (from our Cuckoo Productions arm) had a Festive Fifties theme with rocking around the clock (or as late as licencing allowed), jiving with the juke box and bopping with the big bands!
Ernest Thompson’s award winning play was widely felt to be CDS’s best ever production with performances described as “an inspirational triumph”, “West End quality” and “one of the finest theatrical occasions I have seen”.
Set at a 1957 radio sitcom recording and performed at Scaynes Hill’s Millennium Hall it was great fun and very well received raising over £1800 for local charities.
Fri 26th & Sat 27th February 2016
Our annual February Frolics were called the “best ever”
Food, a one act play and a variety of sketches make this always a fun event and a chance for new actors and directors to take the lead! Judging by the laughter the audience apreciated the comic sketches and one act play “Last Tango In Cuckfield”
With our first ever show featuring song and dance this variety show feature material from the Burlesque of a 1930’s decadent Berlin to the late 1940’s and American swing plus, as it was Christmas, a couple of seasonal songs from the era as well.
“England’s pre-eminent author of the comic mystery story.”
Silhouette is a clever and entertaining modern mystery with Brett’s witty humour adding a sharp edge to death by gunshot! Did you guess who-dun-it?
See the Silhouette production page for more details!
- A superb response to our production of Oscar Wilde’s sparkling comedic jewel of love and false identities!
- Presented in the traverse with audience to two sides in the Queens Hall
- Captured on video – look out for youtube link to be posted soon!
- Not a Comedy Club, but an evening of Comedy themed on Clubs …
- So, no stand-up, but you can sit down and enjoy food and drink with your entertainment!
- A short play “Bridge Too Far” and a selection of Comic Sketches
- Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February at the Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield
- Tickets* (with food included) Friday £12 and Saturday £15
- If you saw it, what did you think?
- David Hare’s award winning play was staged in Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield
- A “well-judged and thought provoking experience”
- See the archived pages here and the reviews here!
Anyone For Breakfast? May 2014
- A rip roaring success for CDS’s first farce!
- See the reviews here!
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February Frolics 2014
- A few of the WW1 themed sketches from Act 2:
- ‘Agony in the Avuncular’ – copyright Rebecca C Bond
Murder In Company – May 2013
The Weekend – October 2012
The Ex-Factor – October 2011
- See here for a list of productions from 1995 to 2010
A Collage Of Some Of Our Older Production Posters