October Play tickets and Cabaret Auditions
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CDS News for October!

Booking is now open for our October production.

Following the triumphant If I Were You in May our October Double Bill comprises both The Browning Version and Dirty Business; perfect to showcase the dramatic and comedic talents of CDS actors.
Don't delay - book now online by credit or debit card.
Sales in Marcus Grimes (cash or cheque) will open on October 8th.
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Letters & Poems from the Front

Tickets are also now on sale for two performances of a special event on November 1st & 3rd. CDS is a performing a selection of music, images, and readings about the impact of the Great War as part of Cuckfield Remembers. The event is being held at the Baptist Church in Polestub Lane and you can also book in the other usual ways.
Anyone wishing to read a letter, or a war poem or otherwise get involved should contact CDS secretary Martin Sheldon.

Christmas Cabaret Auditions

Calling all accomplished and aspiring singers/dancers and musicians!
We need you to audition for the fourth Cuckfield Christmas Cabaret!
(Details of When & How are below and online)

The theme tTOTP logohis year is based around the classic Top of the Pops performances of the early 70’s. So we are hoping for mainly upbeat numbers so as to fill the dancefloor, and maybe a few ballads to ease off the gas.

Think of Glam Rock (Sweet, Bowie, Suzi Quattro, Mud, T-Rex), Teen Idols (David Cassidy, David Essex, Bay City Rollers, Little Jimmy Osmond(!)), and Crooners (Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Elton John)

We are also thinking of having an Old Grey Whistle Test section featuring three classic rock songs of the era.  Think Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, etc.

Ideally, these would be performed by a live band, so a call-out to any musicians who would like to be involved.   We are looking for a bass and lead guitarist, and of course a drummer. Keys would be nice but aim to keep the arrangements pretty simple.

  • We are holding initial auditions on the evening of 8th October at the White Harte, kicking off approx. 7:30pm.

If possible, please bring any backing tracks with you on a USB stick, or email to
(Any questions regarding song choices, backing track formats etc. can be sent there too.)

More roles & further details will be announced soon…

Writers & Directors

We are seeking proposals for 2019 including sketch submissions for the February Frolics!
The suggested theme for your Frols sketches is Dinner (but other submissions are fine!)

Cuckfield Book Festival

The second annual Cuckfield Bookfest is next weekend.CDS will be supporting them again with sound and lighting as well as excellent ticketing support for their use of TicketSource.

News From Elsewhere

As well as other shows and events in the area we also list other audition details. Latest call is for the Hurst Players Panto (Beauty & The Beast) on our website. Also Ditching Players are looking for someone to assist with lighting for And Then There Were None in November. 

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