The Killing of Sister George, by Frank Marcus
Tuesday 2 until Saturday 6 July. Box Office opens 7.15pm. Doors 7:30pm, Curtain Up 8pm
A scathing examination of the public and private lives of so-called ´cultural icons'. 'Sister George' is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who rides her scooter about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge, the actress, is a foul-mouthed, alcoholic lesbian in a long-term relationship with Alice 'Childie' McNaught. Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June's own bad behaviour, the BBC decides to 'kill Sister George' on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends George into meltdown, which results in 'Childie's' retreat into the arms of Mercy.
Tickets on general sale from Monday 3 June (Members' Advanced Booking opens Monday 27 May) via the Hurst Players Online Box Office.
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
Tuesday 17 until Saturday 21 September. Box Office opens 7.15pm. Doors 7:30pm, Curtain Up 8pm
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to have dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice, ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted oput of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.
Tickets on general sale from Monday 19 August (Members' Advanced Booking opens Monday 12 August) via the Hurst Players Online Box Office.
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Cuckfield Dramatic Society
We work closely with another local group - the CDS - and believe that reciprocal promotion benefits us all. To that end, the following links will take you to their website, where you can find information on their upcoming activities.
We also support the Ditchling Players. Their next show can be found here.