News & Awards


November 2021

We are delighted to be back in business again after our prolonged break due to covid.

Cuckfield Xmas Cabaret 2021 - 'The Oil Barons' Ball' will be taking place at The Queen's Hall, Cuckfield on December 9, 10 and 11 2021 with a 1980's theme. 

We have reduced capacity to 80 people per night instead of the usual 100 but have added an extra night on the Thursday.  This year we have also decided to serve cold food to reduce the number of colleagues working in close proximity in the kitchen as well as in the main hall. 

We look forward to welcoming you all back!


The 2019 CDS production of 'Stepping Out' won a NODA Drama Accolade of Excellence award that was to be presented by NODA in April 2020 at the Guildford Theatre. This was a brave an innovative step for CDS in conjunction with ‘Dance With Emily’. Dancers who hadn’t acted and actors who hadn’t danced merged to stage this wonderful production in the Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield. Co-directed by Sophie Bradshaw and Hariett Sheldon.


The 2017 CDS production of Bridge to Farce (written in Cuckfield by Richard Willis and Paul Ruse and directed by Sophie Bradshaw) won 2 NODA Excellence awards in 2018. Originally a one-act play written for our February Frolics, the full length version went on to play at the Queen’s Hall in Cuckfield as well as at Hurstpierpoint and in August 2018 at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham!

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