Billingshurst Dramatic Society

1941 - 2016    75 years old and still going strong!

Events for August!

We'll be reading "Funny Money" by Ray Cooney at The Six Bells on Tuesday 13th August from 8pm

Grab a drink, read or sit and listen.

We'll be at the back of the pub on the left hand side. See you soon!

Good friends Betty and Vic arrive for Henry's birthday dinner and Jean is frantic because Henry is late. When he eventually arrives he wants to emigrate immediately, and with good reason: the briefcase he accidentally picked up on the Underground is stuffed with £735,000! When two police inspectors call, Henry, Vic, Betty and a bemused (and tipsy) Jean are forced into a frantic game of cat and mouse. Hilarious innuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate ensue as the two couples assume various identities in their battle to keep the money.

A read through and informal auditions will take place for our Autumn production at The Women's Hall on Monday 19th August at 8pm.

Performances will be 31st October, 1st and 2nd November.

Barry Syder will be directing "The Coal Hole" by local writer Alex Plowman.

London in the late 1940s. Diana Fox, a glamorous and beautiful widow in her fifties, lives in a townhouse overlooking Regent’s Park with Jane, her only child. Jane is 33, single and lonely and spends her life serving her mother’s every whim. She carries a sense of guilt related to the accidental death of her father, for which she feels responsible. Diana’s and Jane’s already brittle domestic relationship is tested by the arrival of a lodger, retired actor and widower, Stratton Doyle.

Diana Fox - 50 to 60
Jane Fox - 30 to 40
Stratton Doyle - 45 to 55

Denise Robinson will be directing "Curtain Call" by Keith Trezise.

Actors take over an abandoned theatre to pay tribute to their friend and brilliant writer who died in a tragic road accident, ten years earlier. Each year on that anniversary they produce one of the writer’s plays in his honour – even though there is never an audience to see it. As the play progresses their various relationships are revealed, as is the driving force behind the annual commemoration. The cast, though, are at a loss to know where one of the actresses has got to, and they search everywhere for her. When she does finally arrive it brings about an unexpected revelation that may well change all of their lives.

Gilbert - typical "luvvie" - 50+
Brian - Susan's ex husband - 45+
Margaret - technical wizard - 35+
Susan - Brian's ex wife, and the director - 45+
Elaine - the missing actress, fairly glamorous - 45+
Security Guard - small walk on part only, can be done by backstage crew

Horsham Year of Culture Drama Festival

And the winner is...!

We are so proud to be one of the award winning plays at the West Chiltington Drama Festival 2019. The best actress award was given to our lovely Ted Gooda for her part of Sue in Anne-Marie Latter's play "Snowed Under".

On one of the hottest days of the year three brave performers from BDS put on their winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves, and performed "Snowed Under" as part of the West Chiltington Drama Festival. 

The play is set in a library with two librarians, and an elderly and annoying customer who are caught in a freak snowstorm. 

 The day before the Festival we performed it to some Year 8 pupils in the library at the Weald School.

Being a Drama Festival, this was a competition and the adjudicator began by praising the set and costumes. We were complimented for our ability to bring out the humour, and Peter Burton was particularly mentioned by the adjudicator for his wonderful acting skills.

This was a play full of laughs from the audience. Each person played their character beautifully and this combined with a slick backstage crew made for a wonderful performance. We are hoping to repeat the performance so many more of you can come and see it. Keep an eye on this website for further updates.