West Chiltington Dramatic Society

logo for West Chiltington Dramatic SocietyWCDS was formed in 1949 by the son and two daughters of the Reverend Williams who, on finding that there was no entertainment in the village, decided to start a Dramatic Society. They went around the village approaching anyone they thought looked theatrical or interesting!  They soon had an active group who performed in the old Comrades Hut (now demolished) at the bottom of the hill by the Elephant and Castle Pub.

They continued to grow in number and entered the County Drama Festival in 1956 with “Seagulls over Sorrento”. This was then performed on the Glyndebourne stage to determine the all-Sussex winner, but East Sussex won it.

The Society moved to the new Village Hall when it opened in 1957 and the play performed there was “The Poltergeist” – very dramatic, as the first night they fused all the lights when the curtain went up!

In 1958 the Society performed a January Pantomime and two plays a year for four successive years. In 1977 the first musical “Salad Days” was produced and performed with enormous success. Due to popular demand it was followed in 1979 by “My Fair Lady” and in 1983 by “Guys and Dolls”.

We are still based in the Village Hall putting on two major productions each year: Thursday to Saturday in the second half of May and November. We rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10.00pm.  Our three Members’ Evenings are on Saturdays in February, August and December.  Occasional “Play Readings for Pleasure” are on weekday evenings.

Do use our website www.wcds.co.uk to find out about forthcoming productions, previous productions, members’ evenings and other events.

Membership enquiries can be made to Betsy Rimmer 01903 744832.
John Rimmer

West Chilt Dramatic Society

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