Billingshurst Dramatic Society

1941 - 2016    75 years old and still going strong!

Events for October!

Autumn Production News!

31st October, 1st and 2nd November at 7:45pm

Look out for our posters and flyers in the village. Tickets are limited to 64 per night as you'll be seated at tables so book soon to avoid disappointment. All tickets must be booked in advance.

Contact BDS if you require a vegetarian option.

Tickets are now available from our usual outlets - in person from Mansell McTaggart on the High Street (cash only please), and online via WeGotTickets (10% booking fee applies). Link to WeGotTickets below.


"The Coal Hole"
by local writer Alex Plowman directed by Barry Syder

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.

"Curtain Call" by Keith Trezise directed by Denise Robinson


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.




Social Play Reading


Subject to availability, we'll be reading "Make Way for Lucia" by John van Druten at The Six Bells on Tuesday 8th October 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 then!


This play is based on E. F. Benson's hilarious novels, written in the 1920s and 30s, of the war for social supremacy between Lucia and Miss Mapp in Tilling. Hitherto, Tilling's doyenne has been Miss Mapp; Lucia is the supreme poseuse who peppers her speech with Italian phrases she doesn't understand. When Lucia rents Miss Mapp's house for the summer the battle lines are drawn ...


*NEW*
Horsham Community Lottery!


Horsham District Council has launched a Community Lottery to support local causes.

Draws take place each Saturday.

Tickets cost £1 each and 50p of the ticket price will go directly to the cause of your choosing (which, as you're reading this page, we will hope will be BDS!).

Further information can be found on our lottery webpage - click the blue link below:




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.