We are a friendly group of theatre enthusiasts. Our membership is made up of a wide variety of people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. Some are actively involved whenever possible; some, because of other commitments, are only involved intermittently. All are welcome.
BDS was seventy-five years old in 2016, quite an achievement for any society. We have produced a number of outstanding plays during those years including The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, Hobson's Choice and The Female of the Species; plus musicals like Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret and Oh What a Lovely War!
If you are interested in drama and theatre there are many opportunities for you to be involved. Whether behind the scenes, on stage or helping with publicity and administration, your contribution would be valued.
If you would like to become a member, contact us and you can be sure of a welcome at our next event.
Don't forget to leave your feedback on our productions!
The following should answer any questions you have, but if you need any more information, please contact us.
At present we put on two main productions a year, usually in October and May to coincide with the state school half-term breaks. These normally run for three or four nights.
Rehearsals are held on Mondays and Thursdays in The Women's Hall in Billingshurst High Street from 8.00pm - 10.00pm (ish) where we also stage most of our shows.
We no longer have an annual membership subscription. This has been replaced with a show fee, so you only pay when you get involved!
We also hold informal, social play readings at The Six Bells, and we will update the website with details when known. If you receive our free e-newsletter, details will also be found on there. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, and Twitter feed too for more up to date information.
We are a great team and it's 'all hands to the pump' before and after a show. Members, including the cast and production team, are expected to help with the set-build on the one/two weekends prior to a show and the set-strike on the Sunday immediately following. You will be amazed at what is achieved!
Our Annual General Meeting is usually held in June.
We could be called the Billingshurst Democratic Dramatic Society! We have no divas or superstars. In one show you could be the lead actor, in the next the director, in charge of props or painting scenery; we believe every role is important and equal in achieving dramatic excellence.