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October News Letter


Hi everyone - we are just rushing through the year? It will be no time until the Christmas Concert for which incidentally Beth is doing an excellent job and dinosaurs such as myself are learning some excellent songs which I am sure will wow the audiences and bring the Christmas show right up to date, as well as some well-loved favourites which everyone will know. Just to remind you all again that the tickets are on sale now!! A reminder also that we are very close to the dinner dance so get your glad rags out. There has been terrific reviews of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from SFD and from NODA and people in the town have stopped me to praise the set on several occasions - though it was nothing to do with me at all! I just want to mention the excellent acting workshop we had last weekend - it was great fun and we all learned a lot. Thanks again to Sheena and Wendy for getting the newsletter out - it isn't an easy job. See you all soon Pollyx


A good time was had by all at the Mustymind Quiz at the beginning of October, congratulations to the winning team comprising of Lucy Singleton and John together with Sarah Elliott and Rob Judge. Thanks to Will Scott-Robinson and “assistant” Vickie Hobbs for compiling and running the evening. Keep an eye out for details for next years’ quiz as places soon get filled to avoid disappointment!


The Awards Evening was very enjoyable as always, we didn’t come home with any awards but to receive a nomination is an accolade in itself. Congratulations to Kerry Peters who was nominated for Best Female Supporting Actor and all involved for the Gordon Neagle Memorial Cup nomination.

WORKSHOP Sunday 15th October

A good group of members attended the House of Fun Theatre Company's 'Finding the Character' workshop on Sunday 15th October and were not disappointed in the day. Tutor, David Richey, comes from a very accomplished career in the theatre and clearly had plenty of skills to pass on. Starting the morning with physical activities helped us all break down our barriers and warm us up on a chilly Sunday morning. What, at first impression, felt a little daft made an awful lot of sense when we came to applying the focussed skills we were learning to specific activities. The content of the course gave us all plenty to think about, new methods for finding instant character from the moment you step on stage, with everything from physical and emotional cues, to elements of imitation to help develop a good rounded character. Working as a team, we looked at the role of Lady M in the 'Scottish play' and all contributed different emotional elements which would help an actor build their performance of her. The group who attended all worked together really well and I felt helped us appreciate each others skills even more so than we might have previously done. Personally, I cannot recommend David highly enough and I very much hope that he will come back to work with us again. For all actors, the opportunity to reinforce the skills we may already have and learn new ones should never be missed and I should also pass on our grateful thanks to the CUDOS Presidents Trust Fund for subsidising the workshop making the whole day a snip at the price for what we gained from it. Definitely don't miss out next time! Vickie

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 1st-2nd December

Director: Beth Harris

Rehearsals are going well for this popular show. Tickets priced £7.50 (to include a glass of mulled wine/orange juice and mince pie) are on sale, it is always a sell out and tickets are moving so don’t delay. Available from or from Wendy on 01460 74380

DINNER DANCE Saturday 11th November

This year, the theme of the Dinner Dance is ‘The Moulin Rouge!’. You are welcome to dress up to look the part, with a three-course banquet fit for the finest of patrons and a live band to dance the night away - you will not be disappointed!

Time: 7pm for 7:30pm prompt

Venue: The Victoria Hall

Tickets £30 pp

Always a great night – it’s not too late to book your place, closing date 30th October. Call or e-mail Beth Harris Tel: 07879605592


24th – 27th January 2018

Author and Director - Ann Brolly

MD - Lucy Singleton

Choreographer - Lisa Gage

Read through - Monday 30th Oct

Workshop - Thursday 2nd Nov

Both at 7.30pm in the Victoria Hall

Auditions - Sunday 5th Nov at 2pm

Children have to be 7 years of age by 23rd January 2018 and there is an audition fee for new and non-paid up members.

Ann is still looking for a stage manager, please contact her on 01460 74689 or at if you are able to help.

VACANCY Dave Brolly is stepping down as Sound Engineer (we must thank Dave for all his hard work in this field). If you would like any information regarding this role and feel it could be your forte contact Dave on 01460 74689 or and he will be happy to discuss the position with you.


CUDOS have been invited to lead the Carol Singing at the Lighting Up Ceremony, everyone is welcome to come and join us, please meet outside Victoria Hall, Market Street at 6.20pm.

Best Wishes and Congratulations to Sian Doble and George Flint who are getting married on Thursday 26th October, we wish them a long and happy future together.

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