From 1939, the Society went into hibernation for almost ten years, until the headmistress of the village school, Miss Kit Hearn, started rehearsals for a four-hander of short plays. Presented to an appreciative audience in February 1948, the show was judged successful enough to prompt the formation of a DADS committee and the start of rehearsals for another four-hander to be staged later in the year. Under Kit's direction, and concentrating on presenting several short plays in an evening, the Society staged two or three shows and a pantomime each year until, early in 1952, Kit left the village to take up another appointment.
After five years of enthusiastic and very able guidance, her departure caused something of a setback. In the next couple of years, planned shows were either abandoned for lack of cast, or cancelled because the show was not judged to be up to scratch. But by 1954, DADS was back in business, presenting its first three-act play, Love's a Luxury, and then, in 1956, its first attempt at a dramatic play, Night must Fall. Both productions, a murder-mystery and a classic British drama, were well received, and typical of the productions that would become hugely popular with Dunsfold audiences over the next few years.