The UCLU Drama Society is one of the country’s leading student drama companies and one of the largest and most successful performing arts societies at UCL.
UCLU Drama Society has a simple aim: to create excellent and innovative student theatre. Whether you’re a seasoned actor looking to pursue a career in the theatre, or if you’ve never been on the stage in your life, joining the Drama Society is a great way to make new friends and enjoy all the exciting theatrical opportunities UCL has to offer. In fact, our society is frequently recognised at the annual Arts Colours Awards for our outstanding work. We have recently received numerous societal awards, most notably Best Society (2011), and Most Developed Society (2012).
Each year, UCLU Drama Society puts on as many as 20 productions, meaning that you’ll rarely find a time that a play is neither in production or performance. In previous years, we have put on vivid re-imaginings of everything from Shakespeare to Philip Ridley. On campus, we boast the Bloomsbury Theatre (a listed 550-seat West End theatre where we put on two large-scale productions a year). We also regularly stamp our mark on acclaimed theatres and performance spaces across the capital. Our productions are consistently popular and critical successes, with the society garnering particular praise for our annual run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival through our touring company, UCLU Runaground. Each of our productions offers a number of fantastic opportunities. So whether you want to act, direct, produce, design/set/lighting/costume/props or write the next dramatic masterpiece, we are here to help develop your ideas and make them into a reality.
The UCLU Drama Society also has an exceptional programme of events outside of university productions, including weekly workshops, new writing workshops, socials and volunteering opportunities.
E-mail sent by Jack Tivey, Sunday, 22nd May 2016 @ 11:29am
Jubilant Greetings Friends!
My fingers move with the freedom of an unihibited and unburdened mind, as I hail you with joyful virtual cries amid this, the grace period, betwixt the hardship of examination, and the inevitable woe that cometh with the discovery of results. The heavens did crack and from thence has a heavenly song emitted, in concentrated direct beams of divine sanction, to us, who gradually, as each day passeth, shall each grasp the mighty reins of our own personal liberty, bedecked in the glamour and shimmer of our joy, and become the pilot of our own destinies once again. As the foul stench of the examinations gradually fades away, like the latter draining dregwater of a flood, we find 'neath the once sorrowful water the chance to practice our most fine art, like a gem it shineth and has protruded once again into the centre of our attention, and thus we shall march mightily and gloriously towards the opportunity for drama and performance, that hath been made so abundant by our goodly society.
Cast aside your knowledge and analysis caps, throw them forth unto the dun waters of the odourous Thames, and cry aloud for that which is your destiny - to rightly audition for the term 3 plays. They are great in their variety and magnitude, they are high in their quality and capacity for enjoyment, and they are the culmination of our year, and all the hard graft as a result shall soon be forgot, for ye shall now enjoy the rewards and blessings of the twilight days of this academic year.
Comiserations to all ye who still yet have further trials to endure, but see this jubilant greeting as a precursor, a whiff of the greatness to come, and thus the last ounce of motivation for you to utterly shatter your exams, as if an evil foe.
Read below, for helpful details, and spurring thoughts of opportunity.
E-mail sent by Jack Tivey, Tuesday, 10th May 2016 @ 2:43pm
I call thusly unto you, faintly, like a distant passenger desperate for a moment of attention and to thereby relieve you from the hefty burden that is likely oppressing your mind. The exam period has left me spent, like a puffed out seal after a long overland trek, and yes, I am conducting such academic trekking with about the same amount of grace as a puffed out seal. And furthermore, some evil fate decided that I should ingloriously fracture my foot on a mere domestic stair - not in battle, or whilst wrestling a shark in order to save a puppy, but a domestic, infuriatingly inanimate and indifferent stair, one that would not even have the decency cry out when I hit it and called it rude names to sate my fury at how something so lowly should inflict such an injury... Thus making me a sorry seal with a massive HDPE boot on his left flipper. I'll conserve my befrothed mouth for a more appropriate juncture.
At present, there are tasty bites of information pertaining to the most Dramatic Society that you can all lap up.
Auditions shall take place 15:00-19:00 tomorrow in the rehearsal room in the Bloomsbury Rehearsal Room, which is on the first floor of the Bloomsbury Theatre building.
A brief overview -
Living and hiding from her violent ex-husband in a run-down Oklahoma motel room, the waitress Agnes is introduced to Peter, a Gulf War veteran with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and paranoia fantasies. The two start an ambiguous relationship, as Peter reveals all his conspiracy theories on government surveillance. Initially dubious, Agnes grows to believe Peter’s theories, and Peter, usually stricken with confusion and paranoia, finds a sense of control and dominance in their relationship. The soldier, now aware of the power he exerts over the waitress, begins hatching plans involving her partaking to solve and counter the conspiracies, experimenting and testing the lengths Agnes will go to under his guidance.
I heartily advise all to audition as a wee procrastination break, for it shall sharpen your focus, and shall only take a few minutes!