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.
Yes! Fast approaching deadlines! And I'm not just talking about all the essays and revision you may (or may not) have been wading through these past weeks. No, no, these deadlines are far more fun and far less tear-jerking. See below for deets about the imminent crypt and quad play deadlines, and also a little extra something from our Edinburgh teams.
Phew - we made it through the final week of term, and what a week it's been! Congratulations to the team behind the AWARD-WINNING production of Walls, which came away from the LSDF finals with a well-deserved Best Director award tucked under its belt. Congratulations also to everyone involved in Rise - UCLU Drama's inaugural BME Showcase, which I am desperately sorry to have missed after they sold out their final show in the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.
I don't know if anyone noticed, but I completely forgot to write an email last week, I was just so swept away by the flurry of excitement that characterises the end of term. I was so busy, in fact, that I even completely forgot to announce and congratulate the election of an entirely new Drama SocietyCommittee for the academic year 2017-18! So you all will FINALLY be free of my presence in your inbox - god that day could hardly come sooner amirite? Here's to the coming year; may the spelling mistakes and addenda be few.