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, Monday, 22nd August 2016 @ 12:26am
A hearty hello to all!
It is with no small amount of trepidation and a monumtenal amount of faffing with passwords and formatting that I compose my inaugural email as drama society secretary, with the torch having been passed down to me from the mighty Jack Tivey. I hope you're all enjoying a restful summer, although I know that for many dramatic fanatics there is such a thing as being too restful. And so without further ado I will allay your craving for news and intrigue from the world of UCL drama with a warm message of welcome from our newly appointed president Matthew Turbett and information concerning the first bidding opportunities of the year.
E-mail sent by Jack Tivey, Friday, 29th July 2016 @ 9:05am
I have subjected my once-worn keyboard to a righteous shaking, and the dust that fell was thick and musty. Indeed it is true that I have not proclaimed the happenings of the society in recent times, which does lay a sizable weight of shame upon my once unburdened brain.
The summer doth roll along, and the multitude of the Drama society are assaulting my various media forms with their holiday pictures at the rate of frames per second only comparable with a highly advanced film camera, serving to sparken my envy. And yet, the stalwart Dramatics continue their mighty work, in their labours to create such summer art as befits our reputation and previous glories.
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.