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.
As I was skimming through the various weekly society emails in my inbox it occurred to me that I should probably do the job I was elected for and write one for the Drama Society. I hope you've all had a manageable first week of term and haven't yet completely abandoned your New Year's resolutions. As you continue to ease yourself into the new term, like lowering yourself into a hot bath of responsibility and ignored deadlines, the drama society strives to furnish you all with ample opportunities to distract yourselves from all the reading you neglected to finish over the Christmas holidays. We've got yet more bid deadlines approaching and, even more exciting, the first play of the term to audition for!
Happy 2017! I'm hoping you had a simultaneously uproarious and sedentary festive season filled with gravy, cheese, chocolate, and too, too much mulled wine. Equally, I hope you received a lot of nice but pointless presents. I myself somehow acquired a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Barack Obama, which will force me to bend the laws of physics as I attempt to squeeze it into my tiny student flat.
Anyhoo, my New Year's resolution is to write more emails so I thought I'd make a start with this cordial welcome to a new term with the drama society. And with our two big Bloomsbury shows looming on the horizon, I don't think it is at all hyperbolic to state that this term is set to be 'a mad one'.
E-mail sent by Livvy Perrett, Sunday, 18th December 2016 @ 6:12pm
Yes, that's right. Control your excitement. Here it is - the long-anticipated, and rather unfortunately timed triumphant return of the Drama Society email, only two days after the end of term!
Well hasn't it been a whirlwind of a term - we've welcomed new talent in our three Freshers' Plays, enjoyed some new writing in 'All In One', the Female Writing Showcase, and our term 1 sell-out external show 'Bunker'. We also had our first charity Variety Night, compered by the inestimable talent that is Sam Pryce. If you couldn't make it to this event (like myself. Oops.) then despair not! The event was livestreamed on Facebook, and you can review the video on the event's Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/225190954577161/?active_tab=discussion
I'm quite aware that I use a lot of eating metaphors in my emails. Maybe that says a lot about me, but I thought that since we are entering the Christmas holidays it seems more apt than ever for me to offer more fodder to fill your Christmas table and sate your appetite for theatrics with a variety of BIDS. For all bids open over the hols, the time of the deadlines on the specified days is 23:59 - that's one minute to midnight. Very ominous, I know, but that's how we do things in the drama society - with fantastical fairytale flare.