UCLU Drama Society has a simple aim: to produce excellent and innovative student theatre. We are dedicated to facilitating the ideas of our members, encouraging them to take a play and fulfil their vision for it. In past years this has led to vivid re-imaginings of various pieces from Simon Stephens to Euripides.
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. On campus, we boast two excellent venues in the UCLU Garage Theatre Workshop and the Bloomsbury Theatre (the latter of which is a listed West End theatre) but also regularly stamp our mark on performance spaces across the capital. Many of these productions have been 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’ (Fringe Sell-Out Award Winners 2010 & 2012).
2012/13 was a year of enormous success for the Drama Society, filled with numerous events including; Freshers Plays, Radio Plays, the 24 hour plays, the Quad play, the external ‘Rag Factory’ performance, national tours, the creation of the London Student Drama Festival and, due to the success of our numerous productions in the Garage Theatre Workshop and especially our two Bloomsbury shows, 'The Good Soul of Szechuan' and 'Gut Girls', we were able to send 3 fantastic productions to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These productions were labelled “a masterclass of acting”* and upheld as “nothing short of perfect”**.
We provide a number of opportunities within each production, so whether you want to act, direct, produce, set design, costume design or write we are here to facilitate your ideas and make them a reality.
Above all, 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 fantastic way to make new friends and enjoy all the wonderful theatrical opportunities UCL has to offer.
Just a reminder that anyone wanting to submit a bid for the 2014 Freshers' Plays should e-mail their completed bid (as a PDF file) to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday (22nd August).
Remember when picking a play that it must be relatively short (maximum 1 hour) and provide lots of oppurtunity to incoming society members. If you want help or advice with your bid don't hesitate to e-mail!
The new year of Drama has officially started! The new committee has now begun (this e-mail comes to you from your humble new Secretary, Josie) and as our first order of business we're looking for bids for our 2014 Freshers' Plays.
Freshers' Plays are plays performed by the new intake of UCL students in September (or anyone who has never done anything with Drama soc before).
The plays will be peformed on the 5th of October, with both rehearsals and auditions taking place the week prior. Anyone bidding for a play should make sure they are available that week, as it is a very short turnaround.
When choosing a play to bid for, consider the length (no more than one hour, ideally 40 mins - feel free to adapt or shorten a longer piece), and the number/type of characters available - we want to provide as much oppurtunity to showcase the new talent as possible. Don't pick anything set/costume/prop heavy as budgets are minimal.
Attatched is a bidding form to be used as guidance when proposing your play. Please submit all bids as a PDF to email@example.com latest 22nd August.
If you have any questions, get in contact before the deadline for advice. We look forward to reading your bids!