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 Society Committee 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.
(This is definitely not a hideously overdue correction email attempting to disguise the incorrect details in the previous one and pass them off as a well-timed and innocent reminder about the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe auditions..)
Oh good Lord there is SO much happening this week - we're going to need some kind of carbohydrate-based comfort food to get through it... Oh wait. Hang on. Did I hear whispers that there will be FREE PIZZA at Thursday's Drama Society AGM? With a judicial dose of sweet, sweet democracy on the side? If that isn't something to centre your week around then frankly I don't know what you're doing here.
But even MORE THAN THAT we also have some exciting BID DEADLINES veering scarily close on the horizon, as well as (perhaps most excitingly of all) AUDITIONS for the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE. :O :O :O
What a day, what a day. I just want to say this straight up: I'm really going to struggle to inject any kind of zaney humour or eccentricity into this email, namely due to Rhinoceros after party a.k.a. Wineoceros a.k.a. a nation mourns the cruel disposal of the biggest banner in theatrical history* (*verification needed)
As the outbreak of rhinoceritis dissipates and the dust begins to clear, BEHOLD! Yet more shows and bid openings have arrived! Ah, good Lord the fun just NEVER STOPS.
The subtitle of this email is: help me.
My darling flatmate (s/o to Finn Burge) has just been pointing out all the mistakes I made in the previous email (sent literally minutes before this one) so just bear with me while I sweep up the mess I've left behind.
I forgot to say that APPLICATIONS ARE STILL *OPEN* for assistant production team members for our two shows being taken up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Applications close on MIDDAY this Sunday 5th March. Please complete this application form before then: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1K96iI2olg55JFzrGX0y-vq6nT0xHHfjoyof0pok-BS0/viewform?edit_requested=true
This is not an opportunity to be missed so get those applications in!!
Right. Good. Well I hope we've all learned a valuable lesson about the importance of proof-reading. May such mistakes never happen again. Goodnight.
What's this? An email? On a Monday evening? Has the world gone mad? Oh yes indeed it is a topsy turvy day of misrule, but then it's rather hard to craft my usual standard of thought-provoking, intricately worded, and occasionally rather colour emails after spending eight hours of my Sunday pretending to be a rhinoceros. But what it lacks in punctuality this email more than makes up for in its exciting and stimulating content - read on for your weekly dose of tickets and event news.
I hope you've all had a restful reading week and managed to catch up on all your READING - or at least managed some enjoyable procrastination. I watched Citizen Kane for the first time. It was peng.
So I've got lots of sweet treats for you today my honeys, including tickets for a series of exciting upcoming drama productions as well as bid slots giving you - yes YOU! - the opportunity to create some of that drama magic yourself.
BIDS! TICKETS! SHOWCASES! OPPORTUNITIES! DRAMA! Yes it's all happening right here right now (or at least over the next couple of weeks in a location in or around the UCL campus).
Alternative title: Weekly Email 2: the revenge. Wow lucky you, getting two emails in the space of 24 hours. This can't be at all to do with the secretary's laissez-faire attitude towards her duties or cack-handed attention to detail in her email composition...
Enormous congratulations and a thousand pats on the backs to all the cast and crew involved in King Lear, our first big-budget Bloomsbury show of the year. Now their poor long-suffering costume and stage managers can finally kick back and not have to worry about cleaning up the pools of blood they trailed in their wake...
If you missed out on the chance to see this awesome production, I am sorry for your loss. BUT never fear because there are TONNES of stuff still to come this term including our term 2 internal play IRON, as well as the London Student Drama Festival, and our second Bloomsbury show - Rhinoceros.
The coming week is set to be, quite possibly, the most exciting week of the year. Not only have we got our first whopping Bloomsbury show of the year being performed, but we also (fingers crossed!) have the eagerly anticipated return of our beloved social secretary to look forward to! AND, on top of that it's my birthday on Friday 3rd of February. That's ME, Livvy Perrett. Drama soc secretary. Queen of emails. So, not dropping any hints or anything...but...if someone would like to surprise me with a couple of drinks (not that kind of surprise) at the Ronnie Scott's social on Tuesday... ... ... I would be mighty grateful <3
Well, we made it. Trump's been President for a whole weekend now and we're all still here so I guess it's not as bad as we thought it would be, right?
If you still haven't fulfilled your New Year's Resolution to bid for a drama society slot then NEVER FEAR! I am here to make your wishes come true. Like a little thespian fairy. We have producer applications, showcase bid openings, festival opportunities, and INNOVATIVE stuff to offer you! Oh my goodness it's like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one! Read on for almost unbearable excitement and hype (it's gonna be yuuuuuuuuuge)
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'.
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.
Wow, look at that. Another week gone by. And what a week it's been! Thank you to everyone who attended the EGM on Friday and congratulations to all those who ran for committee positions. It is with beaming delight that I announce our new committee members: Tara Carlin, who is taking over as Volunteering Coordinator, and Amy Reade who is your new Freshers' Representative. *uproarious applause* Give them a friendly hello and a congratulatory handshake at the next social and I'm sure they'll return the favour!
Hiya chickens, did you miss me?
Well, what have we got for you this email... What? Yet more auditions and bid opportunities? Yes, best beloveds. And, to further excite your eager eyes, the Secretary has this week decided to stray boldly into experimentation with the formatting tools at her disposal just to spice things up a little bit. And because exclamation marks and block capitals can only go so far to express the overwhelming excitement that washes over me as I compose these weekly epistles.
As ever, enjoy.
First and foremost and front of the line a MAHOOSIVE congratulations to all the cast and production teams of the Freshers' Plays that took place over the weekend. They really were a remarkable achievement and I won't deny that I feel personally conflicted by the awe and jealousy I'm feeling towards all these funky freshers.
So I guess now we can take our foot off the accelerator, kick back, and rel- NO! The drama society never sleeps! It's really kicking off this week, and honestly I've got red bull on tap and an ipod blasting some gym beats just to power me through this email. I even put a colon in the title. That goes to show just how important this email is. All that's left for me to say is *deep breath* hold on to your hats, kids!
Good evening cherubs! Hope you've all been having a dramatic week - I know I have! (...don't even get me started on my broken washing machine...)
If your appetite for theatrics has not yet been sated this week, then have no fear! The provisional title for this email was 'Too Many Things to Condense Into a Concise Title' which goes some way to illustrate just what a barrage of tasty opportunities and events I will be flinging your way. Without much further ado, I present - THE EMAIL!
(Snacks may or may not be provided)