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)
Good evening to all and a warm welcome to everyone who signed up to the mailing list at the Freshers' Fair today! You people of discerning taste now have the privilege of being on the mailing list of the official Best Arts society at UCL 2015-2016 (we've got a plaque to prove it). Our regular emails are jam-packed with information about auditions, events, workshops, and socials - all of which can also be found on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCLUDramaSoc/
It may only be the first week of term, but the Drama Society is already BUZZING with activity. The first productions of the year - the Freshers' Showcase and Plays - are being nursed in preproduction in anticipation of auditions kick-starting this weekend. At the same time Drama Committee will be busy, buzzy bees trying to recruit enthusiastic new members at the Freshers' Fair this weekend (1st and 2nd October). Do come and say hello and spread the dramatic love to the super funky freshers.
As you are surely well aware the deadline for the first batch of bids is fast approaching - faster, indeed, than my tan is fading. Before you scramble in a last minute panic to fill in your bid forms please bear in mind the important information in this email concerning performance rights for Drama Society plays. ALSO (arguably more importantly, depending on your priorities) take a moment to jot down some dates in your social calendar - the Freshers' Showcase and the first Phineas social of the year!
A quick reminder to everyone in the hot weather to regularly re-apply sunscreen. And (arguably) more importantly that the deadline for Freshers' Plays, Showcase, and term 1 Garage bids is just over a week away (23:59 on Friday 23rd September) so keep those bids coming in! Also in my haste and excitement I forgot to mention that 50% of the ticket sales from Garage plays goes to Stage Crew Society - this is something to bear in mind when filling out your budget form.
Once again, the bid and budget forms are attached to this email so you don't have to wade through your downloads trying to find them (I know - how gracious!).
Good luck and happy bidding!! :-)
Pinch, punch, first of the month. Yes, best beloveds, the eagerly anticipated date has arrived at long last. The bids for Freshers' Plays, Showcase, and Term 1 Garage are now OPEN! *rapturous applause*
So get your completed bid forms and budgets (which you will find attached to this email) sent in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for all of these bids is 23:59 on Friday 23rd September and bid interviews will be on Monday 26th September (we will accept Skype and phone interviews).
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.
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.
Read onward and below, and thus read our details.
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.