We have a simple aim: to create excellent, innovative and inclusive 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.
Our 2013/14 season was an enormous success for the Drama Society. Our shows last year included:
- 3 Freshers Plays: Love and Money, The Real Inspector Hound and The Life and Death of Augustus Faversham
- 3 Garage Theatre Workshop productions: Woyzeck, Shivered (which won the 2014 award for Best Garage Production) and Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
- EDIT: Unfortunately, the Garage Theatre Workshop is a space we can no longer use, read more on the UCLU Stage Crew website here.
- 2 Bloomsbury Theatre productions: Romeo and Juliet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
- 2 plays for the UCLU Culture Club festival: Possibilities and Closer
- The Quad Play, Under Milk Wood
- A whopping 7 external productions, including: The Seagull, Fearnot Wood, The Broken Heart, Blood Wedding, The Bald Soprano, The End of The World and The Parting Glass
- 3 critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Duchess of Malfi, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found and Fearnot Wood
The UCLU Drama Society has an exceptional programme of events outside of university productions. Our Weekly Workshops are a valuable opportunity for anyone and everyone looking to get involved with theatre. We also frequently host masterclasses with theatre professionals, most recently a physical theatre workshop with renowned British actor and Complicite collaborator Tim McMullan.
Volunteering is a great part of Drama Society and is a way for us to give back as a society to our community. We have a termly schools’ project that has been ongoing for the past two years where we produce a show with a group of schoolchildren and show them acting techniques that will help them in their performances later in life. This year we are also planning to have projects with Retirement Homes in the community, a Touring Company that will tour schools, and also will be working with other charities in theatre-based events.
The Society also eagerly fosters the writing talents of its members. Our New Writing workshops are unmissable for budding playwrights.
In 2013, we founded the London Student Drama Festival (LSDF), an evening showcase with an emphasis on excellent student new writing and acting. Last year, the Festival was judged by a distinguished panel of influential theatre-makers and UCLU Drama Society won 3 awards, including Best Ensemble and 2 Best Actor awards (read more about it here). Now in its third year, the Festival continues to bring together talented students from all over London, including students from KCL, SOAS and Imperial College.