The London Student Drama Festival was founded in 2013 by UCLU Drama Society.


The London Student Drama Festival (LSDF) is an evening showcase with an emphasis on excellent student new writing and acting. 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.


For more updates, see the LSDF Facebook page:


LSDF 2014 (21st June) – The Parting Glass


Last year, LSDF was hosted at the Theatro Technis in Camden. The Festival was judged by:


  • Ian Rickson (director)
  • Lesley Manville (Best Actress Olivier Award 2014)
  • Christopher Campbell (Literary Manager of the Royal Court)

UCLU Drama Society’s The Parting Glass (written by Daniel Rodgers and Olivia Dowd, directed by Rob Thomson) won 3 awards, including Best Ensemble and 2 Best Actor awards (Daniel Rodgers and Georgie Lord).




January 1972, County Derry. It is the height of the Troubles and the Cooney family find themselves unwittingly caught in the middle. On the day of Jimmy Cooney’s 17th birthday, the events of Bloody Sunday strike the Bogside area of Derry. After struggling with his identity, in the way adolescent boys do, he has finally found a purpose, a cause to fight for – much to the deepening worry of his mother, Corey. Following a series of heated domestics, Corey naively decides to secretly follow Jimmy to a meeting to prevent him from any harm. This piece is an ode to the fragility of life, the love of one mother and the strife of a nation.


Cast list:


Jimmy Cooney – Daniel Rodgers
Corey Cooney – Olivia Dowd
Orlaith Cooney – Georgie Lord
Brian Cooney – Oliver Marsh
Carmel Maclaise – Julia Ravey
Rafferty – Eddie Robinson
Bernie – Josie Charles
Spud – Thomas Fenton
MD & Leader of the folk band – Hannah Donnelon


Other universities that took part in the event included KCL (Best Writing Award), SOAS and Imperial College London.


LSDF 2013


The inaugural festival took place at the Bloomsbury Theatre. The 2013 festival was judged by:


  • Rob Watt
  • Andrew Tidmarsh
  • Susan Vidler

LSDF 2014 photography by Danté Kim


Check out this behind-the-scenes video from the very first year of LSDF:


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