Cambridge drama explained...

Look out for freshers’ shows being put on in colleges and by the ADC

The Cambridge drama scene is quite outstandingly well developed. With camdram.net providing a steady flow of information for all those interested in putting on plays and the ADC putting on nigh professional productions every week, to say nothing of the countless plays being produced in other venues, there is no shortage of talent here. With college drama societies galore, the famous Footlights and a variety of exciting must-see festivals and competitions, everyone can get involved in some shape or form.

What’s going on

Hopefully you’ll be able to find all the information you might need on the site: we have a comprehensive calendar of theatrical events, a city map showing all the theatrical venues in the city, and a tag cloud of theatre societies on our homepage. If you feel there’s anything we’re missing though, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s good to go and see

To find out what’s good to go and see each week, read our two student reviews from the first night performance of student, amateur and professional productions in Cambridge (published online 18 hours after the start of the performance). Otherwise, there is the student newspaper, Varsity, the controversial Tab, or the Cambridge Student Newspaper (TCS).

How to get involved: reviewing

Any student (with an ac.uk email address) who is interested in theatre can review for us. Simply request to review the play of your choice online (go to the specific event’s page or to your ‘my reviews’ page to sign up). Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis; if all the spaces are filled, you can be put on a waiting list so that you are the first one to be contacted if spaces become available.

How to get involved: acting, producing, directing, technical

Check out different societies’ portfolio pages using the tag cloud on our homepage, or search people’s portfolio pages to see who you might like to work with. CamDram.net provides comprehensive listings of plays put on in the past and details about performing spaces.

Exciting events to watch out for:

ADC Freshers’ Mainshow, Michelmas term

CU’s European Theatre Group’s tour, Michaelmas term

cambridgetheatrereview.com’s radio drama competition, Lent Term:

  • 10-15 minute script entries in by January 2012
  • The winning entry will be produced and will go through to an inter-university competition

onlinetheatrereview.com’s Inter-Uni radio drama competition, Lent Term

CU’s Harry Porter Prize for New Writing, Lent term

Inter-Uni New Writing Competition, Lent term

  • This new writing competition between universities Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, launched in 2010
  • There are hopes to expand to more universities for 2012

CU’s English Faculty Festival, Easter term

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