University of Manchester Drama Society 2016/17

by Marina Jenkins

dramsoc1617Drama Society is so happy and grateful to have been awarded a ‘Student Community Engagement’ Funding Award by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. This money will contribute hugely to the events we are putting on this year, enabling us to take our work to a wider public audience.

The Drama Society has many exciting events coming up this term! In September, the society committee picked the Autumn Showcases, and over the past month directors and their casts have been rehearsing very hard in time for the performances that will be happening throughout November and early December. The programme includes three pieces of original writing: Marina Jenkins’ Van, Dominic Varney’s Paper Skeletons and Chris Pope’s Tis’ Not Hereafter. We are all eagerly anticipating these shows and wish everyone the best of luck with preparations. Tickets will be on sale shortly and we hope that as many of you as possible will come along to see the plays.

There is also a great opportunity for first years to get involved this term with the Freshers’ Play. The play can be of any genre and style, the only rule is that it has to be written, directed, produced and performed by freshers. The play has not yet been chosen, but we are sure that whatever is brought to the table will be fantastic and look forward to seeing it in December.

The deadline for the MIFTAS (the Spring showcase of plays) is looming ahead. This is made up of eight individual plays, either previously published or original work, that will be put on throughout February and March 2017. Once these plays have been chosen and cast, everyone involved will be working exceedingly hard over this short time period to get the productions ready. Last year we saw some exceptional plays, so can only assume that we have a treat in store for us next term.

We also have a series of fundraisers coming up. These are taking place at various venues around Fallowfield with the aim of raising money for Drama Society. These will comprise of quizzes, musical performances and always an opportunity to meet other society members.

The Christmas social will be in the last week of term. This year, we have decided to do a 48-hour play that will be performed then. The idea is to get as many people involved as possible, rehearsing a loosely adapted film that the committee is putting together, over two days. At the social, the play will be performed as well as the awards for the Autumn Showcases being given out. (More information on the 48-hour play to follow.) Of course the annual drama ball will be happening next term, the date has been fixed for the 31st March 2017. We can look forward to a bit of glitz and glamour, including the ceremony for the MIFTAs.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you at these events and please stay updated via our Facebook page!


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