University College London Theatre
University College London Theatre
‘We have a simple aim: to create excellent, innovative and inclusive student theatre.’
The UCLU Drama Society puts on as many as 20 productions a year at West End theatres (such as the Bloomsbury Theatre and Shaw Theatre), studio theatres (Bloomsbury Studio, Etcetera Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre) and festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Camden Fringe, LSDF & IUDF). We are proud to encourage new writing, new performers and new creatives. As one of UCL’s most prominent societies, the diversity of both our membership and our productions is at the forefront of the UCLU Drama Society committee’s agenda and we are exceedingly proud of the members who take their theatre as both a hobby, and as a prospective career path.
The UCLU Drama Society also offers weekly workshops on new writing, acting, producing and much more and there are regular opportunities to put on your own shows with the support of the society. We welcome all experiences and anyone from a first time actor to a well established director. Not only do we take great care in producing excellent work, we also ensure that our membership enjoy their time with the Drama Society with socials and regular theatre trips that offer the chance to broaden theatrical awareness.
Be it a small curiosity, or a life-long ambition, the UCLU Drama Society will welcome you into an encouraging environment where your potentials will be realised.
Winner of ‘Best Society‘ at UCLU’s Arts Ball 2016
Winner of Diversity and Inclusion Award at UCLU’s Arts Ball 2017
Winner of ‘Best Event’ at UCLU’s Arts Ball 2016 & 2017.
UCLU Drama Society have signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge.
About the Bloomsbury
The Bloomsbury Theatre Building was officially opened in 1968 as The Central Collegiate Building. The auditorium, which held over 500 people soon became the Collegiate Theatre. It was renamed in 1982 as Bloomsbury Theatre to reflect its geographical location as well as the artistic associations of the name. The main theatre was closed for building works in 2015. Plans are currently being developed to reopen the theatre near the end of 2018.
Prior to closure, the main theatre had gained a reputation in a number of fields, from small scale opera work to innovative stand-up comedy. Drawing on its University base, the theatre had developed a reputation for science-based comedy and broader science events. It also provided an early stage for some of this country’s greatest comedy talent including Lily Savage, Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Jeremy Hardy, Mel and Sue, John Shuttleworth and Sooty! More recently top name comedians such as Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Harry Hill have chosen Bloomsbury Theatre as a venue for their DVD recordings. The Bloomsbury also hosted many music events such as the Zombies, Adele, Paul Simon and Ray Davies. The Bloomsbury Theatre was built to support student activity and prior to closure hosted 12 weeks a year of student productions from University College London.
The Bloomsbury Studio opened in 2015. It is a flexible flat-floored performance space for up to 70 people. The studio has already become a popular venue for stand-up comedy, spoken word, music and small-scale performance. The studio regularly hosts events from University College London including Bright Club, student productions, and research-related events.