Downing Dramatic Society
- DDS

The Downing Dramatic Society is brought to you by Downing College (previous alumni including Thandie Newton, Michael Winner, John Cleese, Sir Trevor Nunn and Andy Hamilton). Based in the Howard Theatre, a multi-million pound facility generously donated by Downing Alumnus Professor Alan Howard, we present at least two shows per term: including our now very successful annual Lent Term DDS Freshers Play and Festival of New Writing.

The Howard Theatre, designed in the Neo-Classical style by famed architect Quinlan Terry, is a state of the art facility used for both conferences and theatrical productions with a total capacity of 160 people. It's styled interior has made it suitable for many period productions such as Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan', Noël Coward's 'Hay Fever' and many more. However, the space has proven, still to be incredibly versatile, being used for contemporary New Writing productions as well.

We are proving to be a major player in Cambridge's dramatic scene, funding incredibly successful shows both at and outside of the Howard Theatre, so come watch our productions, or apply to be a part of them!

Current Committee:
President - Kieran Tam (president@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Vice-President - Sacha Hopkins-Powell (vice-president@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Treasurer - Caitlin Smith (treasurer@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Secretary - Eli Hayes (secretary@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Publicity and Design Officer - Jed Soleiman (design-publicity@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Theatre Officer - Lucy Crang (theatre@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
Socials Officer - Victoria Zanotto (socials@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)
New Writing Officers - Nick Chevis & Sophie Ball (new-writing@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk)

Please send all funding applications to Sacha Hopkins-Powell at funding@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk.

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Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** SHOW APPLICATIONS **** DEADLINE EXTENSION: 30 August Applications for the DDS All-BME production and General Applications for Howard Theatre and external productions for this Michaelmas will now be accepted until 30 August. Keep them coming! Please download and fill in the form below and return it to the correct email address as instructed. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit

16th August 2017 3:28pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: If you missed our Edinburgh Fringe show, fear not because they're back! Written by Isla Cowan, whose work drew critical acclaim at the DDS Festival of New Writing, and directed by Josh McClure, our very own former President, this production is not one to miss! Check out their post below.

15th August 2017 10:55am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The first review is in for our EdFringe production this year, These Walls! Don't miss out on what promises to be a fantastic show!

12th August 2017 10:39am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: *** APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN *** The Downing Dramatic Society have now opened applications for funding of external shows AS WELL AS applications for funding and use of the Howard Theatre for Michaelmas term! EXTERNAL FUNDING - Please email funding@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk with the following form filled out: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing FUNDING AND USE OF THE HOWARD THEATRE - Your show dates would be 30th October - 4th November, use of the DDS prop and costume store included. Please complete the attached application form and email to funding@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing) DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS WEDNESDAY 16th AUGUST

10th August 2017 10:51am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: ****COMING SOON**** Downing Dramatic Society presents: THESE WALLS 12.30pm // 5 - 20 Aug (not 14) // Sweet Grassmarket 1 Three women face walls in their lives. Eden is trapped by expectation. Top of her class, captain of the netball team and three-time debate champion, she cannot escape from the image nor the stray from the path of perfection drawn for her by others. Chrissy is trapped by beauty. An erotic dancer fenced into a lifestyle she loathes, she has only ever been defined as an object. Althea is trapped by love. She is in love with an unfaithful man, yet cannot bring herself to leave him. These women find themselves drawn together, physically detained, forced to face their vulnerability, envy and hypocrisy. The walls close in and they are forced to remember, forced to decide -- can one catalysing event break down these walls? The story of three trapped young women, “These Walls” is a phenomenal piece of new writing from young Edinburgh playwright, Cambridge graduate and winner of the 2017 Downing New Writing Festival Isla Cowan. The all-female cast, led by director Josh McClure, explore issues of objectification, expectation and connection through a fresh, raw and captivating script.

3rd August 2017 5:27pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society presents THESE WALLS 12.30pm // 5 - 20 Aug (not 14) // Sweet Grassmarket 1 Three women face walls in their lives. Eden is trapped by expectation. Top of her class, captain of the netball team and three-time debate champion, she cannot escape from the image nor the stray from the path of perfection drawn for her by others. Chrissy is trapped by beauty. An erotic dancer fenced into a lifestyle she loathes, she has only ever been defined as an object. Althea is trapped by love. She is in love with an unfaithful man, yet cannot bring herself to leave him. These women find themselves drawn together, physically detained, forced to face their vulnerability, envy and hypocrisy. The walls close in and they are forced to remember, forced to decide -- can one catalysing event break down these walls? The story of three trapped young women, “These Walls” is a phenomenal piece of new writing from young Edinburgh playwright, Cambridge graduate and winner of the 2017 Downing New Writing Festival Isla Cowan. The all-female cast, led by director Josh McClure, explore issues of objectification, expectation and connection through a fresh, raw and captivating script.

3rd August 2017 5:24pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: ***DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN*** Like music? Like drama? Wanna DIRECT a sick show involving music AND drama..? The Downing Dramatic Society and Downing College Music Society are looking to fund a collaboration of music and drama - all we need is a director to put it all together! The show would be a mishmash of musical and theatrical performances centered around a central theme (currently undecided) - a showcase of all Cambridge has to offer in the performance arts arena! If you're interested in directing this fantabulous show (and hey, why wouldn't you be?!) then email funding@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk with the following information: 1. Why you're interested in this project 2. Any experience you might have (not necessary) in music and/or drama 3. Any ideas for how you might run the show 4. A suggestion for the theme through which the various performances could be related The deadline for applications is Next Wednesday the 9TH AUGUST - get emailing!

2nd August 2017 2:48pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The Downing Dramatic Society is opening Show Applications for Michaelmas Term 2017. First up, we are opening applications for the Downing Dramatic Society's first ALL-BME PRODUCTION. This will occupy our Week 6 Slot (13 Nov - 18 Nov) at the Howard Theatre. Applications for all forms and genres of theatre are very welcome and we are especially keen to see applications for new writing productions. However, all applications must be from members of the BME community promising a fully BME cast and crew. Please download the form linked below and return it to Kieran Tam (President) at president@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk Watch this space as we'll be opening other applications very soon!

2nd August 2017 7:00am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: We are delighted to announce our summer garden party in collaboration with the The Blake Society. Join us for an evening of live entertainment, prosecco and some of the best food on offer. Click 'going' on our event by June 8th to secure a ticket.

1st June 2017 5:39pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society presents Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Come along to the Howard Theatre to watch one of Stoppard's best-loved plays. At the country estate of Sidley Park, modern day academics Hannah and Bernard must reluctantly come together to uncover the fates of the house's 19th century inhabitants, Thomasina Coverly and Septimus Hodge. As both timelines play out on one stage and events move towards their dramatic conclusion, past and present grow closer than you might expect. This amateur production of 'Arcadia' is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. https://www.camdram.net/shows/2017-arcadia

9th May 2017 5:59pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society presents Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Come along to the Howard Theatre to watch one of Stoppard's best-loved plays. At the country estate of Sidley Park, modern day academics Hannah and Bernard must reluctantly come together to uncover the fates of the house's 19th century inhabitants, Thomasina Coverly and Septimus Hodge. As both timelines play out on one stage and events move towards their dramatic conclusion, past and present grow closer than you might expect. This amateur production of 'Arcadia' is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

9th May 2017 5:36pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society are delighted to announce that the winner of the inaugural Festival of New Writing Prize 2017 of £100, was Curriculum Vitae by Jenny O'Sullivan. Congratulations to Jenny, as well as all of the other writers who took part in the festival this year. Alongside the cash prize Jenny will also gain the chance to work further with DDS, potentially receiving funding and developmental support should she wish to advance her script further and turn it into a fully fledged play. Well done to all of the other writers who were involved, as well as everyone else who took part in the festival this year - it was an exciting year for the festival and we can't wait to see what next year will bring! Many thanks to our panel of industry judges, the fellows and alumni of Downing College as well as all of the hard-working and dedicated students who made the festival such a success this year - writers, get those pens scratching and we'll see you next year! Meanwhile, please note that funding applications for shows in Easter Term, as well as for this year's Edinburgh Fringe will be open until Sunday 4th April 2017, 23.45pm. Further details to be found at the following link... until then, keep theatring everyone! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing

27th March 2017 11:45pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The Downing Dramatic Society is opening Show Applications for Easter Term 2017. We are opening applications for: • Shows at the Howard Theatre, Downing College (including funding) • Funding for: - Corpus Main and Late Shows - ADC Late Shows - Equivalent scale shows at other venues - Edinburgh Fringe shows Applications for all forms and genres of theatre are very welcome. We are especially keen to see applications for new writing productions and productions with opportunities for BME and gender neutral roles. Please download the form linked below and return it to Sacha Hopkins-Powell (Vice-President Incoming) at svh28@cam.ac.uk once filled. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing If you are considering the DDS, amongst other societies, merely as a funding body, please submit your application document to svh@cam.ac.uk instead of filling this form. The deadline for Show Applications is: 23:45, Sunday 4 April 2017

22nd March 2017 10:32am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The Downing Dramatic Society is opening Show Applications for Easter Term 2017. We are opening applications for: • Shows at the Howard Theatre, Downing College (including funding) • Funding for: - Corpus Main and Late Shows - ADC Late Shows - Equivalent scale shows at other venues Applications for all forms and genres of theatre are very welcome. We are especially keen to see applications for new writing productions and productions with opportunities for BME and gender neutral roles. Please download the form linked below and return it to Sacha Hopkins-Powell (Vice-President Incoming) at svh28@cam.ac.uk once filled. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing If you are considering the DDS, amongst other societies, merely as a funding body, please submit your application document to svh@cam.ac.uk instead of filling this form. The deadline for Show Applications is: 23:45, Sunday 4 April 2017

22nd March 2017 10:00am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: DDS's final show of term, IMMACULATE, is on for it's last night tonight, make sure to get your tickets for this ★★★★★ production 'Immaculate is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time- an all-round very strong cast.' Make sure you don't miss out on the last few tickets for tonight! http://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2017/03/17/review-immaculate-91559 https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/immaculate/

18th March 2017 8:24pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society are thrilled to present, courtesy of TCS, an exclusive expose of some of the high profile judges who will be in attendance at this year’s festival. They will be giving live feedback to our audience and writers at the end of each night. Some big names to look forward to, so what are you waiting for? Don’t delay, book your tickets now! http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/culture/0036947-a-festival-of-new-writing-meet-the-judges.html https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/play/a-festival-of-new-writing/

6th March 2017 6:36pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Festival of New Writing is back for the third year running! Hosted annually by Downing Dramatic Society, from the 9th-11th March (7.30pm), ten independent and student-written short plays will run over three nights, come and enjoy one of the biggest new writing events in Cambridge performed in Downing’s beautiful Howard Theatre. At the end of each evening, the writers will receive a live feedback session from a group of industry professionals and experts, following which, at the end of the festival one play will receive a festival prize of £100, along with the promise of further development from the society. Our judges this year include Alex Lass (Freelance Director: RSC, Mint Theater Company); Edward 'Chips' Hardy (Writer & Producer: Taboo BBC One, father of Academy Award nominee Tom Hardy) and David McDermott (Award-winning Screenwriter: BBC, ITV, Channel 4). With scripts which range from verse to black comedy, and a judging panel packed with interesting names, sample some of the best student writing Cambridge has to offer. Tickets available from: https://www.adcticketing.com/newwriting This year's selections are as follows: 'Curriculum Vitae' by Jenny O'Sullivan 'FRANK AND THE BABY' by Johannes Black 'Abba, mamma' by Eloïse Poulton 'OEDIPUS REX' by Beatriz Santos 'Greater Love Hath No Man Than This' by Isaac Jordan 'Ava' by Maya Yousif 'The Stone Cold Loser' by Edith Franklin 'Waiting' by Isla Cowan 'Thy Neighbour' by Charlotte Cromie 'Candy Hymns' by Amelie Lasker

2nd March 2017 5:01pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: 4 STARS FOR 'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST' "This production accommodates the stage as comfortably as it must have done in front of its original audience a hundred years ago, conquering yet another era by inducing unstoppable roaring laughter" Some tickets are still available on the door, but arrive early to avoid disappointment! https://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/12322

25th February 2017 4:54pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: A delightful preview of our upcoming Festival of New Writing by the lovely Molly Stacey www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/12231

22nd February 2017 1:38pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Come down and support the Downing freshers in The Importance of Being Earnest! The latest production by the Downing Dramatic Society. The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. The story of two bachelors, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.

21st February 2017 4:37pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Festival of New Writing is back for the third year running! Hosted annually by Downing Dramatic Society, from the 9th-11th March (7.30pm), ten independent and student-written short plays will run over three nights, come and enjoy one of the biggest new writing events in Cambridge performed in Downing’s beautiful Howard Theatre. At the end of each evening, the writers will receive a live feedback session from a group of industry professionals and experts, following which, at the end of the festival one play will receive a festival prize of £100, along with the promise of further development from the society. Our judges this year include Alex Lass (Freelance Director: RSC, Mint Theater Company); Edward 'Chips' Hardy (Writer & Producer: Taboo BBC One, father of Academy Award nominee Tom Hardy) and David McDermott (Award-winning Screenwriter: BBC, ITV, Channel 4). With scripts which range from verse to black comedy, and a judging panel packed with interesting names, sample some of the best student writing Cambridge has to offer. Tickets available from: https://www.adcticketing.com/newwriting This year's selections are as follows: 'Curriculum Vitae' by Jenny O'Sullivan 'FRANK AND THE BABY' by Johannes Black 'Abba, mamma' by Eloïse Poulton 'OEDIPUS REX' by Beatriz Santos 'Greater Love Hath No Man Than This' by Isaac Jordan 'Ava' by Maya Yousif 'The Stone Cold Loser' by Edith Franklin 'Waiting' by Isla Cowan 'Thy Neighbour' by Charlotte Cromie 'Candy Hymns' by Amelie Lasker

21st February 2017 4:02pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: To all Cambridge thesps, in less than two hours the Festival of New Writing will be auditioning, come and join Cambridge's premier new writing event, and act in a festival judged by screenwriters, directors and Tom Hardy's dad! All extracts on the door. **** TODAY: ADC, Dressing Room 1, 12-3pm.***** https://www.facebook.com/events/390854951266576/

17th February 2017 10:27am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Applications to become one of the directors at the Festival of New Writing close at midnight tonight and we're ready to make another announcement! But why are we posting a seemingly unrelated video with various angry men? It may well be because DDS are excited to announce that one of the judges joining us this year will be the screen and comedy writer Edward 'Chips' Hardy, co-writer and producer on the BBC One series 'Taboo', and father of the series' star, Academy Award nominee Tom Hardy. We are very definitely excited, get excited too, and apply to direct one of the ten short plays on offer. Simply send an email to ij238@cam.ac.uk, including the following in your application: what sort of theatre/writing you like to direct, how you like to work as a director and any relevant experience you might have. If you have any queries regarding the content or themes of the plays, please don't hesitate to ask. All applications to be submitted by ***MIDNIGHT TONIGHT***. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmg8RDntkLc http://www.camdram.net/vacancies/applications

11th February 2017 3:34pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: To all budding playwrights, Downing Dramatic Society are hosting their 3rd annual Festival of New Writing and we want your writing. We are looking for student-written short plays, or extracts of longer plays, running between 10 and 20 minutes, to be submitted by the 15TH OF JANUARY. From the submissions, nine will be chosen to be staged in the Howard Theatre in Week 8 of Lent Term (performances either 9th, 10th or 11th of March). They will be produced and directed to performance quality and then reviewed by industry professionals and special guests who will offer advice and feedback in a post-show forum. Previous guest judges include West End directors, professional TV writers and a former script-writer for Tony Blair. On top of the opportunity to explore and perform your work on stage, one piece will be awarded the Downing New Writing Prize for the short play or extract judged by the panel to be the best. The prize will include £100 to the writer and an opportunity to develop the writing further, with support from the society. This is an ideal opportunity for novice or experienced playwrights, whether you want to try writing for the first time or see a long-held idea on stage, no experience is necessary and all genres of play are welcome. Many exciting surprises to be announced in due course. Get those pens scratching and await further announcements! Send all your submissions in PDF format to DowningDramaticSociety@Gmail.com before midnight on JANUARY 15TH to be in with a chance of having your writing featured at the Festival.

14th December 2016 12:08am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The applications for Writing for New Writing Festival 2017 have opened! Have you always wanted to try writing but never have? Do you have a stack of plays that you'd like to see on a stage? This is an opportunity for anyone and everyone who's ever thought about writing, we're looking for short plays or extracts of longer plays to be staged in The Festival of New Writing 2017. The chosen plays will be performed in front of a panel of industry professionals and guest judges across 3 nights in Week 8 of Lent, and one very lucky play will be awarded the Downing New Writing Prize, consisting of a £100 prize and the opportunity to develop your play further. Send all applications to DowningDramaticSociety@Gmail.com before midnight on JANUARY 15TH to be in with a chance.

13th December 2016 7:12pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: TONIGHT - FOXFINDER - 7.30PM Foxfinder opens at the Judith E. Wilson Studio, English Department tomorrow. Foxfinder is an unflinching exploration of obsessional faith, grief and desperation. In this strange yet familiar dystopian world, the human race has a new enemy - the Fox. When Judith and Samuel Covey are visited by William, a Foxfinder; everything they hold dear is put at stake. As William’s investigations of their alleged ‘contamination’ lead him deeper into the Covey’s lives, long buried secrets and demons start to emerge. Get down to Sidgwick site tonight at 7.30pm, tickets on the door or book ahead to avoid disappointment - https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/play/foxfinder/

9th November 2016 5:07pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: TONIGHT - FOXFINDER - 7PM Foxfinder opens at the Judith E. Wilson Studio, English Department tomorrow. Foxfinder is an unflinching exploration of obsessional faith, grief and desperation. In this strange yet familiar dystopian world, the human race has a new enemy - the Fox. When Judith and Samuel Covey are visited by William, a Foxfinder; everything they hold dear is put at stake. As William’s investigations of their alleged ‘contamination’ lead him deeper into the Covey’s lives, long buried secrets and demons start to emerge. Get down to Sidgwick site tonight at 7pm, tickets on the door or book ahead to avoid disappointment - https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/play/foxfinder/

8th November 2016 7:00pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Tonight is the last night to catch DDS's debut comedy 'The Art of Coarse Acting'. Get out of bed, get out of the library and get down to the Howard Theatre and enjoy an hour of Comedy, hailed by TCS to have 'Had the audience in stitches... a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an evening... tightly delivered and definitely worth making time to see.' - Tickets £5 on the door, starts at 7:30

29th October 2016 6:13pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: What are you doing tonight? Fancy some rib-tickling comedy? Head down to the Howard Theatre tonight at 7:30 for an hour of Comedy - The Art of Coarse Acting is DDS's first show in the Howard this year, taking shots at every issue that Coarse Actors endure in Amateur Dramatics. The Art of Coarse Acting is a fantastic hour of new comedy that you can enjoy for only £5 tonight or tomorrow

28th October 2016 5:40pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The Downing Arts Drinks are tonight, bring all your questions about anything to do with enjoying or creating music, theatre or arts. There'll be people who have formed bands, organised live music events and written their own screenplays, so whatever you're looking to do in Downing and beyond there'll be someone to talk to. You can even come just to have a drink with us and talk about something completely arts unrelated - we're easy https://www.facebook.com/events/1681945752080418/

10th October 2016 5:18pm


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