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!

Show Applications for Easter Term 2017 are now open, 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

The deadline for Show Applications is: 23:45, Sunday 9 April 2017

Current Committee:
Presidents - Josh McClure (jm2015)
Vice Presidents - Isaac Jordan (ij238) and Emma Kemsley-Pein (eck29)
Treasurer - Lucy Crang (ljc64)
Secretary - Liv Thomas (oft20)

The DDS Committee is currently in it's Hand-Over period. Whilst we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, this may incur slightly delayed response times, please bear with us. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Meanwhile, please direct any enquiries to the relevant incoming committee members.

Incoming Committee:
President - Kieran Tam (kkmt2@cam.ac.uk)
Vice-President - Sacha Hopkins-Powell (svh28@cam.ac.uk)
Treasurer - Caitlin Smith (cs892@cam.ac.uk)
Secretary - Eli Hayes (emh70@cam.ac.uk)
Publicity and Design Officer - Jed Soleiman (js2289@cam.ac.uk)
Theatre Officer - Lucy Crang (ljc64@cam.ac.uk)
Socials Officer - Victoria Zanotto (vp363@cam.ac.uk)
Freshers Officer - Sacha Hopkins-Powell (svh28@cam.ac.uk)
New Writing Officers - Nick Chevis (npc33@cam.ac.uk) & Sophie Ball (slb212@cam.ac.uk)

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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


Downing Dramatic Society posted: A call to Downing Freshers: Do you want to get involved in art, music or drama? Come to the Bar this Monday and have a drink with members from Blake Society, Downing College Music Society and Downing Dramatic Society who can tell you more about what they do, what goes on and how you can get involved. All are welcome from all years and colleges

8th October 2016 7:42pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: A new year starts for Downing Dramatic Society, and we're hitting the ground running with Auditions for our Week 3 and Week 7 shows - The Art of Coarse Acting and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! Both shows are seeking both Male and Female actors with no experience required and Freshers welcome! Nothing need be prepared, simply turn up and take an extract on the door! THE ART OF COARSE ACTING - https://www.facebook.com/events/1824487444433420/ Thu 6th Oct, 3:30pm-5:50pm, Walters Room, Selwyn College Fri 7th Oct, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Walters Room, Selwyn College Contact cmc91 before 5:30pm Fri 07 Oct for more details. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF AUDITIONS- https://www.facebook.com/events/720686234753950/ Saturday 8th October: 19:00-21:00 ADC Larkum Studio Sunday 9th October: 19:00-21:00 ADC Dressing Room 2 If you have any questions feel free to email me at kw444@cam.ac.uk Happy Acting, DDS

4th October 2016 5:45pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: For those of you with less time on their hands, here are the highlights of Varsity's review of Lady Windermere's Fan at the Howard Theatre. Last showing is tonight, don't miss your last chance to see this Wilde drama in all its glory! Be there at 7.30 this evening. Tickets will be sold at the door for £5/6.

8th June 2016 3:27pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/10375 TONIGHT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS 4.5 STAR SHOW! https://www.adcticketing.com/…/dr…/lady-windermeres-fan.aspx

8th June 2016 10:25am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/10375 TONIGHT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS 4.5 STAR SHOW! https://www.adcticketing.com/…/dr…/lady-windermeres-fan.aspx

8th June 2016 10:25am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/10375 TONIGHT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS 4.5 STAR SHOW! https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/drama/lady-windermeres-fan.aspx

8th June 2016 10:21am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Opening night TONIGHT! Join these Wilde characters in the Howard Theatre as we bring to you Lady Windermere's Fan! £6/£5 tickets sold on the door.

6th June 2016 1:41pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **SHOW APPLICATIONS OPEN** Have you got a show that you’re desperate to put on? A show you’ve written, want to direct or devise? Downing Dramatic Society is opening up Week Three show applications for our 2016 Michaelmas Season. We are interested in applications for any and all types of theatre including musicals, comedy and new writing, to be put on in Downing’s beautiful Howard Theatre next Michaelmas. Just fill in the application form below with some information with the show you want to put on, why you want to do it and your ideas for staging it before 6pm, Wednesday 1st June. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q2vFfSMx3GB5fubn6b9-Y-aYStixkQ21tXcAmUA1dbo/viewform?c=0&;w=1 Deadline: Wednesday 1st June 12:00pm If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email myself at JM2015@CAM.AC.UK

19th May 2016 7:24pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: https://www.corpusplayroom.com/whats-on/drama/one-small-step.aspx Listen up, and listen good! Through the hard-nosed negotiating of DDS, for tonight, and tonight only, One Small Step has a 2 for 1 deal!!! Yes that's right we are offering two tickets for the price of one, so come one, come all to see it tonight. The promotional code is 'SPACERACE', in TCS's words, 'Delightfully well designed and so evidently workshopped as a brave and committed ensemble, One Small Step deserves a full house [...] This is storytelling at a different level to the Cambridge norm, and it deserves to be celebrated.' 8/10. If this breaks your heart because you can't see it until tomorrow, then you are in luck! Because despite what ADC ticketing and all of our publicity says, we will actually be performing for the final time on Saturday evening, Corpus Playroom, 9.30pm. So if you can't make the deal tonight, then you still have a final chance tomorrow. We're raring to go, we want to see you, come see, come see!

6th May 2016 3:32pm


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