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: ***CAMBRIDGE FESTIVAL OF NEW WRITING*** CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Calling all budding and enthusiastic playwrights in Cambridge. The Cambridge Festival of New Writing is one of the biggest celebrations of new student writing in Cambridge, and one of the most exciting opportunities of the academic thespian year. Whether you are an aspiring playwright, screenplay aficionado or simply fancy trying your hand at a bit of writing, this is a great way to indulge your talent and get involved in a high-profile Festival. Selected plays/excerpts of bigger pieces will be staged in Downing College’s beautiful Howard Theatre in March over a three-day period, and judged by professionals from the industry, who will then award a prize to the winning play. So, what are you waiting for? Get cracking, and send us your submissions by the 12th January 2018, at new-writing@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk. There is a lot of scope for any type or genre of play, but be sure to make it no longer than 20 minutes. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at the above email address. We can’t wait to read your plays!

29th November 2017 5:04pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: ***LENT TERM SHOW APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN*** We are looking for external shows to fund, and shows to put on in the Howard Theatre! Interested? - Fill out the application form below and send it to funding@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk DEADLINE - THIS FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER, MIDDAY (12:00). https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P7vr06uUao5wNPn8-NtISGpwlkTY7j4lgZqWdgxNRmk/edit?usp=sharing

28th November 2017 4:41pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **FRESHERS' PLAY AUDITIONS** Downing Dramatic Society Freshers Play - WHODUNNIT by Anthony Shaffer Lent week 6: 22-24th February 2018 Think traditional, English ‘whodunnit’, complete with an Agatha Christie style of setting, plot and characters, but with a twist. Characters including an aged rear admiral, a bitchy aristocrat and a doddering old archaeologist along with a butler gather at an old country house for a black-tie dinner during a storm, each of them with archetypical personalities bigger than the last. However, there is blackmailer amongst them, and he systematically reveals the compromising and dark secrets of the guests, before turning up dead. Each of them is suspect, but whodunnit? Auditions will take place in the JCR on: Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November @ 14:00 - 16:30 AND Wednesday 29th November @ 14:30-16:30 Auditions are drop in, with extracts available on the door, so please just come along even if you’ve never been involved in drama before! Its a fun play with some amazing characters and should be a great experience

24th November 2017 12:20pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **FRESHERS' PLAY PRODUCER APPLICATIONS** Are you one of those people that loves admin - then we have the job for you! Producers are responsible for all organisation involved in making a play - it's a great way to get involved in the drama scene for those of you who haven't had much involvement with theatre before! Interested? Please email vice-president@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk stating the following: 1) Name + CRSiD 2) Why you want to produce the DDS Freshers' Play 3) Any experience you might have Get applying! - DEADLINE MIDDAY ON SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

24th November 2017 12:19pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** TICKETS ON SALE NOW **** http://www.adctheatre.com/collaborators Downing Dramatic Society and Clare Actors present Collaborators by John Hodge 7:00pm, Tue 21st November 2017 - Sat 25th November 2017, at Corpus Playroom Michaelmas Week 7 'Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, I'll be able to say: 'Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody'. It's man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.' Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Dissident playwright Mikhail Bulgakov has both, despite being stalked by the secret police. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer after he’s offered a poisoned chalice in exchange for freedom: write a play glorifying Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Help is at hand, however, when the dictator himself decides to help out in the writing of the play – and Bulgakov takes over the running of the Soviet Union! ‘Collaborators’ is both hilarious and surreal, charting an artist’s slow erosion of principle and certainty involved in collaboration as he is confronted with the steamroller of absolute power.

21st November 2017 6:18pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Director Applications are now open for the Downing Dramatic Society Freshers' play! The Freshers' play is a great way to get involved with Cambridge Theatre in any way that suits YOU! We need directors, producers, actors, technicians, set designers - you name it, there's a role. As Director, you would be in charge of running the show - it's a fab chance to see all your theatrical thoughts and ideas come to life. The director chooses the play, the actors, the staging, the performance ideas, the production team - everything! To help with applications, here are 3 shows that you can apply with: Six Characters in Search of an Author by Steve Moulds https://www.playscripts.com/play/2562 Ashland Falls by Steven Stack https://www.theatrefolk.com/products/ashland-falls Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily by Katie Forgette https://www.playscripts.com/play/1636 Don't feel restricted to these though - if you have a play in mind that you particularly want to put on feel free to apply with that show. (Preferably stick to shows with a cast of 10-15, and lasting up to 2hrs). If you think this is for you please email vice-president@dds.dow.cam.ac.uk answering the following questions: 1) Name, crsid? 2) Title of the show you want to direct (and short synopsis if it's not one of the 3 above) 3) Brief description of why you want to direct (Max 200 words) 4) Brief description of your performance vision (Max 200 words) 5) Any past experience? (NOT required!!) DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER. Get applying!!

18th November 2017 1:54pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Our director of Twelfth Night, Sneha Sen, was interviewed on Cam FM today! Follow the link to listen to the recording and make sure you have tickets to their opening night, tonight! Tickets: https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/play/twelfth-night/

16th November 2017 4:28pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** TICKETS ON SALE NOW **** https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/play/twelfth-night/ Downing Dramatic Society presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, an All-BME Production 7:30pm, Thu 16th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Fri 17th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 18th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 6 A gender-bent twist on one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies - if you didn't think Twelfth Night was confusing enough already! Violo and his twin sister Sebastia are victims of a shipwreck. When Violo washes up on a strange land, alone and desperate, he realises the best way to get work with the Duchess Orsina is to dress as a woman, Cesaria. Orsino, who is madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Violo/Cesaria to deliver his love messages to Olivia. Oliver ends up falling for Violo/Cesaria instead, while Violo begins to realise his own budding feelings for Orsino. Further chaos and confusion ensue as Olivia's household staff and relatives hatch a plot to humiliate her stuffy housekeeper, and events come to a head when Sebastia arrives on the island and is mistaken for Cesaria! Join us for a fun and modern take on Shakespeare's classic!

7th November 2017 10:17pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, an All-BME Production 7:30pm, Thu 16th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Fri 17th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 18th November 2017, at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 6 A gender-bent twist on one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies - if you didn't think Twelfth Night was confusing enough already! Violo and his twin sister Sebastia are victims of a shipwreck. When Violo washes up on a strange land, alone and desperate, he realises the best way to get work with the Duchess Orsina is to dress as a woman, Cesaria. Orsino, who is madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Violo/Cesaria to deliver his love messages to Olivia. Oliver ends up falling for Violo/Cesaria instead, while Violo begins to realise his own budding feelings for Orsino. Further chaos and confusion ensue as Olivia's household staff and relatives hatch a plot to humiliate her stuffy housekeeper, and events come to a head when Sebastia arrives on the island and is mistaken for Cesaria! Join us for a fun and modern take on Shakespeare's classic!

7th November 2017 7:46pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** LAST PERFORMANCES TODAY **** Buy your tickets here: https://adcticketing.com/loveletters Or on the door. 2:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 4 首演于1989年的纽约,在大陆第一次上演于2005年的北京,这部让成千上万的观众蜂拥而至剧场的话剧即将在剑桥拉开帷幕。《收信快乐》仅有两位主角,他们之间的长达四十年通信讲述了人生的酸甜苦辣和彼此间剪不断的情感。让我们一同回到那个“车马很慢,书信很远”的年代,找寻笔墨下的离合悲欢。《收信快乐》将于十一月上演,请和我们一起被感动吧。 'Love Letters' was premiered in New York in 1989. After revised by a writer from Taiwan, its first show in Mainland China was in 2005, where thousands of audiences were attracted to the theatre. The drama has only two leading roles, and the transcript is based on their letters in more than forty years. Downing Dramatic Society and Cambridge University Chinese Drama Society have the pleasure to present Love Letters in November, and sincerely invite you to enjoy this drama with us. This production will be in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

4th November 2017 1:15pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: The Heong Gallery's latest exhibition showcases the life and work of Dame Elisabeth Frink, whose art deals with notions of war, fear, and moral resonpsibility. One series of sculptures, titled: 'In Memoriam', was created by Frink to honour those who have suffered because of their beliefs. Downing Dramatic Society, in collaboration with The Heong Gallery, presents Arts After Dark: In Memoriam. We have curated a collection of nine short monologues, poems, and performances which higlight the kinds of experiences Frink endeavoured to honour through her art. The texts have all been sourced from individuals throughout history who have faced such trials: conscientious objectors, prisoners of conscience, activists for civil and human rights. The collection of writers and poets is diverse, ranging from across the many years, many countries, and from the mouths men, women, and children. The performances will be staged in the gallery, against a backdrop of Frink's own artwork. The evening is free for all to attend, but space in the gallery is limited to make sure you arrive early to secure a seat! Wine and nibbles will be provided on the night.

2nd November 2017 1:29pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** TICKETS ON SALE **** https://adcticketing.com/loveletters 7:30pm, Fri 3rd November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 2:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 4 首演于1989年的纽约,在大陆第一次上演于2005年的北京,这部让成千上万的观众蜂拥而至剧场的话剧即将在剑桥拉开帷幕。《收信快乐》仅有两位主角,他们之间的长达四十年通信讲述了人生的酸甜苦辣和彼此间剪不断的情感。让我们一同回到那个“车马很慢,书信很远”的年代,找寻笔墨下的离合悲欢。《收信快乐》将于十一月上演,请和我们一起被感动吧。 'Love Letters' was premiered in New York in 1989. After revised by a writer from Taiwan, its first show in Mainland China was in 2005, where thousands of audiences were attracted to the theatre. The drama has only two leading roles, and the transcript is based on their letters in more than forty years. Downing Dramatic Society and Cambridge University Chinese Drama Society have the pleasure to present Love Letters in November, and sincerely invite you to enjoy this drama with us. This production will be in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

31st October 2017 7:45pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society and Chinese Cultural Society Drama Club present Love Letter 收信快乐 by Shan Chengju 单承矩 7:30pm, Fri 3rd November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 2:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 4 首演于1989年的纽约,在大陆第一次上演于2005年的北京,这部让成千上万的观众蜂拥而至剧场的话剧即将在剑桥拉开帷幕。《收信快乐》仅有两位主角,他们之间的长达四十年通信讲述了人生的酸甜苦辣和彼此间剪不断的情感。让我们一同回到那个“车马很慢,书信很远”的年代,找寻笔墨下的离合悲欢。《收信快乐》将于十一月上演,请和我们一起被感动吧。 'Love Letters' was premiered in New York in 1989. After revised by a writer from Taiwan, its first show in Mainland China was in 2005, where thousands of audiences were attracted to the theatre. The drama has only two leading roles, and the transcript is based on their letters in more than forty years. Downing Dramatic Society and Cambridge University Chinese Drama Society have the pleasure to present Love Letters in November and sincerely invite you to enjoy this drama with us. This production will be in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

30th October 2017 10:21am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Downing Dramatic Society and Chinese Cultural Society Drama Club present Love Letter 收信快乐 by Shan Chengju 单承矩 7:30pm, Fri 3rd November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 2:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College 7:30pm, Sat 4th November 2017 at Howard Theatre, Downing College Michaelmas Week 4 首演于1989年的纽约,在大陆第一次上演于2005年的北京,这部让成千上万的观众蜂拥而至剧场的话剧即将在剑桥拉开帷幕。《收信快乐》仅有两位主角,他们之间的长达四十年通信讲述了人生的酸甜苦辣和彼此间剪不断的情感。让我们一同回到那个“车马很慢,书信很远”的年代,找寻笔墨下的离合悲欢。《收信快乐》将于十一月上演,请和我们一起被感动吧。 'Love Letters' was premiered in New York in 1989. After revised by a writer from Taiwan, its first show in Mainland China was in 2005, where thousands of audiences were attracted to the theatre. The drama has only two leading roles, and the transcript is based on their letters in more than forty years. Downing Dramatic Society and Cambridge University Chinese Drama Society have the pleasure to present Love Letters in November and sincerely invite you to enjoy this drama with us. This production will be in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

30th October 2017 10:01am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Due to popular demand the event has been postponed to 8:30... but feel free to arrive early and munch and drink with us

25th October 2017 6:59pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** MIST: DIAZEPAM **** FINAL SHOW TONIGHT - 7PM at the Howard Theatre Don't miss out on the Downing Dramatic Society's first production of the year! Buy your tickets here: https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/cabaret/mist-diazepam/ Or buy on the door at the Howard Theatre.

24th October 2017 11:03am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** TICKETS ON SALE NOW **** https://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/cabaret/mist-diazepam/ Downing Dramatic Society and Downing College Music Society collaboration: 'MIST: Diazepam' by Johnny King and Carine Valarché Performances on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017 7pm Howard Theatre In a time and space where the public house has long since been obviated, the last bar in town is still in business. Unending instalments of diuretic bliss are handed out to the clientele while veteran compere Sydney Diazepam presents a cabaret of things almost forgotten. It's a stable picture, but with the arrival of the enigmatic Viscera Skye those in attendance are dazed and struggle to maintain their own dreary perspectives. Welcome to Mist. Disclaimer: MIST is an immersive theatre experience with frequent references to addiction, depression, medication and escapism. The show will contain gunshots, pyrotechnics, reference to sexual abuse and moments of immersive audience participation. Photo: Stephen Allwright Design: Kieran Tam Downing Dramatic Society and Downing College Music Society collaboration: 'MIST: Diazepam' by Johnny King and Carine Valarché Performances on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017 7pm Howard Theatre In a time and space where the public house has long since been obviated, the last bar in town is still in business. Unending instalments of diuretic bliss are handed out to the clientele while veteran compere Sydney Diazepam presents a cabaret of things almost forgotten. It's a stable picture, but with the arrival of the enigmatic Viscera Skye those in attendance are dazed and struggle to maintain their own dreary perspectives. Welcome to Mist. Disclaimer: MIST is an immersive theatre experience with frequent references to addiction, depression, medication and escapism. The show will contain gunshots, pyrotechnics, reference to sexual abuse and moments of immersive audience participation. Photo: Stephen Allwright Design: Kieran Tam

20th October 2017 1:16pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Are you an enthused thesp but don't know how to join the cambridge theatre scene? Interested in acting, producing or directing? Don't where to go before CIndies? Just really bored? COME TO THE DOWNING DRAMATIC SOCIETY FRESHER'S SQUASH !!!! Great banter, amazing snacks (and drinks) and the fantastic senior experts from the DDS committee! For one night and one night only: Wednesday (25th) at 8pm in the JCR!

20th October 2017 10:50am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** COMING SOON **** Downing Dramatic Society and Downing College Music Society collaboration: 'MIST: Diazepam' by Johnny King and Carine Valarché Performances on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017 7pm Howard Theatre In a time and space where the public house has long since been obviated, the last bar in town is still in business. Unending instalments of diuretic bliss are handed out to the clientele while veteran compere Sydney Diazepam presents a cabaret of things almost forgotten. It's a stable picture, but with the arrival of the enigmatic Viscera Skye those in attendance are dazed and struggle to maintain their own dreary perspectives. Welcome to Mist. Disclaimer: MIST is an immersive theatre experience with frequent references to addiction, depression, medication and escapism. The show will contain gunshots, pyrotechnics, reference to sexual abuse and moments of immersive audience participation. Photo: Stephen Allwright Design: Kieran Tam

14th October 2017 11:57am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** CALLING ALL FRESHERS **** Interested in working behind the scenes in a Theatre production? Check out the post below, NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

8th October 2017 2:37pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** FRESHERS' PUB CRAWL **** Make sure you come see us at the The Grain and Hop Store!!!

4th October 2017 7:54pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** DOWNING FRESHERS **** Remember to come find us at The Grain and Hop Store during the Freshers Pub Crawl!

29th September 2017 3:53pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** DOWNING FRESHERS **** Remember to come visit us at the Downing Fresher's Fair for more information on what we do!

29th September 2017 3:50pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** AUDITIONS **** DDS/DCMS COLLABORATIVE SHOW Performance dates: October 23rd + 24th (Howard Theatre, Downing) AUDITIONS (drop-in, extracts on the door): Wednesday 4th October: 12:30-15:00 (ADC Stage) Thursday 5th October: 12:30 - 15:30 (Downing College, Wilkins Room - R Staircase) MIST: Diazepam (by Johnny King & Carine Valarché) is one of the most exciting and unique productions this term. Transforming the entire Howard Theatre into a bar set in a dystopian not-so-distant future, MIST is alternately a live cabaret and an immersive drama exploring escapism and depression. Auditions are open to all. We particularly encourage anyone interested in immersive, improvised or comic theatre to come along, but more than anything we're looking for people ENTHEUSIASTIC and EXCITED about bring the project to life. Musical and/or dance experience recommended but not required. N.B. The roles we are casting are NOT cabaret acts; we are looking primarily for dramatic/character performers. If you would like to appear as a cabaret act, please get in touch seperately. If you would like to audition but are unable to make either session, please get in touch. Please check out the Event for more details.

26th September 2017 1:33pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: Before everyone returns from the Long Vacation, here is our official Committee photo, taken in Easter Term. For the Freshers unacquainted with the Downing Dramatic Society, hopefully this will help you find us around College if you need to ask us any questions!

26th September 2017 1:26pm


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** SHOW APPLICATIONS **** DEADLINE IS TODAY! Applications for the DDS All-BME production and General Applications for Howard Theatre and external productions for this Michaelmas will close TODAY. Don't miss out! 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

30th August 2017 4:24am


Downing Dramatic Society posted: **** AUDITIONS **** The Downing Dramatic Society and Downing College Music Society will be collaborating for the first time on a one night musical theatre production this Michaelmas Term. DDS and DCMS present: MIST: Diazepam, 7pm, 7 November 2017, Howard Theatre Auditions are now open for a female lead playing the part of Viscera Skye. These will be held in Edinburgh but video auditions are also highly encouraged if you won't be there! We highly encourage students of all backgrounds regardless of race or sexuality to audition for this role. Please see the attached post for more information!

20th August 2017 9:15am


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


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