The Fletcher Players Society
- Fletcher Players

The Fletcher Players are Corpus Christi’s resident drama society, committed to funding and programming original, daring and exciting works of student theatre.

The society is most closely linked to the Corpus Playroom, one of Cambridge’s most popular theatrical spaces. The Playroom was opened in 1979 by Caroline Oulton and Mark McCrum, and was run by the Fletcher Players until handing over management to the Cambridge Arts Theatre in 2001 and the ADC Theatre in 2011.

The Fletcher Players now serves primarily as a funding body, providing financial support for several shows every term at the Corpus Playroom and ADC Theatre. Every Lent Term, the Fletcher Players presents a Freshers’ Play at the Playroom that is directed and performed entirely by first-year students from Corpus Christi College.

The society is also dedicated to encouraging the creation of original dramatic works, both within the Corpus community and throughout Cambridge. For example, Smorgasbord, a night of new writing, provides a space for new content to be honed and developed once every Michaelmas and Lent.

The 2017-2018 committee is:

President - Zoe Black (zhb20)
Treasurer - Anna Bondarenko (ab2394)
Events Coordinator - Phoebe Segal
Events Coordinator - Zoe Panagiotopoulos
Social Media Officer - Connor Rowlett
Costume and Props Manager - Gabriel Humphreys
New Writing Rep - Carine Valarche

For more information, please visit our website: corpus.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/information-for-freshers/the-fletcher-players/

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The Fletcher Players Society posted: Cambridge Shorts and The Fletcher Players are joining forces to set up a new prize for screenwriters! We’re looking for scripts, preferably under 10 minutes, from writers not yet featured at Shorts. The winning submission will receive £200 towards making the film, advice from experienced people along the way, and a slot at a future Shorts. Provisionally the deadline will be June 14th so we can get things cast before the end of term, but get in touch if you want to submit something and don’t have enough time, we may delay the deadline a bit if enough people ask. Any questions either drop us a message over fb or send stuff through to cambridgeshorts@gmail.com.

1st June 2017 7:55pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "If you see only one show at Cambridge – see this... fresh, raw and inspiring." - The Tab (http://bit.ly/2qg7Xmu) Harry is homeless, orphaned, and overly invested in the documentaries of David Attenborough. Mia has everything he doesn’t, yet still feels like she’s suffocating. Claiming she wants a ‘real’ life, she runs away from home and the play begins as they are living together. Spiders is a gripping piece of new writing that explores what happens when two worlds collide on the margins of society. 7:00, Tue 23rd - Sat 27th May, Corpus Playroom. Buy tickets here: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/spiders/

24th May 2017 12:40pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: ‘Petersburg is not half what I expected – it is an amazingly quiet place; the people there seem more dead than alive…’ Three great authors. Three tall tales. Join us on this tour through an exhibition of apparitions, madness and ghosts, a gallery of human absurdity. This is a city of graveyards and asylums, where the dead hold court and where noses roam around unsupervised. Ghostwritten is a play which explores how truth can be stranger than fiction and the ways in which we can be imprisoned – both literally and in our own heads. See a play that aims to thrill and entertain. See the works of Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Gogol brought to life as you’ve never seen them before. 9:30,16th-20th May, Corpus Playroom. Buy tickets here: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/ghostwritten/

16th May 2017 8:47pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a ‘Real Jew’ who is volatile, self-assure and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. 7pm, 2nd-6th May, Corpus Playroom. Buy tickets here: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/bad-jews/

28th April 2017 6:28pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: ‘I have called you together Gentlemen, to impart a very unpleasant piece of news.’ This little Russian town is in utter disrepair. It is covered in cobwebs, stained with blood and loud howls are heard at the full moon. The Mayor calls an emergency meeting in the dark, dusty town hall to tell his townspeople of their impending doom: an inspector is coming. They tremble in fear at the news and desperately try to please the man whom they believe to be the inspector, showering him with praise and affection. He is, in fact, nobody of the kind. Gogol’s 19th-century play The Government Inspector is indisputably Russia’s greatest comedy. Translated into modern-day English and transposed into a Gothic style, it is a rip-roaring comedy of mistaken identity, corruption, cobwebs and horror. 7:00, 26th-29th April, Corpus Playroom. Buy tickets here: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/the-government-inspector/

26th April 2017 9:18am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: What happens to the women that men can’t write? In this hour of story-sharing character comedy, a group of Cambridge’s finest lady comics will endeavour to find out. Fresh from every screen and ever, the cast-offs, the sidekicks, the non-specific love interests and the straight-up plot-devices come together to stick it to The Man. Specifically, one man in particular. Their writer. With multiple women actually allowed on stage at once, who knows what might happen? We wager it will be something very, very funny. This is Good Girls, Written Bad(ly). 9:30, 25th-26th April, Corpus Playroom. Book tickets at: https://www.adctheatre.com/women

16th April 2017 11:10am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Check out some of the reviews for Suddenly Last Summer, go get tickets!!!! http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/12417 http://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2017/03/01/review-suddenly-last-summer-90124

2nd March 2017 7:11pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Applications are now open to be part of the 2017/8 Fletcher Players Committee!

25th February 2017 5:26pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: The deadline for writing submissions is TODAY feb 3rd at NOON for SMORGASBORD! Unlike many other writing events, there are no limits to the works being presented – they can be complete plays, extracts from a larger piece, or rough first drafts – as long as they are up to c. 10 minutes in length. Please email Carine on cv310@cam.ac.uk or Elinor on el413@cam.ac.uk or corpusfletcherplayers@gmail.com or all three if you have any questions whatsoever! IMPORTANT: If you do NOT wish to direct your own piece, please mention this in your application.

3rd February 2017 1:09am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Incredible opportunity to learn about lighting design! https://www.facebook.com/events/363728147352458/

29th November 2016 4:30pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Lily is dead. Who was she? It seems even her friends don’t know. As they gather in Eleanor’s living room after the funeral, Lily’s friends attempt to remember and celebrate her life, but their discussion soon turns inwards. In the wake of death, they think of their own jobs, children and love affairs; their own life forces are brought to the fore as they deal with the idea of death. They take chances, and take trust in each other. Tangled relationships unravel and quiet sufferings find voice in this strange afternoon of grief and false smiles. In the limbo space of the living room, they express their desires and confront their demons. Love and death meet head-on. Jack is the only person truly focused on mourning. Unlike the others, he has no trouble in remembering Lily, but will have huge difficulty in letting go. Written by corpus's very own Isla Cowan! Get your tickets now for: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/lily/

19th November 2016 1:44pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: ******** APPLICATIONS TO DIRECT THIS YEARS FRESHERS PLAY ARE OPEN ******** Corpus is exceptionally lucky to be the only college granted a slot at the Playroom for its freshers play. Taking place in week 6 next term, its late date in term means you, your cast and production team will have far more time than a show normally does to get a show together. This year the Fletcher Players committee is exceptionally varied, having members with experience in producing, directing, acting, sound designing and lighting. In our last meeting we agreed to all have a hands on role in helping in any way we are needed which means we can offer unparalleled support for any first timer! Please send a short application of no more than a page with a proposal, detailing what play you have chosen, why you want to put it on and what plans you have for bringing it to the stage in Corpus e.g any ideas you might have for some of the following: casting, set, lighting, rehearsal technique, blocking e.t.c. Please check that the rights are available before doing so (normally these can be found on Samuel French). Additionally, the late show slot typically lasts for around an hour to 90 minutes so please bear this in mind when pitching your show. ALL freshers welcome to apply! If you have ANY questions feel free to drop us a message on here or via corpusfletcherplayers@gmail.com. The purpose of the freshers play is to make theatre accessible for Corpuscles who want to take part so please don’t feel limited by subject or experience. Deadline for applications is 5PM on Saturday 28th November.

19th November 2016 1:41pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: https://www.facebook.com/events/1764258177173169/ This fantastic new opera starts in just two days!!!!!! Get tickets whilst you can!!

8th November 2016 2:21pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: SMORGASBORD TONIGHT!!!!

24th October 2016 5:18pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Welcome to the Fletcher Players New Writing evening, featuring some incredibly varied pieces of work from some incredible writers! Come along to have a gander at the excerpts and possibly participate in a post show discussion of the pieces!

21st October 2016 3:00pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: The Fletcher Players committee are now recruiting for….. Freshers Rep - Responsible for coordinating freshers events in collaboration with our social sec - Part of the show funding selection process - In charge of an old court production this May Week - Also show contact for one show that the Fletcher Players funds next term Costume Manager - We have recently unearthed a room under the Corpus Playroom that has loads of costumey stuff that we want to potentially turn into a costume store as a stream of revenue for the Players. - As costume extraordinaire you will be head of the process of opening up the room, sorting out the stuff in it and possibly turning it into a university wide costume store. - Part of the show funding selection process Treasurer - Responsible for the society's finances. Key role including responsibilities of reimbursement, signing off on budgets, accounting for a large amount of money. Massive CV booster. - Part of the show funding selection process Please send a brief message to corpusfletcherplayers@gmail.com or el413@cam.ac.uk with any questions or detailing why you would be good for the role along with any relevant experience. Applications close on Sunday 16th October 3pm.

12th October 2016 1:45pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WRITING TO SMORGASBORD Join us for this evening of new writing! The Fletcher Players bring you Smörgåsbord: a writing festival showcasing the most exciting and original extracts from emerging student playwrights.�� Hosted at the Corpus Playroom, this is a casual opportunity for writers to have their work performed on-stage, with the chance for the pieces to be discussed and critiqued afterwards by the audience.�� Unlike many other writing festivals, there are no limits to the works being presented – they can be complete plays, extracts from a larger piece, or rough first drafts – as long as they are between 5 and 10 minutes in length. Once you are confirmed, the Fletcher Players will find actors for your piece and a rehearsal will be held with them sometime between 2-4 at the corpus playroom on 20th October or you can arrange one independently (before the show on monday 24th). �Please send all submissions and/or queries to to corpusfletcherplayers@gmail.com with the subject title of SMORGASBORD by 2PM ON 17TH OCTOBER. If you do not wish to direct your own piece please make a note of this in your email with your submission.

5th October 2016 5:06pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Please come along and find out more about the Fletcher Players - Corpus' drama society! You will have opportunity to ask all about our college freshers play and other opportunities this year, as well as hear words of wisdom from older thesps! It's a chill, informal evening with wine and good company! Look forward to meeting you all then!

5th October 2016 4:35pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Had a great start to the year at the Corpus Freshers Fair yesterday! Meet at the Corpus Plodge this Friday 7th at 3.45 to head towards the ADC for their welcome drinks

4th October 2016 2:12pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Long overdue here are the garden party pics, thanks to everyone who came and tag your m8s!

13th July 2016 10:25pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: only 48 tickets left for our garden party! snap em before they're gone http://thefletcherplayers.tessera.info/tessera_index_in

26th May 2016 4:32pm


The Fletcher Players Society posted: Our second Corpus Mainshow of term is ENRON. It opens tonight and runs until Saturday. Check out their super cool trailer!

17th May 2016 11:24am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: 'All humanity is here. There's Greed, there's Fear, Joy, Faith, Hope. And the greatest of these … is Money.' The true story of the US energy giant Enron who found themselves thirty billion dollars into debt, by selling their own debt to themselves and hoodwinking the world into thinking they were making billions of dollars of profit. The twisted nature of the men and women at Enron is laid bare in a high energy orgy of business, finances and ultimately greed. Tragedy and savage comedy; foul-language and sex. One of the world’s largest financial scandals is about to get entertaining. https://www.corpusplayroom.com/whats-on/drama/enron.aspx

11th May 2016 12:32am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: 'All humanity is here. There's Greed, there's Fear, Joy, Faith, Hope. And the greatest of these … is Money.' The true story of the US energy giant Enron who found themselves thirty billion dollars into debt, by selling their own debt to themselves and hoodwinking the world into thinking they were making billions of dollars of profit. The twisted nature of the men and women at Enron is laid bare in a high energy orgy of business, finances and ultimately greed. Tragedy and savage comedy; foul-language and sex. One of the world’s largest financial scandals is about to get entertaining. https://www.corpusplayroom.com/whats-on/drama/enron.aspx

11th May 2016 12:32am


The Fletcher Players Society posted: SWALLOW receives 9/10 from TCS and ***** from CTR. Our show runs until Saturday at the Corpus Playroom. Don't miss out on what has been described as 'the best piece of student theatre you'll see all year.'

4th May 2016 5:39pm


Shows

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