Footlights Harry Porter Prize Winner 2018 - Footlights

11:00pm, Wed 7th March 2018 - Sat 10th March 2018, at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 7

*** submissions are now open for the Footlights Harry Porter Prize for playwriting ***

The Harry Porter Prize is an annual new writing competition for a one-hour comic play, set up in memory of the late Dr Harry Porter, Footlights' long term senior archivist. Submission is open to all and the winning play will be awarded a late-show run at the ADC Theatre in Week 7 of Lent term.

*** The submission deadline will be midday on SATURDAY 20th JANUARY 2018 ***

All scripts must be delivered (via hand or post) to the Footlights pigeon hole at the following address:

Ruby Keane
The Cambridge Footlights
ADC Theatre
Park Street

All submissions must attach a cover letter to their script detailing the title and author of the play but have NO OTHER EVIDENCE of authorship anywhere on the script, as this is an anonymous judging process.

Please interpret the description 'comic-play' however you like. Previous years have produced a huge variety of scripts, so don't feel at all constrained by what you think we might be looking for. The only criteria are: that the script is dramatically engaging, roughly one hour, and original work.

Soon after submission a shortlist will be announced and will then be passed on to Frog Stone, this year's ex-Footlights judge. Frog is the creator and star of the BBC4 comedy Bucket, and was featured on this year's BBC Talent Hotlist.

Submissions are open to absolutely anybody at Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin Universities. If you have any questions about the prize/process, feel free to email Ruby at

  • Sat 20th Jan, 12:00pm-12:00pm, ADC Theatre

Contact before 12:00pm Sat 20 Jan for more details.

The Footlights International Tour Show 2018 - Footlights

5:45pm, Wed 1st August 2018 - Fri 31st August 2018, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
7:45pm, Tue 2nd October 2018 - Sat 6th October 2018, at ADC Theatre
Summer Vacation to Michaelmas Week 0

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show is assembling a brand new cast of four comedians to embark on an ambitious tour of the UK and North America. This will include a two week Cambridge run at the end of Easter term, selected UK dates at the beginning of July (during which we aim to run workshops at various state schools), a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe during August, and a fun-filled trip across the US and Canada throughout September. We will be finishing up with a home run at the newly refurbished ADC Theatre at the beginning of Michaelmas 2018.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 17th and Saturday 20th of January, with sign up slots to follow soon. Recalls will be held on the 28th, as a workshop followed by pair auditions, to be assigned by directors Molly and Dan.

Please bring one original sketch to perform (i.e. one that has never been performed in Cambridge before), plus two further sketch ideas which you can talk us through. The performed sketch may be either a monologue or a group sketch for up to four people. No experience is necessary and it'll be a fun and informal atmosphere!

Things to know:
As ever, all travel and accommodation across the tour, including the writing week during the Easter holidays, will be covered. In addition, some living expenses will be provided. Therefore, if you have ever been put off from tour shows/the Fringe because of concerns about expenses, this might be for you. Please do contact Tour Managers Katt and Anna with any Qs you have about funding.
Everyone is welcome to audition, regardless of previous experience. To clarify, Tour Show is funded by the Footlights society--you do not have to be a Footlight to audition!
Whilst this is a demanding tour requiring a large time commitment, it should ultimately be considered a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills as a comic and gain valuable experience in a supportive environment.

  • Wed 17th Jan, 9:00am-12:00pm, TBC
  • Wed 17th Jan, 1:00pm-4:00pm, TBC
  • Sat 20th Jan, 9:00am-12:00pm, TBC
  • Sat 20th Jan, 1:00pm-4:00pm, TBC

Contact before 9:00am Sun 21 Jan for more details.

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast - BAWDS

7:45pm, Tue 10th July 2018 at Corpus Playroom
7:45pm, Wed 11th July 2018 at Corpus Playroom
7:45pm, Thu 12th July 2018 at Corpus Playroom
7:45pm, Fri 13th July 2018 at Corpus Playroom
7:45pm, Sat 14th July 2018 at Corpus Playroom
Summer Vacation

Sunday 14th January 2018
Deaf Centre, 8 Romsey Terrace, Mill Road,
Cambridge, CB1 3NH
11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. & 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Cast Requirements:

(M) Freddie Filmore & Others 25-45
(M) Orson Welles & Others 25-30
(M) Howard Koch & Others 40-60
(M) Carl Phillips & Others 30-50
(F) Studio Announcer #1 & Others 35-40
(M) John Houseman & Others 30-55
(M) Commercial #1 Announcer #1 & Others 30-50
(M) Stranger & Others 30-50
(F) Commercial #2 Announcer #2 & Others 25-30
(F) Mercury Stage Manager & Others 30-40
(M) Dan Seymour & Others 35-50
(F) Commercial #2 Wife & Others 25-35

Plus pre-recorded voices (members of cast). The cast will be required to convey over 50 characters with convincing American accents.

    Contact before 4:00pm Sun 14 Jan for more details.