Past shows by Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society
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- October 2021A new radio musical in collaboration with Oxford University Light Entertainment Society, where Hazel and her two best friends get sucked into a dating simulator game. To win the game (and their freedom), they must pass all the challenges and make someone fall in love with them... Or is it a true test of the power of friendship? A whimsical tale of self-discovery and romance awaits!
- July 2021A medley of the Chaotic, the Lightly Entertaining, the Short. Featuring an assortment of sketches and short plays, from melodramatic cake lamentations and disagreements between Dorset farmers, to Vikings taking a break from vicious pillaging to stop the decline of the red squirrel population. There are peculiar fine dining experiences, oven-shaped TARDISes, and Isle(s?) of Wight, and who knows what else!
- June 2021Yes, you’ve guessed it, think “Phantom of the Opera” but excellenter and sillier and Steampunk. Eight is a singing automaton who wants nothing more than to be human and to win her creator Everett’s heart. When the first part of that wish is granted to her, she finds herself part of a double act at the local Music Hall, long haunted by a mysterious Ghoul (who may or may not in fact be a Vampire), and discovers that love and life are a whole lot more complicated than stories would have her think.
- April 2021Sentient prime numbers, a noble knight on a Great Quest for the Crown, a polyamorous turtleneck, an explosion-hazard goose and many more such classics can be found in this absurd radio sketch show. The Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society is raising money for The Innocence Project! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cambridge-university-light-entertainment-society-cules
- March 2021Heroics for Beginners is one highly chaotic, action-packed radio play about a couple of not-quite-yet superheroes and friends attempting to defeat the cunning Evil Mastermind and their Minion, uncovering some ~dark secrets~ along the way. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cambridge-university-light-entertainment-society-cules
- December 2020At first glance, Rowan Whitebeam is a rather ordinary witch in every way - to an onlooker, it may seem that procrastinating doing laundry and getting distracted in lectures by their hopeless crush is the extent of their personal problems. What most do not know is that for many years, Rowan's been haunted by an insufferably sassy demon who they're desperate to be rid of. Just how far will Rowan go in their exorcism attempts? How many songs will they break into for absolutely no good reason? And why did one of our cast members have to photoshop their face onto a squirrel?? Join us on this fantasy radio-adventure at the grand YouTube premiere to find out!
- December 2020Have you ever tried to write a novel? ✍ It's not easy, is it? Lydia knows this first hand, as do her characters. 🐬 Join her in her strange mind as her characters take apart her every idea and turn her plot on its head with their strange schemes and bizarre accents! Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KP8VRVGuma4 📻Tune in to CamFM at 6pm on Tuesday 15th December, and if you're able we would love for you to make a donation to our charity this term. Refuge does amazing work supporting those affected by domestic abuse and you can donate via our justgiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cules2020
- December 2020You've heard of Nothing to See Here - but what's this now? Nothing to See Here Either, except this time there are sheep! 🐑🐏 More absurdity, more chaos, more things not to be seen - conspiracy theories, tannoys, mysterious train journeys and - ah yes, sheep! - we have them all 🐏🐑 Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/hVoNQRTC2E4 📻Tune in to CamFM at 8:30pm on Friday 11th December, and if you're able we would love for you to make a donation to our charity this term. Refuge does amazing work supporting those affected by domestic abuse and you can donate via our justgiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cules2020
- June 2020AVAILABLE NOW ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJlTnIjygk What happens when four World War II Bletchley Park codebreakers are accidentally transported into the 21st century? Bravery, valiance and indefatigable courage abounds? Not likely! Follow this hapless foursome as they navigate the perils of the modern world, encountering everything from malicious train conductors to aged professors on a whirlwind adventure through the Home Counties! But with Britain’s entire war effort at stake, will they make it back before it’s too late? An original radioplay by Grace Beckett and Henry Weighill brought to you by CULES (Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society). 7pm, Monday 8th June.
- June 2020NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ask0kSDrdj0 Have you ever fancied listening to a sketch show? If so, now’s your time. Yes, you can listen to a sketch show which follows every twitch and flutter of the brain, moving from Vacuum cleaners to bananas, haunted hotels to suspect sandwich makers, from a strange dating app to an even stranger fashion editor. But you’ll never see any of it. Then again, you don’t need to. The soundwaves will paint vivid pictures in your mind, pictures so vivid that you won’t be able to get them out of your mind. Even when you dream, you’ll dream of sandwiches, bananas and all other forms of witty shenanigans. Now, do we know for certain that this will happen? No. Is it based on any evidence at all? No. But here’s one thing that can be promised. This show will be wacky, and it will feature all the above things mentioned. Make of that what you will.
- November 2018Cinderella and Snow White are tired of being recognised only for their pretty faces. The solution? Going on a mission to defeat the Wicked Queen and win recognition as fierce and independent ladies in their own right. A fun and silly pantomime, this show will feature beloved characters such as Nala, Guss-Guss the Mouse, and an adorable lion with a split personality!
- June 2018Ssssshhhhhhh! Boo! Aah! The Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society is proud to present our annual Garden Party for 2018, in which we put on a series of short silly plays in support of Teenage Cancer Trust. This year's theme is Supernatural Spies, so get ready for some spooky, secret-y and scary (or not-quite-so-scary-after-all) shenanigans all round! It's guaranteed to be skele-tons of fun!
- June 2018A light-hearted comedy. Waking up as a ghost, Jo decides to use this escape from the daily grind to seek a more exciting career as a spy! During a generally challenging first day at work, Jo faces betrayal, mistaken identity and cat-napping, but not without finding new allies along the way.
- June 2018Meet Suzie Dodge: spy extraordinaire, dashing hero, and fabulous lover (probably). When she is killed in the prime of her career by the dastardly Count Evil, she discovers that the spy's life doesn't end with death. Joined by a legalistic archangel and an aristocratic vampire hunter, can Suzie defeat the power-hungry Count and save the city?
- June 2018A lighthearted and silly adaptation of Oscar Wilde's magnificent work! The Otis family has just arrived in England from America and are delighted to be staying at the 400-year old Canterville Castle, even more so when they learn that it is haunted! Between Mr. and Mrs. Otis’s skepticism, the twins’s eagerness and Virginia’s (possible) love interest in the ghost of Sir Simon, what could go wrong?
- March 2018This term CULES is performing "A Prior Engagement", a comedy of manners in the style of Wodehouse and Wilde. Colin and Daphne are minor members of the aristocracy, arranged to be married by their parents without their permission. Both are equally put out by this and when Daphne and her family are invited to stay with Colin's family for the weekend, disaster ensues when the engagement ring is stolen and the wrong people fall in love! How could such a shocking twist possibly resolve itself in about an hour of stage time?!
- November 2017A fairy-tale pantomime that we're touring to local schools, care homes, and kids' clubs. These are our student performances which are open to the public. Disaster strikes when Prince Dashing is kidnapped by the Evil Queen! Princess Periwinkle must team up with Chortle, her loyal jester, to save her brother and her kingdom. Along the way they encounter Hansel & Gretel - Witchhunters™, Steve - the dragon with a sentient stomach and arse, and the not-too-bright Henchthings of the Evil Queen. There's music, drama, and puns aplenty in this year's CULES' Michaelmas Pantomime. We don't sell tickets for these shows but there will be a collection for charity at the door, with a suggestion donation of £5/person. All the money raised will go to charity. Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/299979127162403/
- March 2017The Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES) is back with their Lent show: UnFrozen! It's a pantomime retelling of the classic Disney story, but with more Queen and Bowie covers thrown in for good measure! Ana dreams of falling in love with her fairy tale prince, but Elsa wants anything but that! After an argument over the hapless Prince Hans, Ana goes on an adventure to find her sister and repair their relationship. Along the way she meets Kristoff, his oddly anthropomorphised reindeer Sven, and Olli the snowperson, who show her there's more to life and the human condition than she ever thought possible. It's the perfect, heartwarming end to your Lent term! Join us on Saturday 18th March in the Riley Auditorium, Clare College for our student performance! Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start. We don't sell tickets for our student performance but we do collect donations for charity at the door. The suggested amount is £5 per person. www.facebook.com/events/1338854242848786 CULES is a student charity that puts on silly plays and pantomimes and tours them around the local community. We visit schools and elderly peoples homes, and end the term with a student show that's open to the public. We aim to bring theatre to those who wouldn't normally get to experience it, including those who find it hard to get into the Cambridge theatre scene. Whether you're keen to try acting for the first time, or whether you're already well-versed, this is a laid-back and fun way to do some student theatre, and we'd love to have you along!
- October 2016COGGLES presents...Macbeth: He Meant Well! Was Macbeth really a murderer, or was he just misunderstood? Opinions differ. Banquo is fairly set on his, but there is another side to the story. Featuring three witches, one Scottish accent and an increasing number of sheets, "Macbeth: He Meant Well" explores the difficulties of trying not to murder people when your very name is cursed and there is a coven of witches following you around talking about the weather. COGGLES (Cambridge Old Graduate and Graduand Light Entertainment Society) are a society that takes theatre to people who don't normally get a chance to see it. In particular, we are a part of CULES, who do the same thing, but we do it in the middle of exam term where there is nothing else going on! Previous venues have included a variety of old people's homes and Fulbourn Mental Health Hospital.
- June 2016This term's CULES shows are the annual Clements performances (in memory of Emma Clements, a CULE who died of cancer) which are a series of three half hour plays based around a theme selected by the CULES president. This year's theme is "Big Decisions!" The shows we will be putting on this term for your delectation include: "You Join Us Now Currently Live" written and directed by Tom Flynn and Paige Smeaton "Decision News Network" written by Martin French and directed by Fergus Powell "A Twist of Fate" written and directed by Dan Tooke More details to follow as they are confirmed! -- We are a student run-group who aim to bring theatre to those who would normally not get the chance to see it, taking performances to such places as special needs schools and nursing homes. Our second, but equally important, aim is to have fun!
COGGLES (Cambridge Old Graduate and Graduand Light Entertainment Society) - Seeking Directors, Producers and WritersMay–June 2016COGGLES (Cambridge Old Graduate and Graduand Light Entertainment Society) are a society that takes theatre to people who don't normally get a chance to see it. In particular, we are a part of CULES, who do the same thing, but we do it in the middle of exam term where there is nothing else going on! Previous venues have included a variety of old people's homes and Fulbourn Mental Health Hospital. We are looking for a writer (who will write a 1-hour play for us). At this point expressions of interest are all that needed! We are looking for a director, who will lead the rehearsals, and bring out the play in a spectacular way, and we are looking for a producer, who will help organise props and costumes (we have an amazing store of these), and who will organise rehearsal room bookings. All external venues will be booked by COGGLES for you! With the exception of the writer (who should finish the script by mid-April), the director, producer and actors all should not be involved in exams at the end of May. We guarantee that all rehearsals and shows will be in the evenings and weekends, so should not be a problem with work!!! This theatre is the most fun, easy-going, amateur theatre you get in Cambridge - once we have done about 3 external shows, we will then do one show for students, friends and family at some point in May Week. However, it is also one of the most rewarding, as the old people we see genuinely love us coming (and some even feed us pizza!) If you are interested, please email rwm41 (at cam.ac.uk) by 5pm Thursday 10th March (applications for actors will open next term). This show is open to everyone - no experience needed! Thank you.
- March 2016Join us on idyllic Burgh island for an evening of intrigue and death. A Captain with a shady past, a Butler with a bottle of truth serum, a Novelist with an obsession for mysteries, a Baker with a grudge, a gap-year student with an ipod, and a sweet couple with a picnic. Who's the murderer? Who's the victim? And who's been eating my cupcakes?! Find out in AND THEN THERE WERE SOME. Agatha Christie this is not. And Then There Were Some is CULES's Lent Term Production. It is an original murder mystery play loosely based on the famous book (and TV series) of not the same name.
- December 2015
- June 2015COGGLES - The Cambridge Old Graduates and Graduands Light Entertainment Society is putting on a humorous 1 hour play which we take to old people's homes. We are taking theatre to those who do not normally get a chance to see it, and we have even written the play as well. Beowulf: Everything's Gonna Beolright - It even has a dragon in it! How it works? This is a show designed for GRADUATES, PhD STUDENTS, and anyone else (including some undergrads as well!) in Cambridge who are not doing exams in the last week of May and first week of June. All rehearsals and shows will be either in the evening, or at weekends, and there will be an easy, chilled-out rehearsal schedule (with hopefully plenty of pub-meets after them as well!). Anyone is welcome to audition, and we will try and take as many people as possible (as we have written the show, we can always add in more parts). Where do we perform? We perform at old people homes, particularly in those where they would struggle to get to a theatre to see a show. They really do enjoy it - last year we went to Fulbourn Hospital, Epworth Court, PHAB and Ditton Court. All these shows will again be at work-friendly times of evenings and weekends. We also then in May Week (on the last Saturday) put on a student show, where all our friends and families come and see it. We would love you to join us, and no experience is needed.
- March 2015The Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES) is happy to announce its Lent Term shows: a pantomime retelling of the classic tale Treasure Island and a comic play called A Recipe for Disaster! Both promise to be fantastic fun, so come on down to the Queen's Building in Emmanuel College on Saturday 14th March. Doors shall open from 7:15pm, with the first show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £5 with all proceeds going to charity.
- December 2014CULES proudly presents: "The Little Mermaid": A pantomime based on the classic tale, and "Cakes and the Upper Crust": Upcountry Abbey is threatened to be turned into a tourist attraction - or worse still, a multistorey carpark unless the family can raise funds in time. In desperation, Lady Whistle-Stop enters the Great British Bake Off hosted by the formidable ladies of the WI - but being an aristocratic lady, she doesn't know the first thing about cooking. Lord Whistle-Stop, along with the butler, housekeeper and maid plot to help her in the tasks without being seen by the rest of the competitors or viewers. Hilarity ensues. CULES takes shows to places that wouldn't normally get to see them, touring special needs schools and old people's homes in the final week of term, before putting on a student performance. Administrator's note: This show's venue was given as The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College (2019 database update).
- September–October 2014
- June 2014CULES are auditioning for their Clements Shows - you get to be part of a half hour play which we perform in a garden in May Week twice. There will be also two other half hour plays as well, and we raise money for charity. There will be no auditions until exams are over, and then a minimal of auditions before we do the shows. This is the most relaxed show you can do in Cambridge!
- May 2014We take theatre to those who don't normally get a chance to see it! This is an incredibly fun venture, with frequent pub trips, to do an hour long play at old people homes - they absolutely love us coming, and we always get positive feedback. The shows will take place in the middle of exam period, so this show is primarily for PhD students, undergrads without exams, and anyone else who happens to be around in Cambridge, and we would love YOU to get involved with us! Join COGGLES for an adventure like no other. We have pirates, sailors and a Wizard. The quest is simple – go and find the Common Book of Spells. This is a story of betrayal, surprise, and intrigue – will the evil fiend succeed or not? Join us for what will be on one of the funniest productions this year in Cambridge
- March 2014Cinderella - being a heroine isn't easy: Cinderella and her family have fallen on hard times. The Duchess, being more concerned with social standing than economy, is working her way through the Duke's fortune by promoting the acting and modelling career of her eldest daughter, Angelica. Cinderella not only has to run the household, but also has to supplement the family's income by working at the palace as a maid under an assumed alias. Can she save the kingdom, find true love and juggle her multiple personae all before the clock strikes midnight? The Reluctant Orthodontist: Herman, a small-time thief, is caught halfway through a burglary by another visitor to the sleeping household - a prospective tooth fairy, fresh-faced and eager to please her superiors. He is forced to take her place to avoid discovery, leading him into a night of poor disguises, pink tutus, a mad dentist, and 'original' ways of gathering teeth from unwitting sleepers... CULES takes shows to places that wouldn't normally get to see them, touring special needs schools and old people's homes in the final week of term, before putting on a student performance.
- December 2013We are pleased to announce that our two shows this term will be: PANTO: The Prince and the Pauper (by Jill Dye): There's a pauper. And a prince. And it's a panto. With that much alliteration how can it not be fun? PLAY: Unidentified Flying Christmas (by Jesse Daley): Aliens invade at Christmas and cause mayhem. What more could you want?
- May 2013A long time in the future, but in a galaxy not too far from our own, humankind had long been striving in the vast depths of space - the penultimate frontier. These are the voyages of the USSFingersCrossed. Her mission: to explore implausible new worlds. To boldly split infinitives no man had split before. And to find the final frontier. The year is 2329, and the mighty starship cruises through the firmament like a goldfish through treacle under the strong steerswomanship of Captain Gaia Lovelock and her loyal crew, fresh from an altercation on Balderon and a minor rumpus on the shores of the Tranquiline Nebula. The Captain’s on the bridge. The stage is set. COGGLES (Cambridge Old Graduates and Graduands Light Entertainment Society) are a society which put on shows at old people's homes for charity. We have a very fun one hour show, already written, and we would love to have you join us. The rehearsals will be very low committment, and both the shows and the rehearsals will be in evenings and at weekends. If you have never acted before - great, come along we would love to meet you. If you are an old hand at acting - great, come along, we would love to have you join us for what will be a very fun low committment show! The performance period is however in the middle of undergrad exams - this show is designed for people who get bored with everything shutting down in May (so everyone is allowed to audition, but please do bare in mind that all our shows are at the end of May/start of June)
CULES double bill: Snow White and the Three Dwarves & The Supervillain’s Guide to Ethical SubjectivismMarch 2013You are cordially invited to this term's CULES shows! Join us for an exciting double bill of... "The Supervillain’s Guide to Ethical Subjectivism" by Joanna Tang - Victor just wants to unleash heinous masterplans on the innocent people of Sameville in peace, but the incompetent mayor, a DIY superhero, and a radioactive gingerbread man keep getting in the way a lot. and "Snow White and the Three Dwarves" by Jessie Wear - Prince Bernard's Mum wants to marry him off, as she doesn't think he could manage to run the kingdom alone, and Snow White seems to be the best option - but the mother-in-law is a force to be reckoned with...
- December 2012Join us at 4pm on Saturday, the 1st of December, in the Fitzpatrick Theatre, Queens' College. Suggested donation £5/£4 (concessions), all proceeds to charity! ALADDIN - THE WOK AND ROLL PANTO. It's Chinese New Year, and in Old Tsing Tai the party's just getting started! But when Aladdin (a penniless peasant) falls in love with the Princess (whose father wants to marry her off to a powerful man with a powerful secret), it looks as though some magic powers might be needed to sort things out. With a full complement of "He's behind you"s, cross-dressing, and a dragon! and MAD SCIENCE. London, 1897. A week before Christmas... and the members of the Mad Science Club are far too busy competing for the first prize in the Grand Symposium to let the Christmas Spirit anywhere near their boiling flasks! Rivalry and back-biting reach new heights (and lows) in this group of famous mad scientists when Frankenstein's old lab project decides to team up with the technologically illiterate (but very rich) Count Dracula and the disgraced (formerly invisible) Dr Griffin to see if he can topple his mentor's reign at the top in this oddball Christmas comedy about mistletoe, manchildren and morgues.
- June 2012This term's CULES shows - the Clements performances*. The theme this year is "Superheroes and Supervillains", and we've got three wonderful treats lined up for you. This year's wonderful offerings are: "Steal on No Steal" - written by Dan Tooke, directed by Andrew Farrer "Superfluous" - written and directed by Jesse Daley "Parrotman" - written by Martin French, directed by Martin French and Gabriella Jeakins In memory of Emma Clements, a CULE who dies of cancer.
- March 2012DRAGON?! - Dung shovellers, hockey players, policemen, a grumpy professor, a sorceress named Chlamydia, and a very large red dragon. Will Seth accept his Destiny, or will everyone get burned to cinders? CLUEDO - The PANTOMIME - Was it Mrs Peacock in the Library with the dagger? Was it Professor Plum in the Study with the candlestick? Was it Mrs White in the Ballroom with the...pantomime piano...?
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