- August 2012
HOOF HOOF is a punk-folk opera for everyone, returning Euripides’ classic The Bacchae to the invigorating communal ridiculousness of ancient Athens. It features puppets, masks, hand-painted costumes and dancing satyrs. Our world premiere will be at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, in the world famous Bongo Club.
We are looking for male and female performers to be part of a tight ensemble. Singing is required, but it need not necessarily be tuneful. Ability to play a musical instrument is also something we'd be interested in, but this isn't vital. You will need to be free for the second half of July (for rehearsals) and the first half of August (for Edinburgh). We do open book accounting and role-based profit share, so at the end of the run you will get some money. You can spend this on whatever you like.
We've got a lot of impressive reviewers and so on lined up to come see, and we may be doing a little preview at Latitude Festival, so this will all be very fun. Here are some things people have said about us in the past so you know you can trust us - they are in the form of adjectives qualified by adverbs, because we're so complex and hard to nail down: 'faintly terrifying' (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) 'defiantly ridiculous' (The Erotic Review) 'lasciviously adventurous' (VICE) 'spine-tinglingly beautiful' (The Tab) 'truly original' (Varsity).
- August 2011
'What makes this pearl upon my pintle's snout?' 'Sure you fucked lately - now your dream is out.'
'could rival the RSC' The Stage 'uniformly excellent...this gifted company deserve West End exposure' The British Theatre Guide
The Earl of Rochester's tragicomedy of sexual excess, reconstructed by Toby Parker-Rees ('a defiant & ridiculous figure' The Erotic Review), savagely exposes the baser instincts governing our governors. Live music from Joe Rubini, fine art from Tom de Freston, and pinstripe codpieces. An all-new production based on tribal clowning, theatre of cruelty, and David Cameron's stupid face.
- March–April 2011
The Movement presents 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare
***** 'Utterly brilliant in conception and performance. See this!' (Cambridge Tab) **** The List **** Edfringe.com **** Theatre Guide London **** Broadway World **** Varsity **** TCS **** The New Current
'Worthy of the RSC' (The Stage)
Join the critically acclaimed Movement Theatre Company as they tour their beautiful rendition of William Shakespeare's final tale. Drawing on the narrative styles of the Commedia Dell' Arte and combining stunning masks, live music, dance and puppetry, this promises to be a fantastic evening's entertainment suitable for all the family.
- October 2010
- January 2010
The Movement presents:
In a grimy Whitechapel garret at the turn of the century, John Faustus -- scholar, anatomist, lunatic -- signs away his soul.
With a Cambridge run in the 11th Century St. Peter's Church @ Kettle's Yard, we will be telling his story as part of an exhibition showcasing the work of former Christ’s College Cambridge artist-in-residence Tom de Freston. Tom’s self-conscious, post-religious painting will confront Kit Marlowe’s words in a nauseously comic production exploring the boundaries between art and theatre, faith and madness, knowledge and despair.
Dr. Faustus is the latest professional production from a group who have been individually praised by The Scotsman, The Stage and Artspace, and have worked with nationally-touring theatre companies.
- June 2009
CADS and friends present a May Week show: Sense and Sensibility (adapted from the novel by Jane Austen).
Dates: 5pm Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th June.
Venue: The beautiful gardens of Christ's College.
A tale of two beautiful sisters who find and lose love… and then find it again! Classic Jane Austen brought to life in the beauty of a college garden. The perfect May Week show.
- June 2008
To celebrate the year of Milton’s quatercentenery CADS and the Marlowe society are reviving his most celebrated masque: Comus. Annilese Miskimmon, an accomplished professional director, will be directing the piece. Miskimmon was a staff producer at Welsh National Opera from 1996 until 2001; she has also worked with English National Opera and extensively with the BBC Orchestras and Proms, and at Glyndebourne. She has been Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company since December 2003. The artist, Lachlan Goudie will be designing the production.
Set in a wood in 1920s Britain a young lady has been separated from her two hapless brothers and falls into the hands of the bacchanalian figure Comus. However the young lady and her brothers are being protected by a Spirit who conjures the water nymph Sabrina, the protector of chastity and virtue, to save the lady from Comus and his bestial clan.
This peripatetic performance is set in the beautiful Christ's College Fellows' Garden for the performances on the 19th-21st; on the 22nd and 24th the performances will be, for the first time in a very very long time, in the college Hall. Our production will constitute the first half of a longer piece which also includes the Marlowe production 'Comus: An Anti-Mask'.
Please note there is no performace on the 23rd of June.
- February–March 2007
"The main thing about broads is two things. One: The Way to Get Laid is to Treat 'Em Like Shit, and Two: Nothing, nothing makes you so attractive to the opposite sex as getting your rocks off on a regular basis."
Welcome to the world of the modern relationship, where sex is a commodity and love is just a word. Sexual hostility crackles through every scene of Mamet's dissection of human interaction in its various states of love, lust and dissatisfaction. An hour long, this is a play to make you cringe in your seat and cry with laughter, this is an unforgettable portrayal of sex and friendship, and what it really means to say "I love you"...
- October 2006
One things for certain, the first CADS sketch show of 2006 will be memorable!
Who will escape the rapier wit of CADS' crack writing squad? Certainly not Colin Farrell, Walt Disney, David Cameron and his lot, The Femidom... the list continues. There may even be a Gorilla. In a coma. Banter. So if your feeling blue, or just happen to be sleepwalking naked in the Christ's area, why not pop down to the NCT for a "good" hour of "quality" entertainment. Who knows what will happen? I'm organising it and haven't got a clue!
Lots of love and kisses,
- June 2006
- November 2005
For two fateful nights in November, Christ's Amateur Dramatic Society present an hour's worth of sketches, monologues, and very obvious filler material, written and performed by CADS' very own committee and a plethora of hot young talent. Bananas. Bananas? Bananas. Yes, this sh*t truly is bananas.
- October 2005
Is he dead, or only dreaming? A.E. Housman, the poet and classicist, is on the banks of the Styx, waiting to be borne to the Underworld. Everything meaningful in his life eddies around him: the debate between the strictures of High Victorian morality and the free-spirited Aesthetic movement rages in academic circles and within Housman himself. All his life he has been in love with Moses Jackson, his closest friend, but Jackson cannot return his feelings and the morality of the day forbids Housman from even expressing them. Meanwhile, Oscar Wilde, Housman's fellow-student at Oxford, lives his life as "an artist, a secret criminal in our midst," spearheading the Aesthetic movement and paying dearly for his loves. This is Stoppard's masterpiece, a play for anyone who's ever fallen in love with someone they shouldn't.
- March–April 2005
Affabulazione is a modern tragedy of politics, patriarchy and psychoanalysis that charts the descent into madness of one man, known only as the Father and the events leading up to his murder of his son. Through the prism of this one father-son relationship, the play examines the whole fabric of Western culture. Our production will make use of film to explore the Father's state of mind, with thoughts and dream sequences projected behind him and all of the characters as they speak.
This production is jointly presented by CADS and the LMP.
- March 2005
People drift across a lost world turning the stage into a dreamscape. The Street of Crocodiles fuses the stories and life of the Polish writer Bruno Schulz through physical theatre, mime and Kafka-esque metamorphoses. Joseph is tangled in the web of his memories that are reborn menacingly just beyond his grasp. A blend of the real and fantastic, these stories lead the audience down the path of Joseph’s disintegration to his final, chilling destruction. Birds eggs are hatched in attics, characters morph into cockroaches and tailor’s dummies come to life in this work of startling absurdity and extraordinary imagination.
- February 2005
CADS is proud to present its annual freshers' show after last year's storming success, 'Comic Potential'.
The year is 1797: the inhabitants of the sleepy East Anglian village of Dangling Wallop have been subject for months now to the attacks of a ferocious, man-eating beast; fear and rumour are rife amongst the townsfolk. The local landowner, Lord Oswald, a judge with an extremely large penal authority, is deeply concerned: the beast's ravages are losing him money, customarily earned from the regional industry of aubergine farming. Meanwhile, his precocious daughter Eugenia is about to gain a brand new tutor, an old friend of her father's, a French poet and libertine by the name of Zafira...
- February 2005
A remixed 'Twelfth Night' which takes place in the strange Illyria of Cesario's mind as s/he plays with poetry, sexual fluidity and fractured identities.
- January 2005
Visit the website www.powertheplay.com
This is the amateur world premiere of 'Power'!
'Power' was premiered at the National Theatre during Nick Hytner's first summer as artistic director. We are performing the first production of the play outside of the National.
'Power' is Nick Dear's portrayal of kingship and monarchy under Louis XIV. Fouquet is a wealthy and charismatic member of France's seventeenth aristocracy and is close friends with Louis, the new King who chases his brother's English wife one day, and beds her chambermaid the next. This happy arrangement turns sour as Louis' suspicions of Fouquet are enflamed by his mother and his advisors. At turns compelling, wickedly funny, and philosophical on the nature of power as the old European monarchies faced losing their unequivocal position of authority to a system of checks and balances.
- November 2004
A classic comedy by Neil Simon ("The Odd Couple") about a
long-since-broken-up comic duo who are persuaded to reunite for a
television special, despite mutual dislike. Really great, modest cast
- November 2004
When Kublai Khan’s armies invaded China from the north in 1280, the
arts enjoyed a newly found freedom. Released from the Confucian
formalism of the Song Dynasty, the Chinese theatre of the time began to
investigate, with increasing degrees of experimentation, the
circumstances of its new world. Autumn in Han Palace is an early Yuan
work, overtly political in its focus with romantic meditations. The
Soul of Chi’en Nu is a Taoist whodunit investigating identity, love and
duty. Both plays are part of a distinctly Chinese tradition that forms
the heritage of contemporary Beijing Opera.
- November 2004
"Don't leave your kids alone to play with fire."
January 16th 1969. A Czech student named Jan Palach sets fire to himself in Wenceslas Square, in protest against the Russian invasion. On January 17th 1969, he was headline news - but the evening edition of any decent newspaper carries a new headline. Was his sacrifice doomed to failure? How can any of us make a difference? Can we express ourselves better through advertising slogans than we can through Shakespeare? Palach is a patchwork of texts, sound and images that dissects the nature of theatre, communication and protest. Performed simultaneously on four mini-stages, you are invited to choose what to watch - and what to think.
Picture c/o: http://archiv.radio.cz/palach99/images/okraj2.jpg
- October 2004
"Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life!"
Muriel Sparks' classic novel about "a miss Jean Brodie in her prime" is bound to be among the "creme de la creme" of ADC productions this term. In Edinburgh in the 1930s, Miss Brodie dedicates herself to the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, with consequences both hilarious and tragic.
- June 2004
CADS is proud to bring you Aristophanes' hilarious pro/anti-feminist satire "Women In Power". Gender confusion, cross-dressing, and a world where women are on top... When you allow women to run a state anything could happen.
- February 2004
CADS is proud to present its annual freshers' show. This year, it's a romantic comedy for Valentine's weekend... but it's a romance with a difference. Adam Trainsmith is not expecting to fall in love when he visits the set of burnt-out director Chandler Tate's rubbish medical soap 'Hospital Hearts', but fall in love he does. With a robot called Jacie...
- February 2004
The first thing people remember about 'The Crucible' is that it's about witches. The second thing is that it's a metaphor for McCarthyism in 1950s America. The third thing is that it's where they have the snooker championships. The last remembrance aside, the witch/McCarthyist aspect was what drove Miller to write in the first place. However, some years after its completion, he considered its purpose to have changed: 'It's about Proctor's guilt', he said.
- November 2003
Ben Jonson's classic black comedy is given new life in this exciting and elaborate production.
- June 2003
- May 2003