Downing Dramatic SocietyDDS

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 numerous shows including our now very successful annual Lent Term DDS Freshers' Play and the Downing 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. Its styled interior has made it suitable for many period productions such as Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan', Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia', 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 and Heong Gallery.

The society is always looking for people with new ideas. Please contact us if you would like to get involved!

Current Committee:

President - Tilly White (mw822)
Vice President - Lily Ellis (lme42)
Treasurer - Bethany Taylor (bt405)
Secretary and Social Secretary - Gina Stock (grcs2)
Publicity Officer - Senya Kang (sk2239)
Freshers Officer - Alice Roberts (ar2177)
Production Officer - Margaret Saunderson (ms2920)
Festival of New Writing Officers - Lauren Herd (lh802) and Frankie Hill (fh429)

Contact Downing Dramatic Society

Get involved with Downing Dramatic Society shows:

Downing Shorts is a film festival (made in association with the Festival of New Writing) and we want your short films to be a part of it!

    Contact and/or before 13th Oct 2023 23:59 for more details.

    You can also see all events that have been put on by this society.



    • Sun 5 Nov
    • Mon 6 Nov
    • Tue 7 Nov
    • Wed 8 Nov
    • Thu 9 Nov
    • Fri 10 Nov
    • Sat 11 Nov
    19:00 Downing Shorts Howard Theatre
    • Sun 19 Nov
    • Mon 20 Nov
    • Tue 21 Nov
    • Wed 22 Nov
    • Thu 23 Nov
    • Fri 24 Nov
    • Sat 25 Nov

    Past shows

    See all the shows this society has been previously involved in at the society history page.