Past shows by GODS
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The HerdMarch 2019Andy, brain-damaged and physically incapacitated from birth, has a mental age of ten months. Carol, his anxiety-ridden mother, has arranged a small family party to celebrate Andy's 21st birthday. Not that he's counting. But Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before. A witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.
Unheard Voices: a showcase of new writingMarch 2019
Churchill Freshers' Sketch showFebruary 2017The Fresher’s Sketch Show is all about break-ups. We all know Cambridge is a stressful place and most of us are struggling to get up in the morning, only to continue to scrape through our degrees. How then, could we possibly be expected to participate in a healthy relationship at the same time? ‘It’s not you, it’s me.’ – The classic cop-out line for when you realise you’ve lost the love you had for your partner, just like you lost the love for your subject in first term…. The Freshers will be performing a range of break up scenes from the weird to the slightly disturbing. Come and share in the break-down of college marriages, lab partners and German lovers. A show that provides a haven of relatability for everyone who has had a crappy RAG date or a dodgy tinder hook up; this is where Crushbridge came to die
The Wizard of Ozbridge - Churchill JCR PantoNovember 2015Come one, come all, to the annual Churchill JCR Panto staged by the JCR Committee. This year's festive extravaganza follows Dorothy & Toto as they embark on a journey to free a magical land called Ozbridge from the clutches of the Wicked Witch. They encounter a whole host of friends and get lost in an adventure of friendship and heavy handed morality.
The RivalsMarch 2015Bath, 18th Century, The Rivals - a play of sparkling wit and humour combines Duels, duplicities and secret disguises. And Rivals of course. Jack Absolute attempts to win the love of the capriciously romantic Lydia Languish under the guise of the impoverished ensign 'Beverley'. She must do this whilst battling against the formidable Mrs Malaprop, whose blundering misinterpretations are unforgettable for any audience.
The Witt ClubNovember 2014The Witt Club is made up of stand-up comedians Adrian, Ted, Joshan, Ken, and Yaseen. Between them, these lovely lads have brought you: spleen, Footlights Presents: Dumpf, The Importance of Being Improvised, Set List, Continuum, Free Footlights 2014, Smile, Ted Hill’s Quip Tease, Three White Guys 2, Improv from the Crypt, Feastival, and a smorgasbord of Footlights and college smoker appearances. They’ll be talking at you for about an hour then you’ll go home. Previous praise for performers: Adrian Gray: “5-star act” - The Tab, “had the audience in hysterics” - Varsity Ted Hill: “incredibly natural and stuffed full of great material” - The Cambridge Student, “Ted Hill shone… the room immediately took to him” - Varsity Joshan Chana: “top grade student comedian” - Cambridge Theatre Review Ken Cheng: “formidable…wry, pragmatic brand of comedy produced floods (and, in my case, actual tears) of laughter” - Varsity Yaseen Kader: "thought-provoking, exquisitely written, and doesn’t scrimp on big laughs to achieve this for even a second" - Varsity
Failure: A Sketch Show with a Chip on its ShoulderOctober 2014We're all failures, deep down. This is a sketch show about that, and duck smuggling. Please laugh. Previous praise for the writers/performers: “Future star of tomorrow” – TCS “Very funny” – The Tab “In a word, hilarious” - Varsity
Ted Hill's Quip TeaseApril 2014A night of stand-up comedy featuring: Ted Hill (compere): 'incredibly natural and stuffed full of great material' - TCS. Chris Page: 'A delightfully geeky flair' - Tab Harry Wright : 'lived up to his star billing' - Norwich Tab Dan Leigh: 'kept the audience bubbling over nicely throughout' - TCS Patrick Brooks: 'fine' - Ted Hill Victor Herrero: 'kept the audience on their toes' - TCS
Churchill Smoker 2.0March 2014Comedy
Churchill SmokerFebruary 2014A night of stand up comedy in Churchill Bar
The 39 StepsJanuary 2014After its highly successful run at Churchill College, Churchill GODS are bringing an exclusive one time performance of John Buchan's The 39 Steps to the Cambridge Union Chambers. Join Richard Hannay, an ordinary Englishman, in 1935 as he realises that the safety of the British air defence is at risk and he is the only person who might be able to protect it. Join our hero as he travels across the country in his life changing adventure. Based on John Buchman's ground-breaking novel, this hilarious play has 30 characters played by only 4 actors. With on-stage costume changes and a variety of accents, our actors will deliver an entertaining afternoon. "Excellent and a huge success" ★★★★ - The Tab Cambridge http://cambridge.tab.co.uk/2013/11/10/the-39-steps/
Charlie and the Churchill CollegeNovember 2013This Year's Churchill JCR panto sees Charlie Bucket, a poor boy from the suburbs of Cambridge in 2031, win a tour around Churchill College. Can Charlie and his plucky friends uncover the secret that College Master Professor Sir David Wonkington is hiding in the archives centre? Will the ravenous Chupacabra continue to kill in the library? Will the cast remember all their lines? The only way to answer these questions is to come to the JCR Panto 2013!
The 39 StepsNovember 2013London. 1935. August. A terrible secret is about to be released from the country which would jeopardise national security and it's up to Richard Hannay to travel across the country and try to stop it. Based on John Buchman's ground-breaking novel, this hilarious play has 30 characters played by only 4 actors. It's a barrel of laughs not to be missed!
Improv in the WolfsonOctober 2013Free improvised comedy from Churchill's home grown team. We were good enough to perform at three balls last May Week (including Jesus), so it should be good!
Oliver TwistJune 2013A devised piece based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Whodidit?March 2013The Churchill College Freshers Play 2013 is 'whodidit?' by Neil Harrison. A Hilarious parody of the detective novel, containing 17 characters, played by 5 cast members. With no set and most props being imaginary, the play is heavily reliant on effects and mime to bring the story to life. Who has been killing the family and staff of Tom Darling? its the job of the Inspector to find out, but does he have the competence? Featuring a Myriad of eccentric characters, including a wheelchair bound octogenarian, an invisible professor and a seemingly murderous psychopath, 'whodidit' ensures to be the highlight of the term for Churchill College.
EcumenicalJune 2012A new play by Judith E Wilson Fellow John Kinsella. Combining physical theatre, dance, mask-work and ambient music, this is one of Cambridge's more experimental forays into drama, as particle physics, Italian comedy and the unique architecture of Churchill Chapel crash into one another in an explosion of poetry.
RumoursNovember 2011What happens when you arrive at dinner party where host is unconscious and has a bullet wound in his earlobe? Do you phone the police? Or try and cover it up for fear of what the neighbours might say? From the mind of four time Tony Award winner "Neil Simon", comes a brilliant comical farce about the lengths some people will go to to save face.
IMPROV IN THE WOLFSONNovember 2011The third time we've done improv and the first time ever in the Wolfson. Come along, it will be funny. I hope. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'll try to do a funny description sometime later.
IMPROV IN THE BAR!October 2011After the first improv in the bar, we know that all of you have been thinking just one thing: "God, Marc Jones is sexy", although possibly actually that's just me. In the gaps when you're not thinking that, you're probably asleep. OR YOU'RE THINKING "I wonder when Improv in the Bar is happening again?! It certainly was my favourite improvised comedy experience of last year, to be held in the bar at Churchill". Well, wonder no longer! Improv in the Bar is happening again on Saturday 8th October. And it's in the bar, obviously. We've already confirmed some of your favourite performers from last time! (Some of your other favourites have left, but we can't help that.)
South PacificJune 2011Churchill GODS in collaboration with Trinity Hall Musical Society present their May Week production of 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. Considered by some to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, South Pacific boasts many songs that have become worldwide standards, such as "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Happy Talk", "Younger than Springtime", and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy".
Wyrd SistersMarch 2011GODS Are Righte Pleased To Presente: The Moste Esteemed Sir Terry Pratchett's ~WYRD SISTERS~ Adapted for stage by Stephen Briggs! Featureing Actione! Passione! Murdere! Lightes! Sounde! A Caste of SEVERAL! Performances on the 18th and 19th of March, in the Wolfson Hall, Churchill College. Tickets available on the door for only £3 -- more fun, and lasts longer than a pint, too!
Someone Who'll Watch Over MeMarch 2011Hostage is a crucifying aloneness. It is a silent, screaming slide into the bowels of ultimate despair. - Brian Keenan (Hostage during the Lebanon Crisis) Inspired by the Lebanon Hostage Crisis of the 1980s, "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" follows the heartbreaking ordeal of three civilian men as they struggle with the terrifying monotony of life as a hostage. "In a play which is heartrendingly compassionate, tenderly tragic but also uproariously funny... an Irishman, Englishman and American overcome their cross-national tensions to form a close friendship under the appalling strain of captivity". (CurtainUp)
A Night in NovemberNovember 2010Set in Belfast during the 1994 world cup, A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER follows Kenneth Norman McCallister, a Protestant Dole Clerk working in Northern Ireland who has quietly discriminated against Catholics his whole life. One Night in November he reluctantly finds himself at a crucial Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland football match and what he sees there makes him question the very beliefs he was raised with. Join him on his hilarious and poignant journey of self discovery as he challenges the sectarian dogma of his family and friends, leaves Belfast, crosses the border for the first time in his life, boards a flight into the unknown and tries to discover what it means to both Protestant and Irish.
Canterbury TalesJune 2010Join us on our pilgrimage through the courts of Churchill College!
An Evening of BeckettMarch 2010An evening of Various Short Plays by Samuel Beckett, wine and cheese to follow.
The UN InspectorMarch 2010Spotted at the Marriott by government aides in search of a decent cappuccino, a British businessman nonentity is mistaken for the dreaded UN inspector. While he exploits the situation for all it’s worth, presidential panic ensues as ex-Soviet Ministers make farcical attempts to cover up the corruption that lies at the State’s core. A riotous comedy based on Gogol’s masterpiece, The Government Inspector, David Farr’s new play explores human greed and immorality in the highest places.
PygmalionFebruary–March 2009You see this creature with her kerbstone English: the English that will keep her in the gutter to the end of her days. Well, Sir, in three months I could pass that girl off as a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party.” Can Professor Henry Higgins really turn flower-girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady? Churchill College’s in-house dramatic society, The GODS, for the 2009 Freshers' Play, present George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, the inspiration for the timeless musical “My Fair Lady”.
Churchill Amnesty SmokerJanuary 2009An evening with some of Cambridge's best comedic talent. All profits from Tuborg, Carlsberg, a selected white wine and single vodka mixers sold after 8:30pm go to Amnesty International- and, for one night only we give you The Amnesty Mocktail. Plus, entry is FREE! Please contact Duncan (dab58) or Will (wjms2) if you're interested in performing
The PhysicistsMarch 2008The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Möbius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton. It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear. Whilst twisting and turning, the play additionally delivers a healthy, and rather dark, dose of farce. It's macabre, melodramatic, mad, and all with murdered nurses galore...
Charity Comedy NightNovember 2007Come along to the bar this saturday evening to relieve some of those 5th week blues. We have a FANTASTIC line up, and when i say that i mean it! Think a little bit of alcock improv, footlights and throw in some comedy newbies, some songs about chickens, some australian postgrads and a lot of brand new stand-up material and sketches, and youve got a perfect evening. And its FREE. It wont cost you a thing. We will have a collection pot for SOS Childrens Villages (a Cambridge-based charity who provide for orpaned and abandoned children in over 123 different countries)
Thyme Gentlemen PleaseJune 2007A piece of new writing showcased in the grounds of Churchill. It's comedy. Theres punch. There are bouncy castles.There are none of these in the play. Apart from the comedy. Charles has invited his friends James and Donald round for an afternoon of smoking, whiskey and the general caddish behavior one expects of the average 1920s, erm, cad. Everything starts to go wrong when Donald goes into the bathroom and cant stop the taps from running. A series of people enter the house who Charles was most certainly not expecting, including his mother, accompanied by the ambassador and his daughter...
Oh What a Lovely WarFebruary 2007Joan Littlewoods' musical satire "Oh what a lovely war" is given a fresh and modern adaptation by some of the brightest new stars of cambridge theatre.Whether your interest is modern music, military history, joy, emotion in general...this play is for you. Being hilarious in parts, tragically sad in others, we can guarantee this is not one to be missed.
Troilus and CressidaFebruary 2006“Troilus and Cressida, that most vexing and ambiguous of Shakespeare's plays, strikes the modern reader as a contemporary document” - Joyce Carol Oates. Love is multi-dimensional, flawed, unfaithful and warped in Shakespeare’s most obfusticated tragedy. The petty complexities of the Trojan War rage on, whilst a private affair is taking place. Love mixes with war, but the play is more than this cliché alone. Dark, sinister and vile violence mixes with gleeful comedy and parody, until everything falls and all is meaningless. The boundaries of love – what is is, to what extent it exists, what role it has – are all explored, but explored against a backdrop of a scene where no love can flourish; a scene of carnage and of impetuous and impulsive rivalry.
Noonday DemonsMay 2005Noon is the time when the devil and his demons are strongest in the world. Every good saint knows this. St. Eusebius certainly does. The trouble is, so does St. Pior. When the two meet in an Egyptian cave each is convinced the other is a demon sent to corrupt their immortal soul. The saints’ titanic struggle is brought to life with all of Peter Barnes’ characteristic humour and intensity. This is an intelligent and bizarre play from an often overlooked playwright. This is a fantastic two-hander. It's taut, razor sharp dialogue gives the actors the chance to really shine and the only prop is an age old pile of human excrement... For Further details contact Donnacha Kirk (director) on dk307 or Claire Adcock (Producer) on cla31.
ArcadiaJanuary 2005In what is often thought of as Stoppard’s masterpiece, Arcadia flits between centuries, evoking both the 1809 Regency era (with Lord Byron’s sordid exploits included) and the modern day academics and inhabitants of a stately home. The complex, interlinked events and lives that shape the play are coupled with the exuberant, funny and lively language of the script. When it opened at the National in 1993 Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy took leading roles in the production, after which “The Telegraph” said that “I have never left a play more convinced that I’d just witnessed a masterpiece”. It is a love story and detective story, at once a farcical comedy with elements of literature, mathematics, chaos theory and, of course, landscape gardening.
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