- April 2019
A: And what does he look like?
N: He looks like he was drawn on the back of a receipt with a biro pen.
Benson's back, having spent the past seven years locked inside his creator's subconscious. He's been through it. He looks like shit. He's developed a penchant for reality TV and playground swings. He's also somewhat imaginary.
A meditation on friendship and Bensons, this piece examines shared grief and the lost creations of childhood.
- June 2018
Immigration, immigration, immigration. No, you haven’t stumbled across Nigel Farage having a stroke on Question Time. Instead we’re here to discuss the show that would induce said stroke: SECOND-GENERATION.
SECOND-GENERATION is a sketch show that will look at the trials and tribulations of living between multiple cultures in Modern Britannia.
This sketch-show will showcase the hilarity that ensues as cultures mix and showcase some fabulous Cambridge talent.
- February 2017
"Away, and mock the time with fairest show.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
The Scottish play is coming to Cambridge as you’ve never seen before. With an entirely BME cast, this production will transport you to an underground urban sprawl, illuminating the shaded power, deceit, and ambition in a city that never sleeps, for Macbeth looks on. All hell, Macbeth!
A man meets thrice-tongued Fate who tells him he shall be King. Goaded by his Queen, and both immediately drunk on their future, they are soon consumed by the duality of power: both wielding it and submitting to it. Treading blood, the Macbeths drive towards their Fate: guns ready, minds broken.
"I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
- January 2016
Farewell Tim is a sketch show with a mysterious hero. You may not have known him, but you will have seen him. He was your neighbour’s neighbour, your cousin’s first love, the kid you bullied at tennis camp. But he was also our best friend.
We want to tell you the story of Tim’s life, the high points and the low points, from the very beginning to the very end. We want to tell you about his hopes and his dreams, his passions and his hatreds, his successes and his many, many failures. We want to tell you about his first moments in this world and the last time we said “farewell”.
Join Charlie and Sam for a night of fast-paced comedy. Tim may not really exist, but the sketches that immortalise him certainly do. This brand new show is not be missed.
- November 2015
The Occupy Movement and Christianity both think of themselves as founded upon the values of kindness, compassion and equality. In October 2011, these two movements came into direct conflict when protesters established a camp on the steps of St Paul's.
Steve Waters' new play 'Temple' asks what is the position of Christianity in modern society. Should it be a safeguard of established traditions or take a more active role in fighting against injustice? A fictional reconstruction of the days leading up to the forced removal of Occupy, this production examines the debates that raged within the Cathedral walls. Questions of purpose, questions of politics, questions of faith.
- June 2015
WEEK 7 CORPUS LATESHOW
The Well Of The Saints is a play in three acts by J.M. Synge. Drawing from sources as diverse as French Farce and Irish Folklore, Synge tells the story of two blind beggars, who have their sight restored, only to discover they might not like what they see. A rare opportunity to see a playwright performed who Samuel Beckett described as a 'profound influence'.
BOOK TICKETS NOW: https://www.corpusplayroom.com/whats-on/drama/the-well-of-saints.aspx
- February 2015
- February 2015
- February 2015
“Well, think about it. Haven’t we learnt an awful lot about you in the past few minutes?”
John has been sent to interview William for a project— something literary but the nature of the work is unclear...
Taking its prompt from Shakespeare's sonnets, this humorous and thoughtful new piece of writing explores the spaces between art and human relationships, and the implications of trying to unite the two.
- May 2014
“I know, this all sounds like some crazy plot to a stupid play…”
It’s 1965 and famed movie star James Redgrave is set to return to the stage after a long absence from the spotlight. To celebrate he throws a small party at his London apartment just hours before the opening night. However amidst the champagne, cold buffet and the arrival of his insufferable mother, he is accidentally incapacitated. But the show must go on. The understudy is horrendously drunk, the director is a complete buffoon and there’s a dead body in the spare room! Will the show be saved at the last minute? or will everything fall to pieces?
With guest appearances from Julie Andrews, Ann-Margret and Charlie Chaplin, this hilarious satire of Hollywood’s golden age will have you in stitches from start to finish!
- February 2014
'When you come to the point, it does go against the grain to kill an Archbishop, especially when you have been brought up in good Church traditions. So if we seemed a bit rowdy, you'll understand why it was; and for my part I am awfully sorry about it.' We are looking for male and female actors to fill a large number of roles- big and small- in T.S. Eliot's gripping portrayal of the murder of Thomas Becket. That is, of course, if you can call it a murder... Don't miss the chance to perform this excellent play in the eerily intense acoustics and close marble floored grandeur of St.Catharine's College Chapel. No prior acting experience necessary, so all are welcome.
- February 2009
A man and his daughter are stranded. Enslaving the inhabitant of a desolate island and mastering its magic force, he plans for his revenge.
Shakespeare's magical last play, his poignant farewell to the stage - has love, tragedy and comedy combined in equal measure.
‘The Tempest’ is an intrusive and exclusive production, taking you right into the heart of an uninhabitable, bleak island.
suffer a sea change into something rich and strange
free online booking www.adctheatre.com
- November 2008
Set in the 1970s, Mike Leigh's play satirises the aspirations and tastes of the emerging middle class in his suburban comedy of manners. As Abigail throws a party down the road, Beverly decides to entertain her neighbours, assuming the role of a somewhat overbearing host. Leigh's perceptive dialogue provides moments of both hilarity and painful awkwardness as these five vibrant characters interact. His characters' preoccupation with social decorum creates a world in which everyone is playing a part but, ultimately, reality must surface.
The play consists entirely of freshers from St. Catharine's college, and so is a great way to see some of the new talent on the Cambridge scene.
- October–November 2008
Troy has fallen to the Greeks, and Hecuba, its beloved queen, is widowed and enslaved. She mourns her once great city, and the death of her husband, but when fresh horrors emerge, her grief turns to white-hot rage, and a lust for revenge.
A savage indictment of the brutal devastation of war, Hecuba is brought to life in this thrillingly visceral new version by Frank McGuinness.
- May 2008
The strangely pale-faced child of a gypsy whore, Scaramouche was always fated to be a clown. But from his birth, at midnight on New Year's Eve 1899 in a dingy Trinidad knocking shop, his life has been an odyssey through extraordinary adventures, crumbling empires and the darkest episodes on the 20th century.
Now, as the champagne corks fly on millenium eve, Scaramouche is about to give his last and most important performance. He steps out from the circus ring, peels away his outer disguises and reveals the loves, brutalities, ecstasies and tragedies that created the seven white masks of Scaramouche Jones.
- January 2008
Two of Chekhov's short farces. Perfect fare for a cold January evening.
"The Bear": Mrs. Popova has been in mourning for the last 12 months, ever since her husband died. The fact that he cheated on her is, perversely, a source of motivation for this. When she is rudely interrupted by Sminov, a bankrupt landowner who is calling in his debts, the tensions rise between these two uncompromising characters until breaking point.
"The Night before the Trial": Zaytsev arrives at an inn on a freezing night. He is due in court the next day, where he is to be put on trial for bigamy, fraud, and the attempted murder of a sporting goods manufacturer. If found guilty, he'll kill himself right there in the dock. Such thoughts of suicide evaporate when he catches sight of the lodger in the next room, but what can he do, with her husband also present?
- November 2007
Come and see Noel Coward's delightful comedy of discriminating tastes and dirty little secrets, Relative Values!
Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, woos Hollywood star Miranda Frayle, upsetting both his mother, Countess Felicity of Marshwood, and her former love, fellow Hollywood star Don Lucas. Just before the engagement party to be held at Marshwood, Moxie, the Countess's personal maid and best friend reveals that Miranda is actually her estranged sister. Crestwell, the Countess's butler, quickly devises a plan, but all hell breaks loose....
Takes place at the Octagon on the 24th, 26th and 27th of November. The show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are ₤3.50.