Spring 2015 Applications
Applications now closed for Week 7 ADC Mainshow
Due to an issue with performing rights, applications were reopened for the Week 7 ADC Mainshow (Tue 3 - Sat 7 March 2015).
The deadline for applications was Thursday 27 November at 12pm.
If you have any questions about your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to programme seasons of student drama which are diverse, entertaining and exciting. We welcome applications from any student, regardless of experience or background. The only thing you need to apply is a creative idea and a passion to see it through.
The shows which make up our seasons should create opportunities for students to be involved in fun and rewarding theatrical projects and should appeal to our varied audience of students from around the city and members of the wider Cambridge community.
Across both venues there are up to 60 slots, varying in number of performances from 1 to 14, and in total audience capacity from 40 to over 3000.
We are unlikely to programme a show which has been on at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom already in the last 2-3 years. Please check camdram.net for information on when shows have last been put on and get in touch if you have any questions about this.
We do not commission productions and are led by the applications we receive.
Applying to put on a show is a three-stage process.
First Stage - online application
The first stage of the process is for you to fill out the online application form which is submitted to the selection panel. The selection panel will read these applications and decide which candidates to interview.
Second Stage - interview
You may be asked to come along to an interview on Friday 28 November and we will give you a small number of questions to prepare in advance. This is your opportunity to flesh out your idea in more detail, as well as answer any specific questions we may have about your application.
Venues and slot
We are programming shows at the ADC Theatre and the Corpus Playroom. Please be aware that the venues and slots available are very different and shows which work artistically in one venue or slot may be less suited to another, so bear this in mind when choosing which venue and slot to apply for.
The ADC Theatre is a large proscenium arch theatre, with a 6.5m wide x 10m deep stage. It seats 228 people.
ADC Theatre Mainshow: Tue - Sat, 7.45pm, running time 2hr 30
This is the 'biggest' slot in terms of ambition, cast and crew size, budget and audience numbers. Our mainshow audiences are 50% students, 50% non-students, so we generally programme shows in this slot which will appeal to the wider Cambridge community.
Competition is more intense for ADC Theatre mainshows than for other slots so you should scale your application accordingly: it is even more important to focus on getting your passion, ambition and commitment across. This is the only slot where, although not required, having some experience of directing in Cambridge before (ideally at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom) could significantly strengthen your application.
The rights-holders of most plays and musicals require you to purchase performing rights before a production can be staged.
If you are unsure who holds the performing rights to the play you want to put on then a good place to start is Samuel French, who hold rights to lots of shows and also know who holds the rights to others.
We strongly advise you to check whether the rights are available before applying as we are not able to programme shows where rights are not available. We do understand that it may not be possible to confirm this with the rights holders, but if you can get as much of a sense as possible, that would be appreciated.
At the pitching stage you will be asked to confirm whether you have looked into the rights for your production.
Applications do not have to include any specific production roles. For example, a producer can apply without a director.
Our resident companies are commited to open auditions/applications for cast and crew positions. If you are applying with a show that has been pre-cast, please be aware that they may not be able to offer you funding.
We are only accepting electronic applications. If you have difficulty with the form or any other questions, please contact us.