In our first blog post of 2017, Theatre Manager Mitchell Clarke, takes us through his highlights from the season ahead. We can look forward to a number of new, thought-provoking and emotionally challenging productions to enjoy, but also to think about.
"We aim to nurture the best amateur theatre talent that Cambridge can offer; extending opportunities to both students and local theatre groups alike."
Hamlet, severed from its courtly aesthetic, returns from its European tour reimagined amongst the grit and shingle of the 18th century sea. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons examines the ways we communicate with one another, the importance of saying what you really feel, and the sorts of things we say without opening our mouths. In The House of Bernarda Alba we see the poetic and brutal tale of domestic tyranny and rebellion, played out by an entirely female cast of characters. Stuart: A Life Backwards seeks to challenge our pre-conceptions of homelessness. London Road, the ground breaking piece of verbatim musical theatre, shows a community rising from the depths of trauma.
Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan examines an ordinary coming of age story in extraordinary circumstances. This play will simultaneously have you crying with laughter and holding your breath in apprehension. Smaller in scale, Some Voices is a powerful and moving exploration of how difficult standing on your own two feet can be and Unravelling the Ribbon is a light-hearted, touching play about love and survival, told by three women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.
"We continually strive to discover what can be achieved within the theatres’ spaces and hope the creation of challenging and artistically-ambitious shows will continually stretch all those involved in our productions."
Fen is a newly devised piece based on stories by Daisy Johnson, created in the eerie landscapes and dingy rehearsal rooms of Cambridge. It incorporates nature and technology into an immersive, uncanny, and surprising exploration of the indelible marks a landscape can leave on its people.
To end our student season, the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club is very excited to present How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as their two-week musical. Awarded both the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for its debut in 1961, and featured Daniel Radcliffe in its recent Broadway revival, this is a not-to-be-missed musical treat for all.
"I hope that whatever your theatrical taste, there is something for you to enjoy!"