Get Involved

We are the centre of Cambridge’s thriving drama scene. Productions at the ADC Theatre are entirely put together by students, amateurs, and volunteers.

Unravelling the Ribbon
Unravelling the Ribbon (Photo: Johannes Hjorth)

From actors and technical crew to directors and producers, everyone is here to enjoy and produce high-quality theatre. Training, learning and support are at the heart of everything we do here, and we are set up to provide help and guidance to inexperienced users.

There are hundreds of opportunities to act in the ADC Theatre every year, and our productions always require dedicated production and technical teams. Whether you’re interested in acting, directing, producing, designing, stage managing, building, lighting, or crewing a show, new faces are always welcome, regardless of experience.

Guide to Cambridge Theatre

Our guide to Cambridge Theatre contains everything you need to know about the way theatre works in Cambridge, and explains how to get involved. Have a read of it below:

Get Involved Schemes

Here are some upcoming events intended for people to get involved with theatre:

  • Acting Workshop, Thursday 7 October, 2pm-5pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Attend an introductory session to find out more about acting!
  • Freshers' Friday: Friday 8 October, 4pm-7pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Meet other people interested in theatre, get a tour of the building, and sign up to get involved with shows. Free drinks are available at the ADC Bar!
  • Introduction to Directing and Producing: Saturday 9 October, 2pm, ADC Theatre Stage
  • Introduction to Stage Management: Saturday 9 October, 3pm, ADC Theatre Stage
  • Introduction to Lighting and Sound: Saturday 9 October, 4pm, ADC Theatre Stage
  • Introduction to Set Design and Construction, Saturday 9 October, 5pm, ADC Theatre Stage
  • Freshers' Show Auditions: Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Wednesday 13 October, ADC Theatre
    • Sign-up links to audition will be available soon: join the Cambridge Theatre Facebook page and you'll see them be shared!
  • Interviews for Freshers' Show Productions: Sunday 10 and Tuesday 12 October, ADC Theatre
    • Sign-up links to audition will be available soon: join the Cambridge Theatre Facebook page and you'll see them be shared!
  • LGBTQ+ Social: Wednesday 16 October, 6pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Socialise and see the show Queen Anne with other LGBTQ+ theatre makers
  • How to apply to stage a show at the ADC Theatre: Thursday 14 October, 7pm
    • Find out about how you can apply to write, direct or produce a show at the ADC Theatre or Corpus Playroom
    • This event is virtual: the link to watch the event is here.
  • Producing Workshop: Friday 15 October, 4pm-6pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Find out more about how to become a Producer
  • Introduction to Costume: Saturday 16 October, 2pm-3pm, ADC Theatre Dressing Room 1
    • Find out more about how to design and source costumes
  • Tech Workshop: Saturday 16 October, 4pm-6pm, ADC Theatre
    • Find out more about how theatre tech works!
  • Female and Non-Binary Technicians' Social: Wednesday 20 October, 6pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Socialise and see the show Top Girls with other female and non-binary technicians
  • Writing Workshop: Thursday 21 October, 4pm-6pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • A relaxed chat and Q&A about writing, with the CUADC Writers' Rep
  • Stage Management Workshop: Saturday 23 October, 2pm-3:30pm, ADC Theatre Stage
    • An opportunity to try out stage management
  • BIPOC Social: Wednesday 27 October, 6pm, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Socialise and see the show Pass Over with other BIPOC theatre makers
  • Disabled Students Social: Wednesday 3 November, ADC Theatre Bar
    • Socialise and see the show Astrid with other disabled theatre makers

If you have any questions about getting involved you can contact Lucia at production@adctheatre.com

Freshers' Shows

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club is the oldest and largest student drama society in Cambridge.  The first performances on the site were staged by the founders of the Club in 1855.

As well as being the main production company at the Theatre, the CUADC are a focus for student dramatic activity in Cambridge, running workshops and encouraging participation in theatre.

The CUADC are producing three Freshers' Shows this season:

  • A Small Family Business
  • Harlequinade
  • The Kitchen Sink

The Freshers’ Shows are performed, directed, produced, designed and crewed entirely by those new to Cambridge drama.

To find out more about how to get involved with the Freshers' Shows, contact Ella at president@cuadc.org

Stewarding

We also require volunteer stewards to help us run the Front of House in the evenings. Our stewards greet audiences and oversee admission to the auditorium. For more information, email getinvolved@adctheatre.com