Corpus Playroom
Tue 5 - Sat 9 November
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club

The Effect

Lucy Prebble

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

Can we ever control how we feel? Are our feelings an emotional or physical sensation? Are love and sadness anything more than a chemical reaction?

Lucy Prebble's gripping play The Effect delves into the lives of four individuals in a clinical trial for a potent new antidepressant, RLU37. Doctors Lorna and Toby, once lovers, find themselves in a heated scientific debate about ethics and the extent to which we should seek to manage human emotion. Volunteers Connie and Tristan are quickly find themselves ensnared in a turbulent love affair where every developing affection is tarnished and they question if their love is true, or simply a side effect. This expansive and exhilarating play willingly asks us a multitude of questions, but does it provide the answers?

This production is suitable for ages 16 and over.

This amateur production of “The Effect” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.


Tue 5 November at 7:00pm
Wed 6 November at 7:00pm
Thu 7 November at 7:00pm
Fri 8 November at 7:00pm
Sat 9 November at 7:00pm


TUE £7-£9, WED–THU £8-£10, FRI–SAT £10-£12

mental illness; discrimination and/or bigotry (ableism); masked consensual sexual activity

The Corpus Playroom is owned by Corpus Christi College, and managed by the University of Cambridge through the ADC Theatre. The College drama society, the Fletcher Players, are the resident company.

The L-shaped studio is Cambridge's primary fringe space, showcasing a variety of productions, with an emphasis on new writing. Seasons are programmed simultaneously with the ADC Theatre.


Please note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible. More information can be viewed here.

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.

The Corpus Playroom has gender-neutral toilets.


Corpus Playroom
10 St Edward's Passage
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