Many of you will have heard of the Cambridge Footlights or perhaps the Oxford Revue, but you shouldn’t mistake these groups for the only way you can tread the boards.
In Cambridge there is the hugely successful ADC theatre, which holds all sorts of productions, from comedy to musicals, to intense drama. They are all student organised and run, so you can get involved either on stage or off.
The Cambridge Corn Exchange has a range of external shows and concerts, and there are occasional opportunities for students to join in; look out for the triennial Greek Play, which is a performance entirely in the original Ancient Greek.
Some colleges have excellent theatrical facilities, and thriving dramatic societies – the Corpus playroom is an alternative venue for smaller student productions, and Homerton, Girton, King’s, Churchill, St John’s and Pembroke all have college theatre groups.
For a more musical experience, head to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society or the Musical Theatre Society (CUMTS).
In Oxford, there’s the Oxford Playhouse and the New Theatre Oxford which you can visit for all your spectatory needs.
Drama cuppers (inter-college competition) takes place in the first term and is done by freshers – it’s an easy opportunity to get involved, and if you have that under your belt you can go on to greater things.
There’s a Drama Society, a Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Musical Theatre Society, Society for Theatre Technicians, and many more.
Do get involved if you are interested in the theatre, as it is one of the most social things you can get involved in, and all ‘thesps’ (thespians = actors and dramatic types) seem to know each other!