Here at UAL Drama we aim to provide dramatic and cultural outings, events, and workshops for UAL students to share skills, talents, and dreams. No previous dramatic experience is necessary, we all learn from each other to help us grow creatively and collaboratively!
The Drama Society will explore and experience theatre and performance in its many forms, expressions, and roles. We are also very keen on exploring other dramatic formats such as film, radio, and TV; we'll be promoting activities and events related to them. At the start of the year we will focus more on workshops, social events, and getting to know each other. Later in the year our sessions will move towards creating a production whether this be in live theatre, film, or spoken word - this will be up to all of us as a society.
This year we are introducing two clear groups for members:
The main, larger group is for workshops, social events and for those who are more interested in a casual society experience. For example, if your course is incredibly demanding but you don't want to miss out on the fun.
The second, smaller, group will be a more committed selection of students that already have experience in the dramatic field and are more concerned with developing their knowledge and skills in the arts. For example, those that want to expand their portfolio or those interested in discussing dramatic theory.
Values of the Drama Society
• Experimentation – thinking outside the box and taking risks.
• Social bonding – meeting new people and making friends.
• Bridging knowledge – sharing skills and learning together.
• Openness – everyone is welcome.
• Commitment – engaging truly with the projects and activities.
• Enjoyment – most importantly, we want to have fun!
Benefits for members
Planned events and activities
1) Fortnightly drama workshops at CSM (Drama Centre). As part of our philosophy of sharing skills and learning together, each session is divided in two parts; beginning with some warm-ups and exercises, then building to improvisational scenarios. This is a laboratory for creation of, and experimentation with, the dramatic arts. We’ll be using different techniques, styles, and approaches, including:
a. Physical/movement exercises and group games
b. Acting training
c. Working with text and words
d. Improvisation sessions
e. Exploring with music, sound, time, space, and rhythm.
2) Theatre trips
We organise theatre trips to see a performance and discuss it afterwards, usually in a pub or a social environment. We contact the theatres to get the best possible discount for the society.
3) Specialist-led workshops
We will invite guests from the industry or from MA courses to host a guided workshop, covering a variety of dramatic skills (many are listed above). These sessions will be optional and supplementary to the fortnightly workshops and may cost a nominal fee depending on the guest.
Do the workshops have an extra cost?
No, for the moment, the workshops will be free and open for all members. However, as mentioned, some workshops led by guest practitioners will incur a small fee. These workshops are optional and will be listed on our events page.
Do I have to attend to all of them?
No, but if you can that’s awesome. Please don’t feel obliged to do anything you don’t want to do.
I don’t feel comfortable with acting or speaking in public. Can I still come to the workshops?
Yes, absolutely. We encourage people at all levels to participate. If you don’t want to engage in the acting exercises, you can be an active observer of the session (take notes, take pictures, film it, make drawings, etc.). We also have two groups this year; one more amateur and the other more serious, so our society is open to all!
Not at all. We are an extremely diverse group and we embrace that richness and use it in our creative work. Also, there are many ways of communicating and expressing that go beyond spoken language and that's one of the things we explore in the workshops.
Are the theatre excursions included in the membership?
We’ll try to plan all activities in advance, including visiting theatres and going to shows. We can apply for funding from the Students’ Union and locate alternative sources of funding (i.e. sponsorship). If we don’t get funding for an activity, then the cost of the ticket would be assumed by each attendee. These costs will be less than if you were to purchase tickets outside the society because we will or in contact with the organisers and are likely to be eligible for group discounts.
Treasurer - Dylan Wilson
Annual membership fee
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Please note: by signing up to a UAL society you agree to adhere to the Arts SU's code of conduct. Memberships are non-refundable from two weeks after purchase.