Past Shows

Beowulf

Beowulf

DramSoc presents Beowulf, our main Autumn show!
An ancient tale of dramatic fights, heroic endeavour, and an epic narrative to rival the best of plays – Beowulf  is the original piece of English literature.
This term, we’ll be turning the clock back 1500 years, and the Union Concert Hall into Heorot, the grandest mead hall in history. Grab a horn of mead and join us inside as the tale unfolds…

Adapted from Michael Alexander’s verse translation of the Old English by Daniel Clay, and directed by Oscar Gill, this will be a unique piece of immersive theatre.

Beowulf runs 7th-10th December 2016.

Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog

DramSoc and MTSoc present Hair of the Dog, a light romantic comedy by Molly McCluskey, and 13, a comedy about growing up. Come along to see what we are all about!

Performances held in the Union Concert Hall in Imperial College Union.
12th, 14th, 15th October, 2016
Doors 7pm
Curtain 7.30 pm

Tickets £5 pp or £4 upon producing a flyer at purchase

Emoji

Emoji

Emoji: the untold story of the little people in your phone. Join us at Edinburgh Fringe as we take a tongue-in-cheek look at fame, faith and communication.

Meet Kyle’s phone. Inside it, like every mobile, a hidden emoji-world exists. Emojis live with one ultimate goal: to become one of the ‘frequently used’. Brian the brown shoe emoji is a deadbeat. In one night, Brian is used 27 times, skyrocketing him to fame. How will he cope? Will the poo emoji like him? Or will he end up back in the pool of anonymous emojis, never to be used again? Join us, as we delve into the fame-obsessed universe of emojis. You’ll laugh with tears of joy! You’ll cry two parallel streams of tears! You’ll… Aubergine!

This is the third time Imperial College London’s Dramatic Society have performed at Fringe in recent years. The company developed the script using improvisation-based processes to deliver a funny, irreverent story about celebrity culture, told through the eyes of Emojis.

Emoji will be performed from 14th-20th August 2016 at Spotlights, Venue 278, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ. Tickets available here.

Please note that DramSoc does not sell tickets directly for the Edinburgh Performances.

There will also be previews at Imperial College London from 9th-11th August 2016. They will be in the Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building, Imperial College South Kensington Campus. Tickets £5 on the door, at 20:15.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be performed from 20th – 22nd June 2016 in the Union Concert Hall

The Big Fellah

The Big Fellah

The big fellah is a thrilling play that takes place within an american IRA cell over the space of 30 years. It deals with the relationship between Ruiri, michael and the titular big fellah, David costello who is the charismatic leader of the IRA cell. Over these 30 years love, abuse, murder , and betrayal become the main staple of these character’s lives, leading to a tense climax which no one will see coming.

The Big Fellah was performed on 20th and 21st March 2016, in Imperial College Union Meeting Room 4 and Meeting Room 3.

Birdland

Birdland

Life has never been better for Paul. Thousands of fans scream his name every night, and his fame only grows. Anything he wants is his. Booze. Food. Drugs. Sex. There are no limits. As the end of a massive international tour looms large over everything, Paul’s life starts to accelerate out of control, and he’s running out of time to get it back on track.

Birdland was performed from 24th-27th February 2016 in the Union Concert Hall.

Neverwhere

Neverwhere

When Richard Mayhew, an Irishman living in London, encounters an injured girl named Door on the street one night and decides to help her despite his fiancée’s protests, he ceases to exist on Earth and becomes real only to the denizens of ‘London Below’. He loses his house, his job and nearly his mind as he travels London Below in an attempt to make sense out of it all, find a way back, and help Door survive as she is hunted down by hired assassins.

Neverwhere opened on 09/12/15 and ran daily until 12/12/15 in the Union Concert Hall.

The Pillowman

The Pillowman

Katurian, a writer of short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to his execution but attempts to save his stories from destruction.

The Pillowman opened on the 28/11/15 and ran daily until 30/11/15 in Metric.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Prepare to be transported in space and time to the year 1956, middle-of-no-where-America, at the Annual Quiche Breakfast Meeting of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein! You can expect quiche (of course), sexual tension (we are ‘widows’, after all), and a looming threat of a nuclear attack… What could possibly go wrong?

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche ran in the Union Concert Hall on 14th, 16th and 17th October 2015.

Forget About It

Forget About It

After rehearsing for months, one actor still has a bit of trouble remembering the production, let alone the lines… Going off-script and off-story, how will the cast keep up with a show that just keeps getting weirder?

Forget About It was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at Paradise in the Vault.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

‘The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot’ tells the story of a ballsy (dead) lawyer, Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, seeking to set the record straight about the Bible’s most notorious (dead) sinner, one Judas Iscariot. In this rip-roaring, no-holds-barred, seriocomically imagined court room drama, (dead) witnesses from Sigmund Freud to Satan himself are called forth to give evidence in the case “God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot” to determine the accused’s eternal fate: damnation or salvation.

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’ is a truly modern play, mixing a stirring sense of Catholic existential pain and a wonderment at the paradoxes of faith with the lowdown street talk and in-your-face humour that characterises downtown New York.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was performed from 23rd-25th June 2015 on the Queen’s Lawn, Imperial College.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Shakespeare’s The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, a duke of great powers who is betrayed by his brother and exiled on an island with his infant daughter. It is a story of revenge and forgiveness, of mighty magic and its consequences, of passionate lovers, scheming nobles and boisterous drunks. This being a DramSoc production, it is also a story of miraculous engineering, complete with fireworks, mechanical harpies and a jazz band from the Roaring Twenties.

The Tempest was performed from 4th-7th March 2015 in the Union Concert Hall.

Road

Road

It’s 1987 and a group of residents of a poor run-down Lancashire town are getting ready to go out for a drink. Come and visit ROAD and let Scullery show you round and introduce to its inhabitants. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a bloody good time in our production of Jim Cartwright’s classic play with a message about society that’s every bit as relevant today as it was when it was written during Thatcher’s Britain of the 80s.

Road opened on 10/12/14 and ran daily until 13/12/14 in the Union Concert Hall

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

A play written by David Mamet that examines the sex lives of two men and two women in the 1970s. The play is filled with profanity and regional jargon that reflects the working-class language of Chicago. The characters’ relationships become hindered by the caustic nature of their words, as much of the dialogue includes insults and arguments. The play presents “intimate relationships [as] minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings”.

Sexual Perversity in Chicago was performed on October 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th 2014 in the Union Concert Hall.

The Virtuous Burglar

The Virtuous Burglar

The Virtuous Burglar is a farce by Nobel prize winning playwright Dario Fo (Accidental Death of an Anarchist). The cast is a burglar, the burglar’s wife, a man, the man’s lover, the man’s wife and the man’s wife’s lover. You don’t need to know much more than that, really.

A wife nagged burglar is caught red-handed by a loved-up cuckolded proprietor, so the burglar hides in a grandfather clock. Then, somebody else’s wife arrives with her lover, another cuckold, so he, too, has to hide inside the grandfather clock. From there, events get ridiculous.

The Virtuous Burglar was performed on 29th and 30th July 2014 in Metric, and then at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Arcadia

Arcadia

Sidley Park in 1809. Lady Thomasina Coverly attempts to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem, discovering her own theory of chaos in the process, while her tutor Septimus Hodge dices with death by dueling over a perpendicular poke in a gazebo with the village noticeboard.

200 years later, Hannah Jarvis the bestselling author is investigating the hermit of Sidley Park – present in the time of Thomasina and Septimus – while English professor Bernard Nightingale searches for his own proof that Lord Byron fought and won a duel – the very same duel Septimus is trying to avoid.

Bound by the same geography, but separated by two centuries, past and present interact and collide in Stoppard’s comically tragic, tragically comic play on life, death, sex and the universe.

Arcadia was performed from the 17th to the 19th of June 2014 on the Queen’s Lawn, Imperial College London.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

On St. George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny “Rooster” Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, welcomes you to his alcoholic bucolic frolic at his trailer in the Wiltshire woods. On the set list are whizz, wangers, and tasty beats; a motley band of characters are after his gypsy blood. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a beloved cohort of spongers want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

A state-of-the-nation comedy on contemporary rural life, ‘Jerusalem’ gives the proverbial finger to England’s green and pleasant land.

Jerusalem opened on the 12th March 2014 and ran daily until 15th March in the Union Concert Hall.

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

A small provincial town is thrown into chaos when a rumour spreads that a high ranking government official is staying at the local inn; he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t talk to anyone, he never leaves his room. His secretive behaviour is taken to mean that he’s making meticulous reports on the town’s institutions.

Actually, he just can’t pay his bills. The landlord threatens to have him thrown in jail, so when the mayor goes to visit to pay his respects, the good-for-nothing vagabond assumes the worst…

This is a famous farce by Nikolai Gogol, lampooning the vain and self-seeking behaviour of corrupt officials, and when first shown caused the Tsarist government to ban the play and send its author into exile.

The Government Inspector was performed from the 4th – 7th December 2013 in the Union Concert Hall.

A list of further past productions may be found at our old website