Published: 3 January 2014

Spotlight: Liverpool University Drama Society

LUDS

Welcome to the ‘Spotlight’ section on Student News where we highlight the achievements of a society, group, team or  individual.

This month we bring you the Liverpool University Drama Society (LUDS) – By Jack Graysmark, School of the Arts Student Press Team.

LUDS is one of the largest societies in the University encompassing students from across the School of the Arts. Run by an elected committee of students, the society puts on four main productions each semester. Their expansive portfolio ranges from Greek Tragedies to modern comedies and everything in between. This year’s first semester productions included John Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men, the political comedy Coalition, Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water) and Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night.

The society has been cemented as a pillar of student life after winning ‘Best Society’ at last year’s Guild Awards.

A platform for creativity

LUDS is widely regarded as a network for students to engage with like-minded individuals, encouraging their creativity in a variety of outlets. The society’s sketch troupe, LUDScribble, regularly put on comedy nights and stand-up shows consisting of original material created by the students.

LUDSThe society also puts on the Ghost Tour at Halloween, along with taking a production to Edinburgh Festival Fringe every year, allowing students the opportunity to showcase their talents outside the University. This year’s production of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market won rave reviews.

Always looking to expand its output, LUDS has set up an Experimental Theatre night this semester. LUDS President Iona Campbell explained: “We started it because a drama society should be a safe space for people to create something, even if it’s a bit abstract! It’s amazing if students are able challenge people’s thinking through experimentation and design.

“We wanted everyone’s ideas to be seen, otherwise it would go against the wide ranging and democratic ethos of the experimental genre.”

Essential Experience

LUDS Pool (No Water)LUDS also puts on theatrical workshops from guest speakers in areas such as vocal tuition and surrealist acting, allowing members to develop their capabilities as performers. The vast number of opportunities provides members with crucial experience that will be valuable for their chosen career paths, with LUDS alumni progressing into drama schools such as Mount View and Oxford Drama.

LUDS Twelfth NightThere is also the chance to gain knowledge of the technical side of theatre, working backstage on lighting and sound, along with experience in set design and costume.

Iona added: “LUDS is important to the School of the Arts because it provides students with amazing artistic opportunities in all areas of theatre that they can use as a launch pad for whatever they go into in the wider world.”

If you would like your society, team or group to feature in our ‘Spotlight’ section contact Jo Brown on Joanna.brown@liverpool.ac.uk.

All photos credited to Meave Sullivan.

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