Founded 31 years ago in 1988, DCU Drama is one of the most well established, active, and welcoming societies on campus, and has cemented itself as a crucial part of society life in DCU. Run by a committee of students, each year our society hosts five flagship shows, a Panto, a Musical, a Gig Theatre and 2 plays divided between Semester 1 and 2, as well as taking part in the All-Ireland Theatre Intervarsities Competition. Shows are usually held on DCU Glasnevin campus in The Helix, the SU’s The Venue, or St. Patrick’s Auditorium.
DCU Drama kicked off the 2018/19 year last year with a Beatles inspired Gig Theatre production, “Hey Jude”, which was adapted from the 2007 Julie Taymor film Across The Universe, which was Co-Directed and Produced by Orfhlaith Gannon and Lauren O’Mahony. This was followed by a contemporary play which brought audiences onto the stage, immersing them into the world of “Good Kids” and opening conversations about young people, directed by Kate Brady. Semester 1 ended with a member-written Panto, “Fresher: The Musical”, which brought audiences on a comical journey following scenes we all fondly look back on from our Freshers Fortnights, directed by Niamh Mary Martin.
Semester 2 started off with a journey to “Hadestown”, the intervarsities piece directed by Niamh Mary Martin and Kate Gurren. This was followed by the second contemporary play held in The Helix as part of the Anam Festival, “Almost, Maine”, a series of 9 short romantic comedy plays, directed by Conall Molloy. Last, but certainly not least, the year ended with the musical “Chicago”, a legendary tale of two rival vaudevillian murderesses who find themselves locked up in Cook County Jail, directed by Kevin Cleary.
DCU Drama involves acting and singing, but there is a lot that happens behind the scenes with members being involved in production teams, tech and more. Last year, we held a variety of workshops, covering things like improv, character building, tech and more, so there is something for everyone. We aim to continue these and introduce more in the coming year, giving members the chance to grow, get involved and socialise.
We will also up-stand our tradition of Drama Open-Mic Nights as well as Cocktail Karaoke Nights, where members perform their favorite party pieces. These laid back evenings of the Open Mic Nights are extremely popular, and some of our best times with the society, and even allow for great inter-society connections. If the stress of college assignments and projects are weighing you down, they really are the ultimate night off. Our Cocktail Karaoke Nights encourage members to have fun and sing to their hearts content – usually ending with a big sing-song.
DCU Drama hopes your experience with our society will be as welcoming and friendly as it possibly can be. Our society has always been a place where everyone has found their place, and we hope to keep it that way. Through internal, and external trips, e.g Venice, London, New York, people form life-long friendships in our society, and the cast parties are nothing short of legendary. We encourage freshers to join every year as we provide a great space to make friends, and discover talents! Even though we are one of DCU’s largest societies, we are a tight knit community.
Interested in getting to know us better? Find out more about our current committee here
So now that you know what and who we are, let’s take a look at how we got here…
Since its establishment 30 years ago in 1988, DCU Drama has been an active role of society life in DCU, and the Musical Theatre and Players community in Ireland. In recent years it has grown exponentially, due to the incorporation of DCU, All Hallows and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra in 2016, this brought a large amount of new students to the society, as well as extending the options for venues and rehearsal space, the 2017 and 2018 Musicals for example were both held in St. Pat’s Auditorium.
The society has a long standing reputation within the Irish performing community. DCU became the very first college in Ireland to perform one of their shows onstage in The Olympia, when they reprised RENT in 2009, for 5 nights from the 15th to the 20th of June, and to date is the only Irish college society to have done so, that year RENT was nominated for Best Director and Best Overall Show at the Association of Irish Musical Societies awards, and also won best event at the BICs Awards (Board of Irish College Societies). We also picked up this award in 2007 for “The Full Monty”, and have been awarded Best Society at the Awards in 2002, 2003, and 2008. In recent years, Drama won Best Society in DCU in 2017 and in 2019, following a year of workshops across all DCU campuses, post-amalgamation, productions of “Pippin”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Chicago”, “Good Kids” and more, as well as massively contributing to life on campus with continuous events.
2018/2019: Chicago, Good Kids, Fresher: The Musical, Almost Maine, Hey Jude, Hadestown (Inters)
2017/18: Sweeney Todd, Trainspotting, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo & Juliet, Dreamin’ of A Shite Christmas, The Book of Mormon (Inters)
2016/17: Pippin, Jerusalem, The Breakfast Club, Othello, North Side Story
2015/16: American Idiot, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Glass Menagerie, Macbeth, Peter Panto
2014/15: Spring Awakening, A Clockwork Orange, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream
2013/4: Cabaret, Vagina Monologues, Reservoir Dogs, Disco Pigs, As You Like It, Hamlet
2012/3: Rent 2011/2: Little Shop of Horrors 2010/11: Back to the 80s
2010/9: Hair 2009/8: Rent 2008/7: Fame
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