Founded 30 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 and 3 plays divided between Semester 1 and 2. Shows are usually held on DCU Glasnevin campus in The Helix, the SU’s The Venue, or St. Patrick’s Auditorium.
Last year we staged a performance of Sweeney Todd, directed by Jack Reardon, as well as a sold out, one night only, interactive performance of Trainspotting, directed by our current chair Riain Condon, both receiving amazing reviews from The College View and students alike. Romeo & Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, and “Dreaming of A Shite Christmas” made up our other three shows, all fantastically received and performed in St Pat’s Auditorium. Here at DCU Drama, we maintain the view that Drama is not just for performers, and strive to make sure our members are given their opportunity to shine in their field. Our Panto is written by students, giving opportunities for growth outside of onstage performing, and our shows feature students working as directors, tech and lighting officers, and costume designers.
In 2018/19 we hope to host regular workshops in dancing, writing and acting, open to all of our members. These workshops, as demonstrated in 2017/18, give members to meet and socialize outside of shows, whilst also honing their craft. Last year we hosted workshops on scriptwriting, improv, stage combat, and more, one even featuring a West End Performer who gave a specialized vocal and dancing workshop on Hamilton: An American Musical. This year we also intend on opening the stage up to more Member Productions under the DCU Drama name, where our ordinary members can demonstrate their artistic abilities and develop a show on their own terms.
We will also up-stand our tradition of Drama Open-Mic Nights a night that allows members to perform their favorite party pieces. These laid back evenings 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.
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, following a year of workshops across all DCU campuses, post-amalgamation, productions of “Pippin”, “Jerusalem”, “The Breakfast Club” and more, as well as massively contributing to life on campus with continuous events.
2017/18: Sweeney Todd, Trainspotting, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo & Juliet, Dreamin’ of A Shite Christmas
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