Specialising in devising and adaptation, but much more is possible!
Not sure which of the numerous theatre societies at Warwick to join? Consider the Cod as your friendly neighbour who'll introduce you to some incredible new ways of making theatre.
Codpiece is the drama society for exploring, creating and devising new works from scratch as well as developing new skills. Codpiece is the oldest theatre society in Warwick, and there are loads of ways to get involved! We have weekly workshops covering everything from puppetry to clowning, run by both students and professional practitioners, as well as putting on several productions every term. We collaborated with WUDS on "The White Snake", an exciting reinterpretation of an ancient chinese myth, on at the Warwick Arts Centre this year, and in the past our plays have won dozens of awards, gone on to tour nationally and have been featured in national newspapers including the Guardian and the Scotsman.
We make adaptations; devise from scripts new and old; and start from tiny ideas and build them into epics.
If you have an idea, run with it. And we'll help.
Codpiece, come and play...
Codpiece Theatre is part of the Drama Collective along with Freshblood New Writing, Warwick University Drama Society and Tech Crew.
Codpiece Exec 2019/20
President - Jana Aizupe and Germaine Palfrey
Secretary - Hannah Khan
Productions Managers - Sion Smith
Treasurer - Madelaine Barber Fray
Marketing and Publicity Manager - Hatty Horscroft
Workshops and Socials Coordinators - Selwin Hulme-Teague
Diversity and Outreach Officer - Hannah Micuta
Theatre companies who are alumni of Codpiece:
A regular in Lyn Gardner's theatre column in The Guardian, Curious Directive began in Codpiece. Their first show, Return to the Silence, a Codpiece studio show, went on to clean up at NSDF, and has since played all across the UK. Their most recent work, Your Last Breath, won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2011 saw FellSwoop win the NSDF Emerging Artist's theatre award for their adaptation of Belleville Rendezvous, which was a studio show back in 2010. It went on to play at the Bedlam Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe, the RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Pleasance in Islington. Their other work includes a devised adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull called Most Drink in Secret, which played in Bristol and Portsmouth, as well as various cinema soirees and parlour parties in London and Leamington. FellSwoop continue to present innovative work for touring around the UK.
Dumbshow's Clockheart Boy has been a regular fixture at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the past few years, and has received a lot of critical love. The show began as a Codpiece studio show, and was accompanied in Edinburgh by two shows, Oedipus and Roar. Dumbshow are also the source of Codpiece's infamous 'swimming cap commune' image.
Fat Git Theatre
Fat Git Theatre was born in 2012. Their devised show The Nose, an adaptation of Gogol's short story, toured up the whole of England all the way to Edinburgh, where they were met with widespread acclaim. The Nose was awarded funding by Codpiece through Codpiece Submissions, where groups pitched ideas for shows to the society. Fat Git also took Specie, their most recent devised show, to Edinburgh in 2013. Fat Git's other work includes new writing, and lots of paint.