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Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) is an award winning society devoted to producing excellence in student theatre, that always has at least one play in production. Our focus lies with published plays, actively encouraging students to take works by everyone from Shakespeare to Sarah Kane and do exactly what they want with them. Whether it be a fresh and original re-interpretation of your favourite play or just a convincing performance of a classic piece, WUDS is there to help your ideas become reality.
Membership of WUDS entitles members to a wealth of resources, most notably access to funding, venues and assistance with all aspects of show production.
Opportunities include positions in directing, producing, acting, stage management, set design, costume design, sound engineering, lighting and even musicians are encouraged to get involved. As well as having access to the studio theatre of Warwick Arts Centre, WUDS supports productions that wish to occupy alternative, less-conventional venues.
As well as the obvious activities, joining WUDS gives students access to a large social-network of like-minded individuals. The society holds regular workshops to enable students to learn more about specific areas of theatre production, from acting and directing, right through to marketing and lighting. In addition to this, there are regular socials, parties and trips to see theatre productions which also make the membership invaluable to any lover of theatre.
This society is run for students by students – step up and get involved.
President - Sophie Ling
Productions Manager - Niamh Mulcahy
Charities and Secretary - Lucy Vinen
Treasurer - Ellie Redford
Diversity & Outreach Officer - Bernice Leigh
Social and Welfare Secretaries - Lucy Chamberlain and Tom Kingman
Marketing & Publicity Manager - Liv Taylor
Tour and Workshops Co-ordinators - Josh Myers and Josh BG
Transcript for WUDS video
What does WUDS do?
Sophie: WUDS is a society for people who enjoy theatre and want to be more involved in it. We put on published plays and there are many opportunities for anyone who wants to be involved - from acting to directing, producing to marketing there’s no end to what you can be a part of here at WUDS.
Ellie: So WUDS stands for Warwick University Drama Society and our aim is to give all of our members access to a wealth of resources.
How does WUDS Choose plays?
Niamh: Anyone can put a play on with WUDS all you have to do is create a pack with your idea, approach the exec and come along to a really friendly panel process.
Get people involved?
Bernice: We post all our information about auditions, upcoming shows and events on our social media pages.
Run their society?
Lucy: So WUDS is run in a very inclusive way, but kind of spearheaded by an exec team. This exec team is made up of 8 members which makes sure each aspect of the society runs smoothly.
Is WUDS for everyone?
Tom: There’s so many different roles, people think it’s just generally just acting and directing but there’s loads of different production roles - so if you’re not quite sure if you want to do something you can shadow people, you can shadow direct or even like shadow costume design! And just see what goes on, so it’s really kind of an inclusive atmosphere.
Bernice: I as your diversity and outreach officer will make sure our society is an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.
More than just a society?
Lucy: WUDS is so much more than a society, we have so many fun socials planned and it’s a great way to make new friendships and meet new people, so come along and enjoy!
Does WUDS Provide educational opportunities & give an insight to the theatre industry?
Josh Myers: Yeah that’s something that’s really important to us and we love to, as much as we can, get industry professionals and people outside the university to come in and run workshops so you guys can learn.
Venture beyond campus?
Josh BG: Now I know you’re thinking - WUDS stands for Warwick university drama society, but does that mean we always stay in warwick? Well we have a tour every year that usually lasts for about 4 days and we might even be doing some theatre trips to like maybe the RSC!
Sophie: Thank you for watching the video and if you have anymore questions please feel to contact us on any of our social medias.