A Festival of New Writing

The Downing Dramatic Society arranges the annual Festival of New Writing, inaugurated in 2014. The Festival is a three-day event showcasing the best of student talent and artistic enterprise, followed by in-depth discussion with industry professionals.

A Festival of New Writing will return, 5 - 10 March 2018.


A Festival of New Writing 2017

9th to 11th March (at 7.30pm)

Presents ten independent and student-written short plays will run over three nights

Tickets available from: https://www.adcticketing.com/newwriting

Come and enjoy one of the biggest new writing events in Cambridge performed in Downing’s beautiful Howard Theatre. At the end of each evening, the writers will receive a live feedback session from a group of industry professionals and experts, following which, at the end of the festival one play will receive a festival prize of £100, along with the promise of further development from the society.

Our judges this year include Alex Lass (Freelance Director: RSC, Mint Theater Company); Edward 'Chips' Hardy (Writer & Producer: Taboo BBC One, father of Academy Award nominee Tom Hardy) and David McDermott (Award-winning Screenwriter: BBC, ITV, Channel 4). With scripts which range from verse to black comedy, and a judging panel packed with interesting names, sample some of the best student writing Cambridge has to offer.

This year's selections are as follows:

'Curriculum Vitae' by Jenny O'Sullivan
'FRANK AND THE BABY' by Johannes Black
'Abba, mamma' by Eloïse Poulton
'OEDIPUS REX' by Beatriz Santos
'Greater Love Hath No Man Than This' by Isaac Jordan
'Ava' by Maya Yousif
'The Stone Cold Loser' by Edith Franklin
'Waiting' by Isla Cowan
'Thy Neighbour' by Charlotte Cromie
'Candy Hymns' by Amelie Lasker

Tickets available from: https://www.adcticketing.com/newwriting

Varsity, 21st February 2017

Past Reviews

Varsity Review 2015