Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society

Year: 2022

Michaelmas 2022 – Get Involved!

Welcome (back) to CULES! This term we are working on two big projects: the live stage adaptation of our VOLES 2021 radioshow That’s The Spirit!, and a smaller, Wodehouse-esque comedy A Prior Engagement that we’re taking around some sheltered living facilities in Cambridge!

There’re plenty of roles for everyone to get involved, no matter your experience! First of all, every show needs a…

Crew

We’re looking for:

  • Producers (aka the spreadsheet wizards)
  • Directors and Assistant Directors (folk with Opinions)
  • Musical Director (music-related dictator)
  • Stage Managers/Set Designers (arts & crafts department)
  • Graphics and Publicity (artistry and memes)
  • Costume Designer (low-budget chic!)

Even if you’ve never tried any of these, if you have Enthusiasm, our friendly committee will show you the ropes! Check out our application pack for more details!

Cast

SIGN UP HERE to audition! The auditions will be at 7pm on Sunday (9 October) at Newnham’s Old Labs. As usual, there’s nothing you need to prepare and it’s a fun group activity: we all take turns reading different characters, and if you don’t feel comfortable volunteering, you can just come to laugh along.

It’s important to sign up by Saturday (8 October) so we can send you more information, including extract previews (though there is no expectation whatsoever for you to be familiar with them!).

A drawing of a pink gem in the shape of a heart over the background of ble skies and clouds. The text in the middle of the heart says "That's the Spirit!" in purple italics

Lent 2022: It’s “Light” Entertainment if we say it is…?

Our newest podcast might not be quite our usual kind of show. Indeed, the lightness of this 6-episode gritty drama could be questioned. BUT, we say, who does not enjoy a good fantasy epic to dive into? And it features a hilarious griffin who simply loves salmon, so oh what if there is a blimp crash or two? Right?..

Well, either way brace yourself and hold onto your seats as you dive into this dieselpunk fantasy adventure! And dive you may, into a body of water platform of your choice, as “From The Ruins” is available on both YouTube and Spotify. Here’s what you are in for:

Dagger is just another kid from the Warren, resourceful, quick-witted, and with very few prospects of a bright future. But they are a dreamer, of an exceedingly naive sort. Fifteen years ago, they quite literally fell from the sky over the city of Guilderstone, injured, afraid and with no memory of who they used to be. Yet despite all odds, they survived, and after such an outcome, who can blame them for believing all sorts of ridiculous notions. They believe that one day they will make the Upper Quarter and Mage Guild of Guilderstone see the injustice of the hardships the Warren must face; they believe that their posh Upper Quarter boyfriend is truly in love with them and will share their passion for just change; they might even believe that the strange necklace that was with them for as long as they remember might one day give them answers about their true past. What they don’t suspect is just how deep such dreams will lead them into the political intrigues of Stormheath, through secrets dark and best left forgotten, and towards mysteries of lost magic that would determine the fate of the whole world.

As usual, our theatrical efforts are for charity, and this term we kindly ask you to help us support the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

And if you wish to know more, why not check out dedicated Facebook Page!

Michaelmas(ish) 2021 (mostly): The End of the World (again)

This festive season, buckle up for the action-archaeology adventure of the century! We’ve got passion, we’ve got parrots, we’ve got pineapples… what more could you ask for? Plus it’s all in aid of Wintercomfort – so you too can join our heroes in saving the world; donate today and do your bit! The adventure begins December 15th in… Arizona James and the Restorers of the Stolen Urn!

But wait! That’s not all… by royal decree, the show shall (and did) go on, as The Prophecy of Destiny finally came to A Theatre Near You at the start of Lent 2022. That’s right CULES is back, baby! Lovely, loud, and LIVElier than ever!

In spite of the inauspicious alignment of the stars, the machinations of the Evil Wizard interfering with our venue finding, and a few bicycle- and/or troll-related injuries among our cast – the Prophecy was Fulfilled… sort of? A big round of thanks to everyone who made this triumphant return to stage a reality!

Wintercomfort is an information, advice, training and support centre in Cambridge for those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Please give as generously as you can – as they say, charity begins at home, and this Cambridge charity is more important than ever now, as we bundle up for another pandemic-worsened winter… Thank you for your support!

The Prophecy of Destiny

7pm, February 3rd-5th at the Wolfson Hall, Churchill College

As the scrolls have foretold, King Valiant’s great great granddaughter and her husband will defeat the Grand Mage’s great great grandson, thereby saving the Kingdom from certain doom. Princess Destiny has always known what she was born to do – in general terms of defeating great great grandsons, anyway…

Sadly, it seems that she first requires a husband – an unfortunate technicality, as she’s not so much into dashing male heirs to the throne as into peasant girls of revolutionary inclinations… Still, Fate is not to be argued with. Or is it?


Arizona James and the Restorers of the Stolen Urn

7pm, December 15th on YouTube!

It was an offer she couldn’t refuse. When a struggling arts graduate Arizona is hired to steal a priceless urn from a world-famous museum, her eccentric boss puts together an unlikely team of thieves: a hyperactive teen, a film geek, and *checks notes*… a polyamorous car salesman?

Well, one bad decision isn’t the end of the world… or is it? With the international authorities on their heels, the crew must go on a quest over ranges and rivers, through sacred temples and airport security, to stop the apocalypse. But with time running out, can these archaeologically-inclined friends really solve the ancient mystery of the great bird-god Kevin? Or will the world as we know it be history…

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