The Spring Term is one of the busiest times of the year for the society where we produce two of our largest shows!
Our annual Spring musical: a large cast production accompanoed by a live band
In the past RUDS has performed Spring Awakening (2018), Cabaret (2017). and Rent (2016).
Our annual Spring play: a large cast production that is a non-rights play
In the past RUDS has performed Macbeth (2018), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017) and King Lear (2016)
A staple of the RUDS summer season is our annual trip up to the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
In 2018 we took up TWO original productions!
A musical: A Romantic's Guide to the Apocalypse
And a Play: Alfred Hitchcock's Writer's Room
Productions are made & auditions held in the summer term, with rehearsals running through the post exam period and into the summer holidays.
Previous Edinburgh Fringe productions include The Importance of Being Frank (2017) and Tartuffe (2016)
As well as taking up a show and the cast & crew we also take up any other members who want to come along and experience Edinburgh and the Festival!
As well as this, we also put on a musical for charity in just 24 hours! Check out the page for more information.
This year RUDS is producing THREE Autumn shows!.
First is the Small Autumn play, a smaller, intimate production that is usually a piece of original writing or non-rights play.
Shortly after is the Big Autumn play, a larger, ensemble play where we take licence to experiment with a variety of different styles and forms of theatre.
We will be finishing the Autumn term with our Arts Showcase, a one-night musical theatre show which will see RUDS collaborating with other Arts Societies such as Ballet, Breakdance and Tap.
We also have alternating weekly Make-A-Scene Drama & Improvisation or Musical Theatre Workshops. This term the Make-A-Scene workshops will be focusing on playwriting, writing techniques and styles.
Reading University Drama Society is associated with the Reading University Students' Union which is a registered charity (No. 1140375)
Welcome fellow thespians and theatre lovers!
My name is Erin Karn and I am president of the Reading University Drama Society for 2018/19
Reading University Drama Society (RUDS) is an opportunity for people of all skill levels to put on theatrical performances. If your interest is being on stage we offer opportunities for acting, singing or dancing, but if you are more interested in working behind-the-scenes there are plenty of chances to direct, write, produce, stage manage, be on tech team or design costume, hair and makeup.
We hold workshops weekly in acting techniques, script writing skills or musical theatre. We hold two large scale charity productions a year and do collection buckets at each show night. We also collaborate with other societies to help showcase arts society talent on campus.
As well as constant performances we hold regular socials, an annual awards show and offer a friendly environment to meet likeminded people.
So don't hesistate, get involved and come along to the next auditions, workshops or socials!
RUDS membership for the entire year is only £10.00!
You must pay membership if you want to be involved in Productions/Shows:
acting, directing, producing, technical team, backstage team or hair & make-up.
Membership will also get you discounted tickets for all RUDS Shows throughout the year.
For non-students, membership goes up to £15.00
Buy your membership here
RUDS also organises a wide variety of social events throughout the year!
These include larger scale events such as the 'Welcome White T-Shirt Social', 'Christmas Party' and 'Summer Sports Day & Picnic'. As well as smaller scale trips & events such as weekly Five-A-Side Footoball, Quiz & Karaoke at the Students Union and other trips out.
Make sure you're following RUDS on Instagram and have liked our Facebook Page & joined our Facebook Group so you don't miss anything!
In the Summer Term RUDS produces our annual 24 Hour Musical!
This is our charity show where we cast, rehearse and perform a family-friendly, fun musical in 24 hours!
Previous productions include Grease (2018), Wizard of Oz (2017) and High School Musical (2016)
To find out more about this annual event and the charity we support, The Olie Young Foundation, go to this page
The summer term is the quietest term for RUDS but we still have lots going on!
We have a brand new show for 2018/19: Summer Cabaret Night
Early in the Summer Term we will be putting on a one-night acoustic style vent in which members can sing, dance, act, do stand up or more!
Applications to perform in the show will be opened during the Spring Term so keep an eye out!
NATALIE RICHEUX & DIANE POGNAN