Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society

Easter 2020: Radio Play and Sketchshow

We're very excited to announce the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society's (remote) Easter term productions: "In The Nick Of Time" - a comedy radioplay by Grace Beckett and Henry Weighill, and "Nothing To See Here" - a sketch show featuring sketches by Gregory Miller, Anna Trowby and Ido Rosen.

After a very brief hiatus, CULES is making a grand (albeit rather poorly timed) return. Though we are in uncertain and unprecedented times, CULES will always strive to bring a smile to your face and provide fun, silly comedy theatre where it is most needed. This Easter term, we will be raising money for The Trussell Trust, a charity battling hunger and poverty throughout the UK. Though our radio shows will be totally free to access, we invite you to donate whatever you can to our fundraiser. Anything is appreciated!

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In The Nick Of Time

7pm, 8 June on Cam FM

What happens when four World War II Bletchley Park codebreakers are accidentally transported into the 21st century? Bravery, valiance and indefatigable courage abounds? Not likely! Follow this hapless foursome as they navigate the perils of the modern world, encountering everything from malicious train conductors to aged professors on a whirlwind adventure through the Home Counties! But with Britain’s entire war effort at stake, will they make it back before it’s too late?

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Nothing To See Here: THE Sketch Show

7pm, 2 June on Cam FM

Have you ever fancied listening to a sketch show? If so, now’s your time. Yes, you can listen to a sketch show which follows every twitch and flutter of the brain, moving from Vacuum cleaners to bananas, haunted hotels to suspect sandwich makers, from a strange dating app to an even stranger fashion editor. But you’ll never see any of it. Then again, you don’t need to. The soundwaves will paint vivid pictures in your mind, pictures so vivid that you won’t be able to get them out of your mind. Even when you dream, you’ll dream of sandwiches, bananas and all other forms of witty shenanigans. Now, do we know for certain that this will happen? No. Is it based on any evidence at all? No. But here’s one thing that can be promised. This show will be wacky, and it will feature all the above things mentioned. Make of that what you will.

About CULES

Are our dramatics amateur beyond belief? Yes. Was the last Varsity match called a draw due to a lack of line learning? Yes.

Sam Raby, The Cambridge Student

We're a student-run group who bring theatre (normally daft theatre) to those who don't normally get the chance to see it, like special needs schools and retirement homes. We also do public shows to raise money for various charities.

We generally perform a play and a pantomime in both Michaelmas and Lent. In Easter we perform four short plays around a theme (designed to be manageable and relaxing for after exams!). All of these are written, directed and produced by members of the society, often first-timers.

We also just like hanging out with each other. We go see shows put on by our sister society in Oxford, OULES, and they come to see us. We usually have a camping trip to somewhere with forests or mountains in the summer, and a three-day-long New Year's party together. Some of us head up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August to do a more professional show (also normally daft), with things like actual theatres, budgets, sometimes even rehearsals.

How to get involved

Just come along to our friendly open auditions at the beginning of each term, details of which get posted here and on our mailing lists. Even if you've never done anything like this before, we'd still like to see you! We have many parts with varying levels of commitment available, so if you don't want to take on too much, or if you want to steal the show, just let us know.

If you'd like to be next term's shows, or just ask us about stuff, drop us an email.

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