Call for directors

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Evidence suggests that vaccination could be bringing the covid pandemic under control, and at last we may be able to envisage a future in which live theatre is possible once again. This being so, our priority at SUDS is to stage ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’, which has been postponed since April 2020 and is now provisionally scheduled for November 2021. We hope to circulate more information in due course.

Looking further ahead, we are taking measures to plan a programme for 2022. This is an invitation to all who have an interest in theatre and who would like to direct in the Spring or Autumn 2022. Whether or not you’ve directed before, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

SUDS doesn’t insist on any standard model for directing: we’ve had joint directors; director and co-director; director and assistant director.  For example, if you’d like to gain experience but don’t yet feel able to take on directing single-handed, this latter pairing would work for you. Or perhaps you’ve had previous experience but would like to set yourself a new challenge. However you envisage it, SUDS provides a wealth of resources and dedicated personnel to help you bring your ideas to fruition onstage.

We are looking for a play proposal with at least 10 speaking characters and with a decent mix of male and female roles though we encourage gender-blind casting. Ideally it would be a well-known play that will guarantee us good audience numbers.

We’re happy to hear from you if there’s one play that you’re burning to direct, but it would be helpful if you could offer us more than one so that we can consider various options. If you think you might be interested but are unsure about any elements of the role or your choice of plays, do feel free to contact our Chair David Walker (david.walker@sheffield.ac.uk) for a chat.

If you are wanting to direct, please give us the title and author, the number and gender split of roles, a short idea of why you want to direct it and any production ideas you may have at this very early stage. We have a very friendly and able membership who will support you through every aspect of the production.

To enable us properly to consider all proposals submitted, it would be helpful to get your ideas to us in time for us to report them to our Annual General Meeting scheduled (online) for Monday 12 July. Please contact David Walker at david.walker@sheffield.ac.uk if you’re interested in this opportunity.

David Walker

Chair, Sheffield University Drama Society

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