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Drama Society (SUDS)

Sussex University Drama Society (or SUDS) is ideal for students interested in any aspect of the world of theatre, whether that be acting, directing, producing, teching or even simply enjoying the plays. We put on a maximum of 6 plays each term, plus a variety of events such as Showcases and socials that everyone, regardless of experience, can get involved with. 

Everyone is welcome, whether they’re interested in acting, directing, writing, lights, sound, props, costumes, make-up, producing, stage managing... or anything else you can think of.

The committee aims to meet once a week and our meetings centre around leading the society for you, the members!

We hold open auditions at the start of each term for the upcoming plays. The auditions are fun and informal and far from intimidating. So no matter what your experience, come along! There's no need to prepare and everyone who has auditioned in the past has left with a smile on their face. 

And of course, everyone is always welcome to come along and see our shows, come along to our socials, workshops or theatre trips.

You can find more information about what we've got on and how you can get involved if you keep a look out for information on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/SUDSTheatre.

You don’t need any previous experience, but if you’re enthusiastic and committed, we want you! Come and get involved!

Our committee members for the year 2019/20 are:


Izzy Thurston, President, it81@sussex.ac.uk








Lucas Hopgood, Vice-President, lmh44@sussex.ac.uk 








Linden Sloan, Events Officer, ls511@sussex.ac.uk








Gloria Olajide, Play Coordinator, go87@sussex.ac.uk










Jack Allison, Social Secretary, jja27@sussex.ac.uk








Rhys Cozens, Social Secretary, roc22@sussex.ac.uk









Gift Onomor, Welfare and Inclusivity Rep, Healthy and Safety Officer, go89@sussex.ac.uk


Ella Kennea, Technical and Backstage Manager, erk28@sussex.ac.uk

















Paige Stevens, Treasurer, pss32@sussex.ac.uk









Harry Salter, Publicity and Social Media, hjms22@sussex.ac.uk









Gemma O'Neill, Graphic Designer, go84@sussex.ac.uk



OUR PATRON - Michael Attenborough

Michael Attenborough CBE. D Litt. has been a theatre director for 47 years. He graduated from Sussex University in 1972, where he was President of the Drama Society. He now supports the society as our patron, running occasional workshops or talks for members and providing support to both the committee and directors.

He first became Associate Director of the Mercury Theatre Colchester, then of the Leeds Playhouse and finally of London’s Young Vic Theatre. He was then appointed Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre Watford; and subsequently Director of the Hampstead Theatre. This was followed by 12 years as Principal Associate Director and Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he is now an Honorary Associate Artist; and by 11 years as Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre.

His freelance work includes productions for the National Theatre, the Royal Court and the Chichester Festival Theatre, and abroad in Dublin, Brisbane, Washington and twice on Broadway. His work has resulted in a number of awards and West End transfers, culminating in the Award for Excellence from the International Theatre Institute and the CBE for services to the theatre.

At Sussex he is Honorary Professor of English and Drama. He is a Trustee of the Belarus Free Theatre and of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Patron of the Arts Educational School. He was recently appointed Director Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

We are continually grateful for all his work with us!

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  • Drama Society (SUDS) Standard Membership£15.00

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Email: activities@sussexstudent.com
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

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Email: societies@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 873415
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