Becoming President of the Marlowe Society
by Molly Yarn on 20 April 2017
I joined the Marlowe Society in my first year, working as an ASM for that year's big show, Measure for Measure at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. I've always been in theatre, and wanted to keep my hand in during my PhD years.
The Marlowe Society was founded in 1907, and over the last century has produced several epoch-defining generations of British theatre-makers, including George Rylands, Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, and Ian McKellen, just to name a few. Now, the Society produces verse drama and new writing. Our goal is to provide a link between Cambridge and professional theatre, and to help students interested in working in theatre to get a sense of what that means. Our two biggest shows, the Marlowe Showcase and the Arts Show, are both directed by professionals, and offer opportunities for students to assist and learn from experts.
I'm extremely honored to become President of the Society. We have a great committee, and an exciting year ahead.
I'd really like to encourage Lucy students to consider becoming involved in Cambridge theatre, particularly graduate students. I think there's a perception that it's mostly for undergraduates, but I'm living proof that there's room for everyone!
In Easter term, we're funding the week 1 ADC main show Birdsong, based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks. I hope to see lots of Lucians at the event!
Photo credits:Johannes Hjorth
Left: A publicity image from our recent production of Arden of Faversham