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Welcome back newsletter!

Welcome back!

Hello and welcome to all members, old and new. We hope this email finds you well (or as well as one can be) and ready to begin a new academic year. For students joining us this year, we hope that you’re enjoying what Manchester has to offer and we can’t wait to meet you!

What’s new?

Things will be working slightly differently this year and may have to change with little notice due to government and SU guidelines, so please keep and eye on our website and social media pages for the latest information.

One key change we have introduced is the membership fee. This year, in light of the pandemic, we have decided to offer free general membership. If you are involved in a show with the society (either on creative team or actor), there will be a small membership fee of £5.

Society Buddies

As some of you second and third years may have seen, we are organising a society buddies scheme for Freshers. This will work similarly to the peer mentor scheme, offering a friendly face to new students joining the society. Society Buddies will be allocated later this week so be sure to check your emails.


We now have a website where you can get the latest information on everything DramaSoc. There is even an archive of past productions put on by the society if you’re curious as to what we get up to or you want to reminisce in pre-corona memories. 

Upcoming Events
30th September – 2pm – Welcome AGM

Everything is very confusing at the moment, so we have decided to hold an AGM at the end of September. Please come along and we’ll try to answer all your drama related questions and present an outline as to what the year will involve.

2nd October – Freshers Virtual Picnic
Unfortunately due to SU guidelines, we are unable to host our picnic in Platt Fields, so instead its coming to your computer screen! Look at our facebook event for more information.

8th October – Virtual MIFTA Replay

Each year we like to showcase one of the brilliant pieces of work from the previous academic year for our freshers. This year, we shall be sharing Elliot Scott’s An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which won the award for Best New Writing at the MIFTAs.

Due to social distancing rules, a pre-recorded read through of the show will be broadcast on Thurs 8th Oct at 7.30pm and followed by a Q&A session with the cast and creative team. Sign ups to this zoom will be made available soon on the event.

Fri 9th October – Returning Members Pub Quiz!

Want to test your drama soc knowledge? See your friends again (albeit online)? Win ultimate bragging rights and know that you’re better than everyone else? COME TO THE VIRTUAL PUB QUIZ!!! Check out the event here.


This year, the newsletters will include a short recommendation for a Manchester based artsy experience. First artsy activity of the year goes to YES cinema screenings!
YES is a bar/restaurant/club in the city centre who have started holding free film screenings during the week.

Last Sunday, they screened a double bill of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s most recent work, Like Father, Like Son (2013) and Shoplifters (2018). Both films explore themes of family and nurture. Shoplifters is available to rent on Amazon Prime, whilst Like Father, Like Son is available on Box of Broadcasts for free. 

Covid-19 warning: These screenings are held in the Pink Room, which does not have much ventilation. Please do not attend these screenings if you are at risk, have or have been in contact with anyone with coronavirus symptoms. As mentioned above, these films are available online. Please take care and stay safe.
We will have announcements on how the next year will look like very soon. Keep your eyes on our social medias and emails this coming week!

Thank you for reading and have a fab week,
Sofia UMDS Secretary


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