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Welcome to the Culture Section’s newest innovation! Each week we’ll each be choosing various events we’re excited about in the coming seven days, just in case you’re too classy to get all your plans off Facebook.


My absolute favourite play in the world- The History Boys– is coming to Cambridge! Especially relevant in this city of all places, it’ll be interesting to see how some of the jokes come off when they’re about colleges that the audiences are from.

Good week for me, clearly, as the Official Best Shakespeare Play is also on! I am doing an English degree and therefore I get to decide this. The Marlowe Society’s Much Ado About Nothing is playing at the Arts Theatre this week and I’m intrigued by the Riviera theme their posters are giving out.

The History Boys runs from Tuesday 22cnd to Saturday the 26th at the ADC; Much Ado is at the Arts Theatre from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday.

Collecting And Giving, a collection based on the insanely generous bequests of Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor is currently running at the Fitz- it’ll be a really interesting, personal look into how people collect artefacts for themselves and there’s an absolutely gorgeous pencil Rossetti drawing which was apparently bought for a mere £75 (or three rounds of VKS in Vinyl.)

Collecting and Giving is in Gallery 10 until Sunday 3 March 2019

QWeirdo are back at the Corner House's LGBTQ night! They're promising "the best women and enby perfomers the Cambridge queer scene has to offer" and the event raises money for the upcoming 50 year anniversary of Stonewall festival. Includes drag and electronica. Not sure what else you want from this.

Entry £3 before 10pm and £5 after, Spectrum is on Saturday 26th at The Corner House.


This week sees the first Writing Group of term from the Cambridge University Poetry & Prose Society (CUPPS). A relaxed, inclusive environment, the writing group is aimed to start up discussions around the writing process, and get people involved in the thriving literary scene. If you want to get in on the action, you can sign up by sending submissions (one poem or 2 pages of prose) to [email protected] – but be quick, as slots are limited!

The CUPPS writing group is on Saturday 26th in the Fisher Building, St. Johns.


The first CADS Monologue Clash of term is coming to the ADC bar on Monday 28th! This one is the first themed Clash, and is going to be a night of Classics – think Shakespeare, Marlowe and more. Having participated in the first ever clash last year, I can confirm that these are great, fun, chilled out nights with some awesome acting being showcased.

The CADS Monologue Clash is in the ADC bar Monday 28th January; tickets can be bought here:


Not my kind of music, but if you want to let loose in the next week, Enter Shikari are playing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange next Wednesday, and only for £25. If term’s already getting you pent up, and you need to let it all out, this could be the very night you need to forget about it all.

Buy tickets for Enter Shikari at the Corn Exchange, Wednesday 30th Jan here:



This week I am super excited for BirthdA, the Corpus Lateshow, which is some excellent new writing from Alannah Lewis. It’s a one-hander show which navigates the ups and downs of adolescence, solitude and friendships of a woman with Asperger’s. As someone who identifies as disabled, I’m so super thrilled to see a really different narrative and representation of disability on the Cambridge stage.

BirthdA is on at the Corpus Playroom at 21:30 from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th.

If you’re looking to break the Cambridge bubble already, Gecko, a renowned physical theatre company, are taking their production of ‘The Wedding’ to the Barbican this weekend as part of the London International Mime Festival. The show explores community and isolation, and has received some rave reviews from its tour. What’s more, you can get to see this fab show for only £10 (over half price) if you join the Young Barbican group, which is completely free!


Cambridge Girl Talk and New Hall Art Collection have teamed up to bring a pop-up exhibition to the Murray Edwards Bar this week. It’ll give the opportunity to women and non-binary artists to have their work up alongside that of the likes of Paula Rego and Tracey Emin. Opening night is this Friday, and it’s open to all genders and completely free.

Along a similar vein, this Saturday Third Space is holding an exhibition of diaspora artists, with self-identifying BME painters, sculptors, photographers (etc) drawing upon their experiences of cultural hybridity.

It’s on from 7-11pm at the Sidney Sussex squash courts.

Also on at the ADC this week: Machinal, Jinkies! & Footlights Presents.