What’s On Guide: Term 2
Want to know how to spend your second term at UCL? Look no further, The Tab has it covered
Coming back after the Christmas break can be a little depressing. If you’re twiddling your thumbs looking for something fun to occupy your time with this term, why not head to one of The Tab’s top picks for term two and soak up some of that wonderful UCL culture?
Empire – The Dance Society’s Bloomsbury shows always promise to put a spring in your step, and the party starts even earlier this year with an interesting photography exhibition at the ticket launch (date and time tbc). With dance related shoots from talented photographers who have worked with the Dance Society in the past, this sounds like a fantastic way to combine two art forms. But if you just want to see some amazing dancing, head to the Bloomsbury Theatre in March to see why we at The Tab love this society’s shows so much.
7th – 9th March
Musical Theatre Society
Chess – This term’s Garage show sees the society take on ‘Chess’, the beautiful love story with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by ABBA’s Benny and Bjorn. Telling the story of a love square between an American chess champion and his second (a woman), his Russian opponent and his wife within the setting of the Cold War. Two superpowers come to blows and manipulate these lovers, all for the sake of winning a chess championship. With songs including ‘I Know Him So Well’ and the epic ‘Anthem’, this magnificent and touching musical promises a night of emotion, drama and delight.
Garage Theatre Workshop
A Chorus Line – After the success of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the Musical Theatre Society returns to the Bloomsbury Theatre with Michael Bennett’s nine time Tony Award winning production of ‘A Chorus Line’. Centering on several dancers auditioning for the chorus line, the childhood dreams and struggles of each auditionee is opened to the audience. Embracing dancing or using it as an escape, all of the dancers have an interesting story to tell, until one of them receives a potentially career-ending injury. Whether you’re familiar with the beautiful song ‘What I did for Love’, or simply enjoy hearing that typical Broadway rhythm, grab a ticket before they all sell out. We think they will sell like hot cakes!
28th February – 1st March
£5 for students
The Gut Girls – Set in South East London, this little known play by Sarah Daniels tell the story of five feisty women working in the gutting sheds. They are raucous, foul mouthed, and have a reputation for hard drinking and unruliness. Lady Helena sets out to teach the gut girls some manners and make them acceptable enough to be employed as household maids. If they take on her advice, they would have to surrender their independence, their hardy spirit and their unique way of life.
21st – 23rd February
A View from the Bridge – Set in a 1950s Italian-American neighborhood near Brooklyn Bridge, Arthur Miller’s classic play is brought to life by the extremely talented Drama Society. Telling the story of Eddie who grows obsessive and over-protective of his niece When she falls in love with an Italian illegal immigrant that Eddie is sheltering, a jealous Eddie has a crisis of conscious which has dangerous consequences: should he let his niece marry Rodolfo, or turn him over to the immigration bureau?
Garage Theatre Workshop
31st January – 2nd February
Funked UP! – After the brilliant ‘Jazzin’ All Over the World’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre, the Jazz Society invites you to “come and see our superfunk funkers performing the funkiest of funk LIVE!” Sounds to us like it’s going to be funky! The Jazz Society always offers a fantastic variety, so it would be a shame to miss this incredible show.
Garage Theatre Workshop
Evenings of the 7th and 8th of March and afternoon of Saturday the 9th March.
Le Malade Imaginaire – Every year, the Francophone Society stages a classic French play to the delight of the French speaking community of UCL. This year is no different, with the society plumping for the hilarious comedy, ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’ (The Imaginary Invalid), Molière’s final work. Agran, a hypochondriac has arranged for his daughter to marry the son of a doctor, not knowing that she is in love with another man. Angry at his daughter’s refusal, Argan (by his second wife’s suggestion) threatens to send his daughter to a convent, and chaos ensues. If you can understand French on any level, we thoroughly reccommend you get yourself a seat to see this classic French comedy!
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Growth and Decay the Exhibition – This unique exhibition will showcase works by UCL students based on the theme of Growth and Decay. With a range of works being allowed (from painting to digital, photography to sculpture), this event promises to show off some of UCL’s best and most talented artists. The exhibition also takes the form of a competition, with winners being announced and awarded cash prizes at a live music and drinks evening on the 12th March.
Richard Mully’s Basement Bar
7th – 12th March
Private View: 12th March 7-11.30pm
Modo Fashion Society
Freedom Fashion Show – If none of these events are up your street, and you prefer to spend your hours looking at pretty clothes deciding what to spend your next student loan installment on, why not head to Modo Fashion Society’s glamorous fashion show. Showcasing over ninety looks by twenty fabulous student designers from UCL, this year’s fashion show is all in aid of the Red Light Campaign, which aims to raise understanding and awareness of the suffering caused by human trafficking and to help survivors of trafficking. Sure the tickets might be a bit pricier than the other events, and there’s a semi-formal/formal dress code, but this one’s all for a great cause. So have a heart, pick out your best outfit and splash out on a ticket!
UCL Main Quad