If you’re interested in getting involved in Cambridge comedy, and are a student at either Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin, then sign up to the Footlights Mailing List, where every week you’ll receive information on upcoming comedy performances, as well as auditions, open-mics, workshops, and other comedy events. For all other info on this sort of thing, check out the website Camdram!
These opportunities, as well as other resources, are explained in more detail below. If you have any general questions about the Footlights, the resources below, or anything else, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! For clarification on any terms used in Cambridge comedy, visit our Cambridge Comedy Glossary, where multiple terms are expanded upon in more detail.
Smokers - Smokers are one-night comedy shows involving students at the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin, and can occur at a number of locations, with the main Footlights Smokers occurring at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom (known as the Footlights Smokers and Footlights Playroom Smokers respectively). However, many Cambridge colleges will often hold their own nights of comedy, with notable examples being the Pembroke Smokers, the Churchill Cigars, and the Wolfson Howlers.
If you have any questions regarding smokers, such as how to get involved or when certain smokers will occur, feel free contact the Footlights Smokers Officer.
Shows - The Cambridge Footlights organise a number of events throughout this year, including but not limited to the Footlights Spring Revue, the CUADC/ Footlights Pantomime, Footlights Presents, and the Footlights International Tour Show. In addition, many other shows are organised by students of the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin pitching/ applying for slots, at theatres such as ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. For more information on pitching a show to the ADC Theatre, visit the following link, or, for more specific advice on how to pitch a comedy show, email one of the access officers listed on the Footlights website.
For more information on when applications for writing, performing, or production team roles will occur, subscribe to the Footlights Mailing List for consistent updates.
Harry Porter Prize - The Footlights Harry Porter Prize is an annual prize given to a one hour long student-written comic play, with applications often opening in January, and judged by a Footlights alumnus. For any questions on the Harry Porter Prize, contact any of the access officers listed in the members tab of our website.
Workshops - On top of shows, the Footlights organise a number of comedy workshops to develop skills such as writing and performing comedy, as well as directing and incorporating tech. To stay updated on when workshops will occur, subscribe to the Footlights Mailing List, and feel free to send any questions you might have to any of the access officers listed in the members tab of our website.
Footlights membership is available to students of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin. Each term applications will open to become a member of the Footlights, with applications being sent to email@example.com, and containing info on your comedy experience to date, as well as how you might use your Footlights membership to positively impact comedy in Cambridge. Applications will then be processed by the committee, with the results of an application known a few days after the deadline.
If you have any questions on membership, feel free to send any emails to the Footlights secretary.
Borrow Our Camera
The Footlights camera is available to borrow for purposes such as headshots or recording shows. To request to borrow one of our cameras, please fill out this google form and a member of the committee will get back to you: