It‘s Shakespeare‘s birthday today! At least we think it is. And possibly death day. There are celebrations and parades around the globe 😉. We are taking a look back at Shakespeare plays we performed. More Shakespeare is sure to come but this summer it‘s Joan of Arc!
Plays by row from the top: The Tempest, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Othello, The Taming of The Shrews, Macbeth.
📷 G2 Baraniak, David Heuberg
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Castletown 2017 and 2018. One year was slightly wetter than the other 🙂
#FlashbackFriday to #isleofman
#joanofarc #easterfestivaloffulllengthplays #theaterlife #workvacay #theatrehamburg
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So what’s happening this semester?
After performing our version of “Joan of Arc” at the Easter festival on the Isle of Man, we are excited to perform the play in Hamburg on 29|31 May & 2|4|5|7|9|11|12 June. We’re not holding auditions this semester but...

We are looking for volunteers to help us
-promote the play
-pass out flyers
-build the stage
-paint that giant poster that’s going to be hanging in the Audimax
-at the box office and at the bar on show days
-prompt during a show
and we’ll probably think of a lot of other things we need help with.
If you feel like helping us with any or many of these tasks, drop us a message! You don’t have to pick a task if you’re not sure yet.
Any questions? We’d love to hear them in the comments or in our inbox.
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#FlashbackFriday Us conquering Snaefell mountain on the Isle of Man (with the Electric Railway)
2017 group photo above, 2018 below
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To the Hamburg Crew:

It only takes a spark
That isn’t quite true. A spark will be gone very quickly if there isn’t any wood for it to set alight, just like an idea is nothing without people to help it along the way. On the Isle of Man we were by far the largest group, and all those people really put in the hours, but those weren’t all the people who helped us out. Several people worked on this production in Hamburg, essentially working towards someone else’s trip. You may want to grab a drink, because this is going to be longer than the Oscars.
Our amazing costume team, Randa, Marleen, Judith, Mandy (who stayed in Hamburg) as well as Marina and Pauline (who travelled to the Isle of Man) and Jo and Clara (who helped out). They all worked incredibly long hours and didn’t let the time crunch affect their vision of the transformation costumes…and they deservedly won Best Costume again. Jo, who despite being in the southern hemisphere for most of this production, not only translated the script but also offered to help with the costumes as soon as she set a foot on German soil. Edgars, who came up with a concept for the trailer in record time and our page in the programme looked amazing thanks to him. Dean, who despite working on projects of his own, offered help and PR input. Johannes who took a lot of rehearsal photos and was there on Easter weekend, ready to help out with whatever he could. Kris who didn’t let the time crunch (sense a theme here?) discourage her from choreographing the dances and fights, which looked amazing on stage Marc who wrote “The Lark” especially for this production which is just about beautiful enough for the Gaiety and caused a thousand earworms. The extended UP family who came out to see run-throughs and dress rehearsal and caused endless “Toi Toi Toi” messages to arrive on our phones all through stage building and tech run on Thursday. Thanks to everyone who offered to help with our Hamburg shows! And last but not least, Svenja, who supported us past the date on her contract and was swamped by receipts and questions until her last day in the office.

We wouldn’t have finished on time without you guys. Not only did you offer your help, but also a positive attitude and plenty of encouragement. Whatever your contribution, a part of the Best Ensemble Award belongs to you. Thank you!!!
That was long. No jet ski for me. Play me out (Preferably with something from High School Musical).

Photo Credit: Margaret Metzler
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Aaand the trophies for best runner-around and most high-pitched audience members go to Simon and the Gang!
Congratulations to Simon Deggim (Best Director), Ella Mainholz (Most promising under 21) Julia Berger-Beu (Best Supporting Actress), Julian Gebhard (Best Supporting Actor) and the whole JoA cast & crew for the awards: Best Ensemble Acting, Costume & Make Up, Drama, Outstanding Contribution, Ensemble Acting and 1st Runner Up!
Congratulations also to all other participants and winners - especially the festival winners, White Cobra Productions, and Second Runner Up (#proudtocallthemfriends) Bejou Productions.
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Look at these wonderful pictures taken by Mike Trout and Bob Servante! What wonderful memories to behold of a fantastic night at the Gaiety! #joanofarc #easterfestivaloffulllengthplays #isleofman #madf... See MoreSee Less

MADF Easter Festival 2018 Day 6, University Players, Hamburg, perform Joan of Arc by cast member Simon Deggim. As last years winners they have returned to give another theatrical feast for all who att...

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What. A. Night. So yesterday, it finally was showtime for the University Players. Which of course meant, we would spend the entire (incredibly sunny) day in the (incredibly beautiful) theatre, building our stage and adapting to it, plotting our lights and more. And then the curtains opened...

Joan of Arc went down with a bang, we had a lovely (surprisingly big) audience that laughed and gasped at just the right places. Congratulations to our amazing director and playwright Simon Deggim and all the cast and crew who worked tirelessly over the last 7 weeks! The play was then followed by an amazing adjudication by the lovely Jennifer Scott-Reid and we could not be happier with how the night went!

At this point we'd like to give a very big thank you to all who made this day such a smooth affair, all of the stage and backstage crew that were a pleasure to work with, the lovely girls who gave us a fantastic tour of the theatre (including some ghost stories), Neil Callin who came in just to help us, Mike Trout and Bob Servante for the amazing pictures and Bejou Productions who cheered us on throughout and will be performing tonight, so we wish you a hearty toi toi toi!
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Our brave cast & crew of Joan of Arc go up on stage in 5 minutes - let's all wish them bonne merde and hope they break a leg and at least one of their prop sticks!... See MoreSee Less

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Next Auditions

Open Auditions for “Joan of Arc”

Open Auditions: 27 / 28 jan from 12 p.m. (Audimax)

Callbacks: 3 feb from 2 p.m. (Audimax)

Rehearsal period: 7 feb – 31 mar 2018

Performances: 5 april (Isle of Man), 28 may-17 june (Hamburg)


British All Winners Festival 2017


As winners of the MADF Easter Festival of Full-Length Plays, the University Players were qualified to compete in the 44th British All Winners Festival 2017 in Barnsley, England. We performed our production of “Lift Not the Painted Veil / Frankenstein” on 18th of July at the Lamproom Theatre. We were awarded three trophies.

The Halifax Evening Courier Award for Audience Appreciation

The Sydney Fisher Trophy –Backstage Award

The Felixstowe Festival Award – Adjudicators award Use of Chorus in  “Frankenstein”

Jasper Koch Paul Kahre as “Old and Young Creatures” in “Frankenstein” (Adjudicator’s Award)

We are especially proud and happy to have won the Backstage Award again – the second year in a row. It is traditionally awarded by the backstage crew of the hosting theatre who are at the heart of every festival and work together most closely with the visiting teams. They vote for teams with the most professional backstage crew, the best technical know-how (thank you, Tom White), a strong commitment to the production and a friendly attitude towards all the people involved. The festival crew at the Lamproom Theatre were wonderful to work with and we are happy they felt the same way about us!

© The Lamproom Theatre

MADF Easter Festival of Full Length Plays


University Players win the

MADF Easter Festival of Full Length Plays (Isle of Man)

Great news! The University Players won the MADF Easter Festival of Full-Length Plays, which took place at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas (Isle of Man) from Saturday 15th – Friday 21st April 2017. We were awarded seven trophies in total.

The F.M. Cubbon Trophy for Best Play

The John Bryan Award for Audience Appreciation

The J & B Green Award for
Costume and Makeup:
Marina Schünemann, Marleen Jalas and Randa Ashour

The Richard Harris Memorial Trophy for
Best Ensemble Acting

The Raven Players Award for
Best Producer/Director:
Nigel Harvey

The Michael J. Lees Award for
Best Dramatic Moment:
Drowning Girl and Wedding Dance

The Backstage Trophy:
Lighting Design by Tom White from
The Hamburg Players

Marc Borchert (Best Actor in a Supporting Role)
Clara Kasten (Best Actress in a Supporting Role)
Jasper Koch (Best Actor)
Paul Kahre (Best Actor)

We are very proud and grateful for all the support we got during the very short and intense rehearsal process. A very special thank you goes out to the Hamburg Players, who allowed us to “borrow” their wonderful lighting designer for this project.As festival winners, we are eligible to participate in the British All Winners Festival, which will be held in Barnsley from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Lift Not the Painted Veil / Frankenstein will be shown in Hamburg on the 22nd / 23rd of June, 2017. More Information to follow.

British All -Winners Drama Festival


University Players win two awards at the

British All -Winners Drama Festival

The judges will decide | The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show | Always staying low
~ ABBA: The Winner takes it all

On Sunday, 31 July 2016, the University Players were presented with not one, but two awards at the British All Winners Festival in Hertford, England.
Adjudicator Jan Palmer Sayer awarded INVASION! the Amateur Theatre Trophy for the most memorable production. She pointed out that after seeing the performance, the ABBA song “The Winner takes it all” will never sound the same again.
The University Players also received the Sydney Fisher Trophy for an outstandingly well-organized backstage crew. Recalling our quite chaotic backstage work at FEATS, this trophy makes us especially happy and proud. It is excellent proof of how much we learned as an ensemble just by participating in both festivals.
We are dedicating our two wonderful new trophies to the supporters of our #brinvasion crowd-funding campaign. Our participation at the British All Winners Festival was only made possible by the many generous donations we received. We raised enough money to cover the stage transportation, our travel expenses and even accommodation for the whole team. We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to this opportunity to learn and grow.


Amateur Theatre Trophy | for the most memorable production

@ British All Winners Festival | Hertford, England

British All Winners Festival University Players

Sydney Fisher Trophy | for an outstandingly well-organized backstage crew

@ British All Winners Festival | Hertford, England

British All Winners Festival University Players

All BAWDF2016 Winners

You can find a detailed list of the results and all award winners here: NDFA Newsletter