Pembroke Players

"Cambridge's most active, friendly and dynamic college drama society, with a reputation for theatre that is both accessible and entertaining."

Get Involved

This document details important information about what the Players do, who we fund, and how one goes about getting involved with us, be it acting, directing or comedy.

What the Players will do for you

The Players are dedicated to putting on innovative, accessible, and high-quality shows. If you've never directed before and you want to give it a go, we'll give you all the support and advice we can offer, from writing your application to making your vision a reality; if you're an old hand at this and just want a reliable and knowledgeable committee behind you, Pembroke Players can help you.

We're keen to encourage new writing. If you've written a play that you'd be interested in putting on, don't hesitate to contact us.

We're also on hand to give advice about all aspects of theatre in Pembroke and in Cambridge - and if we don't know the answer to your questions, we'll know someone who does!

Email the President or any of the committee if you have any questions about applying to the Players or getting involved.

Email the Communications Officer if you'd like to be added to the Players email list. We'll send you regular updates with information about auditions, technical opportunities, application deadlines, and Players shows.

Applying to Direct

We judge shows on two basic criteria: artistic merit and financial viability.

We also have a responsibility to members of Pembroke College. Hence, if you're applying for funding to the ADC, Playroom, or other outside venue, we encourage you to get Pembroke people involved in your show. However, we have funded (and will continue to fund) several shows with little or no Pembroke involvement, so don't be put off by this.

Guidelines and documents for applications

The Theatre

Our theatre, the Pembroke New Cellars, is the most versatile studio theatre in Cambridge. It offers an intimate setting with maximum flexibility for staging.

Guide to the New Cellars

Funding: who, where, what?

We welcome applications from anyone who is a current member of the university.

We host and fund several plays in the New Cellars a term in Michaelmas and Lent, and a Mayweek show in the college gardens' in June. In addition, the Players regularly fund shows at the ADC, the Corpus Playroom, and elsewhere.


Typically, a New Cellars mainshow has a budget of 600, and a lateshow 400; the budget for the Mayweek is 1,000. However, these are only very rough guidelines. If your show has expensive rights or you need more money for any reason, this won't be a problem.

Budgets for elsewhere shows vary wildly. If you can justify to us why you need the money, chances are we'll give it to you!

Please note, however, that the Players do not part-fund shows, so it's all or nothing.

The only exception to this is Edinburgh shows in which a member of the Pembroke Players is heavily involved, eg. as director or producer; in this case a small sum may be granted.

Guarantees against Loss

If you want funding for an elsewhere show and you have a particularly big budget (say, in excess of 1500), getting a guarantee against loss will improve your chances of getting funding from us. The Gertrude Kingston fund and the Judith E Wilson fund both give guarantees against loss for theatre productions.

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