The Bamberg University English Drama Group e.V. (BUEDG) is an English-speaking theatre group based at Bamberg University. Since 1984, the group has been dedicated to staging classic and modern dramas from the Anglophone world to make them avaliable to as many people as possible. While mainly attended by students from Bamberg University, the group is open to all and its performances are always public.

The members of BUEDG are united in their love for theatre and enjoy working together as one creative team both on and off stage in all sorts of theatric capacities. Every year, the group puts on one big summer production towards the end of the summer semester for which potential actors audition in the beginning of the semester. In the winter semester, the focus lies more on the art of drama and the members work on their acting and interpretation skills, which are usually presented in a shorter play or collection of scenes.

Newcomers with or without prior knowledge are always welcome to join our on- and off-stage team!

Summer Semester 2021

Due to the extraordinary situation, the drama group will this semester once more focus on online work, consisting of an introduction to voice acting and two video projects. In the first weeks, we will explore the essentials of elocution technique and voice acting, learning how to use your voice effectively and how to create characterisation with your voice. This is especially important for online acting since online performance usually focusses on the face and voice of the performer.

Building on this basis, we will then produce a series of short videos about literary classics – we will choose and work on the texts together in class before adapting them as short and humorous video summaries to combine textual work and performance. The videos will then be posted to our YouTube channel as a series. For the last weeks of the semester, we will work on a video adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, using both Middle English and Modern English – but don’t worry, no previous knowledge of Middle English is required!

You do not need any prior knowledge of acting to participate, and you do not need to be a student of English – everyone is welcome to join. If you are interested in drama, but prefer not to act, we will find a spot for you in our backstage team, which will be centred on video recording and editing as well as social media and advertising this semester, although there will also be some costume, hair and makeup design to do.

Join us to find out more!