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The beginning of UBC Players Club

Founded in 1915 under the direction of Freddy Wood, the namesake for UBC’s Freddy Wood Theatre, UBC Players Club is the oldest student club on campus and the oldest touring theatre production company in British Columbia. The club even predates UBC’s Theatre Department, which was formed in 1958. The first production by UBC Players Club was Jerome K. Jerome’s Fanny and the Servant Problem in 1916.

UBC Players Club cast in front of sign that reads, "Players' Club in the Droll Comedy - The Romantic Young Lady"

UBC Players Club’s cast for The Romantic Young Lady on their twelvth annual tour of British Columbia.

 

UBC Department of Theatre is formed

After the formation of the UBC Department of Theatre & Film, the club’s prominence and function seemed to be replaced and it eventually disbanded sometime between 1970–75, before being revived again in 2000.

In the early years of the club, it was so popular that the executive had to limit membership to 50, by audition only. Enrolment at UBC was only 379 at the time. More recently, the club has revived its constitution and anybody is allowed to audition for acting parts in our productions – but with the intense competition at the time, it was a little more exclusive.

 

Some of UBC Players Club’s past shows!

  • 2011–2022 | Festival Dionysia, our festival of one-act plays
  • 2021 | Six Characters in Search of an Author adapted by Steve Moulds
  • 2020 | Little Women by Marisha Chamberlain
  • 2019 | The Grown-Up! by Jordan Harrison
  • 2018 | Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
  • 2017 | Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
  • 2016 | Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
  • 2016 | Alice Sit by the Fire by J.M. Barri
  • 2014 | 7 Stories by Morris Panych
  • 2013 | Never the Sinner by John Logan
  • 2012 | Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • 2012 | The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey
  • 2011 | The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Special thanks to Matthew Willis for this page’s research UBC Archives