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The English Dramatic Society (EDS) is a regularly performing English theatre group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg language centre (Sprachenzentrum). We produce two plays every year – usually, well actually almost always comedies – in February and July. The EDS celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.

The English Dramatic Society first took to the stage in 1972 with a production of “The Country Wife” by William Wycherley.

Since then the ever-changing company of students, lecturers and professors and their friends, spouses, children and pets, has produced over eighty plays.

We’ve played Ayckbourn, Allen and Albee, Beckett and Bolt, Fry and Friel, Sheridan, Stoppard, Shaw and Shakespeare, Wilde and Wilder. Aristocrats and artisans, barons and beggars, colonels and clowns, damsels and dowagers, elves and fairies, gods and harlots, idiots and jades, kangaroos and lovers, magicians and nymphs, officers and priests, quacks and ringmasters, sirens and troubadours, upstarts, virgins, wastrels, xylophones and zeds, we’ve played them all.

Okay! We lied about the kangaroo, the virgin was pregnant and the xylophone was in fact a glockenspiel… but it’s still an impressive list.

Not that quantity is all we have to offer, of course.

Interested? Maybe you’d like to join us?

The EDS in numbers

Number of plays performed: 88 (1972 to February 2017)
Play most often performed: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (5 times)
Playwright whose plays most often performed: William Shakespeare (14 plays, 30 including repeats)
Number of directors: 15
Longest-serving director: Damian Quinn

The Director

The EDS has seen a number of directors over its 38 year history – to be precise. The “longest serving” director is Mr. Damian H Quinn who over a period of 20 years directed no fewer than 39 EDS productions. The EDS is currently directed by Kirsten Henry. Kirsten is a former student of Theatre Studies and English at the University of Erlangen, and has been a member of the EDS since 2001 when she acted in the production Front Page. Kirsten has since acted in a number of EDS plays and also been involved in the technical side (lighting, stage design) of several shows. Since taking over from Damian Quinn in October 2006 she has directed the last nineteen plays from “The Taming of the Shrew” in February 2007 to The Three Sisters in February 2017.

The Theatre

The Experimentiertheater (The “EX”) in Erlangen Bismarckstr. 1 (within the main building of the faculty of philosophy and Audimax, and part of the Institute for Theatre and Media) is a technically well-equipped theatre with a variable stage area and variable seating and space for up to approximately 150 people. For over 40 years the EDS has been a regular “guest” in the Experimentiertheater, at the end of each university semester.