Week 10 - M.A.D: Mutally Assured Destruction, halfBaked Lanval's Lay, Proposals Open, Comedy Writing Workshop, etc.

Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 14:53 by Luca Stier


Apologies for the late newsletter, deadline season is hitting hard!

This week’s email contains info about our shows this week: Mutually Assured Destruction which opens tonight, the halfBaked adaptation of Lanval’s Lay on Thursday night, and our regularly scheduled Improverts.

Proposals to do a show in Bedlam have opened! There is a link to more info on this. We also have a really fun online workshop for comedy writing being hosted by ex-Bedlamites this Saturday! Signups can be found below.

Freya and Emily (EUTC Presidents)


27th-30th March, 19:30

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Brian De Gousch, and I warmly welcome you all to the world premiere of my live-action documentary, M.A.D: Mutually Assured Destruction. Not to be hubristic, but it is by far the greatest film ever made.

Since living through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil rights movements, walking hand-in-hand with my brothers in the Black Panthers, and cringing through countless biased films about the ‘great’ America and those ‘evil’ Russians, it is time to finally flip the script!

In 1962, four men aboard a Soviet submarine received a false alarm of nuclear attack. Three of them voted to fire a nuclear warhead. One of them did not. His name was Vasily Arkhipov, he saved the world, and yet almost nobody knows his name. This is the tale of a Russian hero. This is a story about a lying, evil America: a country founded on genocide, and the slavery of my people. This is my story. This is my life.

Tickets: https://www.bedlamtheatre.co.uk/shows/m-a-d

Lanval’s Lay (or, King Arthur and the Side Quest)

Thursday March 28, 22:30

halfBaked takes on the Arthurian mythos in this adaptation of Marie de France’s Lai de Lanval.

This slaptick romance exaggerates the queer tale of a disenchanted knight and his fairy Queen. King Arthur won’t know what’s hit him as his knights run rampant with love, lust, and getting Lai-d. Also… tandem bikes?

Tickets: https://bedlamtheatre.co.uk/shows/hb-lanvalslay


Edinburgh’s longest running improv troupe are back for another year! After selling out over the 2023 Fringe, the Imps cannot wait to get back to term-time fun onstage. Join them every Friday for an hour of short form improv, based entirely on audience suggestions. New players and new games mean that shows are always different, always funny!

We can’t wait for you to come and have a laugh with The Improverts and celebrate another year of critically acclaimed improv!

Tickets: https://bedlamtheatre.co.uk/shows/imps2324


Proposals are now open for the following Semester 1 shows:

  • Welcome Week 2024
  • Fresher’s Plays 2024
  • Week 3 Teatime
  • Mainterms (weeks 4 and 6)
  • Supplementaries
  • Improv Slot

Access calls here: https://www.bedlamtheatre.co.uk/admin/proposals/calls

Submission deadline: (your proposal doesn’t have to be fully completed) is on the 1st of April 2024 at 6pm.

Editing deadline: (proposal must be fully completed) 8th of April 2024 at 6pm.

If you have any questions please feel free to message our new Productions Manager, Meri Suonenlahti.

Please make sure you speak to the Business Manager Luke Hardwick about your shows budget, and for Teatime and Mainterms please speak to our Set Managers Freya White and Azalea Drace before the deadline.

We look forward to seeing your proposals!


We are excited to let you all know that Amy Yeo (former Bedlamite) and the wonderful Hannah Rogerson (former Imp) are hosting an online comedy writing and collaboration workshop this Saturday @ 6pm and would love to see some of your friendly faces there! Please note that the workshop is for Women and Gender non-conforming people.

It’s pay what you can (£1 option is encouraged) and is just going to be a really fun, creative and collaborative time.

More information can be found here.


Every Sunday 12:00 to 14:00 we do Maintenance where we tidy up the building and make some small building improvements. Everyone is welcome to help, we provide you with snacks and a good playlist.

If you have worked on a show you need to come to maintenance to tidy up after your show. If you do not, you will go into Maintenance Debt. You can clear this by coming to another Maintenance Session or talking to Lewis Eggeling (Theatre Manager). Similarly you will need to staff a show (or two if you did a mainterm) in exchange for other members staffing your show. You can sign up at https://www.bedlamtheatre.co.uk/admin/staffings

If you have any questions please contact Luca Stier at [email protected]


After Maintenance we have Duty Management (DM) training from 14:00 to 14:30. During this time, we will teach you how to run the building during a show, open and lock up the building, and what to do in case of a fire. Theatre always needs to be at least one DM trained person present when the building is in use, so being DM trained is very helpful for Production Team members!


Apart from this newsletter, we are on a lot of other social media. Find and follow us using the links below to stay even more up-to-date!

Bedlam Website - Instagram - Facebook Group - Mailing List - EUSA Website (to buy membership)

Facebook Groups: Bedlam Techies and Backstage! - Bedlam Directors - Bedlam Writers - Costumers at Bedlam and Beyond

Last updated: Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 14:57