Durham drama explained...

Productions happen literally all around the university

There is a huge amount of drama going on in Durham, both within the colleges and under the umbrella of the DST (Durham Student Theatre). Colleges transform gardens, dining rooms and quads into performance spaces all over Durham, while huge extravaganzas are put on termly by ambitious directors and producers. The musical theatre scene is thriving which means you’ll get to see some extremely exciting productions that go beyond the boundaries of normal student drama.

What’s going on

Hopefully you’ll be able to find all the information you might need on the site: we have a comprehensive calendar of theatrical events, a city map showing all the theatrical venues in the city, and a tag cloud of theatre societies on our homepage. If you feel there’s anything we’re missing though, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s good to go and see

To find out what’s good to go and see each week, read our two student reviews from the first night performance of student, amateur and professional productions in Durham (published online 18 hours after the start of the performance). Otherwise, the Bubble publishes previews of performances, while the student newspaper, The Palatinate, and the DST headed First Night publish reviews.

How to get involved: reviewing

Any student (with an ac.uk email address) who is interested in theatre can review for us. Simply request to review the play of your choice online (go to the specific event’s page or to your ‘my reviews’ page to sign up). Tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis; if all the spaces are filled, you can be put on a waiting list so that you are the first one to be contacted if spaces become available.

How to get involved: acting, producing, directing, technical

Check out different societies’ portfolio pages using the tag cloud on our homepage, or search people’s portfolio pages to see who you might like to work with. The DST is Durham’s overarching official organisation that tells you what to do and how to do it.

Exciting events to watch out for:

durhamtheatrereview.com’s radio drama competition, Epiphany Term:

  • 10-15 minute script entries in by January 2012
  • The winning entry will be produced and will go through to an inter-university competition

onlinetheatrereview.com’s Inter-Uni radio drama competition, Epiphany Term

Durham Drama Festival, Epiphany Term:

  • This is a New Writing competition between Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield

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