We are very proud that at Durham Student Theatre many of our members go on to do extraordinary things in the professional industry! Below is just a taster of some of the theatre companies that came out of Durham or created by our alumni.

If you’re an alumni company and would like to be featured on our website – get in touch! theatre.coordinator@durham.ac.uk


Another Soup started in Durham in 2010 and has since moved to London, where it has produced work at the King’s Head Theatre, Hope Theatre, and Bread & Roses Theatre. As well as London, it has had work performed in Edinburgh and Brighton. Their style of theatre is quite eclectic but recently has been focused on straight theatre, having in the past obsessed over immersive theatre. It is run by Dave Spencer, who is also the co-producer and associate director of The So & So Arts Club, a 1400-strong members organisation with membership in 9 countries.
Front Room is dedicated to producing high quality, intimate theatre.  The company has a proven track record of creating innovative theatre in alternative locations, with previous productions in markets, chapels and living rooms.  The company was founded in Durham in 2015, and is now based in West Yorkshire, where we have just finished a week of Pop-Up Shakespeare in Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Ellie, Sophie & Caitlin met as students at Durham University. They killed the student theatre game: collectively they were involved in 61 productions, and won awards for acting, directing and writing. They went global, performing in Zambia, New York, The Edinburgh Fringe and even a church in Bedfordshire.

Poor Michele are committed to making female-driven work about the world as we see it. Our work champions the underdog & finds complex, engaging drama in what might seem ordinary. 


The HandleBards began because adventures are fun. Four-strong troupes of cycling actors who carry with them all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the globe. Nominated for a Stage Award and cycling over 2000 miles a year, The Handlebards also won the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award from Creative Carbon Scotland.

Duck in a Hat was founded in October 2014 by a group of friends who learnt their theatrical curly-toed shoes entertaining the denizens of Durham University through the medium of the student theatre company, Ooook! Productions (which was also founded by Duck founder Tim Foster).

After initially getting distracted knitting hats for their duck, they finally got around to planning their first play, Terry Pratchett’s Eric, which was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and surprised everyone involved by being a runaway success. When the shock finally wore off, they realised that they’d really rather like to have another go…

Rollers Theatre Company (RTC) was founded in 2014 by a group of DULOG alumni who had moved to London to pursue other careers. Now, RTC proudly has members of DST covering every graduating year from 2008 to 2017, and puts on musical theatre with the same standard as ever in a fun, relaxed environment.