We are very proud that many of Durham Student Theatre’s members go on to do wonderful and extraordinary things in the professional theatre and arts industry!
Below is just some of the theatre companies that came out of Durham, or have been created by our amazing alumni. They all do fascinating and interesting work, and we recommend you check them out!
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Another Soup started in Durham in May 2010 and has since moved to London, where it has produced work at the Omnibus Theatre, King’s Head Theatre and Hope Theatre. As well as London, it has had work performed in Edinburgh and Brighton. Another Soup offers challenging and exciting theatre that turns its back on the proscenium arch and instead looks to immerse audiences in worlds they have never experienced. 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.
Duck in a Hat
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…
Front Room Productions
Front Room exists to create theatre in unconventional spaces, staging high-quality, intimate theatre in Leeds but where you least expect to find it, with previous productions in bedrooms, on farms, and in markets. We respond to specific sites, underscoring intimate storytelling with live music. We are immensely proud of our Northern roots, and endeavour to stage productions that showcase and celebrate the wealth of talented performers working across the region. The company was founded in Durham in 2015.
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.
Founded in 2018 by Durham graduates Tyler Rainford and Tanya Agarwal, Hitchhiker Collective aims to create work that gives a voice to underrepresented voices in society. Regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, the collective is open to anyone and everyone. We aim to use an eclectic mix of theatrical styles to create work that is innovative and exciting for the audience and creatives alike.
Massive Dad are a sketch comedy group comprised of Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates, and Liz Kingsman. They have two critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows under their belt – their debut show ‘Massive Dad’ and the high pressure second show ‘Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad’. They also joined forces with fellow sketch comedians Lazy Susan and Birthday Girls for a series of mash-up shows under the guise of supergroup Massive Lazy Girls.
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 Michelle 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.
Rollers Theatre Company
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.
Three Inch Fools
The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors equipped with all manner of musical instruments, performing our highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays.
Over the last four years we have performed at over 100 different venues, to almost 35,000 audience members. We have built a reputation for staging innovative and vibrant productions – a fast-paced, musically-driven style, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way!
We perform Shakespeare in almost any kind of setting, both indoors and outdoors, and in all sorts of places – all the world’s a stage!
Established in 2017 by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and Nikhil Vyas, Trip Hazards theatre company aims to innovatively stage fun, fresh and thought-provoking work for modern and diverse audiences. Their energetic, cross-disciplinary shows combine the absurd with the autobiographical, whilst finding creative ways to incorporate spoken-word, live music, and rap into the telling of unheard stories.