News: New First Night Newsletter!

First Night Newsletter: Epiphany 2019 Check out issue 7 of the DST First Night newsletter online! Some of our amazing pieces include how musicals in DST get made, an alumni interview with Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach, and an insight into the Assembly Rooms Theatre’s programme for the Spare Room 2019. Check out the issue...

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Gala Theatre & DST: ‘Lord of the Flies’

‘Lord of the Flies’: A Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre co-production   AUDITIONING AND PRODUCTION TEAM OPPORTUNITIES: APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5PM 10 MAY We are delighted to be co-producing this dramatic and compelling tale, with a professional director and designer, acted by students!   “A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of school children, wait to be rescued. With no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; they can do anything they want. As they attempt to forge their own society, leaders are elected and splinter groups form. As order collapses, terror begins its reign an the children degenerate into savagery.”   This is a unique opportunity for Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre to make an ambitious and bold production of this modern British classic.    ——————————————————————————–   If you are interested in helping us make this brilliant, timely show, we would like to hear from you!   There will be shadowing and assisting opportunities within the production team, alongside the professional credit offered to the cast.   If you are interested in specifically auditioning, a full casting breakdown will be issued but for now we know that we are looking for outstanding performers, collaborators and those willing to commit fully to the production.  The show will be cast gender and race blind.   This is a unique opportunity for those...

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News: First Night Newsletter (Michaelmas 2018)

Have a read of our latest First Night newsletter, covering Michaelmas term 2018 – from our freshers’ productions to two fantastic alumni interviews, and a brief overview of DST’s term in numbers! Editied by Jennifer Baker. Check out the newsletter...

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News: Pre-Theatre and Pre-Concert Supper Special Offer

Two for One Pre-Show Supper Deal Two dine for the price of one during November and December with pre-concert and pre-theatre suppers at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Hotel Indigo, Durham. This special offer applies to the Marco Pierre White three course festive dining menu when ordered before 6pm. To take advantage of this offer please show your theatre ticket or concert ticket when you arrive. To book, please telephone the hotel on 0191 329 3535. Midweek offer excludes alcohol and supplements. T&C’s...

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Review: ‘Returning: Aaron’

              Imogen Carr is intrigued by Wrong Tree’s returning production of Aaron.  Aaron is a piece of theatre that delves into the issues of a family coping with a son living with Prader-Willis Syndrome. Taken from personal experience, Director Florence Petrie and Co-Director Patrick Palmer have created a very moving and thought-provoking show that leaves the audience really questioning themselves and wondering what they would do in the same situation. Walking into the Vane Tempest Ballroom, the mood was immediately set with dark lighting that gave off an intense atmosphere. The location was very suitable as it was small enough that the audience felt included when the fourth wall was broken, making the experience more personal and successfully generating an array of emotions in the audience. This intimate setting meant the audience was immediately enveloped into the mind of Aaron, played by the talented Mo Hafeez, from the very first scene. Petrie and Palmer’s decision to break the fourth wall was most effectively used with Aaron, helping to open up his world to those who have no experience or idea what it is like living with PWS. This should be commended as it made the characters far more vulnerable to the scrutiny of the audience in how they acted towards Aaron throughout the play. In addition, the minimalistic set and costume were an excellent...

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