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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...

News: First Night Newsletter (Summer 2018)

First Night's Summer 2018 newsletter Check out our summer 2018 newsletter, detailing everything from our Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 shows, to our national touring productions, to top tips for freshers heading to Durham University for the first time. Edited by...

News: Zambia Drama Outreach Project 2018

Honor Halford-Macleod was a team member of this year's Zambia Drama Outreach Project. Spending the summer in Livingstone and Lusaka, she explains what the experience was like.  Photo credit: The Wallace Group For five weeks in July and August, five Durham students...

News: The Assembly Rooms goes dark for Refurbishment

The Assembly Rooms Theatre has finally gone dark for a whole year of essential refurbishment. This maintenance works come from a generous grant from the University to invest in it's theatre facilities. But FRET NOT! This does not mean the end for The Assembly Rooms...

Review: Beautiful Thing

Anna Marshall is pleased that Hild Bede Theatre are continuing to promote diversity within Durham Student Theatre. As the sun continued to burn over Durham during the final few hours of our longest day, a small group shuffled into the shade to witness Hild Bede...

Introducing the Durham Showcase 2018

  The Durham Showcase, established in 2015, is an annual celebration of eight Durham University finalists who wish to enter into the drama industry as actors. The showcase, typically made up of monologues and duologues, has both Durham and London performances, to...

Review: Posh

Emma-Louise Howell analyses the impact of Fourth Wall Theatre's Posh. Laura Wade’s Posh has been a Durham favourite since its appearance in 2010. But, left in the wrong hands, Posh can be a dangerous choice. Not only does it necessitate cooking a three-course meal...

Review: Legally Blonde

Ellie Farrell revels in the 'blonde'-ness of DULOG's final musical of the year. Adapted from the original book by Heather Hach, and after its rise to fame by 2001’s Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, comes Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s Legally Blonde:...

Review: Twelfth Night

Sophie Wright is charmed by the Durham performance of CTC's forthcoming UK and US Shakespeare tour. It’s that time of year again - Castle Theatre Company’s summer Shakespeare tour has begun an amazing run of Twelfth Night in Fellows Garden at Durham Castle. While not...

Review: Our Country’s Good

Lucy Knight is touched by DUCT's take on Timberlake Wertenbaker's acclaimed dramatisation of The Playmaker. Our Country’s Good is a play which simultaneously critiques both the Thatcher era in which it was written and the 18th Century penal colony in which it is set,...

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