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Review: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Michael Nower is sceptical of 'Northern' theatre company Elysium's play choice for its second production. With Elysium Theatre Company's stated aim of 'bringing the best of world theatre to the North', I had high hopes when I entered the Assembly Rooms for their...

Preview: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Sophie Wright meets the cast and crew of the upcoming professional production hosted by the Assembly Rooms Theatre. I know very little about Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; when I sat down to interview the cast and creatives of Elysium Theatre’s upcoming production, the...

News: Exam Survival Guide

Exam time is truly horrible, but perhaps for your average DST member it is particularly rough. We’ve compiled below some motivational theatre tunes to get you through this exceptionally stressful time in the year. 1. Totally Fucked – Spring Awakening Because let’s...

Review: Waiting for Gandalf

Kira Browne is moved by this fantasy-inspired production by Sussex-based charity Mankind. Upon entering the Assembly Rooms Theatre, instead of taking the usual seats in the auditorum, we were ushered through the theatre and welcomed onto the black-boxed stage. An...

Review: The History Boys

Anna Marshall takes a night off from revision to see CTC's revival of Alan Bennett's classic. Alan Bennett’s well-established play has been joyfully revived for one weekend only by Castle Theatre Company; a perfectly-timed criticism of exams and pretentious learning...

£2.4 Million Investment in The Assembly Rooms Theatre

We are thrilled to announce the Durham Universities major investment in theatre. Today, Durham University has declared plans for a £2.4 million redevelopment to renovate and restore our building, the home of Durham Student Theatre during term time, The Assembly Rooms...

Review: The Crust

Layla Chowdhury discovers Durham's new-writing talent in Buttered Toast's latest showcase. Buttered Toast’s The Crust was very entertaining and varied. Opening the show with an informal introduction created a very comfortable atmosphere, and allowed the audience to be...

Review: A Sham-rockin’ Special

Rowan Evans revels in DIM's improvised Irish extravaganza. DIM does St. Patrick’s Day: A Sham-rockin’ Special was a show which was funny and entertaining in equal measure. Durham Improvised Musical displayed their versatility in performance, and ability to think on...

Review: I Love You Because

Jennifer Baker is  impressed with how DULOG's collaboration with GDTC makes the most of this musical. I have to say I was incredibly impressed by the opening night of DULOG’s production of I Love You Because – although, in hindsight, this was probably merely due to...