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Review: Blood Brothers

Eleanor Diggle puts her objections to Willy Russell's playtext to one side, and enjoys HBT's telling of the famous tale. Blood Brothers, written by Willy Russell in 1983, is the story of twins born to a working class single mother, who gives one of her children to a...

Review: Othello

Roshan Jacob is impressed by BTC's take on a Shakespeare classic. Bailey Theatre Company’s production of Othello presents a brilliant modern reimagining of the play under the gifted direction of Joe Pape. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, the play charts the...

Review: Opera of Ages

Rowan Evans is pleasantly surprised by DOE's one-night-only Rock/ Opera mashup performance. Coming off the back of a brilliant production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Easter term last year, Durham Opera Ensemble have proved just how versatile they can be...

News: Workshop Week

We're thrilled to introduce DST's Workshops Week, where we have a series of different workshops and Q&A sessions open to all DST members! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a bit more about different aspects of theatre, covering everything from directing to...

Review: RENT

Verity Kim enjoys DULOG's take on this feisty, heart-wrenching rock musical. Few things give me more joy than a well-directed, well-staged musical, and DULOG’s RENT definitely ticks all these boxes. The show was able to successfully recreate the distinct historical...

News: Durham Zambia Applications Open!

We are thrilled to announce that we have re-opened applications for this exciting volunteering programme. The project offers the incredible 6 week international outreach opportunity for students to work on community development projects with our partners in Zambia....

Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Laura Hepworth is thrilled by Pitch Productions' first play of the year. Picnic at Hanging Rock, set in the Australian outback during the 1900s, follows the tale of a school rocked by the tragic disappearance of one of its students, while on a field trip to the...

Review: The DIM-Reaper

Charlie Norton is entertained by Durham Improvised Musical's spooky seasonal special. Walking into a production by Durham Improvised Musical (DIM) is always a provoking experience. The audience enters feeling in equal parts excited and apprehensive, sharing the...

Review: The Book of KEITH.

Anna Marshall took her first trip to Empty shop's new TESTT space to watch Buttered Toast's KEITH. in their inaugural 'feature-length' sketch show.  .       Last night, Buttered Toast presented their first ever full-length sketch comedy show, full of freshly written...

Review: 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Zac Tiplady revels in Hild Bede Theatre's all-female immersive comedy. Rare is the play that makes me wish it had lasted a little longer – especially in the Assembly Rooms Theatre. With that in mind, Hild Bede Theatre’s 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche disappointed only in...