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News: Edinburgh Fringe 2017

We are so excited that 10 different DST shows are travelling up to Edinburgh to perform at the fringe festival this year. This year’s productions range from student written plays and sketch comedy to an a capella show and contemporary musical theatre, and...

News: Charity Theatre Football

On the 21st June we attempted to put an end to the age old question: Who would win in a fight? The weak? Or the feeble?* *Unfortunately fisticuffs are out fashion currently so we have settled for a marginally less violent football match instead. The 21st of June at...

Review: Twelfth Night

Felicity Juckes reviews the final DST show of the year. In the final week of the summer term, HBT brings one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies to life on Hild Bede’s lawn, and despite three of their cast only stepping into their roles this week, their production of...

Review: Blackadder the Third

Helen Chatterton enjoys an evening of foolish comedy in Ooook's latest production. Blackadder the Third Helen Chatterton enjoys an evening of foolish comedy in Ooook's latest production. Ooook! Productions’ latest work, Blackadder the Third, is a true celebration of...

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Julia Atherley takes a trip to Skid Row. Little Shop of Horrors is the latest production by Foot of the Hill Theatre Company. Staged in St Mary’s College dining hall and directed by Kimran Rana, the energetic musical was a great choice for a college theatre company....

Review: Shopping and F***ing

Julia Atherley spends an evening at Empty Shop. Shopping and F***ing is ACT’s latest production, directed by Eleri Crossland. Written by Mark Ravenhill, the play focuses around a small set of characters and their battles with substance abuse, capitalism, and...

Review: Hedda Gabler

Kabir Jhala sees Collingwood Woodplayers let loose Ibsen's demons. Hedda Gabbler is no easy feat to pull off. Ibsen’s tale of the unhappily married, aristocratic Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) is famed for the immense psychological depth of its titular...

Review: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons

Shona Graham gets one of her five-a-day with Phoenix Theatre Company's latest theatrical offering. Sophie Wright, Andrew Cowburn and Ambika Mod have produced a little gem in the heart of the DSU. Though the original play is wonderful in and of itself, the company...

Review: Landing

Sophie Wright is left slightly underwhelmed by this piece of new writing. There isn’t enough respect given to new student writing, in whatever form it takes. DFoA has showcased some excellent examples, and in the Black Box two out of three shows are student creations....

Review: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shona Graham enjoys a sunny Shakespearian afternoon in Fellows' Garden. One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies is given a reboot by CTC, bringing it into the 20th century. Castle Theatre Company’s summer Shakespeare tours are traditionally of a very high standard,...