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Imogen Usherwood explains the poetic inspiration behind her DDF play, a heart-breaking but humorous examination of relationships in the digital age, and reflects the impact of COVID-19 and her hopes for the future.
Jaime-lee Burke enjoys the fantasticality and outstanding performances of Ryan King’s The Republic of Eric, despite areas of improvements within its technical aspects and smoothness of storyline.
Ryan King reflects on what he’s learned since writing his first play for DDF last year, and the research and development process behind his audio drama, ‘The Republic of Eric’, a conflict-filled exploration of power, family and property.
Jodie Sale is unsettled and captivated by H.M.F Jenkin’s one-person show ‘Degenerate’, a jolting exploration of freedom, observation and truth.
What does art mean today? Can the radical still exist? Alexander Cohen, DST Festivals Secretary, reflects on the artistic problems, philosophies and questions behind the program and theme of DDF 2021, ‘radical voices for radical times’.
Durham Drama Festival (DDF) 2021 begins tomorrow, running from 1st to 7th February. DDF has been one of the annual highlights of the DST calendar for over 40 years, comprising an entire week of theatre that is written, produced, directed, performed and organised by students
Honor Douglas relishes in the impressive sound, innovative illustration and astonishing performances of Green Door and CTC’s Frankenstein, even if it did go on a bit long.
David Sproxton, co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, is offering a theatrical scholarship totalling up to £16,000 over four years. This will help a prospective student who has exceptional potential in the technical aspects of theatre but lacks the necessary funds to make their creative vision a reality.
This is an exciting one year opportunity for a Durham University undergraduate or postgraduate student graduating in 2020, or a recent graduate. The post holder will work with Experience Durham supporting DST and the development of student theatre.
Izzy Daltry rejoices in the epic story, skilled performances and remarkable sound editing of DUCT’s ‘They Met on Good Friday’, a radio drama set in Viking times, despite minor recording issues destined from COVID-safe bedroom production.