First Night

First Night is the first port of call for all Durham Student Theatre news, reviews, previews and more! We make it our mission to review every DST production as well as produce previews and think pieces!

 

Review: Comedyfest

Review: Comedyfest

"A fantastic job, with good writing, great character work and strong voice modulation making the whole show stellar... “Please tell me! Whatever it is, I won’t stop loving you!” “I’ve got the clap!” *Lights off* The Durham Revue, established in 1974 as Durham...

Review: DDF Assembly Rooms Program

Review: DDF Assembly Rooms Program

"An avid display of different themes and genres, and a testimony to the ever-growing quality of student written plays... This year’s DDF Assembly Rooms programme was an avid display of different themes and genres, and a testimony to the ever-growing quality of student...

Review: DDF Mark Hillery Program

Review: DDF Mark Hillery Program

"This is an evening of creative flair that keeps audiences on their toes... This year’s Mark Hillary DDF programme presents a varied selection of sensational new student writing. From existential conversations with local Durham residents, to beautifully off-key car...

Review: Queer Cabaret

Review: Queer Cabaret

"A perfectly enjoyable evening that refuses to take itself seriously whilst underscored with the purest of intentions... The ‘Queer Cabaret’ proudly displayed the vast variety of Durham’s wonderful queer community: a perfectly enjoyable evening that refuses to take...

Review: DDF Opening Night

Review: DDF Opening Night

"The best solution to combat the Monday blues and celebrate a week filled with incredible talent and shows... The opening night of Durham Drama Festival 2024 was the best commencement to a week of theatre with a hilarious, fun-filled ride on a ‘carousel of comedy’...

Review: Withdrawal by Horatio Hollaway

Review: Withdrawal by Horatio Hollaway

"Pitch Production’s latest installment is one of the most carefully crafted, unique, and evocative pieces of theatre I have seen... Horatio Holloway has certainly been ambitious in his crafting and writing of ‘Withdrawal’, as is the entirety of the show’s cast and...

Review: Anything Goes (DULOG’s Gala Show)

Review: Anything Goes (DULOG’s Gala Show)

"A nautical powerhouse of talent showcased by both cast and crew...  This year’s Gala show by DULOG is an excellent take on a golden age classic. Anything Goes is a nautical powerhouse of talent showcased by both cast and crew.  Directed by Emily...

Review: I, Joan

Review: I, Joan

"Spiritually touching and thematically inspiring, the cast and crew of I, Joan shone through their commitment to their character and production... Durham University Performing Arts’ production of I, Joan was an achievement in the retelling of the story of Joan of Arc,...

Release: I, Joan

Release: I, Joan

Critically-acclaimed play opens Assembly Rooms Durham Spring Season! Rare chance to see ground-breaking reimagining of Joan of Arc! Durham University Performing Arts’ (DUPA) Spring Season starts with a powerful and joyous reimagining of Joan of Arc.  I, Joan...

Review: Accidental Death Of An Anarchist

Review: Accidental Death Of An Anarchist

"Go to enjoy a night of wonderfully farcical comedy but expect to leave thinking about the biting social commentary of the state of affairs in our country... Collingwood’s Woodplayers have brought to life one of Dario Fo’s most notoriously difficult plays in an...