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Michaelmas Week 9

Important

  1. Experience Durham Funding Applications Closing Soon!

Experience Durham now welcome applications from DST theatre societies for sponsorship for shows in Epiphany term weeks 1-4.

Please find attached in the dropbox a copy of the application form. Please submit this alongside a budget and proof of the acquisition of rights, (if necessary for your production) and send to the Theatre Development Co-ordinator Isabelle Culkin ([email protected]) by Sunday 10 December at 23:59.

We welcome applications from both the producers of the respective production or an individual on the respective theatre society executive committee. However, applications must always be made in consultation with the theatre society President.

You can apply for funding for a variety of purposes including artistic purposes, performance rights costs, venue costs etc. You must be specific about what you are applying to use the funding for. Please ensure you justify fully why you have chosen to apply for funding for whichever aspect of the production is concerned.

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]!

  1. Applications are Now Open for Letterbox Productions’s Short Film Festival (in association with Durham Student Film)!

For their first film endeavour of the year, Letterbox Productions is teaming up with Durham Student Film to introduce Durham’s first Short Film Festival!

Every year Durham Student Film hosts an International Film Festival where films are submitted from all of the world and are screened in the GALA cinema. This year, our short film festival will be starting off the international festival with an evening showcase of the best work that Durham students have to offer! There will also be a series of workshops happening throughout the festival!

We are now opening submissions for short screen plays! These can only have a maximum of 6 characters and can be no longer than 15 minutes. Please send in your scripts and application forms by Friday 16th February to [email protected]! We will also be accepting any ready-made short films (please send these through using a YouTube or Vimeo link)!

At the end of next term, the scripts will be picked and a team will be put together to direct, produce, film and edit the short films. Acting auditions will also be held at the end of Epiphany Term. Durham Student Film are prepared to help us film and edit all the short films so don’t worry if you don’t want to get involved in the technical side of production. This will also be a great opportunity if you want to learn any filming and editing skills! Later this term, we are going to put a google form in the weekly email, whereby DST members can express their interest in editing, filming or producing.

Also, we are currently looking into hosting this event in the GALA cinema! If you want to pursue a career in screen-acting or directing, this is also a perfect opportunity to start building up your portfolio.

  1. DST London Showcase – Creative Team Applications Closing Soon!

DST are excited to announce that the Finalists’ Showcase in London’s Tristan Bates Theatre is returning this year and that applications are now open!

The Showcase features a troupe of 8 finalists who are interested in pursuing a career in performance after university. Prospective troupe members audition to and are selected by a panel of industry professionals in February. The troupe will then rehearse on a regular basis in a collaborative process in order to put together various extracts that best showcase what Durham has to offer. The Showcase itself will be performed once in Durham for friends and family around Graduation time, and again at a fringe theatre in London. Representatives from major drama schools and agencies will be invited to attend the performance. Durham performers have been signed from our previous finalist showcases.

We are currently looking for a production team consisting of one director, two producers, one technical director to spearhead the project. We will also be opening applications for creative assistants at a later date.

If you any questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected]

Application forms are available in this week’s Dropbox, link at the top of this email.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 3 December at 23:59pm.

If you are invited to interview, these will be held on Thursday 7 December in the morning. Please provide details of your availability on this day.

Please note that this opportunity is only open to finalists. 

  1. DST Christmas Social Reminder!

It’s nearly Christmas time (sort of)… and this year we are very excited to be hosting our first ever DST Christmas Party on Sunday 10th December!

Festivities will kick off with a Christmas meal at The Court Inn at 7pm and the fun will continue at Wiff Waff from 10pm – 2am where Twelve Eyes will be playing.

Drinks deals at Wiff Waff include £3 vodka mixers, £3 Red Stripe, £2 jaegerbombs or 3 for £5.

Dress Code: Christmassy fancy dress

If you have any queries please contact Socials and Workshops Secretary at [email protected].

What To See

  1. Lion Theatre Company presents MOSCOS by Jasmine Price

Written and directed by Jasmine Price, MOSCOS follows a little girl’s dreams into outer space. Fusing clown and puppetry in a beautifully choreographed spectacle, MOSCOS will transport you to places that will stretch your imagination.

All profits are in aid of Refugee Action.

Thursday 7th December, 7:30pm.

Friday 8th December, 7:30pm.

Saturday 9th December, 2:30pm and 7:30pm

The Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham

£7 (Standard)/ £6 (Concession) / £5 (DST) / £17 (Family – 2 Adults, 2 Children)

If you have any questions, please get in contact with [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. Fourth Wall Theatre presents Woyzeck by Georg Büchner

Woyzeck follows the tragic tale of a struggling soldier and Marie – the mother of his child – and the unravelling of their relationship following a breakdown of his mental health. Inhumane scientific experiments, steamy affairs, jealous violence, and a large consumption of peas punctuate this work which has been described as portraying the ‘perennial of human tragedy’.

Friday 8th December, 7:30 pm

Saturday 9th December, 7:30pm

Durham Union Society Debating Chamber, Palace Green

£6 (Standard), £5 (Student), £4 (DST/Union Member)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. DUCT presents An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Amidst the strict moral and social values of Victorian society, blackmail, corruption, love and politics collide in the lives of Lord and Lady Chiltern. Their lives seem perfectly ideal… that is, until the allusive Laura Chiltern turns up. At the height of political acclaim, an uncovered lie throws the Chilterns’ very public lives into disarray…

Thursday 7th December, 7.30pm

Friday 8th December, 7.30pm

Saturday 9th December, 7.30pm

City Theatre, Fowlers Yard (6 Back Silver St)

£4.50 (DST), £5 (Student), £6 (Standard)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. Castle Theatre Company presents Foxfinder by Dawn King

They don’t know how to stop it. They’ve been wrong this whole time, and all those people who lost their farms…all those people who died…something like this could bring the whole bloody Government down.’

Following the investigation of a farming couple mourning the loss of their son, ‘Foxfinder’ is a dark exploration of conspiracy, belief and responsibility that is guaranteed to haunt audiences.

6th, 7th and 9th December, 7.30pm

Norman Chapel, Durham Castle

£8 (standard)/ £7 (concession) / £5.50 (DST)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

Click here for more information.

Auditions

  1. DDF Auditions!

Auditions for the season of shows to be featured in the 43rd annual Durham Drama Festival are taking place in the last week of term. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with fresh, new and innovative student written and student created theatre!

FOR SHOW INFORMATION AND AUDITION PIECES, PLEASE SEE FACEBOOK EVENT.

Audition dates: Site -specific – Thursday 8 February 2018 / Black Box and Assembly Rooms Theatre: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February 2018

The shows auditioning are:

AQUA SPECTACULA by Jasmine Price

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Assembly Rooms Theatre

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Assembly Rooms Theatre

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Cloudburst by Zac Tiplady

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG218

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ERA81

*

The Adventures of Slick Tuffman: a Noir Comedy by Mike Bedigan

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG30

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ER 205

*

Flowers ‘N’ That by Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG83

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG 93

*

Marsistan by Hamza Adam Rafique

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ER207

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG85

*

The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness by Andrew Shires

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG91

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

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The Empiricist by Caspar Bayliss

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ER247

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG83

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Eve by Carrie Gaunt

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ERA81

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG218

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hypoclitical by Kitty Briggs & Andy Ball

Auditions:

Monday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, CG93

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, ER206

Audition pieces will be provided on the night, and no previous experience is necessary. You are more than welcome to audition for as many shows as you like, and won’t be needed for the entire duration of auditions or callbacks.

If you plan on auditioning (or think you might) it would be very helpful if you could fill in this online audition form in advance to save you and us time: HERE.

This is in no way binding and you can always fill it out at auditions.

Facebook Event: HERE

For general enquiries please e-mail [email protected]

  1. Ooook! Productions presents ‘Feet of Clay’ by Terry Pratchett

The City-Watch is forced into action when Ankh-Morpork’s seemingly untouchable patrician shows signs of falling prey to the world’s slowest assassination attempt. They might just save him if they can apprehend the traceless murderer wreaking havoc across their city…

Show dates

Aiming for Week 5 Epiphany Term

Audition times

Monday, 4 December (6:30pm – 9:30pm) = ER141

Tuesday, 5 December (6:30pm – 9:30pm) = ER201

Callbacks

Wednesday, 6 December (6:30pm – 9:30pm) = ER247

Auditions are happening for this extra special production in week 9! Come on down to Elvet – no prior acting experience required! Audition pieces will be provided in advance (keep an eye on the Facebook page) and on the night, but do not feel obliged to prepare beforehand.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. ACT present Fat Men in Skirts by Nicky Silver

“Fat Men in Skirts” chronicles the darkly humorous and tragic disintegration of the Hogan family. The family’s destruction is catalyzed by the play-opening plane crash in which Phyllis Hogan and her 11-year-old son Bishop are stranded on a deserted island. As his family struggles to survive, patriarch Howard Hogan becomes more involved with his porn-star mistress Pam back at home. Once the family reunites, the four characters clash with disastrous results.’ (The Harvard Crimson, 2010)

“Fat Men in Skirts” explores the link between the horrific and the comedic. Silver’s play explores human fragility under extreme conditions, allowing despair and fear to emerge through comedic punchlines and ridiculous situations.

Show dates

20th and 21st February (Week 6 Epiphany Term), venue tbc

Audition times

Wednesday 6th December, 2:00-6.00pm (ER 227)

Friday 8th December 6:30-9:30pm (ERA78)

Callbacks

Saturday 9th December (ER205)

Aidan’s College Theatre is thrilled to be presenting ‘Fat Men in Skirts’ by Nicky Silver in week 6 of epiphany term.

Casting breakdown: 2 male, 2 female, to be cast race-blind. American accents will be needed for callbacks but not overly necessary for preliminary auditions.

Auditions texts will be provided on the night and no previous experience is necessary. If you are unable to attend these times or have any questions, please get in touch.

*Please note that Fat Men in Skirts contains themes of sexual violence, incest and cannibalism*

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. Castle Theatre Company presents A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie adapted for stage by Leslie Darbon

“A Murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.’

The townsfolk of Chipping Cleghorn are astounded by an announcement in the local newspaper that a murder will take place on Friday at Little Paddocks, home of Letitia Blacklock. Intrigued, they gather at the house and at the appointed time a man is killed. Enter consulting detective Miss. Marple, who must unravel the events to solve the mystery of the killer.

Show dates

3rd & 4th February (Week 3 Epiphany Term) in Durham Castle’s Great Hall

Audition times

Wednesday 6th November 2:00pm – 4:00pm (Undercroft Bar, Durham Castle)

Thursday 7th November 6:30pm – 9:30pm (CG93)

Friday 8th November 6:30pm – 9:30pm (ERA77)

Callbacks

Saturday 9th November (ER202)

We are looking to cast 5m and 7f.

Absolutely no previous experience is necessary and audition texts will be provided. If you can’t make any of the above audition times, please email [email protected], and we’ll do our best to arrange an alternative.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Click here for more information.

  1. Tone Deaf Theatre Company presents London Road by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and lyrics)

This verbatim musical is set in and around London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, during the Ipswich serial murders and subsequent trial of killer Steve Wright in 2006–2008. Neither the murdered women nor their killer are depicted, nor are the murders themselves; rather, the piece is concerned with the residents as they cope with the events unfolding around them, the media attention drawn to their neighbourhood, and their attempts to rebuild and regenerate their community afterwards.

Show dates

Week 8 of Epiphany Term (to be confirmed)

Audition times

Wednesday 6th December 18:00-21:00 (ER152)

Thursday 7th December 18:00-21:00 (ERA77)

Callbacks

Callbacks will be held on Sunday 10th December

SIGN-UP LINK: HERE.

See the link above to sign up for an audition slot. Audition pieces are available on the Facebook event. Auditions will be 10 minutes long, and you can prepare by looking over the audition extracts and preparing a short, unaccompanied song which tells a story/has a narrative. We’d prefer if you sung in an English accent!

Looking forward to seeing you there, and good luck!

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]ac.uk.

Click here for more information.

Production Team Opportunities

  1. DDF PROD TEAM APPLICATIONS!

Interested in getting involved with DDF general programme shows – as part of the production team? Between 4-11 February 2018, we’re looking for people to help us put on two new student-written shows. You’ll be part of a show that gets judged by a panel of industry professionals, have access to workshops, and be part of one of DST’s best events on the calendar!

If you’d like to apply to any of the positions below, please email the address specified for each show before 5pm on Saturday 9 December, with which role you are applying for. No experience necessary!

Applications are show-specific: please feel free to apply for as many positions as you like, but please apply for specific positions within the shows.

** AQUA SPECTACULA by Jasmine Price It’s 1972 again and you’re trapped inside the all new Atari game AQUA SPECTACULA. There’ll be mini-games, rising sea temperatures and never before seen underwater visuals. Audition to play.

APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Choreographer
  • Sound Designer
  • Set Designer

Please email applications to [email protected] ** Cloudburst by Zac Tiplady Alana Marie is successful, driven and smart, and today is not her day; Cloudburst follows the hour after she receives some stunning news, while on this of all days, her office is running wild. Life is never easy, and Alana must struggle through this day like any other. Somehow… APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant director
  • Assistant producer

Please email applications to [email protected] ** The Adventures of Slick Tuffman: a Noir Comedy by Mike Bedigan 1930s New York City: misogyny is rife, smoking is good for you and someone is killing off cops. It’s down to Detective Slick Tuffman, a renegade cop with nothing to lose, to follow the genre conventions and catch the son-of-a wobbly what dunnit. APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Producer

Please email applications to [email protected]

**

Flowers N That by Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin An unlikely friendship blossoms between a florist and a medium as they meet each year at an annual wedding fayre. This black comedy discusses life; love; loss and Gareth Gates, and explores how relationships can clash with our principles and our past.

APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant producer

Please email applications to [email protected]

** Marsistan by Hamza Adam Rafique Dr. Aysha Malik has been selected to establish a colony on Mars, though her sister Nasreen may have other ideas. Marsistan showcases the struggle of two sisters to maintain their relationship under the shadow of a looming launch date. APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant producer

Please email applications to [email protected] ** The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness by Andrew Shires “Dracula can return to his crypt, Jaws can go back in the water, and the Babadook can Babado one. At the dawning of the zombie apocalypse, as friend and family are torn apart, only The House of Influenza will stand strong.” APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant/co-director

Please email applications to [email protected] ** The Empiricist by Caspar Bayliss September 2011: Dr Pavlov and Dr Werner are scientists who discover a particle travelling faster than light. As they discuss their findings, their worlds start to collapse around them as they realise that everything that they had dedicated their lives to is a lie, that their rules about life do not stand up to the reality of the world, and that they have to consider a reality that had previously gone ignored. APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Producer

Please email applications to [email protected]

** Eve by Carrie Gaunt ‘How can I love you to the ends of the Earth when I don’t know where this ends? Or where this begins?’ The first woman. The second sex. The last word. In a world of silence, poverty and violence, Eve is finally ready to tell Adam what’s on her mind. And she won’t hold back. APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Producer

Please email applications to [email protected] ** hypoclitical by Kitty Briggs and Andy Ball A writer and his roommate are trying to salvage a new script from the tropes of the RomCom genre. Witty and self aware, these characters get sucked into their own writing performing and editing their script to create a original feminist comedy. APPLICATIONS FOR:

  • Assistant producer

Please email applications to [email protected].

  1. Green Door presents ‘A Doll’s House’: Directors and Producers wanted

Green Door Theatre Company are looking for a production team for Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’, to be performed in St Chad’s Chapel in Epiphany term.

Nora Helmer lives a comfortable, middle-class life, with her husband and children in the late 1800s. She has everything she needs, but feels restricted by the society she has done so well by. With the visitation of a childhood friend and her husband poised for a promotion; she comes to evaluate her role in this oppressive patriarchy… A play that caused outrage amongst audiences on its release with its depiction of women and class – A Doll’s House remains to be one of the most important and thought-provoking plays ever written.

We are looking to fill the roles of:

Director

Assistant Director

Producer

Assistant Producer

To apply, please send a 300 word summary to [email protected], detailing why you are suited to the role. No prior experience is necessary!

Deadline is Saturday 9th December, 11:59pm.

  1. HBT presents ‘Cabaret’- Assistant Tech Director wanted!

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

HBT are looking for an assistant tech director to help bring the atmosphere of the 1930s to Durham in week 6 of next term. Applications will be open after Christmas for other roles in the tech team so keep an eye out for those!

Please email [email protected] by Tuesday 12th of December if you have any questions or to apply!

  1. Durham Opera Ensemble seek a set and costume designer for their upcoming production ‘The Magic Flute’

Durham Opera Ensemble are looking for the current positions in preperation for their production of The Magic Flute in the Gala Theatre next term. The show is taking place on the 16th and 17th of February.

Set Designer

Costume Designer

For more information please get in contact with Producer Sophie on [email protected]

  1. Aidan’s College Theatre presents ‘Fat Men in Skirts’: Producer wanted!

“What if we’re two loons, nutty as fruitcakes, and there’s no one else around as a sanity barometer?”

“Fat Men in Skirts!!!?!” chronicles the darkly humorous and tragic disintegration of the Hogan family. The family’s destruction is catalyzed by the play-opening plane crash in which Phyllis Hogan and her 11-year-old son Bishop are stranded on a deserted island. As his family struggles to survive, patriarch Howard Hogan becomes more involved with his porn-star mistress Pam back at home. Once the family reunites, the four characters clash with disastrous results.’ (The Harvard Crimson, 2010)

*Please note that Fat Men in Skirts contains themes of sexual violence, incest and cannibalism*

We’re looking for a Producer to join our production team! ‘Fat Men in Skirts’ will be in week 6 of Epiphany term. Previous experience is useful but not necessary by any means.

Please email [email protected] if you are interested and for more information. The deadline is Thursday 7th December. Interviews will take place between Friday 8th December and Sunday 10th December.

  1. Wrong Tree Easter Term Applications Open!

Have an idea for an original show? A fairy tale you want to adapt? A film that inspires you? An unfinished script? Wrong Tree are currently accepting applications for our next project!

We are welcome to any suggestions and are here to help you develop your idea and make it into a reality! We will also consider scripts (student-written or ‘professional’) that call for devising to play a significant part to produce the final show. Just email in your interest into [email protected]

DEADLINE: Wednesday 6th December, 23:59pm.

If you have any questions, email us to the above address. We will be more than delighted to answer your queries.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Assistant Team Opportunities

  1. Ooook! Productions presents Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett: Assistant Director, Producer and Tech Director Wanted!

We are looking to fill the roles of assistant director, assistant producer and assistant tech director for this year’s Pratchett! These roles are open to anyone regardless of experience (all we want is your enthusiasm). Deadline to apply is Thursday 30th at midday! Email [email protected] to arrange an interview.

Other

  1. Park Theatre presents White Fang by Jethro Compton

After her success at DST, alumni Ellie Gauge is now the Assistant Director of Jethro Compton’s White Fang. DST is excited to be able to offer a tickets for just £15 for the production by using the code DURHAM15 both online and over the phone. This is a fantastic way of supporting our graduates and seeing just how successful DST can be in the industry.

  1. North-Western Canada. Deep in the forests of the Yukon Territory.

After the massacre of her tribe, a young girl is rescued from the snow by an old huntsman from a nearby settlement who offers shelter and the strength to survive. Torn from centuries of tradition, facing a new and violent land, she struggles to find her path in the world. An outsider to all, she discovers hope in the friendship of an abandoned wolf, White Fang.

With this newfound alliance, the two unite with the land, learning the ways of her ancestors. Lethal with blade and bow, there are few who can match her skill in the wild. But when the time comes and she faces her greatest challenge of all, the threat of assimilation and the extinction of her identity, will these skills be enough to make a difference? Will they be enough to survive?

White Fang 

Written & Directed by Jethro Compton

Inspired by the Jack London novel

Park Theatre, London from 13th December 2017 – 13th January 2018

Tickets here

Theatre Opportunity of the Week

  1. Omnibus Theatre in London do Internships!

Omnibus has a variety of Internships available for people interested in careers in the arts. Opportunities exist in the following areas:

Creative Producing

General Management

Stage Management

Fundraising

Marketing

Arts Administration

Venue Management

Please submit a CV and a covering letter stating why you would like to join Omnibus and highlighting any relevant experience. Please also include two referees.

Please put “INTERN” in the email subject bar and send this information to Rhian Davies at [email protected].

Week 8 Attachments

Michaelmas Week 8

Important

  1. Experience Durham Funding Applications Now Open!

Experience Durham now welcome applications from DST theatre societies for sponsorship for shows in Epiphany term weeks 1-4.

Please find attached in the dropbox a copy of the application form. Please submit this alongside a budget and proof of the acquisition of rights, (if necessary for your production) and send to the Theatre Development Co-ordinator Isabelle Culkin ([email protected]) by Sunday 10 December at 23:59.

We welcome applications from both the producers of the respective production or an individual on the respective theatre society executive committee. However, applications must always be made in consultation with the theatre society President.

You can apply for funding for a variety of purposes including artistic purposes, performance rights costs, venue costs etc. You must be specific about what you are applying to use the funding for. Please ensure you justify fully why you have chosen to apply for funding for whichever aspect of the production is concerned.

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]!

  1. DUAMG Grant Applications Open!

The University are able to provide small awards to support individual students and groups of students who wish to further their development and undertake ventures in the arts.

Individual Applications

The University offers a number of bursaries to support individuals wishing to further their development in the arts, for example music lessons, photography and festivals.

Group Applications

The University offers a number of bursaries to support groups of students who are involved in promoting activities across any branch of the arts. All University groups are encouraged to apply, providing that the result will benefit either the students’ personal development whilst at Durham University or showcase the talent of the University to a wide audience.

How to Apply:

Complete either the individual or group on-line application form. Applicants must ensure that they submit complete applications including all the relevant information as incomplete applications will not be considered. There are various applications dates for different parts of the year. It is unlikely that a retrospective application will be successful.

Individual form here.

Group form here.

Application Deadline:

  •  Michaelmas Term: 14 December 2017
  • Epiphany Term: 12 February 2017
  • Additional Epiphany Term: 19 March 2018
  • Easter Term: 13 May 2018
  1. DST London Showcase – Creative Team Applications Now Open!

DST are excited to announce that the Finalists’ Showcase in London’s Tristan Bates Theatre is returning this year and that applications are now open!

The Showcase features a troupe of 8 finalists who are interested in pursuing a career in performance after university. Prospective troupe members audition to and are selected by a panel of industry professionals in February. The troupe will then rehearse on a regular basis in a collaborative process in order to put together various extracts that best showcase what Durham has to offer. The Showcase itself will be performed once in Durham for friends and family around Graduation time, and again at a fringe theatre in London. Representatives from major drama schools and agencies will be invited to attend the performance. Durham performers have been signed from our previous finalist showcases.

We are currently looking for a production team consisting of one director, two producers, one technical director to spearhead the project. We will also be opening applications for creative assistants at a later date.

If you any questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected]

Application forms are available in this week’s Dropbox, link at the top of this email.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 3 December at 23:59pm.

If you are invited to interview, these will be held on Thursday 7 December in the morning. Please provide details of your availability on this day.

Please note that this opportunity is only open to finalists. 

  1. DDF General Programme Production Team Applications are Open!

 

Interested in getting involved with DDF general programme shows – as part of the production team? Between 4-11 February 2018, we’re looking for people to help us put on two new student-written shows. You’ll be part of a show that gets judged by a panel of industry professionals, have access to workshops, and be part of one of DST’s best events on the calendar!

 

If you want to be involved but don’t see the position or show you’d like to be involved in, don’t worry! All productions will be opening production team applications Sunday 3 December – so keep an eye out for more information.

Applications are show-specific: please feel free to apply for as many positions as you like, but please apply for specific positions within the shows.

 

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The Empiricist – by Caspar Bayliss

 

September 2011: Dr Pavlov and Dr Werner are scientists who discover a particle travelling faster than light. As they discuss their findings, their worlds start to collapse around them as they realise that everything that they had dedicated their lives to is a lie, that their rules about life do not stand up to the reality of the world, and that they have to consider a reality that had previously gone ignored.

 

Site-specific venue, Thursday 8 February

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR:

 

Director

Producer

 

If you’re interested in applying, please send an email of interest to [email protected] by 2pm Wednesday 29 November, to organise a further interview. (We do accept joint applications for each position!)

 

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Hypoclitical

 

A writer and his roommate are trying to salvage a new script from the tropes of the RomCom genre. Witty and self aware, these characters get sucked into their own writing performing and editing their script to create a original feminist comedy.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR:

 

Co-director

 

If you’re interested in applying, please send an email of interest to [email protected] by 2pm Wednesday 29 November, to organise a further interview.

 

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DDF SCRATCH NIGHT PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Interested in getting involved with DDF scratch night shows – as part of the production team? On Sunday 4 December 2018 in the Assembly Rooms Theatre, we’re looking for people to help us put on a selection of five new student-written shows. You’ll be part of a showcase that kicks off the festival, as well as having access to workshops, socials, and being part of one of DST’s calendar highlights!

 

We’re looking for producers for the showcase as a whole – if you’re interested in producing, applying as a duo to produce, or want to assistant produce, we’re looking for you!

If you’re interested in applying, please send an email of interest to [email protected] by 2pm Wednesday 29 November, to organise a further interview. Best of luck!

 

  1. DDF WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

 

Come along to a Q&A hosted by Caitlin McEwan, about theatre and writing after Durham! Open to all DST members.

 

Caitlin McEwan is an actor and writer based in London, as well as a Durham alum. She’s recently completed the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab. Part of ‘Poor Michelle’, she wrote ‘Thick Skin’ that went to NSDF 2017. Along with ‘Harry’, both plays have been published by Oberon Books.

 

6.45pm to 8pm, Friday 1 December (location to be confirmed)

 

If you’re interested in attending, please email Sophie Wright at [email protected] to book your place!

 

Event: HERE.

 

  1. The Assembly Rooms Theatre Slot Applications Now Open for Epiphany Week 5-9!

 

Slot Applications are now open for Michaelmas term week 1-3 (academic year 2017/18), including Sunday slots. The application form can be found in the Dropbox link at the top of this email and the deadline for submissions is 5pm Sunday 3rd December.

 

Due to exam changes and building work, we won’t be accepting slot applications for Easter Weeks 1-3 this year.

 

If you have any questions or want any advice regarding slot applications, please contact Katie at [email protected]

 

What To See

  1. Ooook! Productions presents The Foreigner by Larry Shue

 

Whilst tentatively visiting a friend in Georgia, presumptions emerge that Charlie Baker’s shy demeanour is due to a complete lack of understanding English. Unsuspecting conspirators take no notice of the apparent foreigner, exposing him to dastardly plans only he can thwart…

 

All profits are in aid of Refugee Action.

 

30th November 19:30

1st December 19:30

2nd December 14:30

2nd December 19:30

 

The Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham

 

£6 (DST), £6.50 (Concession), £7.50 (Standard)

 

If you have any questions, please get in contact with [email protected]

 

Click here for more information.

 

  1. Hild Bede Theatre Company presents The Boomerang Effect by Matthew Leavitt

 

Come see ‘The Boomerang Effect’ – the most outrageous theatre event of the year!! A comedy consisting of five interrelated short plays that peek into the sex lives of five different couples… Slick, snappy and entirely inappropriate – you won’t want to miss it!

 

20th November, 1st December, 2nd December, 7:30pm

 

Caedmon Hall, Hild Bede

 

£3 DST, £4 Student, £5 Standard

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

 

Click here for more information.

 

Auditions

  1. HBT presents ‘Cabaret’

 

Please note that audition times are subject to change, and will be confirmed at the start of next week – keep up to date on the Facebook event.

 

Hild Bede Theatre are thrilled to announce that our musical this year will be CABARET!

 

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

 

Show dates

 

22nd – 24th February 2018

 

All are welcome, regardless of experience and college. Auditions will include acting and singing – we will provide a short dialogue piece to read from and we ask you to prepare a short song of your choice in advance, in the style of ‘Cabaret’.

For the dance auditions, there will be no solo singing or acting but you will be required to sing in a group. You will not be required to prepare anything in advance, as you will be taught a routine on the night.

 

Audition times

 

Thursday 30th November, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Carol Carr Room in Hild Bede,

Friday 1st December, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, ERA77,

Saturday 2nd December, 12pm – 9:30pm, ER148.

 

Callbacks

 

Sunday 3rd December in ER148

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected].

 

More information about dance audition times and sign up times to follow soon!

 

Production Team Opportunities

  1. Wanted: Costume Designer for DULOG’s ‘Seussical’!

 

DULOG are looking for a Costume Designer for their upcoming production Seussical! It’ll be an amazingly fun job dressing the characters of all your favourite Dr Seuss books, plus you get to be part of our biggest show of the year!

 

To inquire/apply please email Izzy at [email protected]

 

  1. Wrong Tree Easter Term Applications Open!

 

Have an idea for an original show? An idea you want to explore? We want to hear about it!

We are looking for ideas/pitches for our Easter Term Show. They do not have to be fully fledged out plans. We are welcome to any suggestions and we are here to help you develop your idea and make it into a reality! Just email in your interest into [email protected]

 

Deadline: 4th December

 

If you have any questions, email in to the above email address or message the

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

  1. Wrong Tree presents Inferno: Costume Designer Wanted!

 

Feeling creative? Calling all aspiring costume/fashion designers! Wrong Tree Theatre’s production of ‘Inferno’ are looking for a costume designer to help design some ‘hellish’ costumes for its Epiphany show. No previous experience it at all needed though creativity and enthusiasm is encouraged!

 

If you are interested or would like to know more about the show, email our producer at [email protected].

 

  1. PTC presents Julius Caesar: Costume Designer wanted!

 

The year is 2017 AD, and democracy is dying. Only Brutus and his conspirators stand between Caesar and absolute power, but will tyrannicide be enough to save the republic? Shakespeare’s political thriller is reimagined for the era of post-truth populism.

 

PTC are looking for a costume designer to help with this exciting production of Julius Caesar in week 2 next term.

 

No previous experience is required for any of the roles so to find out more or apply then please email [email protected]

 

Deadline for applications is Sunday 3rd December 2017

 

  1. PTC presents Julius Caesar: Tech Team wanted!

 

The year is 2017 AD, and democracy is dying. Only Brutus and his conspirators stand between Caesar and absolute power, but will tyrannicide be enough to save the republic? Shakespeare’s political thriller is reimagined for the era of post-truth populism.

 

PTC are looking for an assistant technical directory, light op, sound op, lighting designer, sound designer and stage manager to help with this exciting production of Julius Caesar in week 2 next term.

 

No previous experience is required for any of the roles so to find out more or apply then please email [email protected]

 

Deadline for applications is Saturday 9th December 2017

 

  1. PTC Epiphany Term Slot Applications are now open!

 

If you’re a director with a great idea for a play then we want to hear about it! We’re looking to put on a modern play (i.e. 20th century onwards) with a small-medium sized cast. If you are interested please send a short email to [email protected]. The email should include an explanation of:

– why you want to put on the play – your artistic vision for the play – stage/venue requirements – A very rough guideline on budget (including rights, costumes, props, etc.) The deadline for applications is Sunday 2nd December at 23:59 We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Assistant Team Opportunities

  1. Ooook! Productions presents Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett: Assistant Director, Producer and Tech Director Wanted!

 

We are looking to fill the roles of assistant director, assistant producer and assistant tech director for this year’s Pratchett! These roles are open to anyone regardless of experience (all we want is your enthusiasm). Deadline to apply is Thursday 30th at midday! Email [email protected] to arrange an interview.

 

Other

  1. Outreach Opportunity: Actors Needed!

 

The Divinity Wind Quintet are looking for two narrators to assist them in their outreach project next term of Carnival of the Animals for Wind Quintet delivering performances and workshops to local schools in the Durham and Darlington area. Auditions are Wednesday 29th November between 10-12:30pm.

 

If you are interested, please email [email protected] from Music Durham to sort a time and get the audition material.

 

  1. Musical Director wanted for Enter CIC productions!

 

Enter CIC are an outstanding youth theatre group based in Ferryhill. Their members regularly appear in West End choruses, and they often create original productions which fuse an imaginative combination of music and theatre together.

 

Enter CIC are looking for someone who would be available as a Musical Director for some of their productions in the New Year. They have worked with Durham students in the past in this capacity. They are happy to cover expenses and can at times pay for sessions/work.

 

Their core classes operate on a Wednesday night (5pm – 9pm) and a Sunday (10am – 3pm). You would focus on their upper school music/singing wise. They are looking for about 4 hours work a week, but this can be negotiable.

 

If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail [email protected] registering your interest and briefly explaining why you would like to be involved by Monday 4 December at 12:00 MIDDAY.

 

  1. Performance Opportunity with Castle Theatre Company’s ‘Scratch Night’

 

Castle Theatre Company’s ‘Scratch Night’ will be a chilled evening of theatre, music and comedy in Durham Castle’s Undercroft Bar on Tuesday 5th December, 6:15pm.

 

If you act, sing, play an instrument, write, do comedy or perform in any way this is your opportunity to share work-in-progress material, practise audition pieces or perform anything at all in an informal setting.

 

If you are interested in taking part in this great evening, please contact [email protected] by Tuesday 28th December 11:59pm and briefly detail what you are thinking of performing, so we can save you a slot.

 

If nothing springs to mind right now – don’t worry! At the end of the evening if you have something you want to share, an open mic will await.

 

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

Theatre Opportunity of the Week

 

  1. Writer’s Opportunity: Little Pieces of Gold Seeking Shorts for Production at Southwark Playhouse

 

Little Pieces of Gold are seeking short plays for their February showcase at Southwark Playhouse.

 

The theme is completely open, and plays must be 10 minutes in length with a maximum of four characters. (Minimal set/effects is also preferred.)

They are not accepting monologues or extracts from longer pieces and they are also not accepting plays submitted from outside the UK.

Eight playwrights will be selected and will be notified by the end of December.

How to apply: To apply, send your plays to [email protected].

 

Deadline: 18 December 2017 

Week 8 Attachments