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Wallace and Gromit producer funds new theatre scholarship

(29 January 2021)

David Sproxton, a Collingwood graduate and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, is offering a scholarship totalling up to £16,000 over four years to help a prospective student who has exceptional potential in stagecraft. It offers the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of theatre production – to be part of a community of fellow theatre-makers at Durham Student Theatre, guiding them in a wide range of skills involving lighting, sound, projection, stage management, set and costume design and video production.

Durham has one of the most exciting student theatre scenes in the country, with over 30 theatre companies producing over 100 shows a year to the delight of a wide range of audiences This scholarship forms part of the Durham Inspired scholarship programme, to widen access and support those from lower household incomes be inspired to reach their potential.

David says he developed his passion for cinematography in our home of theatre, the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms:

“So, when you see one of your favourite Aardman films, on a big or a small screen, tip a wink to the Assembly Rooms Theatre, it’s had more influence on the studio’s work than you might ever have thought.”

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The deadline for applications is Sunday 28 February. For more details and to apply, visit

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