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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience


Durham Student Theatre has 750 active members and 26 unique theatre companies

Bursting with talent

Durham has one of the most exciting student theatre scenes in the country, with over 80 productions annually and 26 active theatre companies. Our main organisation for theatre is Durham Student Theatre (DST). DST is brimming with creative, like-minded individuals who come together to perform a diverse range of shows. Most importantly, we welcome individuals regardless of their previous experience. Whether you want to be onstage, backstage, produce, direct, or even run your own theatre company, Durham Student Theatre (DST) aims to provide opportunities and support to its members in what they love doing, and to thrive, develop, enjoy and ultimately make the most of the high quality theatre we offer. Find out more information about how to get involved here.

Success at the National Student Drama Festival

Durham has had continued success at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).
In 2017, 14 productions were selected nationally by industry professionals out of 125 submitted shows, and three of those productions were from Durham University, making Durham Student Theatre (DST) the most represented and successful student theatre scene of any universityat the festival.

The three shows selected for NSDF 2017 included Ordinary Days, Swallow and Hidden. Amongst other awards, Durham won The Cameron Mackintosh Award and both awards for Spotlight Most Promising Actor.

3 shows were also selected from Durham for NSDF 2016. Collectively Durham University won 9 awards at the closing ceremony including ‘Best Show’. Durham also had a new writing, verbatim piece called ‘Congestion’ selected for NSDF 2015.

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