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Durham Drama Festival 2018

(2 February 2018)

The 43rd Durham Drama Festival takes to the stage from the 4 - 11 February, at venues across Durham city with a programme of new student written plays and performances for everyone to enjoy.

The annual festival is a week-long celebration of new writing created by students, offering fantastic comedy, heart-wrenching drama, and everything in between – all judged by a panel of industry professionals, such as director Richard Fitch, who has recently finished a UK Tour of Funny Girl and Sarah Berger who has represented the industry in a myriad of roles.

As well as nine full-length productions, DDF also showcases five student-written extracts, all to be performed in venues across Durham City. The festival also boasts workshops hosted by the judges, outreach events in local schools ends with awards ceremony in Durham Castle.

Vibrant student theatre scene

This year, DDF 2018 involves over 120 students as actors, producers, writers, directors, technical operators, event managers, and in many other roles to deliver the shows. The festival is organized by Durham Student Theatre, made up of 26 different theatre companies, DST is one of the largest and most exciting student theatre societies in the country, performing over 80 productions every year.

Range of venues

Performances will take place at The Assembly Rooms Theatre, South Bailey Durham, Caedmon Hall at St Hild & St Bede College and rooms in St Johns’, Hatfield and St Chad’s Colleges, allowing audiences to visit various colleges in city whilst also enjoying superb entertainment. 

This year’s, DDF Programme has an extensive line up, including Scratch Night, a showcase of five short extracts, happening on Sunday 4 February to kick off the festival.

On top of this there is a varied range of general, hour-long shows, such as a heartfelt look into Pakistani culture in Britain (Marsistan written by Hamza Adam Rafique) and an interactive journey through a 1970’s video game (Aqua Spectacula written by Jasmine Price) .

DDF 2018 Programme

• Eve, by Carrie Gaunt
• The Empiricist, by Caspar Bayliss
•  hypoclitical, by Kitty Briggs & Andy Ball
• AQUA SPECTACULA, by Jasmine Price
• The Adventures of Sick Tuffman: a Noir Comedy, by Mike Bedigan
•  Cloudburst, by Zac Tiplady
• Flowers N That, by Broccan Tyzack-Carlin
• Marsistan, by Hamza Adam Rafique
• The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness, by Andrew Shires

Taking theatre into schools

This year a group of DDF students will also be visiting St Hild’s College Primary School to teach an acting workshop to Key Stage 2 children. The aim for this workshop is to encourage children to enjoy theatre and get the Durham community involved in the festival.

Tickets for DDF 2018 are now available individually for each night and also discounted tickets for all nine general shows.

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Read what our students say about being invovled in year's festival Creating Durham Drama Festival 2018

With limited availability, prior booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.