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The Show Must Go On! Durham Drama Festival celebrates 47th Anniversary online.

(1 February 2021)

Durham’s annual Drama Festival is all set to go-ahead, despite current lockdown restrictions. The Festival will run from Monday 1 – Sunday 7 February, celebrating its 47th anniversary unusually this year, with all of the performances taking place online, rather than on the stage

Highlighting Durham’s creative talent

Durham Drama Festival 2021 presents nine brand new plays written by students from Durham University. The aim is to showcase the wealth of creative talent among our students and encourage participation in theatre in any capacity. Entirely student-run and produced, the festival provides an unparalleled chance for student theatre makers to have their work critiqued and developed by professionals, as well as for students to experience the theatrical process with the writer in the (virtual) room! 

This year will certainly look a little different, with shows adapting from stage pieces to Zoom pre-recordings, live online shows and audio plays.

Supporting activities and events

The week-long festival also includes a series of talks and workshops from theatre industry professionals for students. Among the guest speakers are acclaimed dramatist, April De Angelis, whose work has been performed at the Royal Court Theatre, the Haymarket and the National Theatre. My Brilliant Friend, her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, was performed at the National Theatre in 2017.

Also, Helen Goalen, Theatre Maker/performer and a founder member of RashDash, a theatre company who specializing in devising new pieces of physical theatre.

Easily accessible online theatre

Festival Director Alexander Cohen, explained why keeping the festival going this year has been so important, “DDF 2021 can be accessed by anyone anywhere. All the links to the shows and events will be readily accessible on our social media sites and free for everyone. I hope that you are all able to gain something from participating in our events and watching our productions, whether it be new knowledge, a burning question or a simple chuckle.

““I am proud of the fact that when the arts world is forced into silence, we, the next generation of theatre makers and creatives, are still able to use our voices to express the stories that matter to us. I introduced a theme for the festival: “radical voices for radical times” to help inspire our writers to reflect on our generation’s relationship to an increasingly strained and polarised society.

Enjoy DDF 2021 online

Details of the full Durham Drama Festival programme can be found on the Facebook pageDurham Drama Festival, Durham Student Theatre,with festival updates and online access to watch all shows, and join in the talks.

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