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Students offer first-class theatre

(28 April 2017)

DURHAM University is inviting more residents to enjoy the first-class theatre on offer from its students, available close to home and at affordable prices.

The 700-member Durham Student Theatre (DST) group includes 27 different companies, which between them perform around 70 shows across Durham City each year.

One of the largest companies, Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG), has been established for over 60 years and performs four shows a year, including one in the Gala Theatre, plus one at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each summer.

Ooook! Productions, which focuses on comedy, donates profits from its shows to charity, to date raising £17,000 for good causes; and Durham Opera Ensemble stages three operatic works each year, including one in the Great Hall of Durham Castle.

Many student shows are staged at the Assembly Rooms Theatre, a 220-seat venue on North Bailey, Durham, and are open to all, with many tickets priced under £10.

Additionally, several student companies perform at venues around the City, including Durham Cathedral and Durham Indoor Market.

On Saturday 10 June, the Durham Revue will present an Allstars show at the Gala, featuring some of the finest comedians to have been part of the Revue in recent years, such as Nick Mohammed, Massive Dad and Tom Neenan. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are priced £12, or £10 for concessions.

Drama Festivals

Students are also at the heart of the annual Durham Drama Festival, aimed at nurturing new creative talent. The 42nd Festival, held in February, featured nine original, student-written plays staged across five venues.

Durham’s excellence in theatre has been recognised at the National Student Drama Festival two years running. Last year, three of the 12 student shows chosen for the Festival came from Durham. This year, Durham students and graduates won seven awards, including the Spotlight Award for Most Promising Actor for Harvey Comerford, the Spotlight Award for Most Promising Actress for Annie Davison and a Judges’ Commendation for Direction for George Rexstrew.

The University is proud of the cultural contribution it makes to Durham and North East England and highly values student participation in theatre, seeing it as a crucial part of the wider student experience.

Quentin Sloper, Director of Experience Durham, which co-ordinates University sport, staff and student volunteering and outreach, student theatre and music, said: “Student theatre at Durham is of an exceptionally high standard – as can be seen by our success in the recent National Student Drama Festival.

“All of our shows are open to everyone. Student Theatre remains one of Durham’s best kept secrets and we would love more local residents to enjoy what’s on offer.”

For more information, visit community.dur.ac.uk/theatre

For more information on Durham University’s cultural contribution to the North-East, visit www.durham.ac.uk/about/somuchmore

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