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Dance and Drama

All the world's a stage and no where is this more obvious that at Durham University, home to a wealth of performing talent, with colleges and student societies presenting a wonderful range of comedy, drama and music, both old and new. Durham Student Theatre group incorporates many different production companies including DULOG, Durham Shakespeare Company, Castle Theatre Company, as well as several companies based at the individual colleges, offering a lively programme, showcasing performing talent and developing backstage skills. 

The recently refurbished Assembly Rooms Theatre plays host to live performances every week of term and is available as a venue for public performances out of term time.  

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Spring Reign by Rob Johnston

7:00pm to 9:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Spring Reign is a powerful and compelling new play by award-winning writer Rob Johnston that tells the story of an ordinary Syrian family, struggling to survive a brutal conflict and the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Combining live performance, video, original music performed live by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury and Daniel Leal-Olivas, the story is based on first-hand accounts of Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, conflict journalists and photographers. This authentic and moving dramatic performance highlights the personal cost of a country at war, reflecting the frustration and suffering of the Syrian people.

Contact assemblyrooms.theatre@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 2 June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

Various venues across Durham City

Friday 2 - Friday 23 June 2017
Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) present three weeks of entertainment, performances, workshops and exhibitions across the city. This year’s festival launches with Land of Hope and Glory the annual Music Durham concert held in Durham Cathedral. Highlights will include a new teling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in Gala Theatre, and Blackadder III at The Assembly Rooms Theatre, plus much, much more! Visit teh DFoA website for detail sof the Programme and online booking.


Monday 5 June 2017

Scripts and Scribbles

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
Fancy getting involved in the theatre scene at Durham? Nows your chance! Join in with an informal script reading session in the Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 6 June 2017

The Canterbury Tales

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
Under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, each pilgrim recounts a tale to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury. From the Miller's, to the Knight’s tale, some of Chaucer’s most celebrated characters will be brought to life on stage.

Join Durham Student Theatre as they bring Mike Poulton's acclaimed adaptation to the stage in an evening not to be missed!

Contact sophie.rudge@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 8 June 2017

Joseph K

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
A stunning adaptation of Kafka's 'The Trial' written by Tom Basden. It's Joseph K's thirtieth birthday and he's about to settle down with some takeaway sushi. However, his delivery is intercepted by two men who have not only taken a bite out of his California roll but, rather more alarmingly, inform him that he is under arrest. He has no idea what he's supposed to have done wrong but he's determined to clear his name.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 June 2017

The Durham Revue Presents - 'Allstars'

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
It’s time. Durham’s biggest comedy event of the year is here! Join the Durham Revue for a stellar evening of comedy presented by some of the finest comedians to have been part of the Revue over the past few years. Including very special alumni Nick Mohammed, Massive Dad, and Tom Neenan, this is a one night only event you don’t want to miss!

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 11 June 2017

Miscast Showcase: Double Bill

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Durham Improvised Comedy and Tone Deaf Theatre Company present a double bill showcase. It’s a miscast showcase, where these traditional songs are not quite what they seem…

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 14 June 2017

Zanna, Don't!

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
DULOG's final show of the year, 'Zanna, Don't!' is a musical fairytale exploring a world where to be gay is to be normal, and heterosexuality is taboo. Join Zanna and the students of Heartsville High, USA, on a magical journey exploring love, loss, and mechanical bullriding.

Contact genevieve.burns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 June 2017

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

6:30pm to 3:30pm, The Library Lawn, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, DurhamDH1 3RJ

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join us for this outdoor performance, a musical mix of jazz and opera; Alice is 11, and completely marvellous. She’s jolted from her boring school holidays by an encounter with a talking White Rabbit – who insists she follow him to a mysterious Wonderland. Alice meets all kinds of peculiar characters, as well as the wicked Queen of Hearts threatening the peace of wonderland.
Gottlieb’s witty libretto moulds Carroll’s nonsense into a fun and engaging story that remains true to the original spirit of the book, and which will delight adults and children alike.


Souvenirs

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafedral Coffee Shop

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Wrong Tree Theatre present their latest work. 20 years ago the Professor’s Grandfather went missing. Working in his old greenhouse has been cramped and perhaps she would have given up the search for him, until… Mysterious figures, an old sea dog and a millionaire’s miniature maker all mark her journey to a distant and humid land.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 16 June 2017

A Midsummer Nights Dream

2:30pm to 5:00pm, Fellows Garden, Durham Castle / Ushaw College

Durham Festival of the Arts
Bring your picnic for this outdoor performances of Shakespeare's classic tale in the gardens of Durham Castle on Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June, or at Ushaw College on Sunday 18 June.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Black Box Series 1

5:30pm to 11:00pm, Vane Tempest Theatre, Durham Students Union

Durham Festival of the Arts
A series of short theatre productions in an intimate black box space. Featured in Series 1:
5.30pm - Solstice
6.35pm - Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
7.50pm - Landing
9.15pm - Shaheen

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

2:30pm to 5:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Tom Stoppard's classic comes to Collingwood College. First staged at the Edinburgh fringe in 1966, Tom Stoppard’s play follows two minor characters from Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Hedda Gabler

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham,
Durham Festival of the Arts
Hedda Gabler is a story of deceit, manipulation, lust and debauchery. Set in 1890s Norway, Hedda’s tale is that of a formerly aristocratic, antagonistic newlywed, whose selfish interests will see her stop at nothing to be where she wants. However, it doesn’t always go to plan, as Hedda discovers.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


American Idiot!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Durham Festival fo the Arts
Featuring the music of Green Day’s albums ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’, including the songs ‘Holiday’, ’21 Guns’ and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, this rock-opera promises to be an electrifying show and an end-of-year experience not to miss out on!

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 19 June 2017

Black Comedy

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Leech Hall, St Johns College
Durham Festival of the Arts
Brindsley Miller is meeting his girlfriend’s father for the first time, and a potential buyer of his art is supposed to be paying a visit. But when the lights go out, all kinds of skeletons come out of the closet including former lovers, angry neighbours and a drunken old lady.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Shopping and F***ing

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Empty Shop

Durham Festival of the Arts
ACT presents Mark Ravenhill’s ‘Shopping and F***ing’.Directed by Eleri Crossland, this production offers an emotionally-charged, yet darkly humorous insight into the lives of LGBT+ millennials, struggling to break free from the very worst that consumerist culture has to offer; an endless diet of drug addiction, pornography and Pot Noodles.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 20 June 2017

Twelfth Night

2:00pm to 5:00pm, Hild Bede College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible! Join us on Hild Bede’s beautiful lawns to enjoy an outdoor theatre performance to experience a riot of music, tricks and celebration. Picnics recommended!

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Little Shop of Horrors

8:30pm to 10:30pm, St Mary’s College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Join in with this hilarious musical.... Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names Audrey after his co-worker crush. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 21 June 2017

Blackadder III

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre

Durham Festival of the Arts
The beloved British sitcom hits Durham; casting the audience into the extravagant 18th Century. Tortured mastermind Blackadder continually attempts to extract his pathetic master Prince George from scrapes and hilarities, whilst struggling to suppress his servant Baldrick’s cunning plans.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Student Theatre

Durham Student Theatre is the over-arching student theatre society for drama at Durham University, representing 27 individual theatre companies.

Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

2nd – 23rd June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts is an exciting 3 week festival organised by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre. The exciting programme of events includes a whole host of exciting performances in venues across the city.
Visit the website for details and booking www.dfoa.co.uk

Music Durham

Music Durham is the umbrella organisation for music societies. Student-led and student run, Music Durham is supported by Experience Durham with sponsorship from PwC.