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In the besieged city of Aleppo, Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place violence and destruction - the unflinching brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know, and from what they used to be?
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.
Under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, pilgrim’s recount tales to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury. Enter Chaucer’s bawdy and hilarious world as his greatest tales are brought to life onstage.
Bringing to the stage Mike Poulton’s highly acclaimed adaptation of The Canterbury Tales, Durham Student Theatre present their first ever production in the Gala Theatre.
Date: Tuesday 6 June, Wednesday 7 June
Tickets: £15 (£12.50 concession, £10 student, £9.50 Durham Student Theatre members)
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. As he tries to make sense of his situation and to confront those who threaten his freedom, Joseph is thrown headlong into a fight against an invisible and illogical law.
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!
"I'm making a decision. I'm changing things. This is it."
Three old friends in their mid-twenties. One remarkable day. For Ted, Danny and Charlotte, it's time to seize control. Make a difference. Change things. This is it.
A day trip through the parks and raves and cafes of South London, where life is what you make it. The rapid fire words of Kate Tempest paint a picture of lives less ordinary in an unforgiving world, sound-tracked by an exhilarating score.
The drama mixes rap-style poetry delivered with microphones and self-reflexive addresses to the audience.
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.
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. But when she finds herself back home, was it all just a dream?
Join us for this brilliantly eclectic mix of jazz, musical and opera; with Gottlieb’s witty libretto moulding 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.
The show will be taking place on the beautiful St. John's Library Lawn and we encourage you to bring a picnic blanket and cushions to sit on. (Please note, that in the event of bad weather you will be contacted as to where the show will be relocated.)
In defiance of her father -- and Athenian Law -- lovers Hermia and Lysander escape into the woods where magic and mischief are rife. Pursued by Demetrius (Hermiaâ€™s other suitor) and Helena (who is infatuated by Demetrius), the lovers soon become embroiled in a conflict between the King and Queen of the fairies, hopelessly at the mercy of a flower whose juice has the power to make you fall in love with the first creature you see. Meanwhile, a group of mechanicals prepare to put on a play, and chaos quickly ensues...
The average person speaks 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. Imagine if you were only allowed 140 words a day?
A play that originally received three of the judges’ awards from the National Student Drama Festival, Bernadette and Oliver are forced to navigate their relationship in a play that explores how we say things and how we don’t; about the political and the personal; about dead cats, activism, eye contact, and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.
First staged at the Edinburgh fringe in 1966, Tom Stoppard's play follows two minor characters from Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Using the events of Hamlet as a background the play follows these childhood friends of Hamlet as they express their confusion at the events happening 'onstage' without them.
Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. Their three parallel stories together create a show with powerful social messages as they struggle to find the balance between rage and love.
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!
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.
It's that time of the year again… the highlight of Durham Student Theatre's social calendar is just around the corner!
This year the D'Oscars will be held at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 18th June to celebrate a fantastic year of theatre. Join us to take a look back at all of the incredible work produced this year as well as the awards ceremony you've all been waiting for.
But the party doesn't end there! More details of the infamous D'Oscars Afterparty will follow soon, so keep an eye out for more information.
Dress Code: Black Tie
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. This hilarious one-act comedy will be performed at St. John's College.
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.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names â€œAudrey IIâ€ 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.
Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible!
‘Twelfth Night’, one of Shakespeare’s most powerful comedies, not only makes its audience laugh but dives through the looking glass into a kingdom of disguise, confusion and intrigue. Having been separated by a shipwreck, twins Viola and Sebastian are swept up by life in Illyria. Meeting a cacophony of vivacious characters, they must use their wits and wiles to find their way back to each other. Join us on Hild Bede’s beautiful lawns to experience a riot of music, tricks and celebration! Picnics recommended!
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.