Month: April 2018

Welcome, Beth!

We are pleased to announce that Beth O’Doherty will be our part of our Artist Development Programme. Beth will be using our theatre to work on her brand new children’s theatre show. Beth is a theatre maker from Jarrow. She believes the arts has the ultimate power for personal and social change. She graduated from the Applied Theatre degree at Northumbria in 2016 and has been working as a director, facilitator and in stage management. Most recently she directed two of the pieces that appeared in the Hear Her Roar scratch night and is working on a solo show that will be scratched as part of Curious Festival. She is always looking for like minded collaborators. This news comes from The Assembly Rooms Theatre’s Artistic Policy to ensure we remain committed to supporting developing and established artists in the North East. We look forward to working with you,...

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Northern Premiere Announcement

Meet Kevin Brook. Self confessed fanatic of all things Lord of the Rings. On the eve before ‘Gandalf’ signs the official movie companion to the The Two Towers, he sits outside Fenwick’s waiting. He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don’t understand him – and the family who never had time for him. But what’s the real reason for his obsession with Tolkien? Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? A long-held secret is about to be revealed… Waiting for Gandalf is produced by Mankind, a Sussex-based charity that provides confidential support services and works with men who have been affected by unwanted sexual experiences, as part of its Community Squared programme. Written by Adrian Marks, it was originally directed by Teresa Hagger for the 2016 Brighton Fringe. For the return to this year’s Brighton Fringe, Mankind has worked with acclaimed writer and theatre director, Patrick Sandford, to contextualise the narrative within a wider consideration of the issues at play in today’s society. This builds on the award-winning success of Patrick’s one man show, GROOMED, extending Mankind’s portfolio of plays and performances that challenge traditional stereotypes around masculinity. One night only, don’t miss the Northern Premiere of Waiting for Gandalf ahead of its transfer to Brighton Fringe. Booking in advance essential. Limited seating....

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Free Rehearsal Space Available for Local Developing Artists

We are thrilled to announce today that The Assembly Rooms Theatre is  offering a week free rehearsal and scratch space from 21st May until 25th May. We are looking in particular for theatre companies operating in the North East and Yorkshire who are developing new work. The week will run from 9am – 5pm with the free run of the building including auditorium, workshop, dressing rooms and green room – for that essential tea break mid-rehearsal! To apply – please email us with a covering letter of what you want to use the space for and why to theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk by Friday 20th April. We welcome any application by any company or solo artist. This opportunity is a great way for you to not only have a rehearsal space for free, but allows you to get to know us as a venue better – and who knows where that relationship might lead! This announcement realises the theatre’s continued ambition to be able to support local artists and allow local theatre practitioner’s a welcoming space for rehearsal. As part of Venues North and the North East Development Programme, we are committed to supporting developing performance artists across the region....

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