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DDF presents our Assembly Rooms programme, featuring 3 new student written plays all included in one ticket! The plays in this venue are: Tease by Millie Glenister, Puppets by Barney Watts, and The Whole of England Stopped When a Policeman Murdered a White Woman by Louise Coggrave.


Tease by Millie Glenister

Having led a glamorous life within the film and television industry, Joe and Kitty Hutchinson find themselves pushed out of the inner circle. Unable to keep up with the future of cinema and checkered by ghosts from their past, they pursue a quiet existence in the Californian outbacks… that is until an unexpected visitor turns up and threatens to destroy their constructed reality, forcing Kitty to watch a scene not unlike those from her past.


Puppets by Barney Watts

Two brothers are unexpectedly reunited after three and a half years of silence. Lonny’s heartbroken and struggling to run an unsuccessful bar, while Connie is doing anything but putting his life back together. Through feuds, soul music, and piss-taking, the complexities of brotherhood and masculinity are explored as a tragic secret in Connie’s life is revealed.


The Whole of England Stopped When a Policeman Murdered a White Woman by Louise Coggrave

Tamera and Nasir live similar yet different lives. They find comfort in each other’s trauma. Tamera, who faces her biggest turmoil yet, goes through a violent assault by the Metropolitan Police where she is stripped and searched on her period as she is suspected to be carrying drugs at school. Blinded by gang violence, Nasir grapples with his morality and is led to an ultimatum which may cost a life. Based on true stories, this play deals with the current climate of our nation that affects many people not just in inner city London but poor communities across Britain.


Content Warning:  

Mentions of sexual assault // references to domestic violence // violence // racism // drugs // strong language // gang crime

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This event will take place at Assembly Rooms Theatre  

Doors will open at 14:00/ 19:00  

The Show will start at 14:30/ 19:30  

There will be two 20-minute intervals during the event

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Saturday 4th February 2023 2.30pmBook tickets
Saturday 4th February 2023 7.30pmBook tickets

RTProjects and Music Durham will be joining forces to showcase an amazing array of musical talent in support of mental health and suicide prevention.


'Never Give Up' is RTProjects's suicide prevention project. We need to talk about suicide. As a nation. As a community. As a friend. As a fellow human. We may never know if our conversation has actually saved a life but we do know that it might.


Join RTProjects and Music Durham in the Assembly Rooms theatre for an evening of music in support of suicide prevention and mental health. A range of student and local musical ensembles and performers will be demonstrating their talents throughout the evening, in what is bound to be a thought-provoking and moving showcase.


Content Warnings:Discussions of and subject matter related to suicide, depression, anxiety, and mental health problems.


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This performance is staged in the Assembly Rooms Theatre

The Doors will open at 18:30

The Performance will start at 19:00

There will be an interval of 20 mins



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Sunday 5th February 2023 7.00pmBook tickets

Promising to be a spectacle of glitz and glamour perfect for the whole family, DULOG theatre company presents Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman


Featuring classics, like ‘Put on Your Sunday Clothes’ and ‘Before the Parade Passes By', Hello, Dolly! follows the story of Dolly Levi, a widow, renowned matchmaker, and all-round meddler, who decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself! This Golden Age classic boasts a comedy-packed script to have you roaring with laughter that also provides the heart-warming feel good atmosphere that will have you leaving the Gala Theatre ready to “close the town in a whirl!”


To hit Gala’s Main Stage 8th-12th February, the whole team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for some time now! As we tackle a jam-packed rehearsals schedule for the week leading up to the show, do look out for more content and updates on the DULOG social media pages.


Durham Gala Theatre Wednesday 8th February - Sunday 12th February 

7:30pm (2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday)

Tickets available at: https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/hello-dolly/

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Doors will open at 14:00/ 19:00  

The Show will start at 14:30/ 19:30  

There will be a 30-minute interval during the event

Content Warning // Moving Lights

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Wednesday 8th February 2023 7.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Thursday 9th February 2023 7.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Friday 10th February 2023 7.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Saturday 11th February 2023 2.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Saturday 11th February 2023 7.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Sunday 12th February 2023 2.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office
Sunday 12th February 2023 7.30pmOnline booking unavailable - please contact the box office

It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Britain is the coolest place in the world. At the local secondary school it’s a different story.


In collaboration with Durham's 93% Club, 'Education Education Education' is brought to you by a cast and crew who almost entirely have non-fee-paying educational backgrounds.


While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it. This whip-smart show is jam-packed with more hits than ‘Now That’s What I Call 1997’ including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves, and The Spice Girls. Crammed with Teletubbies references, the Wardrobe Ensemble's comedic masterpiece asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies. Things can only get better.


Content Warning:

Explicit language // sexual references // xenophobia // discussions of suicide // flashing lights

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This event will take place at Assembly Rooms Theatre 

Doors will open at 19:00  

The Show will start at 19:30

There is no planned interval during this performance  



 



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Thursday 9th February 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
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A catastrophic shipwreck has separated twins Viola and Sebastian. In a bizarre and disordered new land and dressed as a man, Viola falls into a love triangle in this comedy of mix-ups, romance and hilarity.


After a catastrophic shipwreck, a young woman is washed ashore in a foreign land, Illyria. Believing her twin brother, who she was travelling with, to be dead, she finds herself alone. She disguises herself as a boy and enters into the household of Orsino.


Orsino is in love with Olivia, who refuses to see him. Sensing an opportunity, Orsino sends Viola (dressed as ‘Cesario’) to woo Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with ‘Cesario’- who herself has found herself in love with Orsino, creating a perfect love triangle- only complicated by Olivia’s manservant, the pompous Malvolio, believing that Olivia loves him.

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This is a family-friendly imagining of Shakespeare's comedy of unrequited love, mixed-up twins and yellow garters, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio.

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This show will be performed in The Assembly Rooms Theatre

The Doors will open at 19:00

The performance will begin at 19:30

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Thursday 16th February 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
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Saturday 18th February 2023 7.30pmBook tickets

RENT, by Jonathan Larson, is a musical theatre classic deeply rooted in the themes of friendship, love and triumph through dark times.


RENT tells the story of 8 struggling artists in the lower East Village of Manhattan in the middle of the AIDS epidemic and the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City. RENT follows the themes of love and triumph deep-rooted in friendship and diversity, as each character learns what friendships and their different relationships mean to them. The show is filled with rock ballads, group numbers and musical theatre classics, that have made RENT one of the most successful musicals of all time.


For every ticket sold, TDTC will be donating £1 to the Blue Sky Trust, an HIV charity working in the North East. To find out more about their work visit https://www.blueskytrust.org/


Content Warning:  

Explicit language // Violence // Death // Homophobia // Depression // Drug use and addiction // Homelessness // Police harrassment // Suicide

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This event will take place at Assembly Rooms Theatre   

Doors will open at 19:00    

The Show will start at 19:30  

There will be a 20-minute interval during the event

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Thursday 23rd February 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
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Saturday 25th February 2023 2.30pmBook tickets
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Five villagers journey to the woods to celebrate the end of the week and share stories. Folk songs ring through the air as their stories begin. But is a fairy tale ever just a tale? Can we learn from their morals or are we doomed to repeat their mistakes? The boundary between story and their real lives starts to blur.

Wrong Tree presents ‘Das Weben’, a devised play performed in the Assembly Rooms Theatre.


Three Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales - “The Willful Child”, “The Three Snake-Leaves”, and “Rumpelstiltskin” - are woven together in Wrong Tree’s devised physical theatre production.


Five multi-roling actors breathe new life into these three fairy tales. Five villagers escape their workaday world, journeying to the woods to celebrate the end of the week and share stories with one another. Folk songs ring through the air as the characters introduce their stories. As their tales progress, oral narration transforms into physical storytelling. The five villagers seamlessly morph into the characters, settings and powers at play in each story. But is a fairy tale ever just a tale? Can we learn from their morals or are we doomed to repeat their mistakes? As the five villagers tell and hear these stories, the boundary between story and their real lives starts to blur.

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This show will be performed in The Assembly Rooms Theatre

The Doors will open at 19:00

The performance will begin at 19:30

There will be an interval of 15 mins

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Thursday 2nd March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
Friday 3rd March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
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An island of storytellers comes together to tell the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a stranger. But how does her story end?


A story about love, determination and bravery, Ti Moune, ‘one small girl’ from a little island seeks to find her purpose. She is ‘waiting for life’ and believes she is destined for more. And as ‘the Gods heard her prayer’, she falls in love with Daniel, a handsome, rich, young man, as she helplessly nurses him back to health. Ti Moune is pushed by the Gods to make a life-changing decision, and the Gods question whether the ‘human heart’ is enough and whether love can conquer death. And ultimately, this is ‘why we tell the story’.

Content Warning // Racism // death // suicide // colourism

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This event will take place at the Assembly Rooms Theatre 

Doors will open at 19:00  

The Show will start at 19:30  

There will a 20-minute interval during the event


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Thursday 9th March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
Friday 10th March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets
Saturday 11th March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets

A famous and successful artist invites her old friends to enjoy her luxurious new life. Whilst she has experienced success in her artistic pursuits, the rest have faced setbacks, struggles, and tragedy. Yet once reunited, the party comes to a devastating halt when the host jumps into her pool to find that there is no water. As she lies in a coma an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next masterpiece?


An exploration of the psyche of the artist, Mark Ravenhill’s ‘Pool (No Water)’ debuted in 2006 combining intense dialogue with Frantic Assembly’s signature physical theatre. In Green Door Theatre Company’s striking Assembly Room debut, Pool (No Water) promises to be an evening of provocative questions and striking visuals.


Content Warning:

Death // Injury // Medical Scenarios // Betrayal // Cancer // HIV/AIDs // Substance Abuse

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This event will take place at Assembly Rooms Theatre 

Doors will open at 19:30  

The Show will start at 20:00

There is no planned interval during this performance



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Monday 13th March 2023 8.00pmBook tickets
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Wednesday 15th March 2023 8.00pmBook tickets

The annual Finalist Showcase is back! Join us for a night of monologues and duologues from final year students as we celebrate our time here at durham and showcase the best of what DST has to offer. Tickets are free!


The Durham Showcase is an annual tradition in DST where a company of finalistis work across a term to create a show performings monologues, duologues (and the occasional song).

Our Durham show is a chance for lower years to get a taste of what they will have the opportunity to do in their final year. Tickets are free and all are welcome.


Content Warning: TBC

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This is a staged produciton in the Assembly Rooms Theatre 

The Doors will open at 19:00

The Performance will start at 19:00


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Friday 17th March 2023 7.30pmBook tickets

Comedy about childhood, family, egalitarianism...


After the great success last year, we are pleased to announce this brand-new Chinese stand-up comedy special: Parallelly Functioning, with brand-new laughter. Grab your tickets now and get a good seat.

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This event will take place at the Assembly Rooms Theatre 

Doors will open at 14:30  

The Show will start at 15:00

There is no planned interval during the event

Content Warning // Strong Language

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Sunday 19th March 2023 3.00pmTickets not currently on sale

Durham Drama Festival 2021

DDF is going to look a little bit different this year. Despite being translated to an online format we are excited to present to you our line up for DDF 2021 including talks with Olivier winning playwrights, a one-night film festival, and no less than nine student written productions!

There is something for everyone, writers, performs, or those of you who fancy a little bit of entertainment in the midst of a pandemic. 

All the events are accessible online from anywhere in the world for free. Check out their website for all the info!