Theatre Companies

3dTC

President: Michael Earnshaw

The directors theatre company: 3dTC provides an opportunity for people to have a go at directing in Durham with guidance from the Junior and Senior Directors on the exec. For any more information please contact Michael Earnshaw (Senior Director) and Nikki Todhunter (Junior Director) at 3dtheatrecompany@gmail.com. Interviews for Fresher Director will be held during Michaelmas term.

Aidan's College Theatre

President: Lucy Woodhead

ACT is Aidan’s one and only Theatre Company. ACT is responsible for all of Aidan’s major theatrical performances, organising the annual college pantomime at Christmas and the 24 hour musical in summer. ACT also aim to put on theatrical performances in the main University theatre each term with successful ventures in past including; The Picture of Dorian Gray and Antigone.

Backstage Pass

President: Alex Morgan

In association with Durham's student Radio station, 'Backstage Pass' lifts the lid on the exciting world of DST! Featuring eveything from a free ticket giveaway EVERY WEEK, the latest audition tips and information, interviews with industry professionals and samples of the diverse productions staged in the city, this weekly radio show is not to be missed! Interested in arts and culture journalism? Drop an email to alexander.morgan@durham.ac.uk to find out how you can get involved!

Bailey Theatre Company

President: Nikhil Vyas and Natasha Tomkinson

The Bailey Theatre Company is based at St. John’s College, providing a platform for both college and university-wide productions. This recently revived theatre company aims to perform both modern and more traditional drama and will be having at least one performance per term.

Catharsis Theatre

President: Justin Murray

Catharsis Theatre exists to promote dark, psychological drama which explores theatre’s ability to push the boundaries of what it means to be human. We are open to contemporary writing, classical work made new, devised theatre – anything which enhances the naturalistic, enchants the mundane, and augments the real. Get in touch.

Castle Theatre Company

Presidents: Anna Bailey and David Knowles

Among the oldest of Durham's theatre companies, CTC frequently performs both modern and classical theatre in the castle, cathedral and other venues around Durham. CTC's high-profile productions are open to members of any college, and culminate in a 'Summer Shakespeare Tour', this year touring the USA.

Collingwood Woodplayers

Presidents: Jessica Wallis and Sian Green

The Woodplayers perform a regular bill of four shows each year consisting of a play in Michaelmas Term, a musical in Epiphany Term and a double bill of plays in the Summer term with the aim of contrasting a contemporary piece with a Shakespeare. We will take on any genre and any scale, with recent productions including Cabaret and Out of Order. Our socials are second to none with a heavy emphasis on fancy dress and debauchery. Enthusiasm is essential, experience is optional.

Durham Improvised Musical

President: Caitlin McEwan

Durham Improvised Musical is just what it says on the tin. The audience gives us a name of a song, a starting location and the title of the show and from that we create a brand new musical in front of your eyes. Performing around Durham for various events. Auditions for new members of the troupe take place every June.

Durham Opera Ensemble

President: Ben Craw

DOE stage three operatic works each year with our main production in the Great Hall of Durham Castle and are supported by Thomas Allen. Virtually nobody when arriving has done opera before, and we want to give Durham students new opportunities. Any interest in opera, offstage or onstage, definitely audition.

The Durham Revue

President: Elgan Alderman

The Durham Revue is the University's longest-running sketch group. We perform every term in the Assembly Rooms and the Gala Theatre, as well as in Oxford and Cambridge with their respective troupes. We also take a show to Edinburgh every August. Auditions for new members are held in first term.

Durham University Ballet Company

President: Marie Prüm

Ballet Company offers advanced level ballet classes which focus on maintaining a high level of technique, improving flexibility and strengthening performance skills. We perform a few times a year at college and university events, together with community performances and a main company production at the end of each year.

Durham University Classical Theatre

President: Leo Myonlandis

DUCT is committed to producing high quality productions of plays written over a hundred years ago or exploring events occurring over a hundred years ago, to reviving forgotten works and to providing a reliable platform for budding talent in Durham to get involved in classical theatre.

Durham University Light Opera Group

President: Maxwell Spence

Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG) is the university's main musical theatre group. We stage five shows a year, ranging from Gilbert & Sullivan to modern Broadway, including one at the Edinburgh Fringe. The highlight of the DULOG calendar is in late January: our annual show at the professional Gala Theatre.

Fountains Theatre Company

President: Ben D’Souza

The official theatre company of Grey College and producers of numerous successful shows including Bugsy Malone, Spring Awakening and Much Ado About nothing. Email the president at ben.d'souza@durham.ac.uk to get involved!

FULLfuse Theatre

Presidents: Chris Blois-Brooke and Anna Gorska

FULLfuse Theatre is a new theatre company formed in 2013, producing exciting new devised works as well as contemporary writing on the Durham stage.

Foot of the Hill Theatre

President: Megan Frogley

“The Foot of the Hill Theatre” is based at St Mary’s College and run by Mary’s Drama society. We run 3 main shows a year, one each term across a plethora of genres and this year we are aiming to do an Arts variety performance which will include several short, possibly obscure plays. Tickets are rarely over £5 and we want to welcome as many audience members as possible to support or production teams’ hard work, and to enjoy a great show! We have something for everyone, and whether it’s the Christmas Panto you’re interested in, our Shakespeare or our Summer Musical, we’re not afraid to give it a go and neither should you be! Auditions for all performances are open to all colleges. We hope to see you on our stage soon!

Hild Bede Theatre

President: Anna Feroldi

Hild Bede Theatre is the largest college drama society in Durham. A vibrant and friendly community, HBT stages a minimum of three shows a year and has won Best College Musical for four consecutive years. Previous productions include The Crucible, 4.48 Psychosis, Oliver! The Musical and many more!

Hill College Theatre Company

Presidents: Clara Duncan and Amy Coles

HCTC is known as the umbrella theatre company for the Hill Colleges but we are open to the whole university. Our aim is to give the audience a good laugh so we tend towards lighter fare. We put on one production per term and our renowned summer Shakespeare is always performed outside.

Infinity Musical Theatre

President: Alex Callaghan

IMT is Queen's Campus' premier performing arts society. We strive to provide you with the best Musical Theatre experience, and a chance to join our crazy fun family! We put on one big professional production a year, and have various performance opportunities throughout the year, e.g. formal dinners, special events...

Just Deserts

President: Annabel Rowntree

Just Deserts is Durham’s favourite cult sketch comedy group. Offering up fast-moving and original comedy, ranging from the deliciously dark, to the scrumptiously surreal, to the refreshingly whimsical, this group has met with acclaim since it hit the Durham scene. So prepare for anarchy, hilarity and the occasional kangaroo.

Lion Theatre Company

President: Tyler Rainford

The Lion Theatre Company (LTC), Hatfield College's official drama society, looks to put on performances that make use of the wide spectrum of dramatic talent within the college. Productions include Hatfield-only plays, as well as shows that bring in performers from throughout the university, with shows ranging from musical theatre and comedy to 24 hour plays. Recent productions have included plays by Pinter, Shakespeare, and Dario Fo, as well as several student-devised pieces.

Ooook! Productions

President: Harriet Allen

Ooook! is a friendly and outreaching theatre company, specialising in comedy productions. We aim to involve new talent alongside an experienced cast and crew, resulting in high quality shows that prove popular with the large and diverse audiences they attract. Ooook! donates all profits and has raised over £11,000 for charity.

Raving Mask

President: Joe Skelton

Raving Mask is a new theatre company committed to an experimental and innovative style. Whilst the company will have no strict performance approach it will predominantly be focusing on the theatre of the absurd. Raving Mask welcomes new writing and will be a platform for theatrical exploration.

ShellShock!

President: Ryan Murphy

ShellShock! is the performance name of the Durham's Improvised Comedy Society. As well as regular workshops we perform frequently around the University, in colleges and at Edinburgh, where we return from our fifth consecutive year performing 'Quest For Comedy!' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

St. Chads Green Door Theatre Company

President: Alex Kirk

St Chad's College Green Door Theatre Company is a small but keen company starting out in the big wide world of DST. Although we're young, we've got big plans for the upcoming year: hope you can join us for some of them!

Society of Theatrical Arts at Butler

President: Thea Svensen

STAB is the Society of Theatrical Arts at Butler. We have a yearly Murder Mystery formal and a Christmas Play, in addition to doing a larger intercollegiate production. We are still a theater group 'in the making' and very open for ideas and new people!

Thrust Stage

President: Matt Dann

Thrust Stage is an award-winning company dedicated to producing theatre of the highest quality across a range of genres. Recent productions include Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Upcoming productions include Tennessee Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie' and Jezz Butterworth's 'Jerusalem'.

Tone Deaf Theatre Company

President: Dan Gosselin

TDTC was founded in 2010 with with the aim of bringing small cast modern musicals to Durham. Since then it has brought 'EDGES', 'Fresher: The Musical', 'The Last 5 Years' and '[title of show]' to the Durham stage. TDTC prides itself on its high quality of shows and is always searching for the best new musicals. If you're interested in finding out more contact Dan Gosselin (d.j.gosselin@durham.ac.uk)

Trevelyan College Musical Society

President: Natasha Gill

Trevelyan College Musical Society provides the colleges annual musical, created and performed by the fantastic talent of Trevelyan students! The whole show is put together by up to 200 Trevelyanites and is performed during February in the dining hall. A fantastic showcase of the colleges dancers, singers, musicians, artists and tech team!

 

Last updated by Daniel Gosselin on Sat 24 May 2014
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