From the 4th-7th February 2015, the 40th anniversary of Durham Drama Festival (DDF) took place. The week involved ten shows, four industry professional judges, a special guest of honour, six professionally led workshops, a launch party and an awards ceremony. The week was an enormous success, and as this year’s Festival Director I can say I am so proud of everyone involved (over 60 students, from all years) and what we have achieved.
Standing in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral, fully donned in graduation robes and smart shoes, I couldn’t help but smile. The day was cold and grey, as so many English afternoons are, but it didn’t matter. I felt radiant. I beamed with the effervescent energy of one who has achieved a new level of accomplishment. Continue reading
I have always been enchanted by the magic of John Keats’ poetry, and loved every minute of adapting his romantic The Eve of St. Agnes for stage. With the beautifully gothic Durham Cathedral and Castle greeting me as I walk out of lectures every day, gathering inspiration for the setting was no challenge! The opportunity offered by Durham Drama Festival to have my play performed, celebrating both Durham’s beauty and Keats’ words, seemed almost too good to be true. My first play We All Fall Down had been performed as part of DDF 2013, and I had loved every minute of writing, casting and rehearsing. Taking part in DDF for a second year running looked to be equally inspirational.