Durham’s Assembly Rooms Theatre is excited to announce its programme for the Spare Room, a temporary black box studio space. This new performance space will be located in the Pemberton Rooms, between Durham’s Cathedral and Castle, right at the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site.

Hosting productions from performers from the North East, as well as Durham Student Theatre companies, The Spare Room will provide a fantastic venue, with a capacity for an audience of 50, for some of the best theatre Durham has to offer this summer.

The Spare Room will be available from Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 20 June, alongside Durham’s inaugural ‘Summer in the City’ festival.

The programme will be:

Tuesday 18 June:
– 4pm: ‘tuesday’ by Andrew Cowburn (produced by Lion Theatre Company), winner of the Durham Drama Festival 2019’s Best Play
– 6pm: ‘Fit for Work’ by Louise Powell, fresh from its run at the Tristan Bates in London during their ‘Working Class Stories’ season
– 8pm: ‘Minge Unhinged’ from Your Aunt Fanny, a North East based all-female sketch comedy group

Wednesday 19 June:
– 4pm: ‘Test Bed’ from Wrong Tree Theatre, its debut performance from a critically-acclaimed devising theatre company
– 6pm: ‘Queerbaiting’ by Sophie Wright, the first production to undergo Sightline Productions’ Draft 2 Show development scheme
– 8pm: ‘The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness’ by Andrew Shires (produced by Four Umbrellas), critically acclaimed show from Durham Drama Festival 2018

Thursday 20 June:
– 4pm: ‘Black Training’ by Dan Takyi (produced by Durham People of Colour Association), a brand new show about the microaggressions experienced by people of colour on a daily basis
– 6pm: ‘Ophelia Is Also Dead’ by Aliya Gilmore (produced by Sightline Productions), winner of Durham Drama Festival 2019’s Best Female Actor, Best Writer and Best Director
– 8pm: ‘Children of the QuornTM’ from Megan From HR., a new sketch comedy duo consisting of Durham revue alumni Ambika Mod and Andrew Shires.

Tickets are available at www.theassemblyroomstheatre.org/spare-room/

See the rest of the Summer in the City programme at www.summercity.org

Meanwhile work is progressing on redevelopment of The Assembly Rooms Theatre on the South Bailey. The £2.4million project will help to make parts of the 220-seat venue more accessible to wheelchair users and people with prams and buggies, restore the 150 year old theatre’s original ceiling, and refurbish its Box Office area. The renovated playhouse will also include improvements to the workshop, dressing room, and toilet facilities. The project is due for completion in October this year.