The Festival

NSDF 18 will take place March 24th to 30th 2018 in Leicester, in partnership with De Montfort University and the Curve Theatre.

Tickets are available now and can be booked here. They are priced £100 for a Full Week Pass, £50 for a Half Week Pass, and £25 for a Day pass.


We will announce our full workshop programme on Friday 16th March. Ticket buyers will be able to advance book their workshop places on Monday 19th March. Festgoers will have the choice of five practice-based workshops held across Tuesday 27th and Friday 30th March. In addition, there will be informal seminars and drop ins on the Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Confirmed practitioners include renowned fight directors RC ANNIE, queer performance makers MILK PRESENTS, actor and performance maker LUCY ELLINSON, writer and performer CHRIS THORPE, and director ROY ALEXANDER WEISE


Our full timetable can be viewed here.

can't stop can't stop a new play by Samuel Ross of Sheffield University

Kinder K a new play by Kristofer Grønskag, produced by Cut The Cord at University of Arts London

Pomona by Alistair McDowall and produced by Nottingham New Theatre

1001010 a new play by Stevie Thomas at Buckinghamshire New University

Seeking Intimacy a new play by Eve Allin, produced by Freshblood Theatre at the University of Warwick

Buried: A New Musical written by Tom Williams & Cordelia O'Driscoll, produced by Colla Voce Theatre

Lights Over Tesco Carpark a new play devised by Poltergeist Theatre from the University of Oxford supported by New Diorama

The Search for a Black-browed Albatross a new play devised by The Backpack Ensemble at the University of Lincoln

Violet a musical by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori, performed by ArtsEd 6th Form Musical Theatre Company

Speed Death of the Radiant Child by Chris Goode and produced by Warwick University Drama Society

Hatch a new play written and produced by Sarah Carton and staged at the University of East Anglia

MOSCOS a new play by Lion Theatre Company at Durham University

The Last Five Years a song cycle by Jason Robert Brown and produced by Tone Deaf Theatre Company at Durham University

Grounded by George Brant and produced by Lion Theatre Company in Durham

The Events by David Greig and produced by St Cuthbert's Drama Society at Durham University

Dining Al Desko a new play by Alistair Curtis and directed by Philippa Lawford. Produced by Tightrope Productions from Oxford University

You can book tickets for individual performances by following the clicking on the name of the production above. These are priced at £5.82 (this includes the booking fee) each.


There will be a discussion every day, where the entire Festival audience is invited to gather and discuss the work we've seen, and wider social and political issues in the arts. Full programme TBA. We'll also be hosting smaller forums throughout the week.


The Campus Centre will be open every night. We’ll be running events (see below) in the bar on the first floor. Fancy something more mellow? Try the Late Café, which is our quieter alcohol-free space, on the ground floor. 


Sunday 25th |  BINGOLICIOUS! | Nightclub Campus Centre

What do you get if you combine 90 numbered balls, 1 small cage, 2 glamorous assistants, dangerous and difficult challenges, expensive and exciting prizes*, a lot of alliteration, tragique bingo lingo, aggressively loud music, and a bulk buy of daubers? IT’S BINGOLICIOUS BABY!


Monday 26th | Category is: Disco Realness | Nightclub Campus Centre

Love to love you baby. Responsibility is a tragedy. Donna Summer. Grace Jones. CHIC. Earth Wind & Fire. Gloria Gaynor. Chaka Khan. Diana Ross. Bring your best disco lewks to boogie on down in our very own Studio 54. Glitter provided. Prizes for the best outfits.


Tuesday 27th | Kabaret with a K | Nightclub Campus Centre

Last year our open mic night went to Berlin and came back with higher heels and better chat. She’s had a hell of a year, but she’s clinging on. Kabaret with a K is an evening of late night raucous fun, games and performance. This is an open platform for anyone at the Festival to perform. Spoken word, stand up, drag, circus, dance. Allegedly hosted by NSDF’s hot mess Joseph Morgan Schofield, with special guests, cabaret clown Evie Fehilly and Leicester’s premier punk drag rat Reign. Find (or email) Joseph to sign up for a slot.


Wednesday 28th | The Big Quiz | Downstairs Campus Centre

NSDF Quiz teams ASSEMBLE! The Quizmaster overlords, Chrises Haydon & Thorpe return to test your know-what, know-who, know-how and your know-WOW. The only rule is that you need one Artist or NSDF Employee on your team. Flying solo or in a pair? Sign up to Lucy Ellinson’s Dream Team at the front desk.


Thursday 29 | Unplugged: Open Mic | Nightclub Campus Centre

It’s Thursday and we’re all feeling a bit tired. Kabaret’s twin sister, Unplugged is a gentle open mic night that we encourage anyone at the Festival to perform at. Find (or email) Joseph for a slot or just show up on the night.

Breach Theatre's The Beanfield at NSDF 16.