We caught up with ex-performing arts student, Bryan James, to find out what he’d been up to since completing the course back in 2001.

Bryan said:

“I absolutely loved studying at NCD. In the first year we toured a pantomime to local schools, and were lucky enough to be involved in the second-year project of a play called ‘Dysmorphia’”

Bryan’s year not only learned the lines of the play but helped the professional playwright, Peter Straughan, develop the work. The story was featured in the .

Bryan continued:

“In my second year, I co-wrote a community drama piece about bullying which was very successful, and we toured local schools. I was also cast as the male lead in the play ‘Widows’ which we performed in a special production at the Northern Stage in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Since studying at NCD, Bryan has utilised the skills he learnt during his stand-up performances. He has been taking centre stage for a few years now and expressed his love for it:

“I love getting up in front of an audience where anything could happen, and making them laugh. I moved back to the region from London during the pandemic, and I’m absolutely over the moon to be bringing my debut solo comedy show to Durham Fringe Festival 2022. Durham City is where it all started for me - my show is called ‘Sun Boy’ which was my nickname when I was a little boy. The show is inspired by something my mam told me recently.”

Would you like to support Bryan at the Durham Fringe Festival?

at Fabio’s Bar on the 26, 27 & 28 July at 6.30pm.