The week-long Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival is a wonderful week of entertainment, attracting around 250 young people from Hertfordshire and its adjoining counties, who compete for the cups awarded for junior, senior and technical as well as for the adjudicator’s discretionary award.
The Festival takes place at The Barn Theatre situated in Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City. The Barn is a Grade 2 listed building and is home to the Barn Theatre Trust, hosting numerous plays and drama-related events throughout the year. Each performance piece will receive a public adjudication. The final adjudication and award ceremony will take place on the final Saturday.
For 2019 we currently have planned three short (one-act) plays each night. The teams must adhere to the Festival rules and will be awarded marks by a professional adjudicator for acting, production, stage presentation and dramatic achievement.
As 2019 is such a milestone for us, we encouraged teams to think about suitable themes for their entry. The first Festival took place during the Second World War in 1944 (yes, that’s 76 years, but there wasn’t a Festival in 1968). We cannot wait to see what they bring us.
MONDAY 4TH MARCH – 7.30pm
Pump House CYT (J) "Flour Babies" – Anne Fine
Dramawise Sky Blue Theatre Company (S) "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" –
William Shakespeare (adapted)
Gestalt Youth Theatre (S) Swipe Right - devised
5TH MARCH – 7.30pm
Stagecoach Bishops Stortford & Harlow (J) "Hiroshima" – John
Company of Teens (S) "Timeline" – devised
Pump House CYT (S) "Ageless" – Benjamin Kuffuor
WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH
The Academy of Speech & Drama (J) “Camp Empowerment” – Lucy Ashton
Limitless Academy of Performing Arts (S) “Teechers” – John Godber
Barnwell Upper School (S) "DNA" – Dennis Kelly
THURSDAY 7TH MARCH
Barn Errol (J) "Stranded" – devised
Chancellor’s School (J) “Teechers” – John Godber
Mimic Youth Theatre Company (S) “Dreams of Anne Frank” – Bernard Kops
FRIDAY 8TH MARCH
Richard Hale Junior Theatre Company (J) “A Thousand Cranes” – Katherine
Archer Players (J) "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" – William Shakespeare
Barn Hermes (S) "Little Wing”– devised
SATURDAY 9TH MARCH
St Christopher School (J) “Tales from The Other Side” – devised
St Francis’ College (J) "Little Brown Jug Club" – Charlotte McDermott
The Academy of Speech & Drama (S) A Concise (& Almost Precise)
Theatrical History – Lucy Ashton
Caution: some entries may contain strong language or themes unsuitable
for young children