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2018 WGC
Youth Drama Festival

The 2018 YDF (our 74th!!)
5th to 10th March 2018
7.30pm Mon to Sat
matinee 2pm Sat 10th


The week-long Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival is a wonderful week of entertainment, attracting around 350 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.

There are usually two, or 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.

Entries for 2018 are now closed and our programme of plays is published. Entries for our 2019 Youth Drama Festival are warmly welcomed from schools, drama clubs, in fact any group participating in youth drama and invitations to enter will be circulated in the early autumn of 2018.

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