to the

Youth Drama Festival

Celebrating our
75th Festival
4th to 9th March 2019

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 book tickets

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

TUESDAY 5TH MARCH – 7.30pm book tickets

Stagecoach Bishops Stortford & Harlow (J) "Hiroshima" – John Pritchard

Company of Teens (S) "Timeline" – devised

Pump House CYT (S) "Ageless" – Benjamin Kuffuor

WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH – 7.30pm book tickets

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 – 7.30pm book tickets

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 – 7.30pm book tickets

Richard Hale Junior Theatre Company (J) “A Thousand Cranes” – Katherine Schultz Miller

Archer Players (J) "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" – William Shakespeare

Barn Hermes (S) "Little Wing”– devised

SATURDAY 9TH MARCH – 7pm book tickets

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

Award ceremony

Caution: some entries may contain strong language or themes unsuitable for young children