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 to the Youth Drama Festival are warmly welcomed from schools, drama clubs, in fact any group participating in youth drama.