Your Youth Drama Festival Committee
The Youth Drama Festival would not, and could not, be the success it is if it was not for an amazing team of volunteers working in the shadows, quietly out of sight, day on day. They work very long hours administering and organising this Festival for you.
These volunteers have of course changed over the years, and the Festival Committee are delighted to welcome Michael Merry as their new Chairman. Michael joins the team, in time for the 2018 Festival and looks forward to working with them for the continuing success of the Festival itself, for the promotion of Youth Drama as a whole and of course for the development of all the talented young people that have the benefit of taking part.
Michael is currently a Council Member and Box Office Manager for our hosts, the Barn Theatre. He has operated sound and lighting and acted as Stage Manager for many Barn shows since the mid1980s and will be an invaluable addition to the YDF Committee.
email: chairman (at) wgcydf.org
tel: 07973 238346
Derek helps the teams with their on-stage requirements and he has a magnificent team around him to make it all flow smoothly! He will be the man to go to with any technical queries.
email: derek.palmer1 (at) btopenworld.com
tel: 07860 573896
Hazel has been on and off stage at the Barn Theatre since the early 1980s and now she endeavours to keep YDF matters on track!
Hazel will almost certainly be your first point of contact.
email: secretary (at) wgcydf.org
tel: 07974 011039
Jan Palmer Sayer
Jan is a highly experienced Director and Actress as well as being a GoDA Adjudicator in her own right. During the Festival she will usually be found front of house, probably in the Box Office, or dealing with any audience or team queries that may occur before or after the curtain rises.
Brenda works with Derek to help the teams with their on-stage requirements. She spends the Festival up in the lighting box working the cues called by the participating teams.
The Committee are indebted to many other volunteers who help ensure the smooth running of the Festival week.
Wendy Bage: Assistant Stage Manager
James Rowles: Sound Manager
Ray Gibbins: Front of House Manager
Sheila Grimmant: Coffee Bar Manager
Ian Colpitts: Bar Manager
The Festival could not happen without the assistance provided by them and their teams of helpers, all of whom are members of the Barn Theatre Club.