Exciting festival of drama starts this month in Tamworth

March 8, 2018

AN exciting four-night run of theatre gets underway this month with the 2018 Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival, featuring a series of one-act plays by the region’s best amateur dramatic groups.

Adult and youth theatre companies from Tamworth and the wider area will compete throughout the festival, with up to three plays being performed each night from Wednesday, March 14, to Saturday, March 17.

Performances will be scored by GoDA festival adjudicator Sue Doherty and the winners in a variety of categories will progress to the next round of the celebrated All England Theatre Festival.

The nightly drama will unfold at the Two Rivers High School Theatre, Torc Campus, off Silver Link Road, where audiences can enjoy a high standard of performances for just £6 per evening.

Although it is subject to change at short notice, the current line-up features:

Wednesday, March 14

  • TACT – The Thrill of Love
  • Belfrey Youth Theatre – The Dreaming
  • Belfrey Players – Wanda’s Visit

Thursday, March 15

  • Impact Youth Theatre – Grimm Tales
  • Abbey Players –  Mediocrity
  • Abbey Players – Conclusions

Friday, March 16

  • Belfrey Youth Theatre – Mother Figure
  • Belfrey Youth Theatre – Dream Jobs
  • Little Acorn Drama Group – The Dreaming

Saturday, March 17

  • Impact Junior Youth Theatre – Wolf Boy
  • EINC Drama Group – The Last Communist
  • Presentation of Awards

Doors open at 6.30pm daily, with performances starting at 7pm prompt. Please note, late comers will not be permitted until the next interval.

Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival has been sponsored by the Staffordshire County Council Community Fund.

Sue Fortune, organiser of Hastilow Drama Festival, said: “I would like to thank County Councillors Ben Adams and Jason Jones for their help and encouragement through the Staffordshire Community Fund. It is great to know that we have councillors who support the Arts in the Community.

“I would also like to thank the Mayor, Councillor John Chesworth for his support and agreeing to present the Awards to the winning individuals and teams on Saturday, March 17.”

It is the first in a new season of ‘Assembly Rooms on Tour’ events, which will see performances being taken out into the community this spring to ensure audiences and theatre groups continue to benefit from live entertainment during the refurbishment of the historic theatre.

The season continues with Tamworth Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Wedding Singer at the Landau Forte Theatre in Ashby Road from Wednesday, April 4, to Saturday, April 7.

Tickets for the Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival and The Wedding Singer are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, from the Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.