Six amateur drama groups from across the region will be competing against each other in the first round of a prestigious national elimination contest for one-act plays.
Taking place over four evenings between 11 – 14 February at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, the event is organised by the All England Theatre Festival and is one of the preliminary rounds of the one-act play competition for the Northern Area.
The contest will be in front of a public audience and adjudication will be provided by Jan Palmer Sayer who has worked extensively in provincial theatre as an award-winning actor and director, as well as running her own theatre company.
Audiences will be treated to a diverse range of productions, showcasing the very best of the region’s talent. Performers include: two groups from Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society (Gentleman and Players by Vic Mills and A Jolly Sinister Jape by Elliot Strange); Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre (Chatroom by Enda Walsh); Middlesbrough Little Theatre (Dying As An Art by David Spark); Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society (The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco); Sedgefield Youth Theatre (The Princess and the Wolf by Thomas Guest); and two groups from Polam Hall School (Just A Video by Clive Hulme and Changes by Clive Hulme).
Event organiser Suzy Brown said: “This is an excellent opportunity for amateur drama groups to compete against their peers and to benefit from the adjudication they receive to improve their performance. If the standard from previous years is anything to go by, then we are in for a real theatrical treat.”
As well as the chance to go through to the next stage of the competition, the groups will be battling it out for a host of other awards to be presented during the Festival, including best overall production; best technical achievement and stage management; best single performance by an actor and actress in a principal role; best youth group and best overall production of the Festival as voted by the audience.
Winners of the Northern Area rounds will meet head-to-head at a semi-final held on 2 and 3 May at the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough. The England final takes place at Harrogate Theatre on 6 June.