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5 days to go!

ChrisBaglinOur professional adjudicator, Chris Baglin, is all ready to join us for the 85th Welwyn Drama Festival! Are you?

Never been to a Competitive Drama Festival? Want to know more?

Are you an Actor?

Come along and watch others perform in a friendly and competitive environment. Assess their performances yourself, then listen to the adjudicator’s comments at the end of the evening – there might be some useful tips to apply to your own performance!

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You will see two or three contrasting plays performed each night. Would you have directed it differently? Did you see any directorial devices that you could use in the future? Finally, listen to the adjudicator’s comments – they always start their adjudication with a brief description of what they are looking for from each piece.

Are you a budding writer?

We have 6 new plays being performed at the Welwyn Drama Festival this year, some of which have been written by award-winning writers. Come along and watch them being performed from a writer’s perspective – was the play structured well? Were the characters well-drawn? You might even gain inspiration for your own writing!

For a new play, the adjudicator will comment on the script as well as the performance, and there’s a prize for the Best Unpublished Play at the end of the week. Will you agree with the adjudicator?

13-18 May 2019, 7.30pm (7pm Saturday 18 May)
Barn Theatre, Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City

Tickets £11 per evening; season ticket for all 6 evenings £40
Available through the Barn Theatre Box Office or 01707 324300

More information on the plays and teams








85th Festival Programme is published!

We are very pleased to be able to bring you a varied programme of plays for the 85th Welwyn Drama Festival. Please join us on one or more nights to support our visiting teams from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Essex, London, Liverpool and Wales, and celebrate the variety and amazing talent that can be found in amateur theatre in the UK.  Tickets are available through the Barn Theatre Box Office, £11 per evening, £40 season ticket for all 6 nights.

Why not enter? 85th Welwyn Drama Festival

Our next festival will be held 13-18 May 2019, and once again at the delightful Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

We are very pleased to announce that our adjudicator will be Chris Baglin GoDA.

If you wish to enter a play, please complete an entry form and send it, along with a printed copy of the script, to the address on the form.

The closing date for entries is 31st January 2019. We will aim to inform you around the beginning of April whether your entry has been accepted, and which day your performance has been scheduled.

If this is the first time you have entered the Welwyn Drama Festival, please ensure you familiarise yourselves with the rules and technical information.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Open for Entries!

Thinking of entering a play to the prestigious Welwyn Drama Festival? Now’s your chance! The website has been updated and this year’s entry form is available to download. all awards 2018

You will also find other information to support your entry: our rules; a checklist of what needs to be done; stage information; a guide to what adjudicators are looking for, written by the current chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, Jan Palmer Sayer.

Our adjudicator this year will be Chris Baglin GoDA. This will be his first visit to the Welwyn Drama Festival. Chris was seen at the Barn Theatre last year adjudicating our sister festival, the Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival.