Open for Entries 2020!

2020 is a special year as Welwyn Garden City celebrates its centenary. Our first one-act play festival took place in 1929 as part of the town’s festival celebrations. Why not enter this year and share in our centenary celebrations? Details are available on our website under Information for Teams, where you will find guidance and all the important links, including the entry form. Closing date 31st January 2020. What are you waiting for?!

Results of the 85th Welwyn Drama Festival

It’s a wrap! The Welwyn Drama Festival is over for another year, please find the full list of award winners here:

2019 award winners

Congratulations and many thanks to everyone involved: teams, crew, stewards and house managers, coffee and bar volunteers, audience and adjudicator.

Please join us again next year in Welwyn Garden City’s centenary year: 11-16th May 2020

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!

Are you a Director?WDF logo jpeg

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a new play, the adjudicator will comment on the script as well as the performance, and there’s a prize for the Best Unpublished Play at the end of the week.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