The 84th Welwyn Drama Festival is now complete and we wish to thank all the teams for their hard work and amazing contributions to the success of the festival.
Our wonderful adjudicator, Paul Fowler GoDA SASDA, said the standard was very high and he thought he had seen some of the best one-act plays in the country. There was definitely comedy and tragedy and everything in-between. We saw some excellent sets, from quirky painted backdrops to kitchen cabinets with a working kettle to a full allotment with beds of lettuces and a shed!
We also wish to thank the Barn Theatre for their support throughout the week, particularly the Front of House volunteers and Bar Staff. We were pleased that Simon Parr, Chairman of the Barn Theatre, was able to join us on the last night to present the awards.
Here is the complete list of Award Winners.
First place, Winners of the Welwyn Cup
Big Squirrel Productions
Flat 2B by Kattreya Scheurer-Smith
The team also won:
Peter Shatford Award
for Director of Winning Play
Charles Pilgrem Trophy
for Stage Presentation
Derrick Baldock Cup
for Best Unpublished Play
Winifred Butler Award
for Best Actress
Second place, Roy Brewer Cup
Barn Theatre Club
Red Handed by John Finnemore
The team also won:
Behrens Steinfeld Trophy for the Director showing the Most Complete & Imaginative Approach – Harry Harding
FJ Osborn Audience Appreciation Award
Third place, Margaret Osborn Trophy
Tiger Theatrical Productions
Jesus My Boy by John Dowie
Welwyn Award for Best Actor
John Stivey as Nigel in House Proud
(received on behalf of John by Director David Bowman, Saint Monica’s Players)
Adjudicator’s Award for a Special Contribution to the Festival, Louis Davis Trophy
Lucas Wilcox, for his accomplished portrayal, at the age of 14, of
Detective Victor Victoria,
in The Cat Burglar
(received on behalf of Lucas by writer and director Sarah Ridley, Out of Ideas Theatre Company)