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May 2016


Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire



3rd to 7th May

The Henley Drama Festival is now in its 45th year.

This is a competitive festival of one act plays, performed by amateur drama groups, schools and stage schools of all ages.
At the end of each evening Louise Manders, a professional adjudicator will provide friendly, helpful and constructive criticism.
A Gala Evening will be held on Saturday 7th May when trophies and awards will be presented.

Tues 3 May
SCENE STEALERS SHINFIELD THEATRE:Ghosts of Bedlam by Arthur Aldrich
SINODUN PLAYERS, WALLINGFORD: Too long an Autumn by Jimmie Chinn

Wed 4 May
STAGEWORKS:The Beauty Manifesto by Nell Leyshon
HAODS: Like Us by Stephen Bean
SHARED INTENT THEATRE: Helen by Thomas Maddren

Thurs 5 May
FRIENDLY BOMBS: The famous victories of Henry V by Anonymous
DIDCOT PHOENIX DRAMA GROUP: Fragile by Mark Padbury, Tasha Moar & Daisy Norton
MAIDENHEAD DRAMA GUILD: The Dreaming by Richard James

Fri 6 May
THE YOUNG THEATRE (1): Home Free! by Lanford Wilson
THE YOUNG THEATRE (2): The Shadow of the Giants by Mark Oldknow
HENLEY PLAYERS: Mystic Mandy and her little people by Rognvald Gunn

Sat 7 May
Two productions that have impressed the Adjudicator will be invited back to perform at the Gala after which trophies and awards will be presented

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3rd - 6th May All Tickets:£8
Three plays per night of varying lengths - maximum 50 minutes
There will be a 15 minute interval after each play
Offer: Season Ticket (5 tickets for the price of 4) £32

7th May All Tickets: £5
Gala Evening. Two plays with a 15 minute interval followed by prize giving

Posted 26/04/2016


Osbourne and After

Osbourne and After

Clun Shropshire

book by email:

Osbourne and After
Words & Plays Festival

6th - 8th May 2016

Friday 6th May 2016 Clun Memorial Hall
4-7pm Festival Launch Come and join us for the first screening of ‘The Angriest
Man Under the Sun?’ Local people remember Osborne and his life at the Hurst.
The John Williams Trio – smooth hip 1950s jazz, Ironing Thoughts, art, words and plays and more. Free Entry, bar and refreshments available.
8.30pm 'John Osborne presents ... the other John Osborne.' This is a unique first for Clun, words, poems and stories from the 21st century writer and comedian John Osborne.
Prepare to be captivated! Tickets online or on the door £12

Saturday 7th May 2016
10am – 12.30 Guided walk with Keith Pybus Clunton Coppice to the Hurst. £6*
10am – 3pm Hightown Community Rooms Displays about playwright John Osborne, his life and work and life in Clun and this area in the 1950s. Marches Book Arts exhibition Free entry, refreshments available.
3.15pm Hightown Community Rooms Anger is not enough, Osborne’s latest biographer Peter Whitebrook in conversation. Join us. Tickets £6 booking online 4.30pm Hightown Community Rooms Look Back in Wonder, Poet Jehane Markham reads a selection of her poems. Free event booking* essential website and via email below*.
7.30pm Clun Memorial Hall Look Back in Anger on the 60th anniversary of Look Back in Anger’s premiere, we present The salon:collective’s exciting new production
Tickets £12 online or on the door

Sunday 8th May 2016
10am – 3pm Hightown Community Rooms Displays about John Osborne, his life and work and life in Clun and this area in the 1950s. Marches Book Arts exhibition Free entry, refreshments available.
Between 11am – 3pm Birmingham Rep Young Actors a promenade piece in streets of Clun Midday – 4pm The Hurst Arvon Centre - open house and grounds, free entry (guide dogs only).
4.00pm at Clun Memorial Hall Talk by Derby Theatre Director, Sarah Brigham followed by at 4.30pm Jinny commissioned by Derby Theatre as a beguiling contemporary response to John Osborne's Look Back in Anger and part of Derby Theatre's RETOLD series. Written by Jane Wainwright Directed by Sarah Brigham, Performed by Joanna Simpkins.
Tickets include talk and play - £12 online or at the door

Posted 04/04/2016


National Operatic and Dramatic Association Wales & Ireland


Three Counties Hotel Hereford

Contact: via website or Twitter

Annual Conference

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th May 2016

Posted 23/03/2016


ACTion Community Theatre Company

Terry O'Toole Theatre, OneNK Centre, North Hykeham LN6 9AX

Contact: To book your free place email or call the Box Office 01522 883311
Age Guide: Adults and 11 years+

Community Theatre Taster Workshops

Community Theatre Taster Workshops

Sat 14th May 2pm - 6pm

Always wanted to perform or get involved behind-the-scenes?
ACTion extend a very warm welcome to you to come along and discover community theatre at our ‘taster’ afternoon workshop!
Come along and have fun as you sing a little, dance a little and act a little and then join our friendly members in the greenroom afterwards for one of our lovely ACTion High Teas!
No previous experience required!
Please wear relaxed, comfy clothing and footwear you can move in.
This event is funded through a grant from Voluntary Arts and is FREE, but places are limited, so please book your place now.

Posted 18/04/2016




Contact: Should you require any more information before submitting your entry please telephone me, on 01924 252376 and I will be pleased to answer your queries.
I can also be contacted by email at:
Paul Haley - Festival Co-ordinator


29th May – 4th June 2016

In 2016 we will be staging our sixteenth festival of full-length plays at the Theatre Royal in Wakefield. If you would like to come and join the fun, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Applications for entry should be made on the enclosed form and be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 6th January 2016, to meet the print deadline for the theatre’s summer brochure. However, we would like to receive as many scripts as possible over the next couple of months, to give all committee members time to read them.
As usual, the box-office takings for the week, following deduction of expenses, will be split equally between the competing teams. We encourage you to give consideration to this when making your choice of play. Whilst we aim to present a varied selection of plays, we do have to give consideration to the financial viability of the festival.
Last year, the audience total was 1,504. This resulted in the festival making a profit of £5,746.93 and the sum of £821 being paid to each of the seven teams. Hopefully we will be able to exceed this next year!

Posted 16/11/2015


Woodbridge Drama Festival

Woodbridge Drama Festival


Woodbridge Suffolk

Contact: via website

Festival of 6 Full/Length plays from groups nationwide

May 29 - June 4 2016

Seckford Theatre, Burkitt Road
The programme is as follows:-
Sunday 29 May: Noises Off by Michael Frayn performed by The Deben Players (Woodbridge)
Monday 30 May: Educating Rita by Willy Russell performed by Viva Arts & Community Group (Ely Cambs)
Tuesday 31 May: The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan (from the motion picture screenplay by William Rose) performed by Rushmere Players (Ipswich)
Friday 3 June: Immigration: What does it mean to you? A devised piece performed by Yr13 Acting Group Ormiston & Sudbury Academy
Friday 3 June will be the last night and will include the awards ceremony.
The ticket prices have been amended to reflect the reduced programme.
The ticket prices for a 'season' of four plays are as follows:-
Four nights bought before Mon 9 May £28, after 9 May up to Sun 29 May £36
Single night/walk-up £12 or £9 Concession (>60, student)

Posted 23/03/2016


Woodbridge Drama Festival

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact: Tickets via or visit Shire Hall Woodbridge for cash/cheque only
See all 4 plays for £28!

Woodbridge Drama Festival

May 29 - Jun 3

Woodbridge Drama Festival

Posted 27/04/2016


June 2016

Greater Manchester Drama Federation

Players Theatre, Anfield Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire. SK8 5EX


GMDF 2016 One Act Play Festival

6th – 11th June 2016

This is always a brilliant week’s theatre of one act play and it is open to non GMDF members.
All details, rules and entry forms are on the GMDF website

Posted 22/06/2015


North Essex Theatre Guild - NETG

The Headgate Theatre, Colchester, Essex

Contact: To apply send an e mail to or fill in the form attached here

NETG One Act Play Festival

26th June 2016

the deadline for entries is Saturday, 23rd April

Posted 19/04/2016


June 2016

Farnham Stagecoach


Contact: To book your space call 01252 216277 or email us on

You are invited to Stagecoach Farnham 2016 Summer Workshops!

Following the massive success of our "Show in a Week" workshop last year, we're thrilled to announce that we've been granted the performing rights for for the shortened version of the brilliant show “Matilda” for this year’s Summer Workshops.

When: 25th - 29th July 2016
Times: 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Venue: Farnham College Morley Road GU9 8LU
Cost: £175 (Sibling cost £125)

We put on a fantastic show in the week culminating in a performance to family and friends. Students aged from 6-18 may apply, and you don't have to be a regular Stagecoach student to attend - all we ask from you is enthusiasm!
Children are split into age related groups and are taught singing, acting and dancing by our friendly, enthusiastic, experienced and DBS checked teachers in high energy and fun classes. Whether you are looking to learn new skills, make friends or build confidence our Stagecoach Summer Workshop has something to offer your child.
And for any younger siblings looking to get in on the action we have our...

Little Performers Workshop!

When: 25th - 29th July 2016
Times: 9.30 - 12.30 daily
Venue: Farnham College Morley Road GU9 8LU
Cost: £125 (Sibling cost £100)

Our Little Performers workshop for 4 - 6 year olds is packed full of singing, dancing and acting. Children will get to experience learning songs, lines and choreography to present a show to family and friends at the end of the workshop, making friends, learning new skills and developing confidence along the way.

Posted 20/04/2016


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