The 84th Welwyn Drama Festival.
A week of 1 act plays from around the country, adjudicated by Paul Fowler GoDA
The office building of Willard & Son, Bath Suppliers. Kerry is new to the company and just wants to make a good impression on her boss, Adele. For Adele, she wants to make sure Kerry knows who’s boss. Meanwhile on reception, Griselda just wants to meet a nice guy. Maybe go out (not to a pub quiz) and discuss history. And as for Barnaby? Well, he just wants to be that guy.
A studio production from our Pigwidgeon youth group
Professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a Duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. She conquers not only the voice and behaviour patterns that Higgins is teaching her, but also the heart of a young aristocrat. Pygmalion is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British system of the day and a commentary on women’s independence.
The world’s unluckiest punk band reunites for one final gig...
It’s December 1936 and West End star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Sussex mansion for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed todeath, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Itis then upto Gillette himself, ashe assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, totrack down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
Brother and sister Martin and Hilda live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden.
As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, TIKTBT tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.
May is moving out after 45 years in the same house, and as her son helps move boxes out to the van, we see memories playing out – snapshots of life shown against the backdrop of the changing social profile of the area, from working pit village to northern sink estate.
A musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling
Henry II throws a Christmas feast for the newly crowned King of France. Also home for the holidays are Henry’s three sons, each eager to take the throne, and Henry’s manipulative wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. The need to appear a happy family for the King of France doesn’t stop each Plantagenet from secretly plotting to take the others down…
Kate is delighted when she finds a house in the country to escape to for New Year’s Eve. Gathering together a select group of her closest friends, she’s keen to start the coming year afresh. But successful, stressed-out thirtysomethings in search of a good time can make for one very fearsome party… and some surprising resolutions.
An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige, hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband’s bestseller. The arrival of Mike, marooned after crashing his van, provides an unexpected addition. A silent waiter, sourced from an obscure website, completes the picture – let the dinner from hell begin.
The ‘Kindertransport’ took place at the beginning of WWII, placing over 10,000 Jewish children in British foster homes. The play jumps back and forth between three time periods: Pre-war, War and Post-war, and depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents, an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.
A brand-new ancient-history play in verse about one of Britain’s most iconic women: a queen, a warrior and a rebel. AD 61, Britannia. On the furthest outreaches of the Roman Empire, rebellion is brewing. Queen Boudica returns. And this time she has an army. She will have revenge. She will have blood. She will make Rome quake in fear…