Nidderdale and District Drama Festival
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English Final 2018
Dear Festival Supporter in the North.
This year's British Final was held on 6/7 July at the MacRobert Theatre on the highly attractive (but sweltering) campus of Stirling University. It was hosted impressively by the Scottish Community Drama Association and adjudicated with skill and acuity by Jennifer Scott Reid.
The four finalists were:
ABERDOUR PLAYERS (Fife) with 'RED CROSS' by Sam Shepard
TOTAL ARTS COMMUNITY THEATRE (Tamworth) with 'THE THRILL OF LOVE' by Amanda Whittington
PLAYERS' THEATRE (South Wales) with 'THE BRIDGE' by Gabe Torrens
ROSEMARY DRAMA GROUP (Belfast) with 'MEDIOCRITY' by Anton Krueger
The standard, as one would expect from four national champions, was extremely high and this event is always more about celebration than winning the HOWARD DE WALDEN TROPHY. However, the smart money seemed to be on the atmospheric Welsh play, TACT's rendition of the Ruth Ellis story or the irrepressibly funny and inventive Irish production. In the event the trophy went to Wales. In THE BRIDGE a potential suicide is found perched on a bridge above a ravine and talked down by an enigmatic stranger who we learn is a former (but long since alienated) best friend. The scenario had all the potential for cliché but transcended it by unexpected revelations and psychological twists.
The British Final is always the occasion at which the GEOFREY WHITWORTH TROPHY is awarded to the author of the year's best original play receiving it's festival debut. Here AETF North had much to shout about. The runner-
The SCDA pushed the 'hosting' bar very high for next year's event, which, many of you know, will be held at HARROGATE THEATRE on 5/6 July. As the AETF Chair and co-
If you can help in any of the above ways, please let me know.
Kind regards, IAN CLARKE (AETF)