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Dear Drama Festival supporters in the North


It seems only yesterday that the curtain came down on the first round AETF festivals in the North of England and yet, coming up on 5-6 July at Harrogate Theatre, is the denouement of the whole drama festival season which sees the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland champions compete for the ultimate crown -  the Howard de Walden Trophy. This is a one-off opportunity to see the 'best of British' 'locally' (the event won't return to the North of England for a generation)


The success of the event is dependent on the level of paying support it attracts from festival followers throughout AETF Northern Area. Do, please, come along if you can to enjoy two nights of scintillating one-act drama by the cream of this year's practitioners. Having witnessed Woking College win last Saturday's English Final, I promise you that their performance is worth the entry fee alone. It will also be fascinating to witness how this year's Scottish champions, who are coming all the way from Orkney, deliver a John Godber play in his native Yorkshire.


I hope your appetite is sufficiently whetted for you to come to Harrogate for the event and make a weekend of it. I attach a poster for the event and a playbill for both nights.


Thank you in anticipation of your support. I'd be most grateful if you would circulate this information to drama group colleagues.


IAN CLARKE - CHAIRMAN, ALL-ENGLAND THEATRE FESTIVAL