Hertford Theatre Week 2005

Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd April

Hertford Theatre Week is a six-night drama festival with a different production every night in the heart of Hertford. Teams travel from all over the country to compete for trophies and the chance to compete in the NDFA All Winners Festival. 2020 sees the 59th Hertford Theatre Week and brings the number of productions to 354. The Festival was instigated when a small committee from Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society, investigating the possibilities of further stimulating amateur drama, invited neighbouring Societies and Drama Groups to perform one of their own productions under festival conditions. With rules agreed and sufficient support promised to ensure a full week's programme of six different plays, 1962 saw the first Hertford Theatre Week. Sponsorship of the first ten years was provided by the directors of the Hertfordshire Mercury and County Press, the publishers of our local newspaper and supporters of local drama. Since 1972 Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society has not only been the hosts and organisers but also the main sponsors.

In recent years the Festival has been completely self-financing and, unlike many full-length play festivals which draw sponsorship from their local authority or commercial organisations, our only revenue comes from the Box Office sales.

The Festival is run by a team of unpaid volunteers, many of who give up some of their annual holiday to work on the competition and whose only reward is their love of theatre and the satisfaction of being involved in what is now recognised as one of the leading full-length drama competitions in the country.

We are proud to say that in 2015, yet again, Hertford Theatre Week provided the winner of the NDFA British All-Winners Drama Festival, held at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, Surrey, and in 2016 the Hertford Theatre Week team were proud to host this national event for the second time at Hertford Theatre. 2017 saw Hertford Theatre Week provide the runner-up at the All-Winners Drama Festival held in Barnsley.

Programme for 2005

The programme for 2005 featured productions:

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, presented by Kytes Theatre Group
The Condition of the Virgin by Boothby Graffoe, presented by The Tin Shed Theatre Company
Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society
Death And The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, presented by The Company of Players
Gigi by Anita Loos (From a noel by Colette), presented by The Barn Theatre Club
Crystal Clear by Phil Young, presented by In Yer Space
Blah, Blah, Blah by Brian Marshall, presented by Masters Performing Arts College

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Other Local Drama Festivals

If you are someone who enjoys competitive theatre, why not also visit the Welwyn Drama Festival for one-act plays or the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival, for young teams, also presenting one-act plays.

Both are held at The Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

Further information can be found at www.welwyndramafestival.com/ and www.wgcydf.org


Adjudicator for 2005

Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is an actor, director, lecturer and member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GODA).

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This Year's Festival

Cover for flyer of 2020 Hertford Theatre Week