The Nidderdale One-Act Drama Festival has been a much-loved staple of the local amateur drama scene since 1963. This year’s event, adjudicated by Chris Baglin of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, takes place from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th March and will feature The Knaresborough Players, Woodlands Drama Group, the Harrogate Dramatic Society, Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society (seniors and juniors) and Tricorn Theatre Company.
The repertoire is, as usual, varied and vibrant and features plays by local authors Bernie Crosthwaite and Keith Burton.
The event is affiliated to the All-England Theatre Festival (AETF) and the winners will go forward to contest the AETF Northern Final at Washington Arts Centre, Tyne and Wear over the weekend of 4th to 5th May. This year, the prestigious British Final of One-Act plays provides a special incentive for the winning Nidderdale festival group since this culminating event of the festival season will be held locally at Harrogate Theatre on 5th and 6th July.
WOODLANDS DRAMA GROUP – ‘OUR MAN’ by Daniel Clucas
TRICORN THEATRE COMPANY – ‘CAT AND MOUSE’ by Bernie Crosthwaite
PATELEY BRIDGE DRAMATIC SOCIETY (juniors) – ‘HOMEWORK! HELP!!!’ devised by Ruth Dodsworth and Joyce Liggins from ‘Plays from Literature’ compiled by Evelyn Smith
PATELEY BRIDGE DRAMATIC SOCIETY (seniors) – ‘A PENNY FOR THEM’ by Keith Burton
The HARROGATE DRAMATIC SOCIETY – ‘GOSFORTH’S FETE’ (from ‘Confusions’) by Alan Ayckbourn
KNARESBOROUGH PLAYERS ‘GREEN FORMS’ (from ‘Office Suite’) by Alan Bennett
WOODLANDS DRAMA GROUP ‘SAVING FOR DOLPHINS’ by Wilf Hashimi
Tickets are £8 per night, £15 for two nights or £22 for three nights. Concession rates are available for juniors. You can purchase tickets on the door or reserve them in advance by calling Ian Clarke on 01423 712240 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.