The 1 act play festival was successfully staged at King’s Court, King William’s College in February. There were six entries including a Youth entry. The original entries which came in throughout January numbered twelve but some fell away due to casting difficulties.
This year the Adjudicator was Chris Baglin a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GODA) who made his first visit to the island and thought the standard throughout the play festival and YAOM was very good with some outstanding performances from the young actors partaking in the Young Actor of Mann.
In the play festival we saw a warm and well established character drawn by Pat Clewes in the winning play Cream Cracker Under The Settee by Alan Bennett with Pat winning the best actress award and the Rushen Players winning the Northern Arts Bowl for best play.
MADF to stage 69th Easter Festival of Plays
Manx Amateur Drama Federation is to present the Easter Festival of Full-Length Plays from Saturday April 20 to Friday April 26 at the Gaiety Theatre.
Now in its 69th year the festival will bring together some of the finest amateur drama talent from across the British Isles and will include performances by local companies Rushen Players of Arlene Hutton’s Last Train to Nibroc and Hog the Limelight presenting A Murder is announced by Agatha Christie. Festival adjudicator is Jill Colby, of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA), for whom it will be her first time adjudicating in the Isle of Man. She has been a full-time professional actor, director and actor trainer for more than 40 years.
MADF president Michael Lees said: ‘Every year the festival attracts a loyal following of visitors to the Isle of Man and showcases some truly exceptional artists and productions.
Easter Festival - University Players, Hamburg. Photo by Mike Trout
‘This year we’re delighted to be welcoming the highly experienced adjudicator Jill Colby to the festival and honoured that His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney has kindly agreed to present the awards on the final evening.
‘We’re pleased to be welcoming back old favourites and previous winners Martello Productions from County Dublin; also Bejou Productions from Essex whose founder died in December. He came to the festival for more than 20 so they are coming to perform as a celebration of his life.’ Something a bit different this year there will be three 1 act plays presented by local companies following their success in the 1 act play festival earlier this year. This will be non- competitive and will be on the Tuesday evening.
Tickets are available from the Gaiety Theatre box office, 600555, villagaiety.com. £13 adults or £10 students/concessions per evening. Season ticket £56 adults, £35 students.
This year's competitors of the Young Actor of Mann. Photo by Mike Trout