An Important Year for Manx Amateur Drama

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Mike Trout. The Hound of the Baskervilles performed by Mutley & Minques - Theatricus Dramaticus (London). 

It’s not often that one gets to celebrate a 70th Anniversary, but in 2020 the Manx Amateur Drama Federation (MADF) will do so with their Easter Festival of Full-Length Plays to be held at The Gaiety Theatre from 11th – 17th April.

To dispel misconceptions that we sometimes hear, this is not a religious festival …. Just a festival held around Easter of high quality amateur drama.  This is a competition.  We have 7, non-local, teams competing with each performing a different play every evening, and these will be adjudicated by a professional adjudicator from the UK.  Many of these teams have been competing in this festival for many years with some going on to win major awards elsewhere, but one thing they all say is how wonderful it is to perform on the Gaiety stage and the festival is revered for its quality and sense of occasion.  So why not come and join us to taste the occasion for yourself …… you never know, you could enjoy it enough to come again and even sample the delights of our other events in 2020.

To further celebrate the anniversary, the National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) have asked MADF to host the British All Winners Festival again this year.  The last time the festival was here was 2014 when there was a selection of outstanding drama throughout the week.  Why outstanding?  This festival brings together “the best of the best” as winners of both One-Act and Full-Length festivals from up and down the UK are invited to come together in competition to truly find out who is the best in each of the categories.  The programme for this festival can only be put together once the National drama festival circuit finishes in May, so all will be revealed in June for the BAWF at The Gaiety from 18th – 24th July.

Completing our festival timetable, though it does come first, why not join us at Erin Arts Centre for the MADF One-Act Festival when 10 local teams perform a very varied programme over four evenings from 4th – 7th March.

Tickets for all three festivals are already on sale from the VillaGaiety Box Office for the Easter & BAWF events and Erin Arts Centre for the One-Act Festival.  Adult tickets for individual evenings are never more than £15 and can be as cheap as £8 per night when buying season tickets.  Students can pay even less, so come and see where your school drama class could take you.

Keep an eye open for our banners showing the queue for tickets!

Press Release submitted by the Manx Amateur Drama Federation 
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