The Wilmslow Festival Of One Act Plays

"The Friendly Festival"

Tue 21st - Sat 25th June 2016

7.30pm start each night


June sees the return of our annual competitive Festival of One Act Plays, featuring many varied one act plays from dramatics groups throughout the area.

This is a great opportunity to see some really exciting and varied drama from all over the North West. Groups are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes and each evening has several different plays on. Each evening is concluded by a verbal adjudication by our adjudicator.

Plays are entered into three categories: junior (under 14), youth (14-18) and senior. Awards are made on the Saturday night. The awards are:

This year we have confirmed entries from:

Our adjudicator this year is John Powell.


Results

Best Junior Production

Murder at Graythwaite Manor School (Carmel Bird Theatre School)

Best Junior Individual Performance

Katie Dexter as Gretel and Rose Mendham as Narrator in Hansel and Gretel (Chelford Players)

Best Youth Production

The Play's The Thing (Whitehead School of Dance and Drama)

Best Youth Individual Performance

Rosabelle Bennett as Eleanor in The Play's The Thing (Whitehead School of Dance and Drama)

Best Senior Production

Like There's No One Looking (Barton Theatre Company)

Best Senior Individual Performance

Val Ridings as Josie in Like There's No One Looking (Barton Theatre Company)

Adjudicator's Award

The costumes, hair and make up in All By Myself (Chelford Players)

The Geoffrey Reed Award for Best Director

Janice Haughton for The Audition (Hyde Little Theatre)

The Syd Mence Cup for a Piece of Theatre Magic

Iestyn Bird as Mr Green in Murder at Graythwaite Manor School (Carmel Bird Theatre School)


Festival Running Order

Tuesday 21st June (ADULTS ONLY!)

  1. "Look Into My Eyes" Wilmslow Green Room Society (Senior/Comedy)
  2. "Mission Impossible" Byley Players (Senior/Comedy)

Wednesday 22nd June

  1. "Murder at Graythwaite Manor School" Carmel Bird Theatre School (Junior/Comedy)
  2. "Hansel and Gretel" Chelford Players (Junior/Comedy)
  3. "All By Myself" Chelford Players  (Senior/Comedy)

Thursday 23rd June

  1. "Coronation Fleet" Heald Green Theatre Company (Junior/Comedy)
  2. "Man on the Floor" Manchester Athenaeum Drama Society(Senior/Comedy)
  3. "Like There's No One LookingBarton Theatre Company  (Senior/Drama)

Friday 24th June

  1. "The Play's The Thing" Whitehead School of Dance and Drama (Youth/Drama)
  2. "There'll Be No Tears" Whitehead School of Dance and Drama (Senior/Drama)
  3. "Dreamjobs" Whitehead School of Dance and Drama (Youth/Comedy/Drama)

Saturday 25th June

  1. "The Audition" Hyde Little Theatre (Youth/Comedy/Drama)
  2. "Gemma Bond - Licensed to Iron" Wilmslow Guild Players (Senior/Comedy)

What the heck is a one act play festival? (in 250 words)

From Facebook during the 2013 festival...

"I was chatting to a lady before the festival started tonight, and she was telling me how much she loves the festival and how this year she was coming to see every night. She wondered why more people don't come and see it all like she does. I think the answer is that a lot of people don't really know what it is all about.

So what can you expect? Well, each night you will see (usually) three different plays from different societies. Each play has been rehearsed and produced by the societies, and they bring them to our festival for the audience's enjoyment and also to compete for awards. So you'll see three short (45 minute) plays, followed by a verbal adjudication by our very knowledgeable (and independent!) adjudicator.

We have three age categories: junior (under 14), youth (14-18) and senior (the oldies). This year we have been careful to mix age ranges each night, so you'll see plays from a number of age categories. On the Saturday night there are three plays, followed by the adjudication, and then followed by the presentation of the awards, which are:

• Best Production (junior, youth and senior)

• Best Individual Performance (junior, youth and senior)

• The Geoffrey Reed Award for Best Director

• The Adjudicator's Award

• The Syd Mence Cup for a Piece of Theatre Magic

So there you go, in 250 words that is what our festival is all about. Why not come down and give it a try?"