The Nidderdale Festival of one-act plays took place in March at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough. This Festival constitutes part of Woodlands Drama Group’s annual calendar of event. Apart from the fact that the winner goes onto the next round of the All England Theatre Festival of One Act plays, it gives local groups a chance to experiment with lesser known plays and enter newly written plays (we have a couple of play-writes in our Group).
This year we performed ‘A Way to Mandalay’ by Christopher Kell and came away with a number of trophies, though this year we didn’t get through to the next round. We won:-
THE GARTH RAWSON CUP (Runner-up trophy)
THE GRAHAM NORTH MEMORIAL CUP for BEST ACTOR (congratulations to Nick Neale)
THE FH BARRON CUP FOR BEST DECOR
THE MICHAEL WADE MEMORIAL CUP FOR ARTISTIC ORIGINALITY
THE BETTY CLARKE TROPHY (Audience Award)
Our congratulations to Knaresborough Players for winning the festival with an equally challenging play, THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE by Christopher Durang. It was a delightful co-incidence that they should win the festival in the year in which they are celebrating their 50 years of occupancy of the Frazer Theatre and we wish them well at the AETF semi-final at Saltburn in May.