Exciting festival of drama starts next month in Tamworth

An exciting five-night run of theatre gets underway next month with the 2019 Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival, featuring a series of one act plays by the region’s best amateur dramatic groups.

Adult and youth theatre companies from Tamworth and the wider area will compete throughout the festival, with up to three plays being performed each night from Tuesday, March 19, to Saturday, March 23.

Performances will be scored by GoDA festival adjudicator Jennifer Scott-Reid and the winners in a variety of categories will progress to the next round of the celebrated All England Theatre Festival.

The nightly drama will unfold at the Two Rivers High School Theatre, Torc Campus, off Silver Link Road, where audiences can enjoy a high standard of performances for just £6 per evening.

Although it is subject to change at short notice, the current line-up features:


Tuesday, March 19                                                                                                                                                                    

  • IMPACT Senior Youth Theatre – Find Me                                                                                                            
  • Belfrey Youth Theatre - Project                                                                                                                                               
  • Wellington Theatre Company – When Should I Have Left                                                                                       

Wednesday, March 20                                                                                                                                            

  • Two Rivers School – Christmas Carol                                                                                                       
  • Little Acorn Theatre Company - Mixer                                                                                                                                            
  • Little Acorn  Theatre Company – Sinister Jape                                                                                                                                                                                            

Thursday, March 21

  • TACT – Ode to a Monster                                                                
  • Abbey Players - Untucked                                                                                                                                                               
  • Abbey Players – Witches of Preswick                                          

Friday, March 22                                                                                                                                              

  •  Belfrey  Junior Youth Theatre - Macbethamia                                                                                                                                   
  • Fusion Arts Lab – The Pendle Child                                                                                                                              
  •  Belfrey  Senior Youth Theatre - Teen                                                       

Saturday, March 23                                                                                                                                                      

  •  IMPACT Junior Youth – Wronged Duke                                                                                                         
  •  Belfrey SYT – Subject Vein                                              
  • Tower Players - Superheroes                                                                                                                                                         
  • Presentation of Awards

Doors open at 6.30pm daily, with performances starting at 7pm prompt. Please note, late comers will not be permitted until the next interval.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said:  “It is the first in a new season of ‘Assembly Rooms on Tour’ events, which will see performances being taken out into the community this spring to ensure audiences and theatre groups continue to benefit from live entertainment during the refurbishment of the historic theatre.

“This is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a variety of theatre performances by local amateur dramatic groups at a very reasonable price of £6 per ticket each evening.”

The season continues with Tamworth Musical Theatre Company’s production of Annie at the Landau Forte Theatre in Ashby Road from Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20.

Tickets for the Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival and Annie are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, from the Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.