THERE will be a real treat for theatre-lovers this weekend when the annual Worcestershire Theatre Festival takes place in Droitwich.
There will be 12 plays performed at the Norbury Theatre over two days from tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday (March 7) and the organisers have once again chosen a selection to appeal to everyone.
The afternoon session tomorrow (Saturday) starts at 2pm with Cupboard Love by Jean McConnell, followed by A Payment Unkind by James Chalmers and then Waiting for Mary by Liam Alexandru.
The evening session tomorrow from 7pm features The Boy Comes Home by AA Milne, The Last Show in Paris by Paul Robinson and Dreamjobs by Graham Jones.
Then on Sunday the afternoon session begins at 2pm with The Librarian by Stephen Moran before Too Much Punch for Judy by Mark Wheelier and No World Without by Ben Parker are performed.
The final three – staged from 7pm on Sunday – will be As You Like It by William Shakespeare, The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs and Hello Darkness My Old Friend by Sue Wilding.
All the pieces are one-act plays lasting between 25 and 55 minutes. They are performed in front of an esteemed professional adjudicator as well as the audience.
This year’s adjudicator is Jennifer Scott-Reid from GODA who will score each performance out of 40 for acting, 35 for production, 15 for stage presentation and ten for dramatic achievement.
Jennifer has been in local theatre for many years and a member of her local group ‘Clavering Players’ for more than 25 years as a director, writer, choreographer and stage manager. She has extensive festival experience and has directed several award-winning plays.
There will be 14 accolades in total up for grabs at the festival, including best actor, best actress, best director, best music, best original piece of theatre and, of course, best play.
The top two plays will go through to represent the area at the All England Festival.
Tickets, which are £6 per session, are available at www.norburytheatre.co.uk or by calling 01905 770154.
Visit http://worcs-theatre-festival.org.uk for more on the festival itself and the plays.