The 2019 Elmbridge Drama Festival was held on Friday 31st May in the Cecil Hepworth Walton Playhouse, Walton on Thames, with the presentation of awards by the festival adjudicator Keith Phillips, Associate of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.
Two of the participating drama groups (Back to Front Theatre and Tiger Theatrical Productions) were first time entrants in the festival whilst the third (Woking College Theatre Company) are regulars and have enjoyed much success in the past decade.
Woking College Theatre Company won the Richard Davis Best Play trophy for their dynamic production of “Education, Education, Education” by The Wardrobe Ensemble.
This fast paced, dynamic and technically impressive production also collected a host of other awards including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Player, Best Youth Actor/Actress in addition to the Technical Merit award.
The Runners Up trophy was awarded to Tiger Theatrical Productions for their production of “Jesus My Boy” by John Dowie. The lead actor in this performance (Adam Dyer) won the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Jesus’ father Joseph.
The Back to Front Theatre production of “The Hebrew Lesson” won the Adjudicator’s Award.
On a less positive note the plays were watched by a very small audience. The evening consequently lacked atmosphere and will result in a financial loss for the organisers.
The 2019 Elmbridge Drama festival was once again generously supported by the RC Sherriff Trust and The Charity of Robert Phillips, both of which are Registered Charities that generously support the Arts in Elmbridge Borough.
Woking College Theatre Company had also previously won the Maidenhead Drama festival and represented this festival in the Eastern Area Final of the All England Theatre Festival (“AETF”) competition the following evening (Saturday 1st June 2019) at the same venue.
Woking College again prevailed, against Glow Theatre (representing Southern Counties Drama Festival) and Bawds (representing Waltham Forest Drama Festival) and will represent the Eastern Area in the AETF English Grand Final at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead on Saturday 8th June 2019.
Tickets for this prestigious event are available from the theatre box office https://norden.farm Tel: 01628 788 997
Chairman, Elmbridge Drama Festival and AETF Eastern Area