The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Youth Drama Festival

6th – 11th March 2023 at 7:30pm (Sat 7pm)

The very best of youth drama from Hertfordshire and the Home Counties

Some entries may contain strong language or themes unsuitable for younger children. (more information here)

Waiting list. Our waiting list is now full. ​The performance will be transmitted to the large screen in the bar if you’re unable to obtain a seat in the auditorium.

It’s their 79th year of presenting a wonderful week of entertaining, dramatic competition that attracts young people from Hertfordshire and its adjoining counties. They compete for various awards for junior and senior sections. There are two or three short (one-act) plays each night. The teams must adhere to the festival rules and will be awarded marks by a professional GoDa adjudicator for acting, production, stage presentation and dramatic achievement.

See for more details.

Monday 6th March – 7.30pm

St Francis’ College (J) Jane Eyre’s Diary by Charlotte McDermott
Beaumont School Junior Drama Company (J) Like There’s No Tomorrow
by Belgrade Youth Theatre
Chancellor’s School (J) Agatha Twisty & the Murder in Pantoland  by Warren McWilliams

Tuesday 7th March – 7.30pm

St Albans Middle School Drama Club (J) Treasure Island by R L Stevenson
adapted by Todd Espeland
St Christopher School (J) Heritage by Dafydd James

Wednesday 8th March – 7.30pm

Limitless Academy of Performing Arts (J) Bassett by James Graham
St Albans High School for Girls (S) Flood by Lucy Foster

Thursday 9th March – 7.30pm

Junior Archer Players (J) Caesar by William Shakespeare
Senior Archer Players (S) 100 by Diene Petterle, Neil Monaghan & Christopher Heimann

Friday 10th March – 7.30pm

Nicholas Breakspear (J) Once Upon A Time . . . inspired by Carol Ann Duffy – devised
St Christopher School (S) The Last Post by Connor Vincent

Saturday 11th March – 7pm

Stagecall Community Arts Group 1 (S) Millionaire – devised
Barn Hermes (S) Harry’s Hotter At Twilight by Jonathan Dorf

Award ceremony

Some entries may contain strong language or themes unsuitable for younger children. (more information here)


Opening 28th May
By John Finnemore
Opening 13th June
By Mary Chase



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At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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