The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Youth Drama Festival

4th – 9th March 2024 at 7:30pm (Sat 6pm)

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

It’s their 80th 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.

Schedule for the week of drama (subject to change)

Monday 4th March

  • Beaumont Junior Drama Academy – It Snows (Junior)
  • Barn Hermes – Frogs (Senior)

Tuesday 5th March

  • Barn Hedwig – Mobile Phone Show (Junior)
  • St Albans School Drama Club – Underdogs (Junior)

Wednesday 6th March

  • Barn Errol – As It Was (Junior)
  • The Reach Free School – Murder, Madness and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (Junior)

Thursday 7th March

  • Junior Archer Players – Antigone (Junior)
  • Pump House CYT – Gargantua (Junior)

Friday 8th March

  • Limitless Academy of Performing Arts – Bouncers (Senior)
  • Limitless Academy of Performing Arts – Shakers (Senior)
  • STAHS Theatre Company – Rebellious Women (Senior)

Saturday 9th March, 6.00pm start

  • St Christopher School – Grimm As (Junior)
  • St Christopher School – Working Notebook (Senior)

In celebration of our 80th anniversary, this evening will include a cabaret act followed by the awards ceremony

See for more details.


Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade - 4th – 12th October
Opening 4th October
By Laura Wade



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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 work to prevent any form of discrimination or harassment within our organisation.

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