Cambridge Festival of Drama

The festival is a great opportunity to see plays performed in a competitive setting in front of a professional adjudicator by some of the best talent in the area.

We also run fringe events where anyone is invited to share ideas, take part in workshops and learn from each other in a relaxed setting.

A change of approach this year means we aim to make the festival a true celebration of amateur theatre!

The Festival Programme

We're delighted to welcome nine amateur teams to take to the ADC stage as part of our festival.
As always, the programme is wide and varied - giving audiences and teams the chance to experience different types of theatre.

5th September, 7:45pm

JESUS MY BOY

by John Dowie, performed by Tiger Theatrical Productions

THE TAXI DRIVER'S PRINCESS

by Michael Husband, perfomed by Waterbeach Theare Company

6th September, 7:45pm

I DID IT MY WAY

by Marian Caine & Katherine Cutmore, performed by St John's Players

THE PLAY'S THE THING

by Kirsty Smillie, performed by Over Players

ESCAPED ALONE

by Caryl Churchill, performed by Combined Actors of Cambridge

7th September, 2:30pm

THE PORTRAIT

Written and performed by Corkscrew Theatre Company

KILLING HIM SOFTLY

by Sean Baker, performed by BAWDS

7th September, 7:45pm

SILENCE AND SKYLARKS

by Sarah Ridley, performed by Out of Ideas

SHAKESPEAREAN

by William Shakespeare & Lynne Livingstone, performed by Shakespeare at the George

Workshops

NEW FOR 2019!  We want the Festival to be a place where you can learn something new, so we've arranged two exciting workshops for anyone to enjoy.  The sessions are FREE and take place on 7th September at 11am in the ADC Theatre, but must be pre-booked.

IMPROVISATION TASTER WITH JSE IMPROV

Learn how to act on your toes, reacting spontaneously to any given situation or scenario - often with humerous results!

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH WRITEON

Learn about how to get into new writing with Julia Bolden from local Cambridge group, WriteOn.

Meet our adjudicator - Chris Jaeger (GoDA)

We're delighted to welcome Chris to adjudicate our festival this year.

Known as one of the most experienced adjudicators on the circuit, he is a former chairnam of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators - and so definitely knows his stuff!  Chris was awarded an MBE in the Queens' 2013 Birthday Honours for services to arts, and has also been involved in various roles with organisations such as the Royal Navy and the English Symphony Orchestra.
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Where else can you feel complete elation and catharsis to utter heartbreak in a single evening? Variety and talent is what you can experience at a Drama Festival!

We love taking part in drama festivals because it takes us out of our comfort zone.

I love a good drama festival because it brings like-minded people together from different areas and it's lots of buzzing fun.