The Festival Programme

See below for the list of plays that are on each night of the festival. Over time we'll be including further information about each play, so be sure to check back closer to the time to find out more about each one.

The Plays

Nine short plays, a free improv session, and a workshop on writing your own play – a true celebration of drama! Watch the plays, form your own opinion, and then see if our professional adjudicator Chris Jaeger GoDA agrees with you. Meet your friends in the bar afterwards to chew the rag over a drink or two . . . .

The plays are an eclectic mix of new and established writing, of comedies, thrillers, drama and storytelling. They’re performed by theatre groups from in and around Cambridge, competing for awards for acting, directing and technical achievements.

Will you be among the first to see a major new performer or spot a new writing talent? Maybe you’ll find a group whose productions you’d like to see more of? Be an adventurous theatregoer and come and join us for the Cambridge Festival of Drama!

5th September, 7:45pm - Festival session #1

JESUS MY BOY

by John Dowie

Tiger Theatrical Productions

The story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is portrayed in later artwork!

THE TAXI DRIVER'S PRINCESS

by Michael Husband

Waterbeach Theatre Company

This gripping drama deals with obsession, rejection, a missing daughter and a father under police investigation.

6th September, 7:45pm - Festival session #2

I DID IT MY WAY

by Marian Caine & Katherine Cutmore

St John's Players

Two couples attend the funeral of a colleague. What secrets are they keeping from each other, and is everyone who they appear to be?

THE PLAY'S THE THING

by Kirsty Smillie

The Over Players

Tensions run high during drama festival time! What play? What kind? Is it worth trying something new? 

ESCAPED ALONE

by Carol Churchill

Combined Actors of Cambridge

Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.

7th September, 11:00am - Workshop sessions

IMPROV SKILLS WORKSHOP

In association with JSE Improv

Want to learn how to act on your toes, react spontaneously to any given situation and have a laugh while doing it?

Join the team from JSE Improv for a FREE taster session on improvisation skills!

WRITING WORKSHOP

In association with WriteOn

Have you ever wanted to get into writing for drama but have never known where to begin?

WriteOn’s Julia Bolden will be hosting STARTING POINTS - a FREE workshop exploring ways into writing drama!

7th September, 2:30pm - Festival session #3

THE PORTRAIT

by Corkscrew Theatre Company

Corkscrew Theatre Company

The story of a young and penniless artist, Andrey Petrovich Chartkov, who stumbles upon a wonderful portrait an art shop and is compelled to buy it.

KILLING HIM SOFTLY

by Sean Baker

Bawds

Robert McLintock is writing another blockbuster. But it's not going to plan. Killing Him Softly explores a writer's struggles in the post #metoo world.

7th September, 7:45pm - Festival session #4 and Awards ceremony

ROLE PLAY *

by James P. Mannion

WriteOn

An average couple deal with an crisis of identity from which neither seems able to awaken. *WriteOn are a late stand-in for a withdrawal and will not be eligible for any awards.

SHAKESPEAREAN

by William Shakespeare & Lynne Livingstone

Shakespeare at the George

Formed entirely from lines found in each of Shakespeare's 37 plays to create a whole new story - featuring passionate lovers, cross-dressing, mistaken identity and a happy ending!