Cambridge Drama Festival (2009)
A Week of 13 Short Plays – 20th to 25th April 7.30pm The Mumford Theatre, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The Cambridge Drama Festival is a thoroughly enjoyable occasion for all theatre-lovers. For the audience, there is the opportunity to see two or three plays each night and for the amateur companies there is the chance to extend their range and use the facilities of a professional theatre. For everyone, there is the mounting excitement throughout the week to see who will win the awards on Saturday night.
There is No End by Frances Brownlie, performed by Dramawise – New evocation of life on the Home Front in WW2 by young cast
Seaside Postcard by Terence Frisby, performed by St Neots Players – A “Carry On” style romp in Cornwall before it was discovered by Rick Stein and the Chelsea set
Swimming with Goldfish by Sean Abbs, performed by Estrella Theatre Company – “Are we all goldfish in search of the thrills of sky-diving?” Surreal new comedy for young cast
Tissue by Louise Page, performed by Clavering Players – Helpful and hopeful drama exploring how breast cancer affects a patient, her relations and friends
Show and Tell by Laline Paull, performed by Swavesey Village College Theatre Company – Hidden and revealed selves in new exuberant school comedy for young cast
Dispatches from Hell by Melvin I Cooperman, performed by BAWDS – Personal crises as individual Germans are caught up in the common cause of the Nazi master-plan
Lucy in the Sky by Tony Layton, performed by Wilstead Players – Three tortured souls find shelter in women’s hostel but can they ever find peace?
For Starters by Nick Warburton, performed by Waterbeach Community Players – Uptight businessman is beguiled by cheeky young waitress in gentle comedy of unusual friendship
Albert by Richard Harris, performed by Cottenham Theatre Workshop – Classic comedy of linguistic confusion hurtles towards a foreign and farcical conclusion
It’s All in the Mind by Andra Bishop, performed by Stagefright – “Who is crazy and who is not?” New youth drama explores society’s fears
Branching Out by Keith Trezise, performed by Flying Horse Theatre – Three eco-warriors bark up the wrong tree in environmentally-friendly comedy
The Garden of Fallen Tales by Tom Penn, performed by Arbury Senior Drama Club – Young WW2 evacuee discovers the power of the imagination in new youth play of magic realism
Hidden in This Picture by Aaron Sorkin, performed by Barn Theatre – Bovine apparitions threaten director’s masterpiece in comic satire on the Hollywood film industry
For more information on the Cambridge Drama Festival contact the secretary, Jean Green – 01223 844170 – jeannie [at] madasafish [dot] com.