Adult and youth theatre companies from Tamworth and the wider area will compete throughout the festival, with up to three plays being performed each night from Tuesday, March 19, to Saturday, March 23.
Performances will be scored by GoDA festival adjudicator Jennifer Scott-Reid and the winners in a variety of categories will progress to the next round of the celebrated All England Theatre Festival.
The nightly drama will unfold at the Two Rivers High School Theatre, Torc Campus, off Silver Link Road, where audiences can enjoy a high standard of performances for just £6 per evening.
Although it is subject to change at short notice, the current line-up features:
Thursday, March 21
TACT – Ode to a Monster
Abbey Players – Untucked Abbey Players – Witches of Preswick
Friday, March 22 Belfrey Junior Youth Theatre – Macbethamia Fusion Arts Lab – The Pendle Child Belfrey Senior Youth Theatre – Teen
Saturday, March 23 IMPACT Junior Youth – Wronged Duke Belfrey SYT – Subject Vein Tower Players – Superheroes
Presentation of Awards
Doors open at 6.30pm daily, with performances starting at 7pm prompt. Please note, late comers will not be permitted until the next interval.
Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “It is the first in a new season of ‘Assembly Rooms on Tour’ events, which will see performances being taken out into the community this spring to ensure audiences and theatre groups continue to benefit from live entertainment during the refurbishment of the historic theatre.
“This is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a variety of theatre performances by local amateur dramatic groups at a very reasonable price of £6 per ticket each evening.”
The season continues with Tamworth Musical Theatre Company’s production of Annie at the Landau Forte Theatre in Ashby Road from Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20.
Tickets for the Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival and Annie are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, from the Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.