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.
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?
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!
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
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
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
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.
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!