Get ready for six nights of fabulous competitive drama, as Hertford Theatre Week returns for its 57th year.
Between Monday 23rd and Saturday 28th April, Hertford Theatre will play host to a different play each evening. After the finale performance on Saturday, five trophies will be awarded for: overall winner, runner up, best stage presentation, adjudicator’s award for outstanding moment of the festival and an audience appreciation award, voted for by those audience members holding a weekly ticket.
This year promises a festival full of dramatic treats, including:
Monday 23rd April
Ladies In Lavender by Shaun McKenna
Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society
Two middle aged sisters find a young foreigner washed up on their local Cornish beach in the 1930’s.
While nursing him back to health, they find he is a Polish violinist on his way to America to find fame and fortune. The local G.P. loans him his own violin and whilst playing, a holiday maker hears him. She recognises his great talent and is intent on his meeting her brother, a world-renowned violinist.
Meanwhile, one of the sisters falls in love with the young man …
Tuesday 24th April
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist adapted by Jack Thorne
Barn Theatre Club
Based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, this chilling vampire myth tells the story of Oskar, a lonely, bullied teenager from a broken home and Eli, the troubled girl who moves in next door and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness.
The pair become firm friends. When a series of brutal killings take place in the neighbourhood the two misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar’s loyalty and love beyond all imaginable limits in this chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend. Not for the faint hearted!
Some strong language and lots of blood!
Wednesday 25th April
Feel by James Lewis
Proforca Theatre Company
“One day, maybe even tomorrow, and maybe only once, I want to wake up and feel it. Feel like today is the day when I’m not going to feel so bloody awful and alone all the time …”
Jamie and Naomi collide on a weekend that will cause them to question everything they ever thought they knew about themselves. Nick meets Karen and their lives will never be the same again.
In a world where love can be swiped on a whim and the path of your whole life is determined by the delay of just one train, is there ever the right time to say what you really feel?
Contains strong language and adult themes.
Thursday 26th April
Proof by David Auburn
Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant and ground-breaking mathematician, is haunted by her father’s past and the shadow of her own future. When her father’s genius slips away he leaves behind a mystery. As she struggles with her doubts Catherine also has to contend with her overbearing sister and the attentions of one of her father’s students.
What is it that she has to prove, both to herself and others?
One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, it explores the link between genius and insanity.
Friday 27th April
Bullshot Crummond by Ron House, Diz White, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman and Derek Cunningham
The Players Theatre (Wales)
This parody of a low-budget 30s detective movie typifies British heroism at its dumbest.
The dashing Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond – (WWI ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap) – must save the world from Count Otto von Bruno, his ambiguous relation Lenya Von Bruno, and their dastardly plan to ruin the international diamond market by kidnapping Professor Fenton and, of course, win the heart of a jolly nice young lady, Miss Rosemary Fenton (the professor’s daughter).
Much of the play’s humour comes from its audacious (and intentionally failed) efforts to recreate film effects on stage.
Saturday 28th April
Foxfinder by Dawn King
The Company of Players
A gripping and unsettling parable, Foxfinder is a darkly comic exploration of belief, desire and responsibility, set in a world both strange and familiar.
William Bloor, a ‘foxfinder’, arrives at Sam and Judith Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination. He is driven by his education and beliefs to unearth and destroy an animal that threatens man’s civilisation, and to remain free from its influence himself.
As his investigations proceed, the events that follow change the course of all their lives – for ever…..
Tickets are £15 a night, or £42 for a weekly ticket, giving you access to all six plays.