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Hertford Theatre Week 2018
Adjudicated Drama Festival for Full-length productions - NDFA member festival
society/company: Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society (HDOS) (directory)
from: 18 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018
venue: Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PSBox Office 01992 531500


Weekly £42 Nightly £15

(Including £1 Hertford Theatre Booking Fee)


Telephone on 01992 531500, or online at

The Box Office is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Hertford Theatre Week is an adjudicated Drama Competition and a qualifying festival for the National Drama Festivals Association All-Winners Festival.

In fairness to the competing teams latecomers will not normally be admitted to the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance.

Weekly Ticket holders are eligible to vote for the Audience Appreciation Award on the final evening.

The presentation of the awards will take place after the Saturday performance.

Please note, in extreme circumstances, the programme may be subject to change without notice. Refunds can only be given if there is no performance.

The Adjudicator

Mike Kaiser GODA

Mike Kaiser spent over thirty years teaching English and Drama. Originally from Manchester, he has lived for over forty years in Shropshire where he was Head of English and Theatre Studies at the Sixth Form College in Telford.
For all of that time, he has been active in amateur theatre, winning many awards for acting, directing and writing. He set up a theatre company in his own town over thirty five years ago and directed their winning entry in The All-England Theatre Festival.

Having taken early retirement, he now directs and acts with that group and works as a drama consultant. He runs a youth theatre with four or five productions a year. He is also an examiner with AQA going into schools and colleges to assess their drama practicals.

He became a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in 1999 and has been a member of the Goda Council for a number of years, finally standing down in 2016. For seven of those years , he was the editor of their newsletter to members and also of ‘Asides’ – the annual communication which goes to festival organisers throughout the UK.

He has adjudicated in every part of the UK and also the Republic of Ireland. In 2013, he adjudicated The British All-Winners Festival for the second time and also the Final of the Welsh YFC competition at Llandudno. In 2015, he adjudicated all of the Welsh regional festivals. In 2016, he was seen at Gwent, Avon, Worcs., Hereford, Sawston, Swindon, Welwyn, Exmouth and Woking.


In extreme circumstances this programme may be subject to change without notice. Refunds will only be given if there is no performance

The synopses of the productions in this post are provided by the competing teams.

Monday April 23

Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

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 April 24

Barn Theatre Club
(Welwyn Garden City)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, this chilling vampire myth is strangely engaging.

It 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 April 25

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?

Proforça Theatre Company presents This new piece of writing making its debut in Spring 2018 is about a search for fulfilment, second-hand love and the hope of one day becoming something better than you are. Because sometimes, to follow your heart you have to give it away to someone else.

Feel is written by James Lewis, directed by David Brady and features original Music written for this production by Jason Baker.

Contains strong language and adult themes.

Thursday April 26

Heath Players
(Hatfield Heath)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, it explores the link between genius and insanity. 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?

Filmed in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal, the stage production provides the audience with plenty of humour as well as a lot to think about and a puzzle to resolve for themselves.

Friday April 27

The Players Theatre (Wales)
(Mid Glamorgan)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

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 April 28

The Company of Players

An amateur performance by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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.....

Followed by the presentation of the awards


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