Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Excitement Mounts for National Drama Festival

QUADROPHENIA and The Firm star, Phil Davis has lent his support for the prestigious National Drama Festival about to start soon at the Thameside Theatre, sponsored by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

South Ockedon born and bred-Phil has just finished filming the sequel of the gripping TV drama ‘Whitechapel’ about a modern day Jack the Ripper murderer

Phil said: “I’m truly sorry I couldn’t actually be there in person for this great festival that this year has come to Grays. I was looking forward to attending in person and chatting to the participants. But I wish them all well, and want to say to them you know what you’re doing with your moves and lines just go out there an enjoy yourself in this great theatre.”

With it’s high production standards theatre fans across the south of England are in for a real treat this summer! Also one of the fifteen regional winners chosen from all over the UK and Europe is an ex-pat group coming all the way from Luxembourg for this year’s exciting national final, so the tension’s running high for a lot of excited actors and 15 nervous directors!

This national event is being supported locally by the Thurrock Drama Festival which is organised each year by local Arts Council Chair John Scowen. It’s just one of many such member festivals, who as the national organisation, the NDFA, celebrate the best of the year’s drama festival winners across the country in one grand annual finals week.

Building on the fantastic support of both Phil and the Thurrock Gateway DC, Thurrock Arts Council Chair John Scowen was able to show the visiting president of the National Drama Festivals Association what a great location Thurrock is and he clearly succeeded in persuading the NDFA Executive. Their president commented that; “Thurrock (Grays Town) has a really great facility in the Thameside Theatre and the hotels are truly of a very high standard”.

The NDFA want to ensure the festival’s success each year and, as John Scowen says “This will be an event that will truly be a celebration of the ‘crème de la crème’ of amateur theatre, and you now have the chance to enjoy this great event here at the Thameside Theatre! We are all ready to go now and are looking forward to a fabulous week of live theatre!”

The Festival starts this Sunday (25th) at the Thameside and closes on Saturday (31st). Tickets are available on line s208107663.websitehome.co.uk/ticketing/essex/

The theatre box office 08453005261 is now open where tickets can be purchased for the whole week at a reduced rate.

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