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Annual Brentwood Drama Festival to launch tomorrow, celebrating its 70th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 17 September 2018

Festival winner Neil Gray of the Blitzed Theatre Group with the Mayor of Brentwood, Councill Will Russell and winner of the Angela Marshall Award Jonathan Mcaulay with honorary president Shealagh White. Picture: BCTC

Festival winner Neil Gray of the Blitzed Theatre Group with the Mayor of Brentwood, Councill Will Russell and winner of the Angela Marshall Award Jonathan Mcaulay with honorary president Shealagh White. Picture: BCTC

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A drama festival which has been entertaining Brentwood for the past seven decades will once again return.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18, will see the beginning of the Brentwood Drama Festival, brought to the town by the Brentwood Catholic Theatre Club (BCTC).

Honorary president of the club Shealagh White, whose dad Cyril Dennis ran the festival for several years, said: “On behalf of the club, I would like to welcome you to our 70th annual Drama Festival.

“We are very proud of what we believe to be one of the longest running One Act Festivals in the country.

“My father, Cyril Dennis, stepped in to take over the running of the festival when it was in danger of closing back in the 70s and thanks to his dedication, the festival flourished.

“On his death, my brother, Michael Dennis, stepped into his shoes to keep his dream alive.

“Festivals like ours are becoming fewer and much gratitude is owed to the dedicated and passionate team of volunteers for continuing their hard work to keep the festival running.

“We hope to provide a creative environment for exploring all aspects of theatre and have a strong ethos for encouraging youth teams and new playwrights.”

The festival will run until Saturday, September 22, at the Brentwood Theatre, Shenfield Road, where two or three plays will be performed.

Each performance will be judged by adjudicator Jan Palmer-Sayer from Goda, the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, who will express her views on the plays and award marks for production, acting, stage presentation and attainment.

On the final night, awards will be presented and a birthday cake for everyone to enjoy to mark the 70th anniversary.

There will also be a special performance by Molly Beth Morrossa, Cyril Dennis’ granddaughter who has written a piece in his honour.

Shealagh said: “We are proud to be presenting a week of one act plays, many of which have been written by local playwrights and are being premiered in the festival.

“So we invite you to sit back and enjoy the celebrations as we present a warm and friendly atmosphere and the offerings of the talented teams competing in this, the 2018 Drama Festival!”

For more information about the festival, visit here

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