Photo of the cast of ‘The Gallery’ with Catherine Crosswell holding the David Garrick Cup

Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS) triumphed at the Hereford County Drama Festival, securing both first and second place.

Catherine Crosswell’s ‘The Gallery’ clinched the top spot, earning LADS the prestigious David Garrick Cup. Directed and performed by Crosswell herself, the play offers a thought-provoking perspective on art, suggesting that the paintings might be observing the viewers as well.

LADS’ production of ‘Contractions’ by Mike Bartlett claimed the runner-up position with its chilling portrayal of office life.

In third place, Malvern Theatres Youth Theatre impressed with ‘The Turnip Winter’ by Paul King, depicting the harsh realities of war on civilians.

Pippa Henry’s ‘The Room’, entered by Wellington Heath Amateur Dramatics Society (WHADS), won the Andrews Shield for Best Original Play, showcasing outstanding writing and direction.

Entries into the festival consist of one-act plays or extracts from full-length plays, adhering to specific duration and character requirements. The event operates under the rules of the All-England Theatre Festival, with each performance evaluated by an independent adjudicator, paving the way for potential advancement to subsequent AETF rounds.

‘The Gallery’ will go on to the AETF’s Central Area Semi-Final at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent on 4/5 May 2024.

For further HCDF details please contact press officer Steve Banner on 01989 750241 or email

Information can also be found on the festival website, on the Hereford County Drama Festival Facebook page and on X/Twitter

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