Photo of HCDF 2017 and The Phoenix Theatre production of David Pollard’s play Can Malone Die?

Organisers of the Hereford County Drama Festival (HCDF) still aim to go ahead this May, despite the challenges set by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Covid-19 outbreak led to the annual events cancellation in 2020. However it is our intention that a festival of some sort will be held this year unless coronavirus makes it totally unfeasible” says HCDF chairman, David Pollard.

Drama groups that wish to enter the festival can do so by putting on a one-act play. Alternatively they can perform an extract from a full-length play which will be intelligible to the audience as a stand-alone work without further written or spoken synopsis. Some other forms of theatrical performance may also be acceptable.

All entries must involve at least two speaking characters and run between 20-55 minutes. Entrants are advised to plan their productions with a high degree of flexibility in mind given the current health crisis, perhaps limiting the scope of the set or the number of actors involved.

The Hereford County Drama Festival will take place at the Market Theatre, Ledbury on 27/28/29 May. Tickets will be available from the theatre and The Library, Ledbury.

The event is governed by the All England Theatre Festival (AETF) rules. Each performance will be assessed by an independent adjudicator and could be entered into subsequent AETF rounds. The AETF final will be held at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl in September.

 Go to for info and entry forms which must be submitted by 1st March or contact David Pollard on 01432 860208 for any other information which you can also find on the website  and social media @HerefordCountyDramaFestival. 

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