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Drama at the coast as one-act festival begins in Hunstanton on Friday

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There will be drama on the coast in Hunstanton this weekend when the Hunstanton One-Act Drama Festival begins on Friday.

The town welcomes back its amateur drama contest which had been on hold since the pandemic and the curtain temporarily closed.

Festival director, Stephen Hayter returns for his third year at the helm and a few changes to the festival committee line-up ensures that the show goes on and never becomes stale.

Princess Theatre (56616546)
Princess Theatre (56616546)

He said: "All our competing groups from 2019 and before have had a terrible time during the lockdown.

"Unable to put on plays, they have struggled for revenue to finance such things as competition. We have been doubly blessed this year.

Hunstanton Princess Theatre proprietor Brian Hallard.
Hunstanton Princess Theatre proprietor Brian Hallard.

"The HDFA (Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts) has allowed us our full grant of £1,500 and Brian Hallard of the Princess Theatre has waived all charges for the use of the venue.

"This means not only can we offer free entry for theatre groups but we can also offer free advertising in our programme to those who have supported us in the past.

"Everyone needs a hand right now and we are simply taking Mr Hallard’s breath-taking generosity and passing it on.

"The result of this has delivered one of most exciting line-ups of productions the town has ever seen. Not only does the list of entrants include some of the finest group in the area but the number of original scripts being performed is unprecedented.

"The names include the Boston Playgoers, ManNic Productions, the Wisbech Players and the Sutton Bridge Players, as well as accomplished youth groups from Ratzcool and Hunstanton regulars, Smithdon High School."

Treasurer at HDFA, Anna Hayter said: "We decided our audiences also deserve some extra help this year and so we have also put aside a little money to subsidise the ticket prices.

"A single afternoon or evening session is just £7.50 and £2.50 for the Sunday night Gala Awards Ceremony and a season ticket for all five sessions for only £20. Where else could you possibly see such quality amateur entertainment for less?"

The Hunstanton One-Act Drama Festival opens on Friday, at 7.30pm with all performances taking place at the Princess Theatre.

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