Foundation awards festival £1,000 grant
WELLS Theatre Festival has been awarded £1,000 by the Cameron Macintosh Foundation.
A spokesperson for the festival said: “We are delighted at this endorsement from such a prestigious grant giving body.”
One of the charity’s aims is to promote and develop theatrical, musical and dramatic arts, and a foundation spokesperson said: “The Macintosh Foundation is delighted to award the Wells Theatre Festival a grant to support this exciting and innovative venture. We wish them every success in their first year.”
The theatre festival takes place from July 12-15. Festival volunteers handed out leaflets about it from a stall at Wells Market in April to help promote the event. Performances and workshops will take place in venues around Wells including Wells & Mendip Museum, Cedars Hall, Wells Almshouses Chapel, Little Theatre, The Globe Inn and The Bishop’s Barn.
The festival will feature a community production of Romeo and Juliet, performed on the lawn in front of Wells Cathedral, for which Neil Johnson has been rehearsing the dramatic fight and stage combat scenes with the main characters.
There will also be a promenade performance of another Shakespeare masterpiece, King Lear, at The Bishop’s Palace. Those watching will walk with the actors from scene to scene through the rooms and grounds of the Palace, while enjoying the dramatic action.
Directed by Edgar Phillips with Neil Howiantz as King Lear, the play will be performed on three evenings at 7pm, on July 12, July 13 and July 15. Tickets are on sale now via the Palace shop and website.
More details about all the festival performances and workshops, and how to book, are available on the festival website: wellstheatrefestival.org
• Picture, top: Ros Johnson, Alex Holdaway, Cheryl Evans and Lin Dickens at Wells Market on April 7 to promote the Wells Theatre Festival