SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, COVENTRY!
by Rod Chaytor, NDFA National Council & Chair, All-Winners Sub-Committee The National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) has just spent the week in Coventry at the UK City of Culture’s Albany Theatre. The reason was the All-Winners Finals were taking place as they tend to each and every year. However, and it’s a pretty big ‘however’, this year isn’t your usual year and comes at the tailend of a traumatic sixteen-month pandemic which has closed down the entire theatre industry, arguably since March 2020. Add on a four-week government delay to the eradication of Covid restrictions and all of a sudden the All-Winners Finals need to set out exactly how things are going to play out. With all of the week’s workshops cancelled along with other extra events, social distancing being employed and the public wary about buying tickets (see page 8), most associations might throw the towel in... but most associations aren’t NDFA - and NDFA loves the Albany!
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