Our Saturday night line-up

Over the last couple of days we’ve been posting news of our hj1act 2015 line-up. If you’ve missed it so far you can read all about what’s in store for our opening night HERE and our Friday night HERE.

Today we announce our line-up for our final evening:

Saturday 11th April

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The Bishopstoke Players

A Long Time Coming

a crime drama by Peter Yates

Set against the backdrop of a long unpunished crime, Iona seeks to confront the man she holds responsible for her years of anquish.

We’re super excited to welcome The Bishopstoke Players to our festival.  For their first hj1act they bring us this thrilling original work; a nail-biting addition to our final night line-up.

Find out more about The Bishopstoke Players HERE

Language: strong / infrequent

EXPECTED DURATION: 40-45 minutes

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Athelstan Players

The Honeymoon Suite (Extract)

a comedy by Tony Layton


Ageing and fading pop star Jet Rush checks in to the Bridal Suite with Pat, his new wife.

The marriage is, for him, a sham, another publicity stunt in an attempt to re-invigorate his flagging career. Pat though, has loved him since the moment they met, but has never seen the love returned.

A bitter sweet journey into the honeymoon suite sees Jet plan his triumphal comeback. Will his plan work? Will he ever really appreciate Pat?

Our hj1act 2014 reigning champions return with this blistering comedy to round off a fabulous three days of drama. The Athlestan Players won three awards last year; the BBC Audience Award, The Audrey Suter Cup for best actress and the Betty Peck Rosebowl for the winning play. You can read more about The Athelstan Players HERE



Curtain up is at 7.15pm and there will be a short interval between the two plays. Immediately following the second play our GoDA adjudicator Sue Doherty will take to the stage to deliver her adjudication on the evening’s productions.

On this final evening, following the adjudications there will be a full interval so the results can be decided.

The climax to the evening and entire festival then follows with our Awards Ceremony.


Get your tickets now from the Arts Centre Box Office on (01793) 524481

Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BJ

Tickets are £10.50 and £8 concessions. Ask at the Box Office for other great deals!


NEXT UP: Meet the team: Paula Clifford


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