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The Semi-Finals: news and what’s next for our champions!

The All England Theatre Festival Western Area Semi-Finals were held at The Merlin Theatre in Frome, Somerset last Saturday, 7th May. hj1act graduates took up 50% of the running order; our 2016 champions Quirky Bird Theatre with ‘Tusk, Tusk’ by Polly

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Quirky Bird Theatre win through to the Semi-Finals!

If you’re a keen hj1act watcher you’ll already know the great news that Quirky Bird Theatre are Quarter Final Winners! The celebrations following our fantastic festival finale at hj1act 2016 had barely died down before we were off again for

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Festival Friday

After the great start to hj1act 2016 on Thursday evening (read about it HERE) our penultimate night certainly offered audiences another varied evening’s entertainment and plenty of drama to enjoy. First up were the young actors and crew from the

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Opening Night!

Last night was opening night for hj1act 2016 at Swindon’s Arts Centre and what a great night it was! The Lechlade Players made sure the festival started in impressive style with their performance of an extract from ‘The Tempest’ by William

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Swindon 175 and The Western Players at hj1act

This year, hj1act is supporting Swindon 175. These are the town-wide celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. Back in 1841, Swindon was rural grazing land with nothing much to shout about until Daniel Gooch

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Tech Sunday

Yesterday was ‘Tech Sunday’ which is the day where our entering companies come to Swindon’s Arts Centre for their technical appointment in preparation for their performance in our festival which opens on Thursday. As you can probably imagine, Tech Sunday

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Lechlade Players enter two plays for 2016!

The Lechlade Players have been festival regulars for a number of years now and have won several acting accolades. This year they are returning with not one but two plays! In the year that we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s

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