Festival Plays 1974-2023

One act plays performed by the Players at the Settlement, typically in the spring, that either go to Festivals during spring/summer or support festival plays at the Settlement one act evening in April.
The Settlement Players have always been keen supporters of drama festivals, and were involved in running the Letchworth drama festival (1938-1957) and Letchworth Little Theatre drama festival (1963-2003). The Players staged their own internal festival in the intervening years. The Players have regularly taken one act plays to Bedford, Sawston, Barton and Welwyn Garden City and returned with Prizes.
It is sometimes reported that the Players opened the first Welwyn drama festival in 1929. This is a myth. The Players performed The Two Gentlemen of Soho (which opened the first Welwyn festival) during the 45th Welwyn Festival in 1979.





1974 When the Bough Breaks Gwyn Clark Roger Newman-Turner
1975 The Proposal Anton Chekhov Ella Edwards
1976 Mother Courage (Scene 3) Bertolt Brecht Noel Ripley
1977 Mixed Doubles James Saunders, Fay Weldon, Alan Ayckbourn, David Campton Sue Lamberton
1978 Overruled G. B. Shaw Ella Edwards
1979 Two Gentlemen of Soho A. P. Herbert Noel Ripley
1980 The Real Inspector Hound Tom Stoppard Roger Newman-Turner
1981 Come into The Garden Maud Noel Coward Ruth Ferguson
1982 The Lunch Hour John Mortimer Di Prutton
1983 A Phoenix Too Frequent Christopher Fry Sue Bain
1984 Candida (act 2) G. B. Shaw Ella Edwards
1985 Gosforth’s Fete Alan Ayckbourn Ruth Ferguson
1986 The Journey Noel Ripley Noel Ripley
1987 The Play of the Yorkshire Shepherds Adapted by Noel Ripley Noel Ripley
1988 The Cavern Dilys Gater Winnie Stubbs
1989 Stevie (act 2) Hugh Whitemore Michael Everitt
1991 Blood Wedding (Act 3) Federico Garcia Lorca Noel Ripley
1992 Squat Betty Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall
Hidden Meanings Michael Snelgrove Ruth Ferguson
1993 A Slight Accident James Saunders Ruth Ferguson
1994 The London Vertigo Brian Friel Roger Newman-Turner
1995 The Janna Years Gillian Plowman Wendy Roskilly
1996 Night Errant Georges Faydeau (translated by Michael Pilch) Diana Evans
1997 Pastiche Nick Hall Diana Evans
1998 Last of the Red Hot Lovers (act 1) Neil Simon Ruth Ferguson
1999 The Winter of 1917 David Campton Diana Evans
2000 Singing in the Wilderness David Campton Diana Evans
2001 The Twelve Pound Look J. M. Barrie Peter Fleming
2002 A Respectful Funeral Jimmie Chinn Peter Fleming
2003 Pity about Kitty Jimmie Chinn Peter Fleming
2004 Remembering Eddie Ivan Phillips Ivan Phillips
2006 The Leg Ivan Phillips Stuart Cocks
2007 A Kind of Vesuvius Gillian Plowman Pat Baskerville
2008 Still Life Noel Coward Pat Baskerville
2009 The Lover (Reprise) Harold Pinter Stuart Cocks
Home is The Hunted R. F. Delderfield
2010 Ruffian on The Stair (Reprise) Joe Orton Arlene Hui
Summer Extra – Close to Croydon, How to make your Theatre Pay, Failed Investments Gillian Plowman, David Henry Wilson, Lynn Brittany Arlene Hui, Pat Baskerville
2012 The Wise Man Knows Ivan Phillips Ivan Phillips
Whodidit? Neil Harrison Cliff Francis
2013 The Man in the Bowler Hat A. A. Milne Caro Hart
Whodidit? Neil Harrison Cliff Francis
2014 Interior Designs Jimmie Chinn Cliff Francis
Tell Me Another Story, Sing Me Another Song Jean Lenox Toddie Pat Baskerville
Joining the club David Tristram David Smith
2015 After Midnight – Before Dawn David Campton Cliff Francis
Cupboard Love Jean McConnell Helen Faulkner
Doggies Jean McConnell Helen Faulkner
2016 The Chip Van Plays Dixie Robert Iles Pat Baskerville
Bride to Be Peter Quilter Joanna Roskilly
Wetwork Darren Little Stephen Charles
2019 The Second Night Jim Anderson Jim Anderson
Philip and Rowena Gillian Plowman Amanda Franklin
A Jolly Sinister Jape Elliot Strange Amanda Franklin
2023 Here Comes The Sun Stuart Cocks Stuart Cocks
Fake or Fortune Claire Hogan Stephen Charles, Claire Hogan