Let’s hear what the adjudicator; Norma Redfearn, has to say about our festival, and the festival movement in general. She was kind enough to give me a written quote.
“I have had a wonderful time at Ryton Festival adjudicating young and not so young. What a great pity some that were in the programme didn’t turn up. It makes me sad when people don’t understand the value of festivals. They are a celebration. You can’t fail at a festival; you can enjoy them, do your best and learn something. It’s not a case of coming first, that’s nice, but everyone is a winner if you come in and do it. Even if you make a mistake, that’s alright, because we learn from our mistakes. So come next year and enjoy it. You can even practice for exams and get the feedback to help improve.”
It might be that you think your performance doesn’t matter, and that no one will care if you simply drop out. Let me tell you, when I purchased my festival programme a week ago, I noted that performers who have been written about in this blog, and who have entertained me greatly in the past, were to be appearing last Friday night. I’d remembered their names, in the same way as I remembered the name of an unknown Kevin Whately after seeing him on stage locally. I was looking forward to seeing six young people perform, but they changed their minds about taking part and I was genuinely disappointed.
Anyway, other people I desperately want to see again are The Throckley Drama Group. On Saturday they performed Baby Boomers Behaving Badly, written by Rachel Cochrane who kindly allowed me to sit in on rehearsals a few weeks ago. The Progressive Players, who have their home at the Live Theatre, Gateshead, were represented by Jennifer Craig who won a cup for her solo acting.