Trafalgar 24 Family Day Discount

In celebration of Family Day, Driftwood Theatre is offering a 20% DISCOUNT ON GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS to TRAFALGAR 24 for 24 hours.

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Trafalgar 24, Driftwood Theatre’s epic play-creation event set within the halls, rooms, nooks and crannies of Whitby’s very own 19th century castle, is the perfect gift for theatre-lovers everywhere.

Guests are treated to not one but two fabulous receptions (wine & cheese and dessert), a groovy silent auction with something for everyone, and six entirely original short plays created in under 24 hours by 24 theatre playwrights, directors and actors.

No Trafalgar 24 event is ever quite the same! What stories lurk inside the halls of Trafalgar Castle? Join us on March 8, 2019 to find out!

Family Day Discount Tickets are only $52 (plus order fee of $3.19) for a 24-hour period (see what we did there?) starting at 1pm on Family Day, Monday February 18. After that, prices go back up to $65. And don’t forget our 25/4/25 tickets are always $25 (plus $1.84 order fee) for guests 25 and under.

Trafalgar 24 playwrights announced

Driftwood Theatre launches its 25th season with another adrenaline-fueled visit to Whitby’s Trafalgar Castle for a festival of site-specific plays created in 24 hours.

All the castle’s a stage as Driftwood Theatre kicks off its 25th season with the most unique site-specific theatre event around, TRAFALGAR 24. Over the course of one day, 24 theatre artists from across Ontario will descend upon Trafalgar Castle to write, rehearse and perform six new plays set within the rooms, halls, nooks and crannies of Whitby’s very own 19th century castle.

Supporting the work of emerging playwrights from across Ontario, Driftwood is thrilled to announce this year’s six participating playwrights.

Locked together in the castle overnight beginning on March 7 to each write a new short play are Lindsay, Ontario playwright Wallis Caldoza (Armen Avanessian & Enemies #3: Corresponding with ghosts, Volksbühne Berlin), Ottawa, Ontario playwright Matt Hertendy (Swedish Furniture , TACTICS; Rideshares & Rope Swings, Two Kind Boys), and Toronto-based playwrights Rebecca Ostroff (Stella, upcoming Scripted Toronto Festival), Polly Phokeev (The Mess, Mikaela Davies and Pollly Phokeev Productions; Seams, Seams Collective/SummerWorks), Hannah Rittner (The Unbelievers, LACE Productions/SummerWorks 2016; Estate, LunaSea Theatre/Neptune Theatre, 2013), and Melissa Taylor (Eating, re:PLAY; The Oldest Trick in the Book ,Theatre SKAM + Short Short Play Festival).


TRAFALGAR 24 is Durham Region’s most unforgettable annual theatre event where twenty-four artists receive a scant 24-hours to write, rehearse and perform six site-specific plays in Whitby’s beautiful 19th century castle. At TRAFALGAR 24 the audience is right on top of the action as each of the 10-minute scripts play out around them in locations throughout the castle. TRAFALGAR 24 audience members play a vital role of their own, helping to select on winning playwright to receive a five-week paid summer residency with Driftwood Theatre to develop their work.

As Driftwood’s signature gala event of the season, TRAFALGAR 24 raises $20,000 annually in support of theatre for everyone in Ontario – no matter where you live or how much money you have in your pockets. It is a sumptuous affair featuring both a wine & cheese and dessert buffet, and a silent auction with some of the best deals around in entertainment, electronics, services and art.

For the first time, the TRAFALGAR 24 will feature a special pre-event online auction, allowing people everywhere to make bids on a curated selection of ten spectacular auction packages. The TRAFALGAR 24 online auction will go live on February 28 and run to March 8.   

TRAFALGAR 24 is proudly supported by leading partners RBC Foundation (RBC Emerging Artists Project), Deighton Associates (Castle Sponsor) and HMA The BENEFITS People (Reception Sponsor). Driftwood Theatre is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Driftwood Theatre Group presents


Friday, March 8, 2019

Trafalgar Castle, 401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, ON

Doors/Silent Auction start: 6:30pm.

Performances begin: 7:30pm.

Tickets: $65 (General Admission), $25 (for guests 25 and under).

For tickets and information:


Bah Humbug! Christmas Carol Cast Announced

With just over two weeks until William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol by Ian Doescher rings in the holiday season at Town Brewery in Whitby, Driftwood Theatre is thrilled to announce the cast for this exciting Play in a Pub.

Tackling the play’s 36 characters in performance are Driftwood audience favourites Richard Alan Campbell (Dora Award winner, veteran ensemble member for the legendary VideoCabaret; four seasons, Driftwood) as Scrooge, Steven Burley (founding company member, Driftwood; The 39 Steps, Bruce County Playhouse) as Benedick Cratchit/Prospero/Mercutio, and Madeleine Donohue (Dial M for Murder, Watermark Theatre; Midnight Madness, Port Stanley Festival Theatre; five seasons, Driftwood) as Falstaff/Benvolio/Lady Macbeth/Juliet. They are joined by longtime Driftwood friend and The Living Room (Oshawa) Executive Director Mary Krohnert as Beatrice Cratchit/Puck/Rosencrantz/Miranda and Driftwood newcomer and Dora Award winner Jamie Robinson (Risky Phil, Young People’s Theatre; The Comedy of Errors, Western Canada Theatre/Theatre Aquarius) as Ferdinand/Guildenstern/Romeo/Marlowe.       

In true Play in a Pub style, audience members will be given an opportunity to play a role on stage through the Memorable Character Live Auction, featuring roles like Tiny Tim, Juliet’s husband Paris, the troubadour Balthasar, and Hamlet’s Dad (the ghost of Christmas future).

Just in time for the holidays, Driftwood Theatre presents a Christmas classic of Shakespearian proportions. With appearances by characters from Shakespeare’s most popular plays, William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol is an inventive, hilarious, and touching holiday story for the whole family inspired by the work of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol will be performed for one night only, December 19, as part of Driftwood’s Play in a Pub reading series at Whitby’s Town Brewery.

When miserly theatre owner Ebenezer Scrooge puts the ‘humbug’ in Christmas, he’s transported on a redemptive journey to save his very soul. Haunted by the spirits of Christmas past (Puck), present (Falstaff) and future (Hamlet’s dad), Scrooge learns to appreciate the true spirit of the holiday season as only Shakespeare can imagine.  

William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol comes from the creative mind of Ian Doescher, author of the equally mind-blowing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. 

Carrying on Driftwood’s fine tradition of informal readings of plays over a pint, William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday mash-up you don’t want to miss. This Play in a Pub is sure to be a jolly, interactive affair as audience members join Driftwood Theatre’s professional performers in reading, singing, and celebrating a holiday masterpiece. 

Driftwood Theatre Group

Driftwood Theatre is Ontario’s leading outdoor, summer theatre company, on the road with its award-winning Bard’s Bus Tour for 25 years, reaching over 46 communities and 100,000 people across Ontario. We believe in theatre for everyone in Ontario, regardless of where you live or how much money you might have in your pocket. Driftwood Theatre is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council. Play in a Pub is a fundraising event in support of Driftwood Theatre’s annual summer Bard’s Bus Tour.

Town Brewery

Town Brewery is a craft brewery in Whitby, Ontario dedicated to enhancing the lives of everyone involved with their brewing process from grain to glass. They strive to create good jobs for local people by producing beer made from quality ingredients, while being actively involved in local community projects and events. Better Beer. Stronger Community.

Driftwood Theatre presents

Play in a Pub: William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol, by Ian Doescher

December 19, 2018 | 6pm doors | 7pm show

Town Brewery | 1632 Charles Street, Whitby (across the street from Whitby GO)

Tickets $25 – $40 | For tickets and info visit

This is an all-ages event.


For more information please call 844-601-8057 or visit

Trafalgar 24 Call for Playwrights

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Challenge: Write a play in eight hours, overnight, in a castle. 

Reward: Immediately see your play staged (did we mention in a castle?) and the chance of a professional residency to develop your work.

Driftwood Theatre is currently accepting applications from Canadian playwrights for our next Trafalgar 24 play-creation festival, taking place over the course of 24 hours between March 7 and 8, 2019.

Trafalgar 24 is a festival of site-specific theatre created in a 24-hour period where 24 professional playwrights, directors and actors convene upon a 19th century castle in Whitby, Ontario to write, rehearse and perform six short site-specific plays.

We are interested in submissions from professional new generation playwrights under the age of 35 who identify as emerging, having had a small history of professional presentation, workshopping or publication: artists who are geographically, economically and culturally diverse who are interested in exploring the dialogue between the urban and rural communities in our great province. Applications are encouraged from English and/or Francophone playwrights from across Ontario. All selected playwrights will receive a honourarium for their participation in Trafalgar 24.

This is a juried festival. One participating T24 playwright will receive a paid residency to further develop their work, including dramaturgical support, workshops, public readings in Ontario communities and the potential optioning of their work for future production as part of Driftwood’s annual Bard’s Bus Tour.

Playwrights are invited to make application by forwarding a brief covering letter and resume (as one PDF file) and a sample of work (5 pages maximum, preferably in dialogue form) to Artistic Director, Jeremy Smith (

Application deadline: December 15, 2018.


Défi : écrire une pièce en huit heures, la nuit, dans un manoir.

Récompense : voir sa pièce montée sur-le-champ (dans un manoir!) et la chance de remporter une résidence d’écriture professionnelle.

Driftwood Theatre reçoit présentement les candidatures d’auteurs.trices dramatiques pour l’édition 2018 de Trafalgar 24, festival de création de nouveaux textes qui se déroule sur 24 heures du 7 au 8 mars 2019.

Trafalgar 24 est un festival de théâtre in situ dont les textes sont créés en 24 heures par 24 auteurs.trices dramatiques, metteur.e.s en scène et comé professionnel.le.s qui se rassemblent dans un manoir du 19e siècle à Whitby, Ontario pour écrire, répéter et présenter six courtes pièces écrites précisément pour les lieux.

Nous portons une attention particulière aux auteurs.trices professionnel.le.s des nouvelles générations qui ont moins de 35 ans qui se disent de la relève et dont les textes ont déjà été explorés en laboratoire, montés ou publiés dans un contexte professionnel ; des artistes de la diversité géographique, économique et culturelle qui souhaitent explorer le dialogue entre les communautés urbaines et rurales de notre grande province. Nous encourageons les candidatures d’auteurs.trices francophones et anglophones de partout en Ontario. Un honoraire sera versé à chacun.e des auteurs.trices retenu.e.s pour Trafalgar 24.

Ce festival sera évalué par un jury. Un.e auteur.trice du T24 se verra offrir une résidence rémunérée afin de poursuivre le développement de son texte avec appui dramaturgique, laboratoires et lectures publiques dans des communautés ontariennes avec la possibilité de voir son texte monté dans le cadre de la tournée annuelle Bard’s Bus Tour de Driftwood.

Les auteurs.trices sont invité.e.s à faire parvenir une lettre de présentation et un curriculum vitae (en un seul fichier PDF) ainsi qu’un échantillon d’écriture (5 pages maximum de préférence en forme dialoguée) au directeur artistique Jeremy Smith (

Date limite pour soumettre votre candidature: 15 décembre 2018.