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).

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Job Posting: Front of House & Customer Service Manager

Driftwood Theatre’s is looking for a front of house/customer service manager for its 2019 Bard’s Bus Tour season

The Bard’s Bus Tour is an annual summer Ontario tradition, this year celebrating 25 years of touring to outdoor venues.

The Front of House/Customer Service Manager is responsible for delivering safe, orderly, timely and enjoyable theatre experiences for Driftwood’s audiences, community partners, volunteers, donors and company members.

The Front of House/Customer Service Manager is responsible for managing onsite relationships with partners in each community; preparing, setting up and running box office, seating and concessions at each performance; supervising  summer student and volunteer assistants; maintaining financial and attendance records for performances and outreach activities; handling online and in-person banking while on tour and participating in the daily set-up and strike of the performance site.

The successful candidate will have: at least two years of related work experience including client/customer service and some degree of management; a high degree of professionalism and time management skills; cash-handling experience; a full class G driver’s license with clean driving abstract and experience driving large vehicles (Ford E350 chassis or equivalent); the ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers; capacity for lifting and carrying supplies and equipment; and most importantly will demonstrate grace under pressure.

Driftwood Theatre is dedicated to reflecting Canada’s rich diversity on and off stage in all of its work. Equity-seeking individuals of all backgrounds regardless of age, ethno-cultural identity or gender are encouraged to apply.

Contract dates: June 24 – August 25, 2019. (First and last weeks part-time.)

Salary: $700/week + per diems during overnight touring

Candidates are invited to make application by sending a brief cover letter and resume (as one pdf file) by email to General Manager, Lee Bolton (

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

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