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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