Young people representing YFC clubs from all over Wales gave audiences a spectacular showcase of YFC talent during the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast weekend which hosted both the English and Welsh Drama competition held at The Grand, Swansea over the weekend.
The event gave members the opportunity to perform on a professional stage with up to date facilities with assistance from experienced stage managers.
15 clubs representing 11 different county federations throughout Wales took part in the weekend, eight in the Welsh competition and seven in the English competition and each one eager to clinch trophies for their trophy cabinet.
Judge Sandra Wynne awarded Builth Wells YFC, Brecknock and their original drama entitled ‘Seven for a Secret’ the R H Watkins Trophy and a FUW Welsh Royal Crystal Trophy for the best English Drama staged. Gethin Bickerton from Dyffryn Tanat, Montgomery was awarded the best actor title in the English section and Nia Wilson from Cantal YFC, Radnor took the best actress title. The Paul Elkington Productions trophy for best technical achievement was also awarded to Builth Wells YFC.
After being awarded the trophy David Price, who wrote and directed ‘Seven for a Secret’, said
“Wales YFC should be justly proud of the amazing array of talent on show at Swansea Grand Theatre this weekend. The energy and enthusiasm of these young people is infectious, and they are a credit to their clubs. The opportunity to perform at such a fantastic venue is a wonderful experience for these youngsters, and winning is the icing on the cake.”
“We express our huge thanks to all those who continue to support the club, and we very much look forward to having the honour of representing Wales at the National Finals at Blackpool Opera House in May.”
David Hedley Williams was tasked with the difficult job of judging the Welsh section where the Buddug James Jones Memorial Trophy and a FUW Welsh Royal Crystal Trophy was awarded to Dyffryn Banw YFC, Montgomery for their Drama entitled ‘Y Fainc’. The best actor award was awarded to Aled Jones, Dyffryn Cothi, Carmarthenshire and the best actress was Alis Huws from Dyffryn Banw, Montgomery. In the Welsh section the Paul Elkington Productions trophy was awarded to Brecknock Federation.
The best actor and actresses in the Welsh and English section were awarded with a Welsh Royal Crystal Trophy kindly donated by FUW.
The new Time to Shine competition was won by Llandovery YFC, Carmarthenshire with their rendition of the Les Miserable song ‘Bring Him Home’. Also taking place at the Entertainment Feast was the Ballroom Dancing competition where Montgomery YFC were awarded first place and Glamorgan second. Both clubs will now go on to represent Wales YFC at the NFYFC Ballroom Dancing competition at the prestigious Blackpool Opera House.
Builth Wells YFC will also take to the stage in Blackpool with their winning Drama at the NFYFC Entertainment Final to be held during their AGM weekend in Blackpool at the beginning of May.