The festival committee have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to make sure that our festival could continue, but sadly, after announcement from the Prime Minister on the 16th March, which no doubt you have heard, we feel that we have no choice but to cancel our 2020 festival.
We are devastated, not only that the event will not happen, but also after all the time and effort groups have spent preparing, rehearsing (and sometimes even writing their production) and then not being able to perform on the Hanger Farm stage. We were so looking forward to seeing their excellent productions and feel the exciting building throughout the festival week right up to the awards on the Saturday night. However, the health and safety of our audience and cast members, who are all in close quarters, has to take priority. Know that we are cancelling our festival with a very heavy heart.
The Totton Festival will be back for 2021 which is scheduled (pandemics not withstanding) the week of the 15th March at Hanger Farm. It would be fantastic to see you there.
Like I say, we have tried everything in our power to hold our 2020 event, and we apologise for the short notice of the cancellation but our duty of care for both audience and groups alike leave us, we feel, with little choice.
Thank you for your understanding.
Chair, Totton Festival of Drama.