Brecknock YFC 67th Annual Drama, Entertainment & One Plus Festival

Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs 67th Annual Drama, Entertainment and One Plus Festival was held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 3rd – 7th February 2014 supported by Barclays bank.

Members competed in the Entertainment, Junior Drama, Senior One Plus and Junior One Plus competitions. 

During the weeklong Festival, eleven clubs competed and up to 450 young people performed on stage. Pontfaen YFC won the Entertainment competition with their production Bridget Jones’s Dairy” written by Verity Jones and produced by Verity Jones and John Davies, this same production won the NFU Mutual Trophy for Best Production of the Festival.  Sennybridge YFC won the junior Drama section with their production entitled ‘Mam, There’s a Spaceship in Our Backyard!” produced by Colette Evans and Julie Davies and assisted by Eileen Jones. There were a record number of 31 One Plus entries, thirteen of which were senior and eighteen junior entries. Erwood YFC achieved first place in the Senior One plus section with “Haunted” and Sennybridge YFC achieved first place in the Junior One Plus section with “But It’s Not Christmas”.

The awards were presented on the Gala night which had to be postponed due a power cut and was then held on Wednesday 19thFebruary.  These awards were presented to members for their outstanding contribution to the Festival, Milo Rodel John, Llandefalle YFC won Best Actor 26 years or under; Bethan Jones, Sennybridge YFC won Best Actress 26 years or under; Iwan Havard, Sennybridge YFC won Best Actor 18 years or under and Josie Howells, Trecastle YFC won the Best Actress 18 years.

The FUW sponsored the awards to members for their outstanding contribution to the One Plus section of the Festival, Zac Mountford, Erwood won Best Male Performance 26 Years or under and Josie Howells, Trecastle won Best Female Performance 26 years or under.  Sian Healey, Pontfaen received the Kirsty Jones Memorial Award for Best Performance under 16 years.

The Builth Wells YFC Trophy for the Best Written Play was awarded to Verity Jones, Pontfaen YFC for “Bridget Jones’s Dairy” Entertainment entry.

The Spin Dogs, awards for Best Set was presented to Llandefalle YFC with their production “Demolition Dan” Entertainment entry.

The best choreography was awarded to Erwood YFC Entertainment entry.

Brecknock YFCis very grateful to the support of Barclays bank for match funding the raffle.  To The co-operative membership for providing a raffle prize each night for the raffle, to the Wheelwrights, Erwood for providing a meal voucher each night for the raffle and to FUW for sponsoring the best performance awards in the one plus competitions.

Pontfaen YFC will be representing Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs at the Wales YFC Drama finals on Saturday 15thMarch at Venue Cymru, Llandudno along.

Kenneth Rees