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History of the Lucilla Festival
The Lucilla Festival celebrated it's 40th anniversary in 2005.
The late Maureen Boase, pictured below, organised the Lucilla Festival for 39 of those 40 years! Quite an achievement! At the end of the 2005 Festival, Maureen announced her 'retirement' from the role of Festival Organiser. Use THIS LINK to see a brief tribute to Maureen.
On reviewing the viability of the Festival, the Lucilla Committee reluctantly decided, for various reasons, that the Lucilla Festival should be discontinued as it was no longer viable. These reasons included the high cost of hiring Crosby Civic Hall, the lack of support from the paying public, and other, organisational, factors. Therefore, the 2005 Festival proved to be the last - the end of an era.
'The Lucilla One-act Play Festival was originally an idea of Cecil Abbotson, strongly supported by myself and Lillian Sewell, the Secretary of Lucilla at that time. We formed a small committee to organise the event and five local companies were invited to present a genuine one-act play together with Lucilla’s entry, the event to take place over two nights, three plays each night, on the studio stage at Lucilla House. James Cochrane, a British Drama League Adjudicator, was invited to adjudicate the six plays. The first winner of the Lucilla Cup was St. Mary’s Amateur Dramatic Society.
The Festival ran for 4 years at Lucilla House, being taken out in 1970 to Alexandra Hall, Crosby and in 1976, to Crosby Civic Hall, where the event was presented in May each year.
The same companies have not taken part each year and it was necessary to search far and wide to find sufficient entries, preferably to make a 3 night Festival although on occasion only 2 nights were possible.
The Festival was always run in a light hearted and friendly manner, and I made many new friends over the years. The Festival was always considered to be one of the highlights of the year’s events in Crosby, enjoyed by participants and audiences alike'.The Lucilla Festival was latterly affiliated to the National Drama Festivals Association.