Final call for Project 2019!

Thank you to everyone who came to our auditions at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Wittering.

Due to some gaps remaining in casting, the production team are making a final push to get the word out to those who may be interested in being involved.  If you were unable to make the audition dates but would still like to be considered, please do contact our director, Pat Russell at

Rehearsals begin in March 2019 so there is still time to pull together a fantastic team.

Project 2019: Auditions!

See the Project 2019 – The Secret Garden page for details of upcoming auditions (10 Nov Brize and 17 Nov Wittering)!

Project 2019: Pat Russell with The Secret Garden!

See the Project 2019 page for all the exciting details about how to get involved in RAFTA Project 2019 – The Secret Garden! Pat Russell needs Production Team members: get in touch with her ASAP at

RAFTA 43rd AGM (4 Nov 17) Minutes

Hello all! Hopefully you saw the 9 Nov 17 post with an immediate backbrief regarding the 43rd RAFTA AGM, held on 4 Nov 17. You can now read the full Minutes from the 43rd RAFTA AGM (4 Nov 17).

News from the 43rd AGM (4 Nov 17)

The 43rd RAFTA AGM, held at the RAF Club on Saturday 4 Nov 17, was a great success. The formal minutes should be available before Christmas. In the meantime, here are some key points from the meeting:

  • Sqn Ldr Gaz Stevens was elected as the new Chairman; Wg Cdr Andy Mitchell will hand over to Gaz between Feb and May 18.
  • Changes were made to the fee structure for both Individual and Club Membership (see Fees). The key thing to be aware of: to celebrate the RAF’s 100th birthday, Individual Life Membership of RAFTA will cost just one hundred pennies during calendar year 2018 (yes, that is just £1!!).
  • A new approach to selecting RAFTA Projects was outlined, and the Project 2019 Invite Letter was released (see Project – General Info and Project 2019).
  • A RAFTA social was announced for Sat 24 Feb 18 at the Services Cotswold Centre, Corsham (this would be combined with a Project 2019 selection workshop). Contact for details.
  • Two courses were announced for 2018: Stage Fighting (Corsham, 24-25 Mar 18) and Historic Dance (Corsham, 23-24 Jun 18).
  • It was agreed to add a monologue category to OAPF 2018 (details to be refined). It was also agreed that, if RAFTA Club take-up for OAPF 2018 (Shrivenham, 25-27 May 18) was low, an invitation to participate would be extended to clubs from the Royal Navy Theatrical Association (RNTA). To inform this decision, RAFTA Clubs will be asked (prior to Christmas 2017) to express their intent to enter OAPF 2018.

That’s not an exhaustive list of everything discussed at AGM, but hopefully it covers the key points (other than a big thank you to everyone from the outgoing Chair, Wg Cdr Andy Mitchell).


Just a quick post to confirm the date and venue for this year’s AGM.

The RAFTA Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 4th November 2017 in the Battle of Britain Suite of the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PY (visit for more details).

RAFTA mourns Christopher Bartle

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Christopher Bartle, RAFTA Fellow and former Chairman.  Christopher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease approximately two years ago and he finally lost his battle with the debilitating disease on Monday 15 May.  Our deepest and most sincere sympathies and condolences go to his family, in particular his devoted wife Iris and Iris’ daughter Alex.
For many Members, Christopher was the face of RAFTA, having organised all of the One-Act Play Festivals that took place at the Juliana Goss Theatre at RAF Lyneham.  Having recently taken on the mantle of Festival Coordinator, I can personally testify to the tremendous amount of work and effort that goes into the annual event.  And in Christopher’s day, he had twice as many plays to schedule – as far as I know without a cross word.  At least none that any of us heard.  I’m sure Iris will have different tales to tell.
But Christopher was so much more than a Fellow, Chairman and Festival Organiser.  He was a fine actor – one of the finest that RAFTA has seen – picking up numerous awards for Best Actor at the One-Acts and appearing in Projects dating back to 1986.  His set building was legendary.  Not a wobble or squeak to be seen or heard – unless of course Christopher intended there to be one.
The world has lost a true gentleman and RAFTA has lost a genuine friend, mentor and inspiration.  Alex has asked me to say that Christopher’s last day was very peaceful spent with all his family – including Samba the dog! – filled with bubbles, laughter, love and Thomas Tallis, one of Christopher’s favourite composers.

OAPF 2017: The results are in!

Take a look at RAFTA OAPF 2017 page to see the results from this year’s RAFTA One-Act Play Festival!

One Act Play Festival 2017 – nearly there!

The Festival 2017 page is up and running with details of OAPF 2017: 28-30 Apr 17 at Shrivenham. It’s nearly upon us!! 😀

Minutes from RAFTA 42nd AGM 2016

The Minutes of the 42nd RAFTA AGM (2016) are now ready to read. The AGM was held at The White Swan Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon on 29 October 2016. Enjoy 🙂