Dramatic Societies thrived in WGC - these included the Welwyn Thalians (Barnstormers and the WGC Operatic Society), the Welwyn Folk Players and the Welwyn Drama Club (based at the Barn Theatre). In 1927 the Welwyn Theatre Society (which became the Drama Club) won the British Drama League Community Theatre trophy, and in the same year they won the Belasco Cup in New York. The Thalians also won the British Drama League trophy in 1935, against 600 competitors. Welwyn Theatre hosted the Welwyn Festival Association's annual drama festival of one-act plays which attracted societies from all over the south of England and beyond. There were also many WGC participants in addition to the above mentioned Thalians, Folk Players & Drama Club - including The Ring, Roche Sports & Social Club, ICI Dramatic Club, St Francis Players, Handside Drama Group, the Welco Players and Peartree Boys Club. Since the first festival in 1928 many famous theatrical personalities were present as adjudicators, and an audience of over 1000 was present each evening. A popular event each summer was the large-scale production of a Shakespearean or other play in the natural amphitheatre of The Dell, in Sherrardspark Wood. There was also a Music Society, with choral and orchestral sections, and a Male Voice Choir.