THE 103rd Taunton Drama Festival gets underway today (Sunday).

The curtain goes up on the annual event at Temple Methodist Church, Upper High Street, Taunton, at 2pm and runs until next Friday (March 10).

John Eastman is adjudicating the Taunton Young Theatre Performer Competition today, as well as running the acting audition workshop.

Eleanor McLeod will be judging the speech and drama classes from tomorrow (Monday) until Friday.

The Taunton Drama Festival features some of the best young and old talent that Somerset has to offer.

Local performers will be flocking to take part in classes ranging from solo/duo/group acting, verse speaking, prose reading, mime, solo/duo/group improvisation, Shakespeare, sonnets, project speaking and TV newsreading.

There is ample parking nearby, with the closest being The Crescent Car Park or High Street, both within two minutes' walking distance of the Temple Methodist Church.

Entry to the Taunton Drama Festival will is £1 per person, per day, and takings will be put back into running the Taunton Festival of the Arts across all formats, from drama to music, film and dance.

For the evening of the Taunton Young Theatre Performer of the Year competition, entry will cost £5 per person, and for this, you will receive a specially designed programme.