Strong female characters will be front and centre on stage in Tamworth this year.
The 2020 theme for the Tamworth Dramatic Society is "bring girls to the front" and they haven't held back.
The year has barely begun, but the group already has a packed program with three female-focused plays on the cards: She Kills Monsters, Steel Magnolias and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
"It's a pretty exciting theme this year ... the last few years we've done lots of great plays but not so many with female leads," Tamworth Dramatic Society secretary and actor Ellie Sampson said.
"I think it's really important to empower young women and give them a chance to shine on stage," she said.
The concept also reflects the number of women auditioning for roles, which is more than men.
The curtain will be raised on the first play, She Kills Monsters, at the Civic Theatre in Gunnedah on March 7, when the cast and crew take a roadtrip to the town for a preview performance.
"Lots of people really want to see the theatre but can't make it to the cities like Sydney or Newcastle, or even Tamworth, to see it," Ms Sampson said.
The show will run at Tamworth's Capitol Theatre from March 11 to March 14.
The society hopes they can also take it to Armidale in May.
"It's a beautiful, heartwarming comedy ... which just so happens to involve dungeons and dragons," Ms Sampson said, who plays the lead character.
"I just know that when people come and see the show, they'll leave feeling warm and fuzzy," she said.
She has spent four months learning stage combat for the role.
Steel Magnolias will take the stage in Tamworth from August 21 to August 29, with an all-female cast and female director Gero Cutmore.
The Botanic Gardens in Tamworth will host A Midummer Night's Dream on an outdoor stage from November 12 to November 14 and the production will be a joint fundraiser between the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Can Assist.
Tickets can be purchased online.