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All England Theatre Festival




A One Act Play Festival open to any Amateur group in England.
The 6 month long competition is organised regionally and, after a series of preliminary, quarter and semi-final rounds across the country, culminates in a Grand Final in which the four 'Area' Champions compete for the title of 'English Champions'.

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Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama


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Bedfordshire, England

The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama was founded in 1921 and provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. The Festival offers a wide range of classes for all ages covering most musical genres including Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Asian music, as well as many varied Speech and Drama classes including Verse Speaking, Acting, Mime and Improvisation. It features categories for school groups, Special School groups, orchestras, wind bands, junior and senior choirs and group creative performance.
Run by a Committee of volunteers and a part-time Secretary, the Festival is a charity. The organisers are extremely grateful to the Festival's supporters, its Individual and Corporate Friends, for their financial support, without which the Festival would not take place.
The Festival takes place at the Bedford Corn Exchange during the first week of March each year.

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Between The Lines Festival


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Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Children's Literature and Arts festival

Contact: info@betweenthelinesfestival.com or via website or social media


Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival


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BMCF, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, England BH1 3NS

To celebrate excellence and promote community participation in the performing arts by presenting an annual festival, enhanced by competition and professional adjudication

Contact: 01202 556023 or bmthfestival@gmail.com or via our website or social media


Bristol Shakespeare Festival


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Bristol Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing the most exciting, energetic and original productions of Shakespeare to the beautiful city of Bristol.

Contact: info@bristolshakespeare.org.uk or via our website or social media

Brockley Max


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London, England

A yearly arts festival in Brockley, Ladywell and Crofton Park in south-east London, which aims to inspire people of all ages to use and explore their creative talents, and to help knit the community more closely together.
Brockley Max is run by Max Media Arts - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating original and enjoyable community events

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Caithness Scottish Community Drama Assocation



Community Drama.
Caithness Annual Drama Festivals

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Cambridge Festival of Drama


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An annual drama festival, showcasing the best theatre in Cambridge and the surrounding area. As well as our website we are also on Twitter as @CamDramFest - follow us for the latest news!

Contact: admin@camdramfest.org.uk or via our website or social media

Cheshire One Act Drama Festival

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Cheshire, England

Cheshire One Act Drama Festival as part of the All England Theatre Festival

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Elmbridge Drama Festival


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Elmbridge, Surrey, England

The Elmbridge Drama Festival is one of the first round knock-out stages of the annual All England Theatre Festival

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Fresh Film Festival


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Fresh Film Festival, No. 1 John’s Square, Limerick City

Fresh Film Festival provides an opportunity to young filmmakers to create work and to screen work that otherwise may not be possible. Fresh Film Festival also mentor, encourage and engage with children, we recognise and support their talent.
Fresh Film Festival is a National Youth Film Festival held in Limerick every March. Its main event is Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year.
Young Filmmakers between the age of 7- 18yrs can enter their work for screening.

Contact: info@freshfilmfestival.net or via our website or social media


Herne Hill Music Festival


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Herne Hill, London, England

Taking place in October each year, the Herne Hill Music Festival will feature local community, professional and internationally renowned artists against the backdrop of Brockwell Park and other well-loved landmarks of Herne Hill.

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Kerry Drama Festival


Ivyleaf Arts Centre, Castleisland


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Leicestershire & Rutland Drama Festival


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The Little Theatre, Leicester, England

The Leicestershire and Rutland Drama Festival is an annual competition which showcases the talents of amateur dramatic groups within the Leicestershire & Rutland area. We invite all local groups to enter a ‘One Act Play’ in the festival and these are showcased to the public over the course of several nights, culminating in a awards ceremony on the final night. The event also doubles up as a preliminary round of the AETF (All-England Theatre Festival) for those groups seeking to progress further.

Contact: lrdfestival@outlook.com or via our website or social media


MK Festival Fringe



Milton Keynes, Bucks, England

A vibrant fringe arts festival showcasing outdoor arts, theatre, visual arts, performance, comedy, music & dance.

MKFF is a biennial event which complements the Milton Keynes International Festival.

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Monkstown International Puppet Festival


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Monkstown, Co Dublin

Annual Festival

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National Drama Festivals Association




The National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) is an association of more than 37 Independent Drama Festivals drawn from across the UK running Full length, One Act and Youth Festivals.
Membership of NDFA is open to all Drama Festival Organisations and also to Theatre groups and individuals who are interested in taking part and supporting drama festivals throughout UK.

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Nidderdale & District Drama Festival


Harrogate, Yorkshire, England

Nidderdale and District One-Act Drama Festival which is held annually in March and is organised by the Nidderdale and District Drama Association (NDDA).
The NDDA Festival is affiliated to the prestigious All-England Theatre Festival (AETF) of which it is a preliminary round and the NDDA festival winner is eligible to progress to the next round of the AETF.
Participation is open to any amateur drama group in the Nidderdale area. Groups from outside the area may be allowed to participate if the NDDA is their nearest AETF-affiliated event.

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NSDF - National Student Drama Festival


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Woolyard, 54 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD, England

National Student Drama Festival is a celebration of young talent & an introduction to the profession

Contact: Tel: 020 7036 9027
Email: info@nsdf.org.uk
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Tring, Herts, England

An amateur open-air Shakespeare Festival that takes place every summer in the beautiful grounds of the Pendley Manor, Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire.
In 1949, Dorian Williams founded the Pendley Shakespeare Festival amid the Victorian finery of his magnificent ancestral home. 64 years later, it remains our privilege to bring Shakespeare to new audiences in the grounds of this stunning Manor.

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Salisbury Fringe


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Annual new writing festival in Salisbury UK & monthly Scratch Nights. Bite-size plays. All events free. Patron Christopher Biggins

Contact: salisburyfringe@icloud.com or via our website or social media



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Short+Sweet is a global festival brand, presenting highly successful Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, and Song Festivals around the world. We provide audiences with exciting and contemporary works that challenge and entertain. Short+Sweet’s mission is to build theatre-going audiences around the world.

Beginning as a small festival of 10 minute plays in Sydney, Australia, we have grown into a global organisation. Short+Sweet has made a huge impact on the Australian theatre scene through developing new, original work with emerging artists and providing a platform for established artists to showcase their talents.

Our vision is simple – a more creative world 10 minutes at a time!

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The British and International Federation of Festivals


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Festivals House, 198 Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UD, England

For nearly 100 years, we have been supporting amateur performing arts festivals to provide performance opportunities in their local communities.
We have nearly 250 member Festivals across the UK and abroad and together they provide millions of performance opportunities for children, young people and adults. With a focus on music, dance and speech & drama, our member Festivals offer a wide range of classes to encourage participation in the performing arts. Our member Festivals have a strong education emphasis and provide a platform to perform in front of a live audience and receive feedback from a professional adjudicator.

Contact: info@federationoffestivals.org.uk or via our website or social media





Gravesend, Kent, England

The festival will bring together artists from across Kent in a celebration of arts and culture, giving our talented performers a platform to showcase their work and share their talents with the local community. We’re still on the lookout for more people to join the festival, so if you think it’s something you might be interested in, please email: guildfringefestival@gmail.com for a full information pack and application form.

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The Leverhulme Drama Festival


Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight Wirral, England

The Leverhulme DRAMA festival takes place every year at the Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight Wirral - Local groups perform one act plays.

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Theatre Fest Kenya



Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa

The Kenya International Theatre Festival

Contact: Theatrefestivalke@gmail.com or via our website or social media


Totton Festival of Drama


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Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire, England UK

The Totton Festival of Drama is a Round One of the All England Theatre Festival. We hold an annual one act play Drama Festival every March for amateur drama groups across the south.

Contact: info@tottondrama.co.uk or via our website or social media


UnShut Festival of Performance


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Sheffield, Yorkshire

UnShut is a festival of experimental and radical new work.

Contact: unshutfestival@gmail.com or via our website or social media

Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre



Forest Community Centre, Walthamstow, London, England

Annual competitive festival of one-act plays based in the London borough of Waltham Forest. Part of the All-England Theatre Festival.
The Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre is the only drama festival held in East and North London run under AETF rules.
We also welcome entries from groups in neighbouring parts of Essex and Hertfordshire.
The Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre is a week long festival of plays and performances by local drama and youth groups. Anybody can take part, regardless of age, race, gender, ability or experience.
During the course of the festival, amateur companies from East and North London and neighbouring parts of Essex and Hertfordshire stage short, scripted plays which may include music, dance, mime and and other skills that the participants enjoy performing. Most performances take place during evening sessions, comprising two or three plays, and there might also be matinee sessions on a Saturday afternoon. At the end of each session, a qualified adjudicator gives a critical review of each play. At the end of the week, the adjudicator assign the various awards to entire production teams and casts, individual actors, writers and directors as appropriate.
Teams can volunteer for selection to represent Waltham Forest in the All England Theatre Festival. This exists to "give amateur theatre groups the opportunity to take part in a progression of festivals, starting in their own local area and possibly ending at the English final. The benefits of competitive drama are in raising standards; to allow people to compare the standard of their work with that of other companies and to learn how to improve."
The Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre is the only one in London which offers a whole week of drama. Some of the participating groups return year because they appreciate "the spirit of harmony and co-operation" and every year new groups, who are taking part for the first time, are welcomed and supported.

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Welwyn Drama Festival


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Welwyn Garden City, Herts, England

Much-loved, long-running, competitive one-act drama festival, held in May at the Barn Theatre

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Woking Drama Association


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Woking, Surrey, England

The Woking Drama Association or the WDA was founded shortly after local drama groups in the Woking area held their first drama festival back in 1959. Over fifty years later the WDA has a strong membership comprising of 15 local drama, light operatic, musical, dance and youth theatre groups.
The WDA’s main purpose is to stage Woking’s annual one act drama festival in October each year. This is one of the largest amateur festivals of its type in England running over two weeks and regularly attracting over twenty competitive performances. Each evening the plays are adjudicated by a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators who will give constructive and concise commentary on the plays they have seen. At the end of the fortnight the adjudicator will recall three plays that in their view will present an entertaining and balanced evening of theatre at the end of which they, the adjudicator, will announce the winners.

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Worcestershire Theatre Festival


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Worcestershire, England

The Worcestershire Theatre Festival is a one-act drama festival that takes place every year, in which drama groups from the area compete head-to-head.
Every Spring, one-act plays are performed in front of an esteemed professional adjudicator and you - the audience.
The plays are between 25 and 55 minutes long, ranging from comedies to thrillers to highly-emotional dramas.
Each one is critiqued by the adjudicator in front of the audience as soon as it has finished. Marks are then awarded for acting, direction, stage presentation and dramatic achievement.
The winners are announced on Sunday (after the session has finished), with the Overall Winner and Running Up going through to the Quarter Final of the All England Theatre Festival!

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