All about the festival

What is it?

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. It is also one of the first rounds of the All England Theatre Festival.


It's run by volunteers, is a non-profit initiative and is in its 58th year!

Every Spring, one-act plays are performed in front of an esteemed professional adjudicator and you - the audience.


The plays are between 20 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 Runner Up going through to the Quarter Final of the All England Theatre Festival!


You can come along and watch all of the plays, or just a few - it's completely up to you.

The scoring system

Points out of 100 are awarded by the Adjudicator in the following areas:


ACTING: 40 points

PRODUCTION: 35 points

STAGE PRESENTATION: 15 points

DRAMATIC ACHIEVEMENT: 10 points


And they can be removed too, for not sticking

within the times for setting up or striking the set:


UP TO 1 MINUTE: 1 points

UP TO 2 MINUTES: 3 points

UP TO 3 MINUTES: 6 points

UP TO 4 MINUTES: 10 points

UP TO 5 MINUTES: 15 points

OVER 5 MINUTES: Disqualifcation


The results are announced at the end of the final

session on Sunday evening.


The adjudicator

Each year, the adjudicator is selected from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDa):

the internationally recognised body for the adjudication of all forms of theatre.


For 2019 we are delighted to welcome back Paul Fowler!

In over 40 years involvement with the drama festivals movement, Paul Fowler has been an actor, director and stage manager, company committee member, chairman and festival organiser.


A former journalist, broadcaster and public relations consultant, Paul who lives in Kettering, Northants, has worked for newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations all over the world, specialising in his other great passion – motorsport – and in particular, motorcycle racing.


He has been a well-known commentator on top level motorcycle racing, PR spokesman for the motorcycle industry and a tutor at television and radio presentation courses in Westminster aimed at helping politicians, public service employees and top level businessmen deal with the electronic media. In 2001 Paul took a break from his career and three years later graduated from the University of Essex with an Honours degree in Drama and Literature.


As an actor Paul has appeared in the British All Winners Finals on two occasions including a role the winning production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun in 1985. As a director his production of Owen McCafferty’s Days of Wine and Roses was the winner of the British All Winners Finals in 2014.


Paul now works as an Independent Celebrant, and conducts non-religious weddings and funeral services in and around his home town of Kettering, Northamptonshire.


Since becoming a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in 2001, Paul has adjudicated in both the North and South of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man.


In 2007 he adjudicated the Welsh One Act finals, in 2010 presided at the AETF English Finals held in Burton on Trent, he was adjudicator for the 2011 and 2015 British All Winners Finals, and in 2012 presided over the Ulster One Act Finals.