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.


We'll be revealing who it is very soon ....