What is The Worcestershire Theatre Festival?
The Worcestershire Theatre Festival is an annual one-act drama festival in which drama groups from across the area compete for a number of prestigious trophies and awards. The winner and runner up can opt to go forward to the first round of the All England Theatre Festival, see below for more details.
It's run by volunteers, is a non-profit initiative and is in its 59th year! Every Spring, one-act plays are performed in front of an esteemed professional adjudicator and you, the audience. The performances are between 20 and 55 minutes long, ranging from comedies to thrillers to highly-emotional dramas, dance, music and indeed any form of performance theatre. Click here to see the rules.
Each performance is critiqued by the adjudicator in front of the audience as soon as it has finished. The adjudicator marks each production for acting, direction, stage presentation and dramatic achievement. (see the marking system below)
We encourage everyone to come along and watch all of the performances.
The Marking System:-
Points out of 100 are awarded by the Adjudicator in the following areas:
ACTING: 40 points
DIRECTION: 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 point
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: Disqualification
The results are announced at the end of the final
session on Sunday evening.
Tickets for the 2021 festival will be available, via this website or from the theatre