The All England Theatre Festival, which is the premier nationwide eliminating contest for one act plays in performance. Each year since 1927 amateur groups have battled it out for the title of National Champions.

Typically something like 5,000 people will participate. There will be something like 50 preliminary heats, each one being an individual festival in its own right. Nearly 500 amateur groups will meet in this series of festivals and each and every one of them will be hoping to get to the All England Final.

Of coarse the festival is not just about winning. It provides invaluable opportunities for both participants and audiences. Both get to see a veriety of different drama groups performing. Both hear the entertaining and instructive comments of a professionally qualified adjudicator, at the adjudication which follows each nights performances. In addition, the performers have the chance to perform in unfamilier surroundings in front of a range of widely differeng audiences.


1) A minimum of two speaking parts - a one act play -an extract from a longer play (with conditions)-some other form of theatrical performance ( with conditions)

2) Each entry must be at least 20 minutes in length but not exceed a time of 55 minutes in performance. Curtain Calls are not permitted.

3) No entry may take more than 10 minutes to set and 5 minutes to strike.(this is additional to the performance time)

4) There are penalty marks for over or under time on performance, and disqualification for running over or under time by 5 minutes on either the performance or the set and strike times.


The adjudicator will use as a guide the following system of marks

Stage Presentation 15
Direction 35
Acting 40
Dramatic Achievement 10
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