KDA has for many years run an adjudicated full-length play festival each Spring for amateur drama societies.

The Festival's professional adjudicator attends a performance of each society's production at its own venue, and gives a full public adjudication to the audience followed by an opportunity for private discussion with the cast and production team.

The Festival ends with an awards ceremony evening - twenty two Awards, for all aspects of a production ranging from Best Overall Production to Best Actor in a Cameo Role.

The adjudicator of several years' Festivals, Charles Evans, produced some notes that may be of interest to societies and which can be downloaded here. These are the copyright of Charles Evans and should not be reproduced or disseminated outside members of KDA without his consent.

A list of all award winners in recent years can be downloaded here.

2018 Full-Length Play Festival


A full list of the Nominees for the Awards can be downloaded from the 2018 Festival page.

The Awards Evening will be held at Benenden Village Hall on Saturday 23th June - 7pm for 7:30, by ticket only. Ticketing details have been given to participating societies, and tickets must be applied for by each society by 14th June.

The Festival's Rules can be downloaded here.


One Act Play Festival


Medway Little Theatre runs the Duncan Rand Festival each July - a one act festival with separate competitions for Youth and Adult entries.


Other Local Festivals


The Bromley Theatre Guild runs a full-length play festival each spring for societies based in the London Borough of Bromley - see bromleytheatreguild.org.
There are several other one act festivals open to societies in Kent - including:
Southern Counties Drama Festival - see barntheatreoxted.co.uk