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.
As live theatre was not possible, we ran a Radio Play Festival
in Spring 2021.
Each society performed a short radio play (20-60 minutes) submitted as an audio file, which was adjudicated by Amanda Sharpe-Conroy. Awards were given for a range of categories.
There were twenty six entries, and the overall winner of Best Play was Masquerade
, with 'Five Kinds of Silence' by Shelagh Stephenson.
The full results can be downloaded from the 2021 Festival
There will be no Full-Length Play Festival in 2021.
2020 Full-Length Play Festival
The 2020 festival was cancelled, after only two performances, because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
2019 Full-Length Play Festival
There were 18 entries, adjudicated by Charles Evans, GoDA, as listed on the 2019 Festival
The overall winner was Masquerade
, for their production of Three Winters by Tina Stivicic.
A full list of awards and the marking schedule can be downloaded here
One Act Play Festival
Medway Little Theatre usually 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