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3rd December 2019

Dear NDDA Festival Supporter


It is my pleasure to invite you to enter the 57th Nidderdale and District One-Act Drama Festival which will take place at the Frazer Theatre, Off High Street, Knaresborough HG5 0EQ from 19th to 21st March 2020. The adjudicator will be Chris Baglin (GoDA). Our event is, as ever, affiliated to the All-England Theatre Festival (AETF) and our winning group will be eligible to progress further in this wider competition. Here is a list of the relevant events of next year’s countrywide festival.

AETF North Semi Final: 9th and 10th May, Saltburn Community Theatre, Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1JW (Adjudicator: Robert Meadows, GoDA).

AETF Grand Final: 13th June, Bridlington Spa Theatre, Bridlington, YO15 3JH (Adjudicator: Chris Jaeger, GoDA).

British Final: 26th and 27th June, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, LL18 3AQ (Adjudicator: David Price, GoDA)

Contents of the entry pack:

Your entry pack comprises the following attachments:

An entry form for the NDDA festival; a copy of the NDDA Festival rules; a copy of the AETF rules,  diagrams of the Frazer Theatre stage and its lighting inventory and a list of the trophies awarded at the festival. The Frazer Theatre’s ‘Health & Safety Guidelines for Private Hires’ can be accessed via the theatre web site (www. frazertheatre.co.uk/hire-us/)

Technical rehearsals

Each visiting company will be allowed an hour of technical rehearsal at the Frazer on Sunday 8th March from 11am onwards. The timetable for these rehearsals will be announced separately. In addition, on the night of your performance, you will be allowed 20 minutes rehearsal stage time before the start of the show to use in any way you wish.  At both sessions you must begin and end with a blank stage.

Trophy Return

All trophies won at last year’s event should be returned (appropriately engraved and in a polished condition) at the technical rehearsal on 8th March or before.

Running Order

Running order at the festival will be determined by the organisers. Every effort will be made to accommodate individual preferences but this will not always be possible.

Insurance / Opting Fee

Any group electing to go forward, if selected, to subsequent rounds of the national competition must:

A. be fully insured with a reputable company.

B. pay an opting fee of £10 (this is a one-off payment and will not be levied again even if you advance all the way to the AETF Grand Final or British Final)

C. commit to participating, if selected, in all the three later rounds.

Deadline for entry

Monday 20th January.  Entries submitted after this date will not be accepted.


I very much hope that you will be entering next year’s festival and I look forward to receiving your completed application in due course.

Warmest regards