Although competition forms part of the motivation for entering a Festival, we cannot stress strongly enough that they are not cutthroat events. We know, based on feedback from clubs who have entered festivals, how much they enjoy performing to a new audience and socialising with likeminded-people.
Festivals also provide an opportunity to learn both from the adjudicators and from each other.
Within the SCDA the One-Act Festival is the national competitive festival which Edinburgh district has participated in since its inception. To enter, a club has to be a current SCDA member.
There are two categories
The Open festival, open to all groups,
The Youth Festival, confined to teams of performers under-18years old. This event has three stages. Only the Open festival has a British final
District Festival. Teams participate within their own district with the winning team or teams progressing.
Divisional Festival. The winning two teams from each of the four Divisional Finals go through to the
Scottish Final. The winner of the Scottish Final go forward to represent Scotland at the British Final.
All the performances are reviewed by an independent adjudicator, different at each round who gives a public assessment and awards the trophies. The Festivals are held at a central venue and spread over a number of nights. We welcome non-competitive entries at all festivals for clubs who don’t wish to compete but would still like to experience the fantastic atmosphere and fun to be had.
The Scott Salver Competition If a club is premiering an original play in the festival, the author is eligible to enter the Scott Salver competition with the play, not the performance, being judged by a panel of readers
The competition is held in conjunction with the United Kingdom One-act Plays Festivals. The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy is awarded annually to an original play, debuting in the UK One-act Plays Festivals
The full length festival (Eastern Divisional)
Running over a longer time scale this allows team to present more traditional plays. Again the performances are reviewed by an independent adjudicator who gives a private assessment and awards the trophies. Details can be found here
● Edinburgh clubs: get in touch with Thom Dibdin for his Annals Of The Edinburgh Stage if you have news you’d like to share with a broader audience – about a forthcoming show or any drama matter - http://thomdibdin.co.uk/