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Association of Ulster Drama Festivals The Northern Ireland One Act Final
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THE NORTHERN IRELAND ONE ACT FINAL
The Northern Ireland One Act Final (later referred to as the Final) is organised by the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals (AUDF). The winner of this competition is eligible to represent Northern Ireland at the British Final, organised by the British Final Festival Standing Committee (BFFSC) and held in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland consecutively.
 
ENTRY
1.   Entry to the final is confined to Groups resident in Northern Ireland. These must be bona fide adult amateur Societies, or recognised Youth Theatre Groups, although specific child parts may be played by children still at school. The services of a professional director may be used.
 
2.  The Final is confined to One Act Plays, or one act from a Full Length Play. No group will be allowed to enter the same play in the Final more than once within a period of three years.
 
3.  Each entry must have a minimum of two characters
 
4. To be eligible a society must enter at least two Regional Open Festivals, although not necessarily be accepted at two Festivals. There is no upper limit to the number of Festivals entered. Selection for the Northern Ireland Final will be primarily through the Association’s Points system, detailed as follows;
 
1st Place    12 points
2nd Place     6 points
3rd place      3 points
4th Place     1 point
 
In the event of a tie for a place, the aggregate points for that place plus any subsequent place(s) involved will be divided equally between the societies that tie e.g. TWO TEAMS tying for second place each receive four and a half points (half of 6 plus 3). In this case there would be no third place and the fourth team would be awarded 1 point.
Three teams tying for second place would each obtain three and one third points (one third of 6 and 3 and 1). In this case there would be no third or fourth place.
 
INITIALLY SOCIETIES WILL QUALIFY ACCORDING TO THE HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS IN NOT MORE THAN TWO FESTIVALS.
IF THIS FAILS TO DETERMINE THE FULL PROGRAMME FOR THE FINAL, MARKS OBTAINED IN A THIRD FESTIVAL WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED.
 
IF PLACES STILL REMAIN TO BE FILLED, THE ELIGIBLE TEAMS WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAW TO BE HELD AT A SUBSEQUENT MEETING OF AUDF.
 
Special Circumstances
If a team enters for two or more festivals, is only accepted at one Festival and wins that competition, the company will be awarded 12 points and be considered for the Final.
If that team is subsequently in competition for a place with another team who have come second in two festivals, thus obtaining 12 points also, the team with the winning place will always take precedence over the other. In this case a third result will not be considered.
 
5. Each entry must be at least 20 minutes in length, but may exceed 50 minutes, including any time spent in changing a scene in the course of a performance. Groups exceeding the maximum playing time by more than 5 minutes will be disqualified.
 
6. No scene may take more than 10 minutes to set or 5 minutes to strike without danger of disqualification.
 
7. If the entry is copyright, it is the Society’s responsibility to see that the author’s permission is obtained for performance, and that any royalty is paid in advance. If the text has been altered in any way, written proof of the author’s permission to do so must be available. Permission to do part of a longer play must be furnished.
 
8. A copy of the script must be sent to the Hon Secretary on receipt of notification to appear at the Final.
 
9. A group being considered for the Final must have completed against at least two other plays at the Regional Festivals.
 
10. The Adjudicator will be appointed by AUDF. Each team will receive a public adjudication.
 
11. The Adjudicator will use the following marking scheme;
Acting 40   Production 35   Presentation 15  Dramatic Achievement  10  = 100
Marks will not be announced.
 
12. The Adjudicator’s decision will be final.
 
FINANCE AND GENERAL
 
13. AUDF will endeavour to make a grant towards necessary expenses incurred by Societies competing in the Northern Ireland Final.
 
Claims should be made on the form provided, with necessary receipts, and should show;
 
-           Royalty Paid
-           Travel expenses for cast and stage team not exceeding 4 persons. Payment is based on the number of cars, four persons per car, and the return mileage between the Society’s headquarters and the Final venue, at the current rate.
-           Transport of set expenses.
 
14. A competing society must have personal accident insurance on all team members and evidence of such cover must be forthcoming.
 
15. In case of doubt or dispute as to the interpretation of these rules, or in matters not covered therein, the decision of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals will be final.
 
 
Hon Secretary
Mrs Maureen Dunn