Association of Ulster Drama FestivalsThe Northern Ireland One Act Final
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.
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
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.
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 Associations Points system, detailed as follows;
1st Place12 points
2nd Place6 points
3rd place3 points
4th Place1 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.
SOCIETIES WILL QUALIFY ACCORDING TO THE HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS IN NOT MORE THAN TWO
FAILS TO DETERMINE THE FULL PROGRAMME FOR THE FINAL, MARKS OBTAINED IN A THIRD FESTIVAL
WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED.
STILL REMAIN TO BE FILLED, THE ELIGIBLE TEAMS WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAW TO BE HELD AT A
SUBSEQUENT MEETING OF AUDF.
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.
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.
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
7. If the
entry is copyright, it is the Societys responsibility to see that the authors
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 authors 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
9. A group
being considered for the Final must have completed against at least two other plays at the
Adjudicator will be appointed by AUDF. Each team will receive a public adjudication.
Adjudicator will use the following marking scheme;
will endeavour to make a grant towards necessary expenses incurred by Societies competing
in the Northern Ireland Final.
should be made on the form provided, with necessary receipts, and should show;
-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 Societys headquarters and the
Final venue, at the current rate.
-Transport of set
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.