- Association of Ulster Drama Festivals
The Ulster Drama Festival Rules
- THE ULSTER DRAMA
- The Ulster Drama Festival of
Full Length Plays is organised by the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals (AUDF). The
Festival runs for six nights.
- 1. Entry
to the Festival is through the Regional Open Drama Festivals affiliated to AUDF, viz
Ballymoney DR; Bangor DF; City of Derry DF; Enniskillen DF; Larne DF; Mid Ulster DF; Newry
DF; Newtownabbey DF; Newtownstewart DF; Portadown DF; and Strabane DF. Nominating
Festivals must have three plays in competition.
- Productions must be
- - presented by bona fide
adult amateur Societies, although specific child parts may be played by children still at
school. The services of a professional director may be used.
- - of such length as to provide a recognised evenings
entertainment in a professional theare
- 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 Ulster Drama Festival will be primarily through the Associations 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.
Festivals may have plays in their programmes which are not
eligible for the Ulster Drama Festival. These plays will be included in the allocation of
points but will not be eligible for the Final. Thus every team will receive points
according to its actual result in the Regional Festivals.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 1. No Society will
be allowed to enter the same play in the Festival more than once within a period of three
- 2. 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.
- 3. A copy of the
script must be sent to the Hon Secretary on receipt of notification to appear at the
- 4. The Adjudicator
will use the following marking scheme;
- Acting 40 Production 35 Presentation 15 Dramatic Achievement 10 =
- Marks will not be
announced. Each play will receive a public adjudication
- 5.. Only the names
of winners will be announced.
- The following
awards are available at the Ulster Drama Festival
- THE PREMIER AWARD
- to the Society
presenting the Best Overall Presentation
- THE AUSTIN STEWART
- To the Society
which is runner up to the Premier Award
- THE BELFAST
- For Best Director
- THE JAMES YOUNG
- For the best
performance by an actor
- THE UTV HUBERT
- For the best
performance by an actress
- THE RICHARD
- For the best
performance by an Actor and Actress in supporting roles
- THE COLIN BLAKELY
- For the most
promising Young Player
- THE FRIERS AWARD
- For the society or
individual responsible for the Best Decor
- THE TERENCE
- For best moment of
- THE ESSO CUP
- For the society
presenting the most ambitious play
- SPECIAL AWARDS
- To each society
whose production reached the Ulster Drama Festival
- 6. The
Adjudicators decision will be final
- 7. AUDF will
endeavour to make a grant towards necessary expenses incurred by Societies competing in
the Ulster Drama Festival.
- Claims should be
made on the form provided, with necessary receipts, and should show;
Travel expenses for
cast and a maximum of ten persons on the stage team. 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
- 8. A competing
society must have personal accident insurance on all team members and evidence of such
cover must be forthcoming.
- 9. 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
- Mr A G C Marshall
- 31 Shorelands
- BT38 8FB
- Tel (028) 9086 1234