National Drama Festivals Association

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National Drama Festivals Association
National Drama Festivals Association Logo
LocationLocation of British All Winners Festival varies
Founded byNational Drama Festivals Association
Type of play(s)Full length and One Act Festivals
Festival date
  • British All Winners Festival - July
  • Participating festivals - year-round

The National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) was formed in 1964 to encourage and support amateur theatre in all its forms and in particular through the organisation of drama festivals in the United Kingdom.

Since 1974 the NDFA has organised the British All Winners Drama Festival (BAWF) where the very best of British amateur theatre take part in a week-long celebration of theatre. The winners of all NDFA member festivals, be they Full Length or One Act Member Festivals, in the previous year are eligible for invitation to take part.

The NDFA also sponsor a Playwriting Competition - the George Taylor Memorial Award. The objective of this competition is to promote new writing for the theatre. Adjudication is carried out by a panel of judges and the winners receive a certificate and a cash prize.

Membership of the NDFA is open to all Drama festival organisations and also to theatre groups and individuals who are interested in taking part and supporting drama festivals throughout UK.

British All Winners Drama Festival[edit]


There are a number of awards presented at the British All Winners Drama Festival which include:

    • OVERALL WINNER - The Mary Blakeman Trophy
    • RUNNER UP - The Amateur Stage Trophy
    • ADJUDICATOR'S AWARD - The Felixstowe Festival Trophy
    • BACKSTAGE AWARD - The Sydney Fisher Trophy
    • OVERALL WINNER - The Irving Trophy
    • RUNNER UP - The NDFA Council Trophy
    • ADJUDICATOR'S AWARD - The Amateur Theatre Trophy
    • BACKSTAGE AWARD - The Sydney Fisher Trophy
    • AUDIENCE APPRECIATION - Halifax Evening Courier Award
    • YOUTH AUDIENCE APPRECIATION - The GADOC Joyce Cook Memorial Trophy


Number Year One Act Plays Full Length Plays Venue Location Adjudicator
Winners (Irving Trophy) Nationality Runners Up (NDFA Council Trophy) Nationality Winners (Mary Blakeman Trophy) Nationality Runners Up (Amateur Stage Trophy) Nationality
39th 2012 Runnymede Drama Group
(A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter )
 ENG Entity Theatre Company
("Three Nights with Madox" by Matei Visniec)
 ENG Halifax Thespians
(Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness)
 ENG Legion Players
("April in Paris" by John Godber)
 ENG Thwaites Empire Theatre Blackburn Russell Whiteley GoDA
38th 2011 Prometheus Theatre Company
("Tape" by Stephen Belber)
("Effie's Burning" by Valerie Windsor)
 ENG FissiParous Theatre
("Stones in His Pockets" by Marie Jones)
 ENG Whole Hog Productions
("Metamorphosis" by Steven Berkoff)
 ENG Beau Sejour Theatre and the Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands Tony Rushforth GoDA
37th 2010 GADOC
(“Life Lines” by Amy Rosenthal)
 ENG St Ursula Players
(“The Invisible Man” by Jennifer Johnson)
 ENG The Heath Players
(“The Sociable Plover" by Tim Whitnall)
 ENG Stafford Players
(“Humble Boy” by Charlotte Jones)
 ENG The Thameside Theatre Grays, Essex Paul Fowler GoDA
36th 2009 Karvid Productions - Hemel Hempstead
(Alas Poor Fred by James Saunders)
 ENG The Lighted Fools Theatre Company
(The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter)
 ENG Bejou Productions
(Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness)
 ENG Horncastle Theatre Company
(The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan)
 ENG Rhoda McGaw Theatre Woking Mike Kaiser GoDA
35th 2008 Send ADS - Surrey
(The Island by Athol Fugard)
 ENG St.Pauls Drama Group - Surrey
(Happy Jack by John Godber)
 ENG Everyman Productions - Co Sligo
(Juno and the Paycock by Seán O'Casey)
 IRE Wakefield Little Theatre - Yorks
(Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller)
 ENG The Gaiety Theatre Douglas, Isle of Man Colin Dolley GoDA
34th 2007 Woking College Theatre Company
(Home Free by Landford Wilson)
 ENG Lightnin' Drama Group
(Circus of Life by Sue Ospreay)
 ENG Bejou Productions
(Art by Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton))
 ENG The Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
(Turns by John Kelly)
 ENG Albert Hall Theatre Llandrindod Wells Scott Marshall GODA
33rd 2006 Barn Theatre Club
(Marry Me a Little by Stephen Sondheim)
 ENG Runnymede Drama Group
(And Go To Innisfree by Jean Lenox Toddie)
 ENG Belvoir players
(Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness)
NIShape.png NIR Cytringan Players
('night, Mother by Marsha Norman)
 ENG Rhoda McGaw Theatre Woking Mike Tilbury GODA
32nd 2005 Pump House Theatre
(April in Paris by John Godber)
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TBC The Halifax Playhouse Halifax, West Yorkshire Russell Whiteley GODA
31st 2004 Leonic Players
(A Conversation of Sorts by Les Littlewood)
 ENG New World Theatre Club, Luxembourg
(Footprints in the Sand by Colin Crowther)
 LUX In Yer Space
(The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband by Debbie Isitt)
 ENG Halifax Thespians
(The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan)
 ENG Albert Hall Theatre Llandrindod Wells Scott Marshall GODA
30th 2003 Bovingdon Players (Hertfordshire)
(“Me and My Friend” (act ii) by Gillian Plowman)
 ENG BAWDS (Cambridge)
(North of Boston by Robert Frost)
 ENG The Lamproom Theatre Company (Barnsley, S Yorks)
(Up 'n' Under by John Godber)
 ENG In yer space (Preston, Lancs)
(A Night in November by Marie Jones)
 ENG Forest Arts Centre New Milton, Hants Tony Rushforth GODA
29th 2002 Runnymede Drama Group
(Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson)
 ENG The Bradford Players Theatre Co.
(Jam by Graham Fife)
 ENG Everyman Productions
(The Mai by Marina Carr)
 IRE Chelmsford Theatre Workshop
(Nunsense by Dan Goggin)
 ENG Castle Hall, The Wash Hertford Scott Marshall GODA
28th 2001 Pump House Theatre Company
(Home Free by Lanford Wilson)
 ENG Storrington Theatre Workshop
(The Room by Harold Pinter)
 ENG Sudbury Dramatic Society
(Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose)
 ENG Cardiff Players
(Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn)
 WAL Rhoda McGaw Theatre Woking Mike Tilbury GODA
27th 2000 Runnymede Drama Group
(Scarecrow by Don Nigro)
 ENG Wilstead Players
(Porch by Jack Heifner)
 ENG Brigstowe Theatre Company
(Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton)
 ENG Thurrock Courts Players
(Neville's Island by Tim Firth)
 ENG Spa Pavilion Theatre Felixstowe Jeannie Russell GODA
26th 1999 East Essex Players
(Laughter In the Shadow of the Trees by John Prideaux)
 ENG Bovingdon Players
(A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking by John Ford Noonan)
 ENG Enniscorthy Theatre Group
(The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh)
 IRE Deben Players
(Key for Two by John Chapman and Dave Freeman)
 ENG Thameside Theatre Grays Rex Walford GODA
20th 1993
4th 1977


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