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The Competition 

As well as showcasing some of the best amateur talent in the region, the Festival is primarily a competition. Each year we invite a GODA Adjudicator to preside over the Festival entries and judge them according to the following marking system:

Acting = 40 marks

Production = 35 marks

Stage Presentation = 15 marks

Dramatic Achievement = 10 marks


After each evening the Adjudicator will sum up that evening and deliver a public adjudication of the performances seen. This offers both the entering groups and audience alike the opportunity to gain insight and experience from an industry professional and obtain great constructive criticism. 

The Awards 

At the end of the week the Adjudicator will judge and compare all of the week's entries according to the above marking system and announce the winners of the following awards at the award ceremony that follows the final performance on the Saturday night. 


1st Place Trophy 


2nd Place Trophy


3rd Place Trophy


Chris Jaeger Award for Best Director

For best Director/ Directorial Vision

donated by former GoDA chairman Chris Jaeger MBE


Best Actor

For best adult male performance


Best Actress

For best adult female performance


Best Supporting Actor

For best adult male performance in a supporting role


Best Supporting Actress

For best adult female performance in a supporting role


KP Badges & Trophies Best Moment of Theatre

For the best single/stand-out moment of theatre across the week

donated by Festival Sponsors KP Badges & Trophies


Les Solomon Décor Award

For the best set and design 


The Pauline Pincott Costume Award

For outstanding costuming 

Donated by Sodbury Players in Memory of Pauline Pincott


Caroline Phillips Award (Winning Youth Entry)

For the best youth entry 


Dawn Barrah Award for Most Promising Youth Performance

For the best male or female youth performer


Joan Pickthall Award for Best Original Play

For the best orginal play premiered at that year's festival

donated by former Festival Vice-President Joan Pickthall



Charles Cash Award (The Adjudicator's Choice Award)

Awarded by the Adjudicator for any element, moment or performance

across the entire Festival




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