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How to enter

Can we enter the festival?

The Bristol One Act Drama Festival is open to all drama groups, clubs, schools and universities.


It is a first round competition for the National All England Theatre Festival, and although the Festival is open to all, in order to qualify to proceed in the All England Theatre Festival you must be a group of Non-Professionals and derive no income from professional performance. 


What Can we Enter? 

As our name suggests, you must enter a one-act play. However, the festival does not just accept published plays; you may also enter un-published works, new plays, devised and improvised pieces as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • - Be one act in length

  • - The play's running time must be between 20 - 55 minutes.

  • - There must be at least two speaking roles in the piece


The Bristol One Act Drama Festival politely request that all entrants familiarise themselves with the Festival Rules

and the Festival Technical Notes prior to submitting an entry.

Attention is also drawn to the Safeguarding Guidelines (Child Protection)



TThe Bristol One Act Drama Festival

Safeguarding Guidelines (Child Protection)

Bristol One Act Technical Notes 2022

Olympus Theatre Lighting Rig


Three Plays on Thursday and Friday evenings and two on Saturday evening,  followed by the awards ceremony on Saturday. The Festival will commence at 7pm each evening.
ENTRY FEE: £30.00 (+ £10 AETF opting fee)
The £30 entry fee is applicable to each play that a group wishes to enter into the Bristol Festival. The additional £10 fee is being applied by the AETF Committee for those productions that opt to go forward to future rounds in the All England Theatre Festival.   Please see the full Bristol Festival rules for entry criteria.
Participating Groups will be allocated 15 tickets and  AGREE TO PAY FOR 12 for their performance session. Group’s selling 15 tickets will benefit from 3 FREE TICKETS. An additional 4 tickets for each of the other performances will be also sent, to encourage club members to support the Festival throughout the week.
Additional tickets will be able to be purchased via the online booking system under Box Office 

Available on the How to Enter - Forms page
(Click on How to Enter menu above) 


Parts of the Entry Forms must be completed and returned by the following dates:


Part 1   Intention to Enter  by 17th November 2023


Part 2  Name of Play & Approx. Running Times  by 10th December 2023


Part 3  Cast Details etc. for Programme  by 15th January 2024


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