Welcome to the
Wharfedale Festival of Theatre
The Wharfedale Festival of Theatre exists to promote, celebrate and encourage good amateur theatre in the area, and is a friendly festival with a unique "community" feel.
It is open to amateur dramatic and operatic societies and youth and schools groups and, though centred in Wharfedale as the title suggests, performances given in the Leeds, Harrogate, and Bradford areas are also eligible to enter.
The five categories of the Festival are Drama (Adults), Musicals (Adults), Pantomimes (Adults), Drama (Youth & Schools) and Musicals (Youth & Schools). Each competition has its own awards for individual performances as well as awards for direction, stage presentation and music where applicable. We even have a special award for the most welcoming ambience front of house!
The other important aims of the Festival are to get together and celebrate the different schools', societies' and groups' achievements at the annual Awards Evening (which the Press call "the local Oscars") and to encourage members of all our participating schools, societies and groups to attend each others' productions.
Entry doesn't mean extra performances or moving away from your home venue because a panel of assessors will mark your full length play or musical production on a normal performance night at your home venue. The Assessors Panel is made up of people who are active in amateur theatre in the area, with a wealth of theatre experience. Some are also involved in drama in education.
Festival Entry costs £25 but you can request a written assessment of your production for an additional fee of £15 . Once you have entered, you will be included on the Wharfedale Festival mailing list and details of your production will be circulated to all the participating societies and groups and published on this website.
The 2016-2017 Festival will run from 1 September 2016 to 29 April 2017. The closing date for productions with September 2016 performances is 20 August 2016, and for all other productions it is 24 September 2016.
The maximum number of entries we can accept in any competition category is 12. We can usually accept a late entry if there is a genuine reason why the closing date could not be met and we don't like turning anyone away. However, as entries are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, you will run a greater risk of missing out if you don't get your entry in promptly - by the time you send it in you might find that your chosen competition category is already full or we already have too many entries clashing on the same dates for us to be able to mark them all.
You can enter for more than one competition category (eg you could enter a play and a musical, or a play and a pantomime), but you cannot enter more than one production in the same category (ie you cannot enter two plays, or two musicals).
To enter the Festival, all you have to do is download our Information Pack from the How to Enter page on this website, fill out the Entry Form, and send it to the Festival Secretary with a cheque for the fee (£25 entry fee plus a further £15 if you opt for a written assessment). The cheque should be made payable to the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre.
If you would like further information about how the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre works or want simply to have a chat about what entry to the Festival means, please telephone the Festival Secretary, Mrs Pat Riley, on 0113 2300312 or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org.