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February 03, 2020


The All England Theatre Festival begins in earnest this month and culminates in the English Finals which will take place at Bridlington's Spa Theatre on June 13 when the winner will selected by adjudicator Chris Jaeger MBE, GoDA to represent the nation in the British Final of One Act Plays, taking place this year at Rhyll in North Wales, with David Price GoDA adjudicating.

As always the AETF have produced a handy leaflet with all the dates and details, and you can download it by clicking on this icon.....

Gibraltar International Drama Festival

January 28, 2020

Gibraltar has an annual drama festival, and for many years has always used a GODA adjudicator. It is a splendid festival, and any adjudicator who is lucky enough to be offered it should jump at the opportunity. The Festival will fly you over, put you up in a quality hotel, and entertain you royally. They will keep you busy (tour of the island, press interviews, television appearance, lunch with the Mayor etc.) but it’s all terrific. (Lovely warm climate too!)

The Festival itself has many youth and schools entries. Don’t be alarmed if you see five plays on in one night – some of them will only be ten minutes. As well as a spoken adjudication, the Festival requires a short adjudication on each play, about one side of hand-written A4, but they will pay extra for these. You will see a full range of ability, a little like a first round AETF event, with a very good standard at the top end.

The Gibraltar Department of Culture is full of lovely people who will look after you and make sure everything runs like clockwork. It is a great place….and a great festival.


Chris Jaeger GoDA

Cheshire Drama Festival Success

January 15, 2020


In September 2018 we were delighted to announce the launch of THE CHESHIRE ONE ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL which would take place in March 2019 at Nantwich Players Theatre. This was to be a new annual event as part of The All England Theatre Festival (AETF) and NDFA.

Over recent years the North West has seen the demise of some of its preliminary rounds, leaving only The Leverhulme Drama Festival (Merseyside) and the Isle of Man competing in the region.  Cheshire was to be a welcome addition to the North West’s festival circuit.

The inaugural festival was held Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019 and was a resounding success with six teams taking part from across Cheshire and was adjudicated by Mike Kaiser. The winners – Nantwich Players with “Edgar & Annabel” were to go on to win the semi-final and perform at the English final of AETF, as well as the All Winners Festival (NDFA).

Building on the success of this small festival, the baton has been handed to Macclesfield MADS who will host and run the festival for 2020. Their large stage and auditorium will welcome more teams over three or four sessions from Friday 13TH – Sunday 15th March 2020. This year the adjudicator is Jenny Scott-Reid.  John Chandler of MADS will take over as chairperson of Cheshire Drama Festival for this year with Sandie Laughlin (Nantwich) remaining as Treasurer.

It is hoped that for 2021 a new Cheshire host will carry the mantel so that another venue can be part of the Cheshire Drama Festival.

As the original festival organisers, we are confident the CDF will go from strength to strength and would like to express our thanks to everyone who helped us get it off the ground last year.

 Sue Doherty GoDA and Bev Clark GoDA

Russell Whiteley

April 30, 2018

With great sadness, we have to announce that Russell Whiteley peacefully passed away at Leeds General Infirmary on Saturday 21st April, following an accident at his home.

A Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday 16th May at St John the Baptist Church, Normanton at 12pm prior to cremation at Pontefract Crematorium.

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of Asides.

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