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Introduction to Adjudicating

Discover what it takes to be a GoDA Adjudicator

Being an adjudicator can be an incredibly rewarding job, but it can also be a challenging one. Join experienced GoDA practitioners for a day of informative and practical talks and workshops that provide an introduction to the life and work of an adjudicator.

Introduction to Adjudicating is broken down into sessions led by experienced GoDA members who will guide you through the inner workings of adjudicating drama.


The day is not a formal part of the entry process and is your chance to ask as many questions as you would like as well as trying your hand at adjudicating in a safe and comfortable environment. Should you wish to go forward for the selection weekend you will not be assessed by any of the adjudicators who have led sessions during this introductory day. 

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NB. Although there is no requirement for you to have completed the day in order to progress to the selection weekend, we have found that the day proves very successful for candidates who decide to apply for Associate Membership of the Guild. 





09:30 - 09:45        Meet and greet with tea coffee and biscuits.

09:45 - 10:00        Welcome and introductions.

10:00 - 10:30        What Makes a Good Adjudicator?

10:30 - 11:00        The Experiences of a New Adjudicator

11:00 - 11:15        Break

11:15 - 11:45        Using the Marking Criteria

11:45 - 12:15        A Theatrical 'Pub Quiz'

12:15 - 13:00        Lunch - The Guild will be providing tea, coffee and water but cannot supply lunch. Please bring your own lunch with you. There are a number of express stores approximately 10mins walk from the theatre.

13:00 - 14:15        Live Production of a new play. 

14:15 - 15:15        Group Discussions

These will be chaired by an experienced adjudicator. There will also be an opportunity to present a verbal adjudication of the performance and everyone will mark the play. 

15:15 - 15:45        Comments and observations.

15:45 - 16:00        Break

16:00 - 16:15        Questions and Answers



The day will be led by experienced and senior adjudicators from the Guild. These panel members will not be members of the selection panel during the next Selection Weekend. For more information about the panel members please click on their pictures. 

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Mike Tilbury GoDA

Vice Chairman

Guild of Drama Adjudicators

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Chris Jaeger MBE GoDA

Council Member

Guild of Drama Adjudicators

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Jill Colby GoDA

Council Member

Guild of Drama Adjudicators



Please use the form below to apply for your place on the Introduction to Adjudicating day. Please also indicate whether you will be paying the £60.00 fee for the day via Bank Transfer or Cheque. Details for payment can be found after the application form.

Application Form
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The cost of the Introduction to Adjudicating day is 



Your place on the day is not confirmed unless payment has been made to the Guild.


If paying by cheque, please send a cheque for £60.00 made payable to GoDA to the Guild's Secretary.


Teresa Hennessy, 46 Hirst Crescent, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3LH


If paying by bank transfer, please make payment with the following details using your surname as the payment reference.


Account Number: 40401137

Sort Code: 40-44-08

Further Information

Further Information


The day will be held at;

The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED


Worcester is easily accessible by both car and public transport and there is a large car park next to the theatre. Parking is not free.

Worcester Foregate Street Train Station (5/10min walk)

CrownGate Bus Station (5/10min walk)

Worcester Shrub Hill Train Station (30min walk)

We have included a map (opposite) for your information.


The Guild will be providing tea, coffee and water but cannot supply lunch. Please bring your own lunch with you. There are a number of express stores approximately 10mins walk from the theatre.


We understand that circumstances may arise that will prevent your attendance but unfortunately we are unable to refund confirmed places. 

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