To see the 2020 programme go to ‘When, where and How?
What is it?
The BFAME Festival is a one-act drama festival that takes place every year in February/March in which amateur drama groups from around the area compete head-to-head. Adult one-act entry formYouth one-act entry formIt also includes an individual youth competition for singing, poetry, solo and duo acting. Click here for more information about individual entries. Entry forms for Individual entries: Click here2019 Choice of Set poems Aged under 14 years of age 2019 Choice of Set poems Aged 14 - 18 yearsIt has been going for over 90 years, run by volunteers of the Birmingham & District Theatre Guild, a registered charity.Theaimofthefestivalistoenjoylivetheatre,benefitandperhapslearnfromtheexperiencesofa qualified adjudicator and other, like-minded people and a means of progressing in the All-England Theatre Festival, if you wish.RecognizedasafirstroundoftheAll-EnglandTheatreFestival,atleastonewinningteamfrom B.F.A.M.E.becomeseligibletogoforwardtotheWesternDivisionalQuarterFinalandsubsequent rounds of the Competition with the prospect of ultimate progression to the British Final.TheGuildisalsoamemberoftheNationalDramaFestivalsAssociationwhonormallystagean annualAll-WinnersFestivalinEnglandinJuly,thewinnersofB.F.A.M.E.canbeconsideredfor this Festival too.
Where, when and how?
Birmingham’s Festival of Acting & Musical Entertainment (BFAME) For 2021 onlyBFAME will only be open to AETF entriesEntries must be in by 30th September 2020If we get enough entriesthe BFAME Festival in 2021 willbe a festival within a festival hostedby the Central Area of the AETFin 2022 we will be back to an open festivalat Highbury Theatre CentreEntry form for 2021
What you need to know
What are the restrictions?Plays that cause offence may not be allowed to enter.The performance must last at least 20 minutes and be no longer than 55 minutes.Plays entering the All-England Theatre Festival must have at least 2 speaking parts.The pros arch is only 16ft wide - stage planHow long do we have to set up and strike our set?Youhave10minutestosetand5minutestostrikeyourset.Thesetimesareinadditiontoyour playingtime.Therearepenaltiesawardedfornotkeepingwithintimesforperformance,setting and striking - see how marks are awarded under ‘The Adjudicator’How do we sort out our technical requirements?YouwillbesentatechnicalquestionnairewhichneedstobecompletedandreturnedtotheBDTG atleast2weekspriortothefestival.Pleasebearinmindthattoaccommodateallperformances, thelightinghastobesetuppriortothefestivalstarting,therefore,somecompromiseswillbe necessary. Will we be able to operate lights and sound ourselves?Nowewillprovidealightingtechnicianthroughouttheweekendsothatgroupsnotfamiliarwiththe lightingdeskarenotpenalised.Wewillalsoprovideasoundtechnician,butyoumayoperatethe soundyourselfifyouwish.Cuingcanbedoneeitherbystandingbehindtheoperatororvia headsets from the stage.Do we get any rehearsal time?Verylittle-youwillbeallocated30minutesonthemorningofyour performancetodoyourget-infinaliseyourtechnicalrequirements. During that time the group may use the stage as they wish.Do we get our own dressing room?Yes,youwillhaveyourowndressingroom,thoseperformingintheafternoonmustvacatethe rooms immediately following the adjudication to make room for the evening groups .Do the cast get complimentary tickets?Yes,acomplimentaryticketisavailableforeachmemberofthecastuptoamaximumof8for adultgroupsand16foryouthgroups.Uptofourmembersofeachtechnicalteammayalsogeta complimentaryticket.Theseticketscanbeusedtoviewotherplaysinthesamesessionandto listentotheadjudication.Additionalticketsareavailableatgreatlyreducedpricesforparticipants to buy for supporters to see their plays.Who will the audience be?Theaudiencecomprisesmembersandsupportersfromothergroupstogetherwithmembersof the public who have been attracted by the festival pubicity.Youareencouragedtobringyourownsupportersandwatchtheotherplay(s)inyoursessionand the other sessions throughout the weekend.When are the results announced?ThewinnersofthevarioustrophiesareannouncedandpresentedontheSundaynightalongwith winnersoftheperipateticfestival.Ashortshowcasenormallytakesplaceonthisnightbutthere arenocompetitiveplays.Ticketsforthisnightarenominalandshouldbebookedinadvance.Itis desirablethatrecipientsofawardsareintheaudiencetocollecttheirtrophy.Trophiesareheldfor one year.
Wedon’tknowwhotheadjudicatorwillbeasyet,butcanpromisetheywillbeanexperienced member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.What does the adjudicator do?After each session, or following each play,the adjudicator will give his public views of each of the plays, giving a constructive criticism of the various aspects of the performance, e.g. acting, directing etc. judging them against strict criteria.Following the public adjudication he will talk privately to each teamHow are marks awarded?
There are four areas against which points are awarded.
Points are removed for not keeping within the running time allowed for the production or for setting and striking
Up to 1 min1 pointUp to 2 mins3 pointsUp to 3 mins6 pointsUp to 4 mins10 pointsUp to 5 mins15 pointsOver 5 minsdisqualification
Adult or Youth AwardsThe Apollo Shield:Stage one AETF winner: Encore/Tomorrow Productions with ‘Farewell’Will Horton Cup:Stage one AETF runner-up: Raw Talent with ‘6 Degrees’Bert Newton Trophy: Technical Achievement: Raw Talent for ‘Jogglebox’Adult Group AwardsAlexandra Theatre Trophy:Adult one-act group winner: TACT with ‘Five Kinds of Silence’Herringshaw Trophy:Most outstanding Male Performance: Stephen Smith in ‘Five Kinds of Silence’Noele Gordon Trophy:Most outstanding Female Performance: Rebekah Fortune-Smith in ‘Five Kinds of Silence’Rose Bowl:Any outstanding achievement:Alison Rogers & Sue Fortune for various roles in ‘Five Kinds of Silence’Cedric Hardwicke Trophy:Best original play or script: ‘Farewell’ by David TitchenerJoan Taylor Memorial Trophy: direction: Rebekah Fortune-Smith for ‘Five Kinds of Silence’Youth Group AwardsSir Harry Jackson Shield:Youth one-act group winner: Impact Senior Youth Theatre for ‘Shuddersome Tales of Poe’Leon Salberg Shield:Most outstanding Male Performance: Chris Dutton as ‘The Young’ in Shuddsersome Tales of Poe’Edyth Jones Shield:Most outstanding Female Performance: Evie Cotton in ‘Shuddersome Tales of Poe’Mabel Burrows Shield:Any outstanding achievement: Raw Talent for Staging & Direction of JoggleboxRoy Pinsent Shield:Best original play or script: ‘’Jogglebox’ by Sami Cornick & Phil HydeWilliam D S Bennett Trophy:direction: Sue Fortune & Rebekah Fortune-Smith for ‘Shuddersome Tales of Poe’