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) Highbury Theatre Centre Sheffield Road Sutton Coldfield B73 5HD from 29th February - 1st March 2020Booking formAdult one-act entry formYouth one-act entry formENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSEDProgramme for 2020: TBA:Saturday 29th February 2pm performance:3 one-act plays tbaSaturday 29th February 7pm performance:3 one-act plays tbaSunday 1st March 1pm performance:3 one-act plays tba7pmPresentation evening including a showcase byAldridge Youth Swing Band
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.
We’re delighted that Chris Jaeger GoDA MBE will be adudicating the festival weekend in 2020.Chris is one of the most experienced members of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.What does the adjudicator do?After each session Chris 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:Circle Players with ‘Sparrows’ by Charles ManderWill Horton Cup:Stage one AETF runner-up:Irruption Theatre with ‘My Name Is…’ by Aniruddha Chakravarti & Tanmoy BhattacharyaAdult Group AwardsAlexandra Theatre Trophy:Adult one-act group winner:Total Arts Community Theatre for ‘Ode to a Monster’ by Rebekah Fortune Herringshaw Trophy:Most outstanding Male Performance:Stephen Smith as the Monster in ‘Ode to a Monster’Noele Gordon Trophy:Most outstanding Female Performance:Margaret Jeffcoat as Joyce in ‘Sparrows’Rose Bowl:Any outstanding achievement:TACT for ‘Ode to a Monster’Cedric Hardwicke Trophy:Best original play or script:Rebekah Fortune for ‘Ode to a Monster’’Youth Group AwardsSir Harry Jackson Shield:Youth one-act group winner:Impact Senior Youth Theatre for ‘Find Me’ by Olwen WymarkLeon Salberg Shield:Most outstanding Male Performance:Johnny Williams for the Interviewer/doctor and patient in ‘Find Me’ Edyth Jones Shield:Most outstanding Female Performance:Ciera Jones for Jean in ‘Find Me’Mabel Burrows Shield:Any outstanding achievement:Rose Fernando, Evelyn Bell & Macy Ball as Verity 1,2 & 3 in ‘Find Me’Roy Pinsent Shield:Best original play or script:‘Welcome to the Pearly Gates PLC’ by David GortonWilliam D S Bennett Trophy:direction:Sue & Rebekah Fortune for ‘Find Me’Youth Individual AwardsFrances Kenrick Shield:Drama Duologue:No entry’Lillie C Johnson Trophy:Singing:No entryW T Wiggin-Davies Shield:Solo drama under 14:Ava Forrest for The Diary of Anne FrankBolton King Shield:Solo drama under 19:Ella Keavy for Once a CathloicEvening Mail Cup:Poetry under 14:Lourdes Mifsud for ‘Matilda Who Told Lies’ and ‘The Pig’BDTG Shield:Poetry under 19:Megan Mifsud for ‘Distorted Perception’ and ‘Ode to the West Wind’