To see the 2018 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, 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 here2018 Choice of Set poems Aged under 14 years of age 2018 Choice of Set poems Aged 14 - 18 yearsRules for Individual entriesIt has been going for over 90 years, run by volunteers of the Birmingham & District Theatre Guild, a registered charity.The aim of the festival is to enjoy live theatre, benefit and perhaps learn from the experiences of a qualified adjudicator and other, like-minded people and a means of progressing in the All-England Theatre Festival, if you wish.Recognized as a first round of the All-England Theatre Festival,at least one winning team from B.F.A.M.E. becomes eligible to go forward to the Western Divisional Quarter Final and subsequent rounds of the Competition with the prospect of ultimate progression to the British Final.The Guild is also a member of the National Drama Festivals Association who normally stage an annual All-Winners Festival in England in July, the winners of B.F.A.M.E. can be considered for 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 10th & 11th February 2018Adult entry formYouth one-act entry formProgramme for 2018: Saturday 10th February: 2pm Encore/Tomorrow Productions ‘Welcome to Birmingham’ by David TitchenerMCS Repertory Company ‘Hardwick’s Hotel’ by David Gorton Raw Talent Youth Theatre ‘Planet of the Capes’’ by Sami Cornick & Philip Hyde7pm Impact Senior Youth Theatre ‘Grimm Tales’ by Carol Ann DuffyColeshill Drama Group ‘A Norse, A Norse, my Kingdom for A Norse’ by Grant HammondStage2 Seniors ‘Adult Child/ Dead Child’ by Claire DowieSunday 11th February:1pm Individual Youth performances - Poetry, singing, solo & duo acting2pmTotal Arts Community Theare ‘The Thrill of Love’ by Amanda WhittingtonStage2 Youth ‘Arsehammers’ by Claire DowieImpact Junior Youth Theatre ‘Wolf Boy’ by Peter Charlton 7pm Festival Weekend and Peripatetic year summing up‘The Magic of Theatre’Presentation of Awards
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?You have 10 minutes to set and 5 minutes to strike your set. These times are in addition to your playing time. There are penalties awarded for not keeping within times for performance, setting and striking - see how marks are awarded under ‘The Adjudicator’How do we sort out our technical requirements?You will be sent a technical questionnaire which needs to be completed and returned to the BDTG at least 2 weeks prior to the festival. Please bear in mind that to accommodate all performances, the lighting has to be set up prior to the festival starting, therefore, some compromises will be necessary. Will we be able to operate lights and sound ourselves?No we will provide a lighting technician throughout the weekend so that groups not familiar with the lighting desk are not penalised. We will also provide a sound technician, but you may operate the sound yourself if you wish. Cuing can be done either by standing behind the operator or via headsets from the stage.Do we get any rehearsal time?Very little - you will be allocated 30 minutes on the morning of your performance to do your get-in finalise your technical requirements. During that time the group may use the stage as they wish.Do we get our own dressing room?Yes, you will have your own dressing room, those performing in the afternoon must vacate the rooms immediately following the adjudication to make room for the evening groups .Do the cast get complimentary tickets?Yes, a complimentary ticket is available for each member of the cast up to a maximum of 8 for adult groups and 16 for youth groups. Up to four members of each technical team may also get a complimentary ticket. These tickets can be used to view other plays in the same session and to listen to the adjudication. Additional tickets are available at greatly reduced prices for participants to buy for supporters to see their plays.Who will the audience be?The audience comprises members and supporters from other groups together with members of the public who have been attracted by the festival pubicity.You are encouraged to bring your own supporters and watch the other play(s) in your session and the other sessions throughout the weekend.When are the results announced?The winners of the various trophies are announced and presented on the Sunday night along with winners of the peripatetic festival. A short showcase normally takes place on this night but there are no competitive plays. Tickets for this night are nominal and should be booked in advance. It is desirable that recipients of awards are in the audience to collect their trophy. Trophies are held for one year.
We’re delighted that jennifer Scott-Reid will be adudicating the festival weekend in 2018. Jennifer is an accomplished and very popular member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.What does the adjudicator do?After each session Jennifer will give her 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 she 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 AwardsBirmingham Evening Mail Cup:This trophy is being re-allocated next year:The Apollo Shield:Stage one AETF winner:Highbury Players for ‘Enjoy’ Act 1 by Alan BennettWill Horton Cup:Stage one AETF runner-up:Coleshill Players for ‘Alas Dear Reader’ by Valerie MaskellAdult Group AwardsAlexandra Theatre Trophy:Adult one-act group winner:Total Arts Community Theatre for ‘Lear’s Daughters’ by Elaine Feinstein Herringshaw Trophy:Most outstanding Male Performance:Stephen Smith as the Fool in ‘Lear’s DaughtersNoele Gordon Trophy:Most outstanding Female Performance:Susie May Lynch as Mam in ‘Enjoy’Rose Bowl:Any outstanding achievement:Total Arts Community Theatre for the asseembly work in ‘Lear’s Daughters’Cedric Hardwicke Trophy:Best original play or script:David Titchener for ‘The Next Big Thing’Youth Group AwardsSir Harry Jackson Shield:Youth one-act group winner:Raw Talent Youth Theatre for ‘Steppin’ Up’ by Sami Cornick & Philip HydeLeon Salberg Shield:Most outstanding Male Performance:Elliott Birchall for various roles in ‘A Dickens of a Life’ adapted by Rebekah Fortune Edyth Jones Shield:Most outstanding Female Performance:Julia Ratcliffe as Penny ‘Steppin’ Out’Mabel Burrows Shield:Any outstanding achievement:Impact Youth Theatre for chorus & ensemble work work in ‘A Dickens of a Life’Roy Pinsent Shield:Best original play or script:‘Steppin’ Out’ by Sami Cornick & Phil HydeWilliam D S Bennett Trophy:direction:Sue & Rebekah Fortune for ‘A Dickens of a Life’Youth Individual AwardsFrances Kenrick Shield:Drama Duologue:No entries this yearLillie C Johnson Trophy:Singing:No entries this yearW T Wiggin-Davies Shield:Solo drama under 14:Amit Mevorach for ‘Kes’Bolton King Shield:Solo drama under 19:Roni Mevorach for ‘Icarus’ Daughter’Evening Mail Cup:Poetry under 14:Megan Mifsud for ‘The Crocodile’ and ‘The Sound of War’BDTG Shield:Poetry under 19:Georgina Twelftree for ‘Sonnet 116’ and ‘Still I Rise’