To see the 2019 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.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 2nd & 3rd March 2019Adult entry formYouth one-act entry formProgramme for 2019: We have a full weekend programme - the running order will be decided once we have details of all plays at the end of the month.The groups taking part are:Circle PlayersCo-op Repertory CompanyEncore Tomorrow ProductionsHighbury PlayersImpact Youth TheatreIrruption TheatreTotal Arts Community Theatre
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 Keith Phillips will be adudicating the festival weekend in 2019.Keith has more than 40 years experience in amateur theatre as actor/writer/director/desidjudicWhat does the adjudicator do?After each session Keith 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:Raw Talent ‘Planet of the Capes’ by Phil Hyde & Sami CornickWill Horton Cup:Stage one AETF runner-up:Encore/Tomorrow Productions ‘Welcome to Birmingham’ by David TitchenerAdult Group AwardsAlexandra Theatre Trophy:Adult one-act group winner:Total Arts Community Theatre for ‘The Thrill of Love’ by Amanda Whittington Herringshaw Trophy:Most outstanding Male Performance:Stephen Smith as Jack Gale in The Thrill of LoveNoele Gordon Trophy:Most outstanding Female Performance:Rebekah Fortune as Ruth Ellis The Thrill of LoveRose Bowl:Any outstanding achievement:Raw Talent Youth Theatre for ‘Planet of the Capes’Cedric Hardwicke Trophy:Best original play or script:David Gorton for ‘Hardwick’s Hotel’Youth Group AwardsSir Harry Jackson Shield:Youth one-act group winner:Impact Youth Theatre for ‘Grimm Tales’ by Carol-Ann Duffy/Tim SuppleLeon Salberg Shield:Most outstanding Male Performance:Elliott Birchall for Rumpelstiltskin & father in Grimm Tales Edyth Jones Shield:Most outstanding Female Performance:Ciera Jones for the Setpmother and Witch in Grimm Tales’Mabel Burrows Shield:Any outstanding achievement:Felix Lawrence Pietroni for ‘Arsehammers’ by Calire Dowie performed by Stage2Roy Pinsent Shield:Best original play or script:‘Planet of the Capes’ by Sami Cornick & Phil HydeWilliam D S Bennett Trophy:direction:Sue & Rebekah Fortune for ‘Grimm Tales’Youth Individual AwardsFrances Kenrick Shield:Drama Duologue:Carmen Hutchins & Georgie Nott for ‘Stowaways’Lillie C Johnson Trophy:Singing:Brianna Whitty forn ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ from HairsprayW T Wiggin-Davies Shield:Solo drama under 14:Olivia Grant-Bryson for Cairy from ‘Yes and After’Bolton King Shield:Solo drama under 19:Emily Cremins for ‘Her Big Chance’Evening Mail Cup:Poetry under 14:Rayyan Sajjad for ‘Conversation Piece’ and ‘Dear Mum’BDTG Shield:Poetry under 19:Ben Reilly for ‘The Soldier’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’