YFCU One Act Drama Festival takes place annually usually during the month of April. Competitors are required to rehearse and perform a One Act play. The performance is assessed by a drama adjudicator.
The performance should last between 20 and 50 minutes. Competitors are marked on their acting, production, stage presentation, endeavour/originality and attainment.
A Perpetual Challenge Cup is awarded to the company gaining the highest number of marks and awards are also made to the best producer, most promising actor, most promising actress, best set, certificate of merit for acting and certificate of merit for production.
YFCU Three Act Drama Festival also takes place annually and requires competitors to rehearse and perform a full length play. Each club organises a public performance and invites an adjudicator provided by YFCU HQ to attend.
The performance is marked on acting, production, stage presentation, endeavour/originality and attainment.
A Perpetual Challenge Cup is awarded to the company gaining the highest number of marks. The Perpetual NFU Trophy will also be awarded to the best producer. Awards are also made to the most promising actor, most promising actress, best set and merits for acting.
Full details on both these festivals are available from YFCU HQ.
A number of clubs who participate in the drama competitions had asked for ideas on where news plays could be found.
Check out the links below for Play suggestions:
(A very useful site; good plays for young performers listed in 'youth groups' section.)
Nick Hern Books
Plays and Musicals
(Only a step away from the style of play currently used and popular with clubs, good quality up to date plays)
These two sites cover a large proportion of plays currently in print. A suggestion made, would be to purchase a copy of French’s Directory which is around £9 and contains short précis of over 2000 shows plus break downs of what cast is needed. You would then choose the play that you wanted from this and order it.
Other websites to look at:
You may also be able to search for and find plays on the Amazon website -
Within Amazon type in National Theatre Connections, there are all sorts of plays written specifically for the 14-25 year age group