The Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival

The Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival is one of the oldest one-act drama festivals in the country and has been going for over 60 years. Originally called the ‘Spelthorne Drama Festival’ we operated as an independent drama festival, but in more recent years we have become affiliated to the National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) and our winning entries are eligible for selection to the British All Winners Festival. Additionally the winner of our new play category is eligible to be put forward to the NDFA one act playwriting competition.

Entrants have the opportunity to perform in the theatre at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Thames which is a really lovely venue and has the benefit and support of our experienced festival team to support their technical needs. They also receive a professional adjudication from an independent GoDA adjudicator.

2022 Drama Festival - Cancelled

It is with regret that after much discussion the committee have taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival. We have had a number of teams who, for very good reasons, found they were unable to come into the festival and despite our best efforts we haven't been able to find new teams to backfill these spaces at such short notice. This, along with some recent concerns with our own wider festival support, means that sadly the festival is not viable this year.

We hope that you will be able to support those teams entering Woking Drama Festival which starts on 5th October 2022.

We are pleased to say that the virtual festival will continue as normal, and hope that you are able to enjoy the virtual entries and join us for the voting and the awards night on Saturday 22nd October. The deadline for video entries is Saturday 1st October when the videos will be made available via our YouTube channel and open for public voting. All video entries are free, and groups or individuals can submit as many entries as they wish - take a look at our Virtual Festival Guide for more details and entry requirements. Entries must be submitted by email to anytime prior to the deadline.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact us here:

Supporters and Past Entrants

Pyrford Little Theatre

Teddington Theatre Club

Barn Theatre
The Fringe
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