Watching festival productions inspired me to become a director. Since then having the independent opinion of an experienced adjudicator has been so helpful, providing me with feedback, ideas and really making me think about all aspects of my productions.
One act drama festivals provide a great opportunity to push the boundaries of theatre and try out different things that maybe you wouldn't otherwise be able to do.
The local drama festivals provided our youth drama group with performance platforms in some terrific venues that they wouldn't otherwise have had.
We set up an independent theatre company specifically to perform at drama festivals so we could do the type of plays we really wanted to tackle.
I have learnt so much about the technical side of theatre from doing drama festivals.