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.

2020 Virtual Drama Festival

The Virtual Drama Festival 2020 Awards Night was streamed via a Live YouTube link on Saturday 24th October at 8pm. Simply click this link - Festival Awards Night - to see how it went.

The video entries are still available for you to watch on the YouTube Channel, so click here to see what it is all about! - YouTube Channel Playlist. Please feel free to share these links.

Awards and Nominations

AwardWinnerNominations
Festival WinnerBlue Eyes
The Questors Theatre
Bad Connection
Blue Eyes
Jack's Hope
Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Runners UpBad Connection
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group
Festival Winner - YouthRABBITHOLE
Riverside Youth Theatre
Playlists
RABBITHOLE
Ups and Downs
Runners Up - YouthPlaylists
Riverside Youth Theatre
Best Director Marie-José Zuurbier
Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
The COVIDeo Production Company
Daniel McElroy and Tom Cassar – RABBITHOLE
Kirstin and Bethanie Hyland and supported by Alex Alderson – Ups and Downs
Marie-José Zuurbier - Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Peter Gould - Blue Eyes
Rodney Pearson – Nightmare on Downing Street
Most Original Piece The Last Unicorn
Staines Video Makers
Best Writer Geoff Buckingham
Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Riverside Players of Sunbury
Alex Blackie - Ups and Downs
Daniel McElroy and Tom Cassar - RABBITHOLE
David Young - My Country Needed ME?
Geoff Buckingham - Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Greg Greetham - Bad Connection
Olivia Denton - Playlists
Paul Foster - Jack's Hope
Peter Gould - Blue Eyes
Rodney Pearson - Nightmare on Downing Street
Tess Townsend and Marie-José Zuurbier - Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Best Actor Alex McDevitt
Blue Eyes
The Questors Theatre
Alex McDevitt - Blue Eyes
Bethanie Hyland - Lucy - Ups and Downs
Daniel McElroy - Alex - RABBITHOLE
David Young - My Country Needed ME?
Kirstin Hyland - Charlotte- Ups and Downs
Nick Hampshire - Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Nicky Breslin - The Visitor
Paul Foster - Jack's Hope
Sarah Jamieson - Shona - Playlists
Best Youth Actor Sarah Jamieson
as Shona, Playlists
Riverside Youth Theatre
Bethanie Hyland - Lucy - Ups and Downs
Charlie Larrier - Kate - RABBITHOLE
Daniel McElroy - Alex - RABBITHOLE
Kirstin Hyland - Charlotte- Ups and Downs
Sarah Jamieson - Shona - Playlists
Tom Cassar - Oscar - RABBITHOLE
Best Supporting Actor Bethanie Hyland
as Lucy, Ups and Downs
Riverside Youth Theatre
Alison Driscoll - Hannah - Bad Connection
Bethanie Hyland - Lucy - Ups and Downs
David Cooke - Chip - Bad Connection
Katherine Miller - May - Bad Connection
Millie Hart - Carrie/Voice of Wilfred/Narrator - Nightmare on Downing Street
Samantha Myers - Witch - Nightmare on Downing Street
Best Solo Performance Paul Foster
Jack's Hope
Runnymede Drama Group
Alex McDevitt, Blue Eyes
Nick Hampshire, Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Paul Foster, Jack's Hope
Most Heartfelt Performance David Young
My Country Needed ME?
Riverside Players of Sunbury
David Young, My Country Needed ME?
Sarah Jamieson, Playlists
Best Ensemble Piece Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
The COVIDeo Production Company
Best Comedy / Comedy Moment Jack's Hope
Runnymede Drama Group
If Only
Jack's Hope
RABBITHOLE
The Visitor
Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Best "Period" Piece Time Twins
Staines Cine and Video Society
If Only
Time Twins
Production Support Christopher Cathles
Editor - Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
The COVIDeo Production Company
Bob Simpson - Filming & Editing - The Visitor, Today I Killed for the Very First Time, Richard III, On the Couch, Oh! Mr B...
Charlie Larrier & Daniel McElroy - Editors - RABBITHOLE
Christopher Cathles - Editor - Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Cyril Stinton - Producer - Time Twins
Gavin Jones - Filming, editing and sepcial effects - Blue Eyes
James Ford Bannister - Sound - The Visitor, Today I Killed for the Very First Time, Richard III, On the Couch, Oh! Mr B...
Karen Carey - Editor - Bad Connection
Megan Teesdale - Editor - Nightmare on Downing Street
Production Support - Youth Cal Weyland-Oliver
Technical - Ups and Downs, Playlists
Riverside Youth Theatre
Best Use of Sound Blue Eyes
The Questors Theatre
Blue Eyes
Nightmare on Downing Street
RABBITHOLE
The Last Unicorn
Best Use of Lighting RABBITHOLE
Riverside Youth Theatre
Blue Eyes
Nightmare on Downing Street
RABBITHOLE
Most Imaginative Use of Camera Ups and Downs
Riverside Youth Theatre
Blue Eyes
Nightmare on Downing Street
RABBITHOLE
Today I Killed for the Very First Time
Ups and Downs
Technical Imagination and Effects Nightmare on Downing Street
Spiral Curtain
Bad Connection
Blue Eyes
My Country Needed ME?
Nightmare on Downing Street
RABBITHOLE
The Last Unicorn
Zoom, A Play for Lockdown
Best Use of Costumes Nightmare on Downing Street
Spiral Curtain
Jack's Hope
My Country Needed ME?
Nightmare on Downing Street
Best Presentation/Production Bad Connection
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group
Bad Connection
Blue Eyes
Jack's Hope
My Country Needed ME?
Nightmare on Downing Street
Most Prolific Writer Geoff Buckingham
Today I Killed for the Very First Time, On the Couch, Oh! Mr B… The Visitor
Riverside Players of Sunbury
Best Timekeeper Didcot Phoenix Drama Group
Bad Connection
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group - Bad Connection
The Questors Theatre - Blue Eyes
Festival Spirit Riverside Players of Sunbury



If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact us here: enquiries@spelthornerunnymededramafestival.co.uk.

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