The Spa Pavilion have announced that they have a full complement of six plays for this year’s 61st Drama Festival.
This year’s adjudicator is Jeannie Russell G.O.D.A. a senior member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators and former member of its council. She trained in Speech and Drama at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and has an MA in Modern Literature and Drama from the University of Leicester.
Mike Deacon, Chairman of the Drama Festival Committee said, “As a committee we are extremely pleased that the Drama Festival will be returning to the Spa Pavilion Theatre this year. We certainly missed not having it in 2011 and whilst we do have a lot to contend with in 2012 with other events linked to the Diamond Jubilee we have a fantastic selection of plays available and hope that people will support not only the Drama Festival but also this wonderful venue in the town.”
Before the actual performance commences on the opening night there is a short Opening Ceremony then, following each night’s performance, the adjudicator gives the audience a brief idea of his or her thoughts on the play itself, the way the producer and technical team handled the production and how the performers themselves played their particular character.
Each performance is broken down into four areas – acting, production, stage presentation (set, costume, sound and lighting) and endeavour, originality or attainment. The performance of each team in each area is then awarded marks by the adjudicator according to the System of Marking. The winner is decided by the aggregate marks given by the adjudicator. The first nine trophies are awarded in this way. The SCDC Trophy is awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to anyone for any aspect of the festival, which he or she feels should be rewarded, but, it is not necessarily awarded at every festival. The winners of the last two trophies are decided by the Friends of the Festival, who are present in the Last Night audience. Their voting slips are collected up and counted by the Festival stewards whilst the adjudicator is making the final decisions about who has won what.
At the Closing Ceremony, awards are presented to the winners. Winning the Felixstowe Festival qualifies the team for invitation to perform in the National All-Winners Festival.
For tickets to watch individual plays or to purchase a weekly saver
ticket contact he box office on 01394 282126. The Festival runs 4th-9th June.