The 49th Cambridge Drama Festival (2017)

Cambridge Drama Festival25th – 29th April 2017 at 7:30pm
Mumford Theatre, East Road, Cambridge


On our final night our adjudicator, Jennifer Scott-Reid announced the following award winners for the 49th Cambridge Drama Festival. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a big thank you to every audience member who supported us during the week.

Special congratulations go to Meridian Theatre, BAWDS and Big Squirrel productions for coming third, second and first respectively.


Here’s the list of award winners from the 2017 festival:

  • BEST SOUND – Waterbeach Community Players for The Dumb Waiter
  • BEST COSTUME – Dramawise/Sky Blue Theatre for Shakespeare’s Shrew
  • BEST LIGHTING – BAWDS for Anyone Can Dance
  • BEST STAGE PRESENTATION – Meridian Theatre for Afterplay
  • BACKSTAGE AWARD – Stagefright
  • BEST NEW PLAY – Sean Baker for Anyone Can Dance
  • BEST JUNIOR GROUP – Samuel Ward Academy for Graham, the World’s Fastest Blind Runner
  • BEST CAMEO – Helen Holgate for Honey in Pavement is my Pillow
  • BEST ACTRESS UNDER 19 – Lotti Knights as Frances in What Are They Like? Swavesey Youth Theatre
  • BEST ACTOR UNDER 19 – Archie Burlton as Petruccio in Shakespeare’s Shrew, Dramawise/Sky Blue Theatre
  • BEST ACTRESS – Kattreya Scheurer-Smith as Kitty in Uke Belong To Me, Big Squirrel
  • BEST ACTOR – James Inman as Joe in Anyone Can Dance, BAWDS
  • ADJUDICATOR’S AWARD – Oli Stephens as Tree and Trombone Player in The Murder of Red Riding Hood, Stagefright
  • AUDIENCE APPRECIATION – Uke Belong To Me, Big Squirrel Productions
  • THIRD PLACE – Meridian Theatre, Afterplay
  • SECOND PLACE – BAWDS, Anyone Can Dance
  • FIRST PLACE – Big Squirrel Productions, Uke Belong To Me

The Festival Programme

Tuesday 25 April
  • Biggleswade ATS – SNOWFLAKES by Sarah Ridley (N)
  • Waterbeach Community Players – THE DUMB WAITER by Harold Pinter
Wednesday 26 April
  • Samuel Ward Academy – GRAHAM – THE WORLD’S FASTEST BLIND RUNNER by Mark Wheeler
  • WriteOn! – PAVEMENT IS MY PILLOW by Various Writers (N)
Thursday 27 April
  • Huntingdon Drama Club – ALFIE (excerpts) by Bill Naughton
  • Meridian Theatre – AFTERPLAY by Brian Friel
Friday 28 April
  • Swavesey Youth Theatre – WHAT ARE THEY LIKE? by Lucinda Coxon (J)
  • Stagefright – THE MURDER OF RED RIDING HOOD by Andra Bishop (N) (J)
  • BAWDS – ANYONE CAN DANCE by Sean Baker (N)
Saturday 29 April
  • Dramawise/Sky Blue Theatre – SHAKESPEARE’S SHREW by William Shakespeare (J)
  • Big Squirrel Productions – UKE BELONG TO ME by Kattreya Scheurer-Smith (N)


(N: eligible for the Best New Play Award)
(J: Youth Team)

Our Adjudicator – Jennifer Scott-Reid GoDA

Jennifer Scott Reid GoDA

Jennifer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

She has been active in local theatre for many years, and has been a member of her local group ‘Clavering Players’ for over twenty five years, as a performer, director, writer, choreographer and stage manager. She has extensive Festival experience and has directed several winning plays. 2016 was the third consecutive year in which her company has been selected to take part in the British All Winners Festival organised by the National Drama Festivals Association. 

Jennifer has directed, acted and produced several plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a founder member of ‘Act Too’ and ‘Drama Queens’.

Jennifer joined GODA in 2011 and in 2015 became a member of GODA Council. 

She has adjudicated drama festivals all over the United Kingdom and is very much looking forward to adjudicating the Cambridge Drama Festival.