Any play that is making their debut performance at the Cambridge Drama Festival is entitled to enter ‘The Geoffrey Whitworth Competition’.
Geoffrey Whitworth founded the British Drama League in 1919. He was heavily involved in drama for many years and encouraged original work. His philosophy was to ensure that writers would benefit from seeing their plays performed and adjudicated.
The competition is run by the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) where plays are judged purely on reading – not performance. This makes it quite a unique competition. It relies on good, solid writing and an engaging script in order for it to score highly.
The winner is presented with their prize at the British Final of the One Act Play Festival and also has an opportunity to run a rehearsed reading.