Coronavirus update 24th April 2020

At time of writing we are still planning to hold the 2020 Festival and will continue to accept applications. We would like to encourage groups to submit their forms as normal, as we'd love to be able to put on a festival for you later this year if we can.

Keep safe everybody.

17-19 September 2020 - ADC Theatre, Cambridge

A modern drama festival, celebrating local amateur theatre


The Cambridge Festival of Drama is an annual competitive festival for one-act plays held at the famous ADC Theatre, with fringe events aimed at enabling participants to learn new skills and network with other groups.

In the space of a few days our audiences can experience a range of plays and genres – from comedy to tragedy, fantasy to history – all performed by local adult and junior groups from around the Cambridge area.

We employ a professional adjudicator to provide feedback on all the plays, culminating in an awards presentation on the final night where teams and individuals are awarded for their achievements.

News & information

Writing workshop

Fringe events are returning in 2020

Owing to the success of the writing and improvisation workshops we held last year, we’re planning to run similar events in 2020.

Jill Colby to adjudicate the 2020 Festival

We’re pleased to have secured  Jill Colby (GoDA) to provide the adjudications during the 2020 Festival.

Cambridge Festival logo

Dates for the 2020 Festival announced

The 2020 Cambridge Festival of Drama will take place at the ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge  from 17-19 September 2020.

Apply to take part

Download an application pack to take part in the upcoming festival.

Closing date is 30th April 2020.

Information for groups

A handy guide on what a Festival involves, the kinds of things you’ll need to do, and tips on how to make the most of your experience.

View the archives

Ever wondered who won the backstage award back in 2015? Visit our archives for a trip down memory lane.


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The festival is held at the ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge, CB5 8AS

What are people saying?

Where else can you feel complete elation and catharsis, to utter heartbreak in a single evening? You can certianly expect variety and talent at the Cambridge Festival of Drama!

Tessa Wagnall - audience member

We love taking part in drama festivals because it takes our directors, cast and crew compeltely out of their comfort zone. We always learn something new from our experience.

Settlement Players - participating team

previous participants