Coronavirus update - July 2020

Unfortunately the current situation with COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on amateur theatre mean we will not be able to hold the festival in 2020. We hope we are able to return in 2021.

Keep safe everybody.

Returning in 2021 - 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 2021

Owing to the success of the writing and improvisation workshops we held in 2019, we’re planning to run similar events in 2021.

Jill Colby - the adjudicator for our 2020 Festival

Read more about our GoDA adjudicator who was going to adjudicate our 2020 Festival, which sadly never happened due to Coronovirus.

Cambridge Festival logo

Dates for the 2021 Festival to be announced

The 2021 Cambridge Festival of Drama will take place at the ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge  at a date to be confirmed in the future.

Apply to take part

Application packs will be available once we’ve been able to confirm the dates for the 2021 festival and applications are open.

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, and if you’ve got anything to share – let us know.


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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