15th-17th September 2022 - ADC Theatre, Cambridge

A modern drama festival, celebrating local amateur theatre

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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 2022

Owing to the success of the writing and improvisation workshops we held in 2019 and 2021, we’re planning to run similar events in 2022.

Nancy Heath GoDA

Meet the adjudicator - Nancy Heath

Read more about the adjudicator who joined us in 2022 to provide constructive critique of the plays taking part in the Festival.

Cambridge Festival logo

Dates for the 2022 Festival announced

The 2022 Cambridge Festival of Drama will take place on the 15th-17th September 2022 at the ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge

Apply to take part

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Festival. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to enter. We’ll announce the programme soon.

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 2017? 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

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