Week of the 24th March 2025

Totton Festival of Drama 2024

Overall Winner (Archie Gay Trophy)

BacktoBack Theatre with Bounce by Tom Derrington

Runner-Up (The Thistle Award)

SUP Theatre Company with The Space Between by Richard Fear

Other 2024 Trophy Winners

Best Youth Production (The Trant Trophy) Starcast Performing Arts School Drama Company with Cut by Ed Monk
Best Direction (Chairman's Shield) Kitty Cecil-Wright for BacktoBack's production of Bounce
Best Adult Actor (TDF Cup) Nick Robinson playing Jessie in BacktoBack's production of Bounce
Best Adult Actress (TDF Cup) Chrissie Derrington playing Sylvia in BacktoBack's production of Bounce
Best Supporting Adult Player (The Cullen Cup) Jill Cowling playing Maud in Studio Theatre's production of Lady Molly of Scotland Yard: The Ninescore Mystery
Best Youth Actor (The Harris Trophy) James Mill in Starcast Performance Arts School Drama Company in Cut
Best Youth Actress (The Harris Trophy) Jointly shared by Beth Bowers and Lizzie Sellars in Bishopstoke Players (Youth) production of Tremulous by Le Wilhelm
Best Supporting Youth Player (The Hibbert Trophy) Lola Barrett playing Sophie in Bishopstoke Players' production of Yankee Doodle by Adrian Barrett
Technical Achievement (The Arthur Whittaker Award) Studio Theatre with Lady Molly of Scotland Yard: The Ninescore Mystery
Adjudicator's Award (The Harding Shield) Bitterne Park School for their production of Josephine the Angel by Paul King
Best Original Script Richard Fear for The Space Between (SUP Theatre Company)
The Totton Festival of Drama Awards

Day 1: Tuesday 19th March 2024

Raw Theatre

You & Me by Peter Yates

After 15 years a mother and daughter and meet for the first time. Where do you start? What do you say? What do you answer? Will their emotions override their hopes?

BacktoBack Theatre

Bounce by Tom Derrington

Jesse is a life coach, helping thousands of people to uncover their true purpose.
But when a young man living with depression is transformed during one of his intense live events, things quickly unravel.
Now his mother is desperate to find out what happened to her son.

Day 2: Wednesday 20th March 2024

Bitterne Park School

Josephine the Angel by Paul King

A true story of New York Fire Company and the events at the World Trade Centre on September 11th, 2001 This is a story of bravery and of luck. Or was it angels?

Titchfield Youth Theatre

Digging by John O'Hanlon

Alice and Jack meet on an archaeological dig. When Jack digs up a roman wooden vessel his life begins to unravel. What is the link between the wooden jar and the mysterious silent Girl in White?

Studio Theatre

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard: The Ninescore Mystery by Lesley Bates adapted from the original novel by Baroness Orczy

The ladies of the female department of Scotland Yard invite you into their office to show you how Lady Molly solved her very first murder case – the infamous Ninescore Mystery.

Day 3: Thursday 21st March 2024

Bishopstoke Players

Yankee Doodle by Adrian Barrett

Sophie has been having a recurring dream, is it due to the stress of her looming GCSE's, or is there something darker hiding in the shadows of time?

Starcast Drama Company

Appropriate Audience Behaviour by Ian McWethy

Carol and Ashley are expecting a tale of woe as they take their seats to watch Hamlet, but the real tragedy is that they’re sitting next to the world’s noisiest weirdos.

SUP Theatre Company

Jane Austen in Southampton by Philippa Messent Watling

Jane finds herself at the centre of a comedy of manners. She must navigate the minefield that is the social lives of the landed gentry while dodging the most horrific of fates... mild embarrassment.

Day 4: Friday 22nd March 2024

Starcast Drama Collective

15 Reasons not to be in a play by Alan Haehnel

This is a play about not being in a play, ironically expressed through a hilarious series of monologues, duets, and ensemble scenes.

SUP Theatre Company

The Space Between by Richard Fear

Two soldiers are trapped aboard a spaceship on a seemingly endless voyage. Unable to remember why, and for how long, they have been adrift in the void, they must piece together the clues to their past lives before isolation drives them into madness.

Bishopstoke Players (Youth)

Tremulous by Le Wilhelm

Two awkward teenagers meet in an orchard to carry out their pre-planned suicides. The girls discuss friendship, feelings and fears, whilst observing the life around them. Is it scarier to take your own life or live in this crazy lonely world?

Day 5: Saturday 23rd March 2024

Starcast Performance Arts School Drama Company

Cut by Ed Monk

A group of actors rehearses a play within a play within a play. As the plot complications multiply, the actors begin to forget who is playing whom. Then they can’t seem to remember who they really are, as opposed to the people they are playing. Then things start to get confusing...

Light UP

Hood by Katherine Chandler

There’s no money left, there’s five struggling kids to feed and interfering Father Tuck just won’t let them be. But our modern day hero, Robyn Hood is determined to keep her family together, whatever it takes…

Our 2024 Adjudicator: David Price GoDA

David has over 40 years’ experience of amateur performance, mostly relating to his involvement with Builth Wells Young Farmers’ Club. He writes and directs their annual Drama, Entertainment and Pantomime entries, and has been successful in the Club representing Wales at the National Finals on 6 occasions, performing at such venues as Blackpool Opera House and the Princess Theatre, Torquay. Having won in 1996, runners up in 2005 and 2006, they went on to an unprecedented triumph for 3 consecutive years in 2011/12/13.

His writing also includes a number of Pantomimes for the ‘Old Stagers’ company, raising over £60,000 for TENOVUS Cancer Research from their performances. Most recently he directed their production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, which raised over £9,000 for local charities.

As a member of Builth Wells Community Arts, he has acting in productions ranging from ‘Oh. What a Lovely War’ to ‘Cider with Rosie’. He is currently a Patron and Board member of Wyeside Arts Centre.

His experience of drama adjudication spans over 20 years, and includes festivals for YFC, WI, ‘All England Theatre Festival’, ‘Drama Association of Wales’ and ‘Scottish Community Drama Association’. In 2022 he had the honour of adjudicating the ‘UK Community Drama Festival’ National Finals in Rhyl. He also adjudicated the Wales finals for the Drama Association of Wales in 2019 and 2023.

He is a farmer and former County Councillor, having had the pleasure of being elected Chairman of Powys County Council in 2009/10. He was appointed High Sheriff of Powys by HM the Queen for 2018/19. He is married to Elaine and has three daughters.

David became an Associate of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in September 2013 and received full membership in 2016. He was elected to serve on GoDA council from 2021 to 2023, and currently leads on a bursary scheme devised to encourage more youth entries in drama festivals.

Rounds of the national competition

All England Theatre Festival Round 1

Totton Festival of Drama

Week of the 18th March 2024 at Hanger Farm, Totton

All England Theatre Festival Round 2

Western Area Semi Final

Saturday 11th May 2024 at Merlin Theatre, Frome

Adjudicator: Robert Meadows GoDA

All England Theatre Festival Round 3

English Final

Saturday 8th June 2024 at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Adjudicator: Nancy Heath GoDA

United Kingdom Community Drama Festival Federation British Final

12th-13th July 2024 at The Perth Theatre, Scotland

Five Counties Youth Festival

Sunday 21st April 2024 at Bristol

2024 | Totton Festival of Drama