About the Festival

Festival 2021 – Results

Class 1 Open - 1stThe Maidenhead Advertiser TrophyMaidenhead Drama GuildBlood on Canvas
Class 1 Open - 2ndThe Biggs Drama ShieldMaidenhead Drama GuildFucking Feminists
Class 1 Open - 3rdThe Dorcas Gowing Memorial TrophyRunnymede Drama GroupBear Hug
Class 2The Maidenhead Youth Drama Trophy
(18 and under at start of the Festival)
The Young Theatre BeaconsfieldCagebirds
Class 3The Fred Stone Trophy
The Best Unpublished Play
Runnymede Drama GroupMadonna della Media
Class 4The Joan Beckley Memorial Cup
Best Performance of a Short Play (20-30 minutes)
Maidenhead Drama GuildFucking Feminists
Class 5The Lynda Whitworth Award plus The Roy Bates Memorial Fund donation to the AETF Winners All England Theatre Festival (minimum 70 marks)Maidenhead Drama GuildBlood on Canvas
Class 6The John Rigg Trophy
Best Comedy
Runnymede Drama GroupBear Hug
Special award for Stage PresentationThe South of England Building Society BowlRunnymede Drama GroupBear Hug
Backstage AwardAwarded by the CommitteeMaidenhead Drama GuildFucking Feminists
Adjudicator's AwardThe Moyra Hutchinson TrophyFor Directing - Beth Monroe, Maidenhead Drama GuildFucking Feminists


A Drama Festival is a unique experience and Maidenhead is one of the top festivals in the country, attracting a wide selection of plays and performing groups from the local area.

Every Spring around 12 one-act plays are performed in front of an esteemed professional adjudicator and you – the audience.

The plays are between 20 and 55 minutes long, ranging from comedies to thrillers to highly-emotional dramas. Each one is critiqued by the adjudicator in front of the audience for acting, direction, stage presentation and dramatic achievement. The winners are announced on Saturday night, with the Overall Winner going through to the Quarter Final of the All England Theatre Festival.

You can come along and watch all of the plays or just a few – it’s completely up to you.