Festival 2017

What a great weekend!

So, the RAFTA One-Act Play Festival 2017 was held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28-30 April, with plays performed on the 29 and 30 April. There were a total of 6 plays from 5 clubs, adjudicated by GODA’s Jan Palmer Sayer who did a cracking job for us. It was a fun filled (and gin fuelled) weekend of theatre!

The Best Production award went to Command Performers for ‘Dirt Under the Carpet’; please see the RAFTA OAPF 2017 Awards, Nominees and Marks breakdown for the full details.



[Below this point are all the details published on the web in the run-up to the Festival]

Latest breaking news – Festival schedule                             

Sat 29 Apr


12.30pm-1.30pm        LUNCH

1.45pm            WELCOME NOTICES

2pm     Command       Dirt Under the Carpet

3pm     Herculean       The Two of Us


4.30pm            Henlow            Red Wine & Ice Cream

5.30pm            Halton  Bloody Actors!

6.30pm            ADJUDICATION

6.45pm-7.30pm          DINNER


Sun 30 Apr

9.30am            PARISH NOTICES

9.45am            Henlow            Three Tables

10.45am          Brize Norton    Music and Meyhem

11.45am          ADJUDICATION

12.15pm          AWARDS

1pm     FINISH / LUNCH


Further breaking news (copy of an email sent to all RAFTA members on 21 Apr)

Just a quick update / reminder for those of you attending this year’s One-Act Play Festival.
Friday 28 April
The theatre will be open from 5pm for anyone who wishes to off-load their sets (tents, as usual, will be available for use).
If you are staying at the Defence Academy on the Friday night, you will also be able to collect your room keys from the theatre until 8pm.
Saturday 29 April
The theatre will be open from 9am for club familiarisations
Official Festival registration is from 11am
·        The accommodation charge if you are staying on site is £25 per person per night.
·        The individual entry fee is £12 for RAFTA members & £16 for non-RAFTA members.
·        Entry to the Festival is £30 per play.
·        The Annual club membership/affiliation fee is £30 per club.
Meals in the Mess are pay as you dine.
Kitchener Bar will be open on Friday and Saturday night.
All recent accommodation requests, changes, updates to vehicles etc. have been noted and passed to Shrivenham.
I hope that covers everything but, as always, Karrie and I are here to help with any other questions or concerns (Festival related!) that you might have.
We look forward to seeing you next weekend!
Daryl and Karrie



Previous details

The RAFTA One-Act Play Festival 2017 is nearly upon us! This year’s Festival will again be held at The Charles Grace Theatre of The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Shrivenham). In a change to recent years, the Festival will be held on the early May bank holiday (vice the late May BH), which falls on Fri 28 April to Sun 30 April 2017.

See the OAPF 2017 Club Invite Letter and OAPF 2017 Entry Form and Attendee Information Capture Form for further details.

Our adjudicator will be Jan Palmer Sayer; ProjO POCs for the Festival are Daryl Bennett/Karrie Breen (who may be reached at info@rafta.co.uk and 200club@rafta.co.uk).

Clubs who wish to enter should register their intent with Daryl by 24 Mar 17.

Entry forms for clubs (and hard-copies of scripts to pass to the adjudicator) should be with Daryl/Karrie by 29 Mar.

[For clubs, and for attendees who will not be with a club] Please provide details of your accommodation/catering reqts to Daryl/Karrie by 5 Apr (use the OAPF 2017 Entry Form and Attendee Information Capture Form).

We do not yet know the costs for accommodation, as they depend on the number of rooms that we ask for. Expect single rooms, not en-suite. Expect something like £20-£30 per person per night. We expect to be able to let you know the final details on accommodation costs by 21 Apr (hopefully, before then).

Food will be ‘pay as you go’ (and is excellent quality and value), but we need to give prior notice of expected numbers to help Shriv plan their staff levels. Meals in the mess should be in the £2-£4 bracket.

Known costs

Club entry remains £30 per play/production.

Individual entry is £12 for RAFTA Members, £16 for non-RAFTA members.

[So what? This differentiation was agreed at AGM 2016; clubs will need to identify who is a RAFTA member and who is not (the RAFTA Membership Sec can help membership@rafta.co.uk)]

Please remember that, even if you do not intend to enter the Festival, you are most welcome to be there for the fun of the weekend!

I hope that you are looking forward to the Festival as much as I am; I hope to see you all there.