One Act Play Festivals



A one-act play festival is a competition based festival, usually of one-act 'plays'. Plays are usually text based works written by either established playwrights or emerging new writers, directors or community theatre companies/groups.

The VDL supports a range of festivals held each year. Festivals are usually hosted by established community theatre companies and provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in a weekend of community based theatre.

Plays are usually presented over a weekend with performances taking place in sessions, usually Friday evenings, all day Saturday and Sundays if required. A range of prizes can be won and plays are usually judged by an independent adjudicator with an awards presentation held at the end of the festival. Participants usually receive feedback on their performance via an adjudicators report, either verbal or in writing.

      Festival Guidelines

One Act Play Festivals are organised and run independently of the VDL.
Any query about rules or management of the Festivals should be directed to the relevant organisers.

As a guide, most companies use variations of the following rules.
Please note that the VDL does not endorse nor prescribe these rules.

  • Running Time: Usually between 15 to 45-50 minutes per production
  • Number of characters: Check with the host company
  • "Bump in" time 10 minutes, "bump out" time 5 minutes
  • Royalties to be paid by the participant(s)
  • A copy of the script should be sent with the entry
  • Information about cast, play & company is usually sent to the organisers with the entry from for inclusion in the program
  • Entry fees vary from festival to festival

Note that festival dates occasionally overlap. It is our hope that festival organisers will avoid placing festivals on the same weekend as another.

The VDL and One Act Play Festivals.

The VDL supports a range of one act play festivals held each year by -
  • providing an opportunity to promote the festivals in Theatrecraft magazine and on the website
  • sponsoring a $50 youth encouragement award, called the Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Award, to eligible festivals.

The Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Award - conditions and eligibility

  • the festival organising body must be a theatre company that is a financial member of the VDL
  • the festival program must include actors 21 years and under
  • festival organisers need to contact the VDL Office 3 weeks prior to the festival to register their request for an award
  • the festival organiser is to include information about the VDL (to be supplied) in the printed program for the festival
  • the winner to be decided by the festival adjudicator
  • the certificate to be presented where possible by a member of the VDL Committee of Management
  • the winner to contact the VDL Office to claim their prize money

      Looking for a One Act Play?

The VDL's library has an extensive collection of plays including one act plays. Members are eligible to hire either individual plays or sets of plays at very reasonable rates.

For further details about hiring from the library, contact the VDL office by email or telephone 03 9663 4222.

    One Act Play Festivals for 2017

Sat 26 Aug 2017

to Sun 27 Aug 2017

Anglesea One Act Play Festival

Adjudicator: Doug Mann

Information: Christine Walker

Telephone: 0408 444 199



Entries: C/O Post Office, Anglesea 3230

Festival Address: Anglesea Community Hall Mc Millan Street Anglesea Vic 3230

Fri 01 Sep 2017

to Sun 03 Sep 2017

Kyneton's 61st Festival of One Act Plays

Adjudicator: To be advised

Information: Marg Dearricott

Telephone: (03) 5422 2282 or 0437 584 807


Entries: POST ENTRIES TO Kyneton's Festival of One Act Plays and Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival Inc, PO Box 59, Kyneton, VIC 3444 OR CALL ON p (03) 5422 2282 or m 0437 584 807

Festival Address: Kyneton Bluestone Theatre, 28 Hutton Street, Kyneton, VIC 3444

Sat 09 Sep 2017

to Sun 10 Sep 2017

Seymour Performers Workshop 2017
One Act Play Festival

Adjudicator: TBA

Information: Brett Harvey

Telephone: To be advised



Entries: TBA

Seymour Performers Workshop

Festival Address: Seymour Community Arts Centre Anglesey Street, Seymour

Fri 22 Sep 2017

to Sun 24 Sep 2017

Monash One Act Play Festival hosted by Peridot Theatre

Adjudicator: Susan Rundle



The Monash One Act Play Festival is hosted by Peridot Theatre Full detail on Peridot's Website

Festival Address: Peridot Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd Mt Waverley 3149 Melway Ref 61 F11

Fri 20 Oct 2017

to Sat 21 Oct 2017

Deloraine Festival of One Act Plays

Adjudicator: To be advised

Information: Patricia Woods

Telephone: 0409 568 291


Closing Date: Fri 29 Sep 2017

Festival Address: Deloraine Little Theatre, Meander Valley Rd Deloraine, TAS 7304