Belper Short Play Festival

Belper Short Play Festival

After a four year break the Belper Short Play Festival is back in 2019.

The last Short Play Festival in 2014 attracted over 300 entries and the winning play was written by New York resident, John Doble.

"The return of the Short Play Festival is by public demand. Already there is a lot of interest and it's going to be a great asset in 2019," said George Gunby, Belper Arts Festival Co-Ordinator. "I hope that performances will take place in pubs, cafes and other unusual venues as well as during the proposed three week drama festival proposed by Captive Audience Theatre."

Writers can submit scripts for performance between 1 August and 30 November 2018. There will be two categories for entries ? Under 16 years old and Over 16 years of age.

"In addition to performing as many plays as possible it is hoped to run writing workshops and readings," said Mr. Gunby. "Whilst much of the Short Play event is in place I'm open to ideas and innovations."

Your play can be about any subject...

The Festival has two categories.
These are Under 16 years old and Over 16 years old. There is no upper age limit.
Submissions are limited to one per person.
Submissions will be accepted between 1 August 2018 and 30 November 2018. Submissions will not be accepted after 30 November 2018.

Your play should be no more than 20 minutes long with no more than FOUR characters.
Submissions can only be accepted from the writer.
Scripts submitted by agents or third parties will not be accepted.
The play should be original, unperformed and unproduced.
The writer must exclusively own the copyright and all other rights.
Props should fit into a large sports bag.
Sets will be at the discretion of the producer / director.
By submitting the script the writer agrees to the play being performed in any format during May 2019.

The script should be submitted electronically as an A4 Word document, double spaced and typed 12 point.
Pages must be numbered.
A front cover sheet should carry your name, address, telephone number, email address, the play title and character names.
A brief synopsis should be included.
If you live within the DE56 England Post Code entry is free. Outside of the designated post code the entrance fee is £5.00. This should
be paid via Paypal through
You will receive notification of receipt by email.
A minimum of three short plays from each category will be performed during the Belper Short Play Festival.
Scripts should be emailed or sent by to [email protected]

Independent judges will decide the plays to be performed and their decision is final.
The judges will not be privy to the names and addressses of entrants.
No correspondence will be entered into.

The plays to be performed will be announced on 8 January 2019.

Performances will take place during May 2019.