Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays

Throughout the earlier part of the year amateur groups from all over Wales have been competing to be one of the six highest scoring plays which will now compete over Friday and Saturday night for the right to represent Wales at the British Final Festival of One-Act Plays in July.

Rules for the Festival can be found here (PDF 184KB) 

Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

To be held 7-8th  June at Theatre Clwyd, Mold. The adjudicator will be David Price GoDA.


Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2018Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2018

This years final will be held on the 8th & 9th June 2018 at The Savoy Theatre, Tonyrefail.

Adjudicator: Jan Palmer Sayer B.Ed. MA GoDA


Friday 8th June 7.00pm

  • The Bridge by Gabe Torrens, The Players' Theatre (Glamorgan)
  • Wasted by Kat Woods, The Unknown Theatre Company (Glamorgan)
  • The Last Nickel by Jane Shepard, Monocle Theatre Company (Glamorgan)

Saturday 9th June 7.00pm

  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, Colwyn Abbey Players (Conwy)
  • When a Man Knows by Alan Richardson, Llandinam Drama Group (Montgomeryshire)
  • Lucy in the Sky by Tony Layton, Phoenix Theatre Company (Clwyd)

First reserve: Me and My Friend (Act I) by Gillian Plowman, Monocle Theatre Company (Glamorgan)


Festival Winners

  • Maynard Cup – Best Overall Production: The Bridge by Gabe Torrens, The Players' Theatre (Glamorgan)
  • Elf Oil Trophy – Best Individual Performance: Matthew Leaman as Ollie Wasted by Kat Woods, The Unknown Theatre Company (Glamorgan)
  • Bernleigh Award – Best Presentation: The Bridge by Gabe Torrens, The Players' Theatre (Glamorgan)
  • Crawshay Cup – Best Original Script: Table 5 by Kevin Myers
  • Robert Fowler Unsung Hero Award – Awarded for backstage work: Daniel Robertson and Stage Crew The Savoy Theatre
  • Lon David Memorial Award for Best Director: Craig Legg, Director Wasted The Unknown Theatre Company (Glamorgan)
Photos from the festival can be found here


Jan Palmer Sayer GoDAAdjudicator: Jan Palmer Sayer B.Ed. MA GoDA

Jan studied at Trent Park College and at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.  Five years ago, she retired as Headteacher of Hertswood, a Specialist Arts College, featured in a BBC’s autumn education series with Professor Dylan Wiliam.  In 1998, she was awarded an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at the same time as running her own theatre company – Shattered Windscreen.  Her theatrical exploits have taken her as far afield as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where her production of The Fall of the House of Usher was awarded 5 stars by The Scotsman.  In 2015, at the other end of the country, her production of The Grapes of Wrath, the Steinbeck classic adapted by Frank Galati, was one of a sequence of regular appearances by her theatre company at the famous cliffside Minack Theatre and it gained the company another 5-star review as well as the coveted Minack Trophy for the best production of 2015.  In 2014, Jan was commissioned by the Arts Council, Isle of Man to direct a community passion play at Easter as the island celebrated its year as the first Island of Culture. The project included well over 100 actors and musicians and was performed at various historical and cultural sites around the island.  Having retired from education, Jan has more time to devote to directing and recent credits include A Matter of Life and Death, a promenade production of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, The 39 Steps and The Innocents (based on Henry James’ Turn of the Screw).  In 2016, she directed The Frontier Trilogy by Jethro Compton as a piece of immersive theatre and followed this with Compton’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Company of Players, Hertford.  Last summer, her company returned to the Minack Theatre with a 5* production of The Wicked Lady, adapted by Bryony Lavery and last autumn, she directed the Graham Green classic, Our Man in Havana.

Jan was appointed as a GoDA adjudicator in 2001.  She returned to GoDA’s Council in 2014 year to organise the 2015 National Festivals Conference, held in London.  She is the current Chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and one of the its busiest members. Over the last two years she has adjudicated festivals in England, Ireland and Scotland, the British Final of One Act Plays in Wales, the Scottish Final as well as the British All Winners Festival in her home town of Hertford.  This year, amongst her many engagements, she will be adjudicating at the other end of the UK in Ross and Orkney as well as crossing the pond to adjudicate at the aactWorldFest in Florida, but she is certainly looking forward to that welcome in the hillsides of Wales!



  • Maynard Cup – Best Overall Production.
  • Elf Oil Trophy – Best Individual Performance, introduced at the 1995 Wales Final (hosted by Pembrokeshire Drama Assocition) by the festival sponsors Elf Oil UK Ltd.
  • Bernleigh Award – Best Presentation, introduced by Bernie & Leigh Smailes at the 2000 Wales Final.
  • Crawshay Cup – Best Original Script receiving its premiere in the regional rounds, introduced at the Wales Final in 1986. The Crawshay Cup competition exists to encourage the writing of new material for the stage and to encourage amateur groups to perform new work. It is awarded annually to an original one act play receiving its premier in the rounds of the United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation – otherwise known as the regional one act festivals.
  • Bob McTurk Bursary – Awarded to the Most Promising Actor aged 18-25 in the regional rounds, introduced 2008. In memory of the late Bob McTurk, who was a former DAW Chair (1984-2004), the DAW Executive Committee elected to invest in the future of amateur theatre by creating a bursary for young people to attend DAW’s week-long Summer School.
  • Robert Fowler Unsung Hero Award – Awarded for backstage work, introduced in 2015 by DAW Trustee Sybil Fowler in memorium of her late husband.
  • Lon David Memorial Award for Best Director – 


Updated June 2018

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