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

Fri 06 Jul 2018

to Sun 08 Jul 2018


Entries: PO Box 216, Macedon 3440

Leo Vandervalk 0458582838 or Bernadette Tonna 0419348387 for more details

Festival Address: The Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St, Macedon

Sat 11 Aug 2018

to Sun 12 Aug 2018

Mansfield Festival of One Act Plays 2018

Information: Kammy Cordner Hunt

Telephone: 0409 799 795



Entries: Mansfield Festival of One Act Plays, PO Box 34, Mansfield, VIC 3724

Festival Address: Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, Mansfield Secondary College, View Street, Mansfield, VIC 3724

Sat 18 Aug 2018

to Sun 19 Aug 2018

Anglesea One Act Play Festival

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

Sat 25 Aug 2018

to Sun 26 Aug 2018

South Gippsland 18th One Act Play Festival (FAMDA)

Adjudicator: Peter Newling

Information: Jennifer Paragreen

Telephone: 03 5682 2077 (preferred),
Mob: 0418 342 445



Entries: Festival Manager, FAMDA, P. O. Box 186, Foster 3960

Closing Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018

Hosted by FAMDA (Foster Arts Music & Drama Association)

Festival Address: Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, 79 Main Street, Foster 3960

Sat 08 Sep 2018

to Sat 08 Sep 2018

Seymour Performers Workshop 2018
3rd One Act Play Festival

Adjudicator: TBA

Information: Brett Harvey

Telephone: 0438 630 332



Entries: TBA

Seymour Performers Workshop Brett Harvey Festival Director

Festival Address: Seymour Community Arts Centre 29 Stewart Street, Seymour, 3660