The Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival 2023

We regret to announce that the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival will not be running this year. The year-on-year reduction in the number teams coming forward and the cost of putting on the festival makes it increasingly less viable, along with the need for more people to help organise and manage the event. We very much value and appreciate the help and support of the Riverside Arts Centre which is a wonderful venue for the festival. We are hopeful that we will return in the future.

If you are interested in becoming more involved by joining the Committee and/or becoming part of the wider festival support team please let us know by emailing us at We are keen to explore and discuss any suggestions about the direction the Festival may take and the way forward for future years.

The Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival is one of the oldest one-act drama festivals in the country and has been going for over 60 years. Originally called the ‘Spelthorne Drama Festival’ we operated as an independent drama festival, but in more recent years we have become affiliated to the National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) and our winning entries are eligible for selection to the British All Winners Festival. Additionally the winner of our new play category is eligible to be put forward to the NDFA one act playwriting competition.

Entrants have the opportunity to perform in the theatre at the Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Thames which is a really lovely venue and has the benefit and support of our experienced festival team to support their technical needs. They also receive a professional adjudication from an independent GoDA adjudicator.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact us here:
Riverside Arts Centre
57-59 Thames Street
Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5QF


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