The Phoebe Rees Competition
The Phoebe Rees is a year-round full-length play competition which is open to any drama group in Somerset. Productions are judged by one of a panel of visiting adjudicators, and the group receives a full written adjudication, usually within a week or two of the performance. We also try to publish a review of the production in the next issue of Spotlight.
The rules as to what consitutes 'a play' for the purposes of this competition were clarified in 2011, in order to provide "an equitable basis for adjudication and moderation".
The following criteria must apply to any production submitted for entry to the Phoebe Rees full-length play competition:
• it has a continuous narrative thread/plot line (which may or may not be chronologically sequenced)
• it has some consistency of character/s
• it has a running time of at least one hour (excluding interval)
The Adjudicator is responsible for marking the production, using a scheme devised by GODA - the Guild of Drama Adjudicators - and for nominating outstanding performances and exemplary production elements, in any of 21 categories.
Every production is also seen by a Moderator, whose job it is to provide a benchmark against which each entry can be judged when the panel meets in September to discuss the merits of all the productions seen that year, and to decide on the winner in each category.
The nominations are published in Spotlight on the 1st October every year and the winners are announced at the Phoebe Presentation Evening later that month.
More details are available to individual SFD Members and to Club Contacts under Documents & Resources in the left hand menu, where you can find out about how productions are marked and see the list of trophies to be awarded, as well as being able to download an entry form.
If your group or society has any doubt regarding a proposed Phoebe Rees entry, please contact the Moderator via the Co-ordinator . A printed and bound copy of your proposed script (no photocopies please, unless it is out of print), with any major changes clearly indicated, must be sent to the Competition Co-ordinator no less than four weeks before performance.
Moderator: Alex Webb
Adjudicating Panel: Clive & Lynne Wooldridge, Lyn Lockyer, Philip de Glanville, and Polly English.