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About Us

The Nidderdale and District Drama Association and its annual, professionally-adjudicated festival were founded by the late Charles Smith (of Summerbridge Players) and the late Frank Burgess (of Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society) in 1963.


The festival is annually affiliated to the All-England Theatre Festival (AETF) which runs the only countrywide, competitive drama festival for one-act plays in performance. Two NDDA winners, Harrogate Dramatic Society in 2013 and Bishop Monkton Entertainments Group in 2006, have been AETF finalists. Details of all aspects of the AETF (including the progress of this year’s festival) can be found on aetf.org.uk.


2017 Festival

This year’s festival will take place on the evenings Friday 17th (7.30 pm) and Saturday 18th March (7 pm) at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough. The event will be adjudicated by Richard Woodward (GoDA). Tickets available at the door or by reservation (01423 712240 or ian.clarke33@btinternet.com).

The winning team will be eligible to contest the Northern Final

of the All-Enghland Theatre Festival at Saltburn on 6/7 May.