NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

Please Note:

The commencement of the 2021 Drama programs will be contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health.

Activities for all programs currently have to adhere to current DoE COVID-19 restrictions. Link to Department of Education latest information on COVID-19.

State Drama FestivalThe State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Years K-12. This event is a two day celebration of Drama works showcasing strong Drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 800 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.


How to Be Involved in 2021:
• Selection Panel: applications will open in May 2021 and close in June 2021
• Production Team: applications will open in July 2021

• School Item Nomination:  applications will open in July 2021 and close in August 2021


Nomination Guidelines:
Schools please click on the link to read the Nomination Guidelines for entry requirement.
​The auditions are held throughout the state as part of Area Drama Festivals.
A selection of items from these Festivals are chosen to perform. 


LIVE PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October 2021Drama Festival
• Matinee performances:
   (designed especially for school groups, must be accompanied by a teacher)
   Primary Matinee, Thursday 21 October @ 11:00am 
   Secondary Matinee, Friday 22 October @ 11:00am
Evening performances
  Thursday 21 October @ 7:30pm
   Friday 22 October @ 7:30pm

Venue:  Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre - Chippendale



BOOKING TICKETS
Ticketing information will be available in July 2021

Festival Workshops

DIGITAL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Digital State Drama Festival information will be available in July 2021


DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS
Full workshop program and details will be available in August 2021

                                                                                                                            

FESTIVAL CLOTHING AND PROGRAMSState Drama Festival T-Shirts
The State Drama Festival online clothing orders will open in August 2021

In 2019 the general public could also purchase T-shirts and programs in the foyer during the performances 
$5 Festival Programs
$25 Festival T-Shirts
$49 Festival Hoodies (online only)

 
TEACHERS INFORMATION PACK
Successfully nominated schools invited to perform at 2021 State Drama Festival will need to download the following information that will become available in July 2021:
• Teachers Pack for successful nominated schools 2019 State Drama Festival
• Technical Rehearsal Schedule for schools rehearsal dates and times
• Running Order to know when your school will be performing
Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre stage dimensions
 

SCHOOL PARTICIPATION FEE
A participation fee of $100 per school will be direct debited to schools after the State Drama Festival.


RURAL AND REMOTE SUBSIDY:
In 2019 as part of The Arts Unit's ongoing support of the Department of Education's
Rural and Remote blueprint for action, we were excited to be able to offer
a State Drama Festival Participation Subsidy.

We offered 5 x $1000 grants to to rural and remote schools Festival Rehearsal
(follow the link and download complete list, column AH shows rural and remote status)

In 2019 this subsidy was used to support schools in bringing an audience to the State Drama Festival performances and was used towards tickets, NIDA Festival workshops and associated travel and accommodation costs.  We love to assist rural and remote schools in accessing the State Drama Festival to experience live performance.  

For further information on 2021 partnerships and subsidies please email drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au

Rural and Remote Education Strategy 2021-2024


RISK ASSESSMENTS AND PROCEDURES
State Drama Festival 2019 Risk Assessment;  Seymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH 2011; Seymour Centre Schools Risk Assessment Information; Safety Alert 61 Anaphylaxis Safety Alert; Safety Alert 67 Changes to EpiPen Instructions Student Behaviour Code; Deed of Consent for Participation & Student Behaviour Code; Permission to Publish
 

2019 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

To watch the full performance of the 2019 NSW PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE DRAMA FESTIVAL
Click on the links below

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2019

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2019

 

2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

To watch the full performance of the 2018 NSW PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE DRAMA FESTIVAL
Click on the links below

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2018

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2018

Please also see the 2018 State Drama Festival Gallery 

 

2017 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

To watch the full performance of the 2017 NSW PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE DRAMA FESTIVAL
Click on the links below

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2017

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2017

 

2016 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

To watch the full performance of the 2016 NSW PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATE DRAMA FESTIVAL
Click on the links below

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2016

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2016

 


Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Drama Festival should be directed to drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 8512 1175.

The Arts Unit Website & Facebook Page:
To stay up-to-date with student and teacher Drama opportunities provided by The Arts Unit, check the website regularly and follow our Facebook page for program updates, events, new Arts Unit Learning Hub resources and opportunities www.facebook.com/TheArtsUnit.