NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

The continuation 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

State Drama FestivalThe State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Years K to 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
We are using a new portal to receive school applications for State Drama Festival, accessed directly below or via The Arts Unit Community tile in Staff portal so you can edit your forms and communicate with TAU. 

Nomination guidelines
Schools please click on the link to read the nomination guidelines for entry requirement.
Please look at the State Drama Festival application resources before you apply.

​The auditions are held throughout the state as part of Area Drama Festivals.
A selection of items from these festivals are chosen to perform. 

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 at 11:00 am 
   Secondary Matinee, Friday 22 October at 11:00 am
Evening performances
  Thursday 21 October at 7:30 pm
   Friday 22 October at 7:30 pm

Venue:  Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre - Chippendale

Booking tickets
Ticketing information will be available in Term 3.

Digital drama festival performance dates and times
Digital State Drama Festival information will be available in Term 3

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 acceptance information  
Successfully nominated schools invited to perform at 2021 State Drama Festival will need to download the following information that will become available in Term 3:
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 from participating 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 grants to to
rural and remote schools (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.  

Rural and Remote Education Strategy 2021-2024



Risk assessments and proceduresFestival Rehearsal
State Drama Festival 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 and student behaviour code; Permission to publish

 


2019 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival2019 State Drama Festival

Watch the full performance of the 2019 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2019

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2019

 

2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival2018 State Drama Festival

Watch the full performance of the 2018 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

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 Festival2017 State Drama Festival

Watch the full performance of the 2017 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2017

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2017

 

2016 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival2016 State Drama Festival

Watch the full performance of the 2016 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival

NSW State Drama Festival Primary Matinee 2016

NSW State Drama Festival Secondary Matinee 2016

 

Further enquiries
Further enquiries relating to the State Drama Festival should be email Drama or phone 02 8512 1175.

 

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