Getting ready for FEATS 2019

by David Crowe on 26 March 2019

FEATS 2019 takes place in Ottobrunn, near Munich, from 30 May to 2 June 2019.

This year’s line-up includes two new groups – the English Drama Group, Salzburg, and Munich Feminist Project.

The host group is working hard on the preparations, and the running-order should be published very soon. In the meantime, here are the twelve plays in competition – listed in alphabetical order by group name. Original scripts are indicated with an asterisk.

ACTS, Stuttgart Past, Present, Past* Stuart Marlow
English Drama Group, Salzburg Romantic Fools Rich Orloff
ECC, Brussels The Impotence of Being Frank* Joe Wilde
ESOC, Darmstadt Bolero David Ives
GEDS, Geneva Metamorphosis, or Letting Nature Take Its Course* Gary Bird
Munich Feminist Project The Things We Say* Munich Feminist Project
NEAT, Stuttgart Graceland Ellen Byron
NWTC, Luxembourg The Ripple Effect Robert Scott
Semi-Circle, Basel Playing with Daisy Eleanor Fossey
Tagora, Strasbourg The Elephant Calf, or The Provability of Any and Every Contention Bertolt Brecht
Theater de WAANzin, Gent Dekalog 10: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Goods Krzysztof Kieslowski (theatre adaptation: Dirk Crommelinck)
University Players, Hamburg Somewhere in Between* Nick Plummer

For more FEATS news, see the current FEATS newsletter and the FEATS 2019 website.

Forum topics

by David Crowe on 23 May 2018

Jenni Mikulla, from Entity Theatre Munich, shows off the FEATS baton.

For those who were not at the FEATS forum in Antwerp, here’s a quick summary of the news and topics discussed.

GDPR

The EU’s new regulation on data protection means we are required to have explicit consent from individuals to allow us to store information on them. If you have taken part in FEATS, or if you subscribe to the newsletter, this means you! More about this in due course.

Website rationalisation

The steering committee is concerned that our communication channels are diverse and not well-defined. There is the “permanent” website, feats.eu; usually an annual website, which may have a lifespan of only a year, such as the 2018 site created by BATS; the Facebook page; the newsletter, which is sent out in electronic form and also in print in a few cases; and, from time to time, a Twitter account. In addtion, there is FMS, the FEATS Management System, used by participating groups to exchange information with the host group. At best, maintaining all these sources of information involves duplication of effort. At worst, FEATS participants and public alike may be confused and fail to find what they are looking for.

We should therefore like to set up a small study group, consisting of the FEATS webmaster, the FMS developer and, ideally, a non-specialist representative of the FEATS community. This is where you come in: if you’d be willing to be that third person, please make yourself known. The contact form is the best way.

Selection process

As regulars know, selection of participants is made on a rota basis, with groups divided into three geographical lists for the purpose. With the passage of time, however, some imbalances have arisen, with more groups in the German list than in either of the other two regions, and a number of groups that choose to participate infrequently, so causing a faster rotation in certain lists than others. The steering committee has therefore decided to amalgamate the lists into one, with effect in FEATS 2019, maintaining the rankings at the end of FEATS 2018. The published lists will shortly reflect this change.

Original scripts

The steering committee has decided to limit the number of original scripts to a maximum of four per festival, with effect in FEATS 2019. The four scripts will be chosen be drawing them from a hat. Groups will be warned that if they propose an original script which is not selected, they should have a fall-back plan to produce an alternative play which is not “original” in the FEATS sense. (The terms are more clearly defined in the rules, a revised version of which will soon be on line.)

Not forgetting …

Other topics discussed included:

  • the format of FEATS, prompted by a prepared statement from John Brigg, in which he questioned the reliance on traditional theatre forms and the competitive nature of FEATS
  • attendance at FEATS, size of venues, target public – would a questionnaire addressed to audience members give useful information?
  • greater use of photos to make websites, Facebook and so on more visually attractive.

Finally, Jenni Mikulla from Entity (pictured), was invited to speak about next year’s FEATS, which is to be held in Munich for the first time. Jenni painted an attractive picture of the venue and the amenities available in and around it.

FEATS 2019 takes place in Munich from 30 May to 2 June (Ascension weekend). A date for your diaries!

FEATS 2018: the results

by David Crowe on 22 May 2018

Tom De Beckker (BATS, FEATS 2018) hands over the FEATS baton to Jenni Mikulla (Entity, Munich, FEATS 2019).

Once again the FEATS website is pleased to report the festival winners.

Our adjudicator, Ben Humphrey, awarded the prizes as follows:

Best production: The Hamburg Players with The Hunchback Variations by Mickle Maher

Second place: The Bonn Players with Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade

Third place: AATG with The Universal Language by David Ives

Best actor: Harald Djuerken of the Hamburg Players in The Hunchback Variations by Mickle Maher

Best actress: Joanna Thorn of the Bonn Players in Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade

Best stage presentation: The Bonn Players with Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade

Original script: Accelerated Intimacy by Chiara Venturini (ATC)

Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award: BATS, for organising a superb festival

And the stage management trophy (awarded by the FEATS 2018 stage management team) went to Gill Atkinson of the Bonn Players.

With that, it’s good night from Antwerp. FEATS 2019 takes place in Munich from 30 May to 2 June 2019 (Ascension weekend).