How long does the festival last?

The festival runs for four evenings, usually Friday to Monday. So to make sure you see all the plays you should plan to arrive on Friday afternoon or early evening and leave the following Tuesday morning. Generally each evening will begin at 19:30 and end around midnight – later on the last evening to allow…

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Who can perform at FEATS?

Any group that puts on productions in English and is based in mainland Europe. If a group has not taken part before, it is recommended that it applies to put on a production in the Fringe Festival which accompanies the main festival, and also sits in the audience for at least one main festival. Immediately…

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Who is responsible for performing rights?

Participating groups must ensure that performing rights for plays are paid where required. Within the EU, copyright protection is applicable until seventy years after the author’s death; so even if you are performing a play written long ago, you need to check whether rights have to be paid, especially in the case of a translation.…

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How come the same groups get to perform on Sunday and Monday each year?

The running order is determined by the organising committee of the current festival, taking into account the following criteria: Any impression that certain groups are favoured in the running order by getting their requested “slots” as a matter of course is mistaken.

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Do the previous year’s winners have automatic entry to the following festival?

No. Entry is by a rota system, in which groups having taken part in one year go to the end of the “queue” in the following year.

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How are adjudicators for FEATS selected?

All FEATS adjudicators are theatrical professionals with considerable experience. They are drawn from the members of GODA, the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, membership of which is subject to a selection procedure.

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