NSDF back at Edinburgh Festival in artistic search

The National Student Drama Festival is back in Edinburgh for the third year running with the NSDF and Methuen Drama Emerging Artists' Competition.

eight-020Supported by The Pleasance Theatre and Spotlight, the NSDF selectors will searching for the very best of new student work from the Fringe. The most outstanding piece of work will be chosen to transfer to The Pleasance in Islington in September. Past winners include, Tony! The Blair Musical and Eight (cast right), winner of a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Award.

Ella Hickson, writer of Eight, said: “The NSDF09 Edinburgh Emerging Artists’ Award enabled myself and my cast to travel down to London and do our first professional run at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre. The opportunity was invaluable to the cast in what it offered them in experience and exposure and for myself, as a writer, I made contacts and worked with creative masterminds that continue to help my writing career.”

I made contacts and worked with creative masterminds that continue to help my writing career

NSDF will be running a workshop with Spotlight on Thursday 20th August at the Fringe Venue Lecture Theatre 2, Edinburgh, looking at how to get started as an actor.


To be eligible for the competition students must be in a production, the majority of which is student work and performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 for a minimum of four productions. The piece of work must not have been produced professionally in the UK before but it can be anything from a piece of new writing, a new musical, a devised piece, a translation or adaptation. The winner of the competition will receive up to £1000 prize money to assist with their transfer costs to The Pleasance, Islington in September. The Pleasance will provide technical and marketing support and NSDF will provide professional theatre practitioners to assist with the transfer and help further the careers of the winning participants.

Everyone who enters the competition will have their work seen by two NSDF Selectors and will be eligible for the Spotlight Best Actor and Actress Awards as well as other commendations regardless of whether the piece wins the competition. Every participant will also be invited to the Awards Ceremony, NSDF Edinburgh Surgeries and will receive the NSDF e-flyer.

The Edinburgh Artists' Competition winner will be announced on Thursday 27th August at 15.00 in AceDome. Pleasance, Edinburgh and everyone who enters will be eligible to join us for this celebration.

To enter the competition, reserve a place at the Spotlight workshop or a place at the Awards please contact NSDF – admin@nsdf.org.uk 020 7354 8070

Photos by Tom Bishop

Methuen Drama and NSDF Playtext Competition

As well as the Emerging Artists' Competition NSDF and Methuen Drama are teaming up to run a competition to win Methuen Drama playtexts.

Anyone in full time education, be you student or teacher, aged 16 or over can enter the Methuen Drama and NSDF Playtext Competition to win either:

Option A: One of 5 sets of x5 signed copies of playtexts from the publishers of Stephen Poliakoff, Joe Penhall, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Patrick Marber, Anthony Neilson and Complicite

Option B: £300 of Methuen Drama Playtexts for your School or University Library.

*Please specify which prize you would prefer when you enter.

How can you win?

Send us your name, address of where you would like prize to be sent if you win, email address and a one line answer as to why you deserve to win and who your favourite Methuen Drama playwright is.

Send you entry to Chris Wootton, admin@nsdf.org.uk by 25th August 2009.

The winners will be announced at the Edinburgh Emerging Artists' Competition celebration on 27th August and notified by email on 28th August.

Meuthen Drama can be found at www.methuendrama.com

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