Who is Derek Jacobi?
Derek Jacobi is a British Actor and Stage Director. He also happens to be the Patron of the National Drama Festivals Association. His career has spanned 60 years and he has been involved with the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company as well as being in Hollywood films and TV series such as Doctor Who, Frasier and Vicious (with Sir Ian McKellen).

What is the Derek Jacobi Award?
Previously known as the George Taylor Award, this prestigious award was initiated in 1979 and is awarded annually to the author of a new one-act play which was performed at an NDFA member festival in a twelve month period between 1st July and 30th June. The Winner of the award has their play read at the British All Winners Festival the following year, receives a cash prize of £250 and has their play published by Stagescripts.

What are the Rules?
It’s very easy! To be eligible for the Derek Jacobi Award, the play being performed MUST be unpublished and remain unpublished until the announcement of the Award and not have been performed more than five times before nomination.

More about the award………..
Over recent years the DEREK JACOBI AWARD has been the springboard for new play writers to go and to have their work published and in some cases has led to professional commissions and performances. The NDFA are proud to be partnered with Stagescripts Ltd who have been associated with NDFA for a number of years and sponsor of the George Taylor Award and are now working towards developing that relationship to become more closely involved with other aspects of the NDFA and its member organisation’s activities. In addition, NDFA will be opening up new categories of playwriting competitions and Stagescripts will financially support these in the same way as it does for the George Taylor Award. This award is the premiere national award for one act plays in the amateur theatre sector, and this is being expanded to include Full Length and Youth plays.

Who are Stagescripts?
Stagescripts Ltd is an independent publisher and rights-holder for the works of mostly contemporary writers and composers of musical theatre and drama. Its intention is to provide its customers with a compact and interesting catalogue of high quality dramatic and comedic pieces that are attractive to an audience. It is attempting to fill a gap in the licensing marketplace between the few remaining medium size publishers, and the three or four big market leaders with their ex-West End and ex-Broadway plays and mega-musicals.

How do I submit an entry?
To submit an original play for DEREK JACOBI AWARD, the entry form must be signed by the playwright and entering Festival’s adjudicator and submitted as directed on the entry form together with a fee of £10.00.

Then what happens?
The winning play (and not the production) is performed as a rehearsed reading during the All Winners Festival week and the winner receives their trophy during the Awards ceremony on the Final night.