Remove the new rule stopping school, college groups or under 18 year olds* from entering the competition - (*apart from as juvenile parts in 'adult plays')
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In 2014 our group entered into the Bray One Act Drama Festival performing Anna Sherratt's play Alice in Wonderland and the Killer Gangster Rabbits. The play went very well and we received wonderful words of encouragement and praise from the adjudicator who among many things said that without young groups like ours there is no future for drama. Aisling Mc Gowan, one of our actors, received a 'Certificate of Merit' award for her performance.
We found that the festival made an excellent platform for small local groups to perform and it gave us a great goal to work towards.
We had planned on entering again into the 2015 festival and our members were very much looking forward to it and motivated to do well but we received a letter saying that young groups such as ours would be banned from the festival because of the new rule. We decided to submit an entry anyway, believing that the rule was a bad idea and hoping to be able to reason with the festival organisers.
As we had expected though, our submission was rejected, which makes it far harder for us and other groups like ours in the area to be able to showcase our work for a wider audience at a good venue.
The organisers of the festival place a lot of emphasis on encouraging and furthering drama in the local area; every year an award is given for the 'Most Promising Young Actor' and also for the 'Person who has Given Outstanding Service to Drama', at the 2014 festival this award was given to Seán Leahy particularly for getting young people involved with drama, and in a letter sent to us about the new rule, the festival's 'important aim- encouragement' was mentioned.
This rule contradicts all this by making it harder for young people to perform, effectively banning them from the competition and discouraging them from their involvement in drama.
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