2020 Writers Competition

Important notice for Drip Action Theatre Trail 2021

We have had to postpone our 2020 Trail until next year. Plays that were selected for this year will be deferred until the 2021 Arundel Festival.

The Trail competition for new plays will resume thereafter. So please stay in touch. And good luck with your writing in the meantime. We look forward to a bumper new crop from which to select for 2022

Bill Brennan, artistic director


For new readers:

The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its twentieth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – for example, in a community hall, a restaurant, a football club or private residence.  An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2019 Theatre Trail plays.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers will be invited to submit plays for the 2022 Trail from October 2021.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects and a maximum of five performers. We do not insist on premieres.

All entries should be submitted to

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2022

The Arundel Festival
c/o The Town Hall
Maltravers Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2022. There is no reading fee.

To encourage more writers from overseas we are allowing plays from outside the UK to be submitted by email

One play only per entrant, in hard copy if sent from within the UK

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020.

Each successful playwright will receive a £200 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk