Southern Tablelands Drama Festival

Region: Regional South Rural South and West | Goulburn
Kindergarten to Year 12
Local arts program Drama

The Southern Tablelands Drama Festival is a brand new festival aimed at showcasing the skills and talents of NSW public school students and teachers in creating and performing drama.

The festival encourages and supports the development of drama programs at a school level by providing an opportunity to work towards a quality performance in a professional venue. 

Students will benefit from an excellent performance venue and be enthused through interaction with other drama students. This festival provides teachers with a valuable platform for encouraging drama in their schools and promoting the arts as a vital part of the school curriculum.

2024 dates

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September 2024 (Term 3 Week 7)

  • Primary Drama Festival - Monday 2 September
  • Secondary Drama Festival - Tuesday 3 September

Teachers, for full details on the festival, visit the Southern Tablelands Drama Festival - teacher information site.

Please submit the  STDrF 2024 - School participation form to confirm your participation in the festival and provide details of the number of items, genre, anticipated timing and preferred rehearsal time.

This form is required to be submitted by Friday 21 June 2024 (Term 2 Week 8).

Style of drama

  • Item/s can be drawn from any genre: circus, comedy, Commedia dell’ arte, puppetry, scripted drama, play-built piece, movement, mime, documentary drama, musical theatre, mask theatre etc.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups exploring First Nation stories are actively encouraged to participate.


  • Drama pieces must be devised with the guidelines of the festival in mind. 
  • All items must be appropriate for young audience members to view.
  • Successful items are those items that contain a strong theme and are appropriate to the age and ability of your students.

Number of items

  • Each school may nominate a maximum of 3 items for the festival. 
  • All items submitted will be included in the festival.
  • Should you have more than 3 items that you wish to submit please contact Sue Dawson.  These items will only be considered if there is available space in the program. 

Number of students

  • Each item should have a minimum of 8 performers and a maximum of 30 performers.
  • An exception will be made for small schools and SSP schools where numbers may need to be adapted to suit the needs and/or numbers of their students. 

Length of items

  • Primary - recommended time of 5 to 6 minutes with a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Secondary - recommended time of 7 to 8 minutes with a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Items should not be HSC major works. 
  • Short, dynamic performance items are encouraged for all schools!
  • Performance time must include set and strike time of the item.


  • We encourage the inclusion of students with a disability and will work with the school to ensure any modifications or special provisions required are met.
  • The Goulburn Performing Arts Centre is fully accessible and there is direct access to the stage for wheelchair users.


Sue Dawson
Arts Coordination Officer
0402 992 897


Goulburn Performing Arts Centre
163 Auburn Street
Goulburn NSW 2580

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All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Southern Tablelands Drama Festival, please email so that we can assist.