about the festival


This festival is for people who love theatre...making it, watching it and talking about it. It has been running since 1956 and 2016 is our sixtieth anniversary.

The festival is an opportunity to show your work, learn, discuss, write and try something new.

Each day begins with a workshop from 10am to 1pm - you can book your choices online ahead of the festival.

We have daily discussions about all the shows and wider social and political issues.

There are shows every afternoon and evening. The 2015 festival included a site responsive Pinter, 2 Broadway musicals, two new verbatim plays and a madcap musical adaptation of The Nutcracker in an 11 room Victorian house. In 2016 there was a brand new musical and 6 new plays amongst the 12 shows. We are interested in all kinds of play, musical, dance piece or opera staged in all kinds of ways.

You can write and review for Noises Off magazine and perform anything you want at our Open Mic show.

And there are events most nights, including the legendary quiz.

Networking with all the professionals in the bar and getting feedback and advice is the joyful end of every day.

If you would like to hear when applications for the Management Team and Technical Teams are open and when group tickets go on sale - please sign up as a member on our website.

Thank you so much! I am honoured to be a part of such an incredible showcase of talent. I have made amazing contacts from it. 

Modupe Salu  |  I Can't Breathe 2016


The 2017 Festival is 8 to 14 April in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

get involved...

enter a show

apply for the technical team

apply for the management team

book a group ticket or a subscription ticket

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what people say 

our FAQ's to see how you can get involved and the costs

contact us

020 7036 9027 or email info@nsdf.org.uk if you have any questions.

thank you for visiting

The whole week was a fantastic opportunity to meet other people who were passionate about theatre and who weren't scared of doing things in different ways, to see new, exciting shows and learn from the top people in the industry. It was incredible!

Charlie Bindels  |  Festgoer