Hello and welcome to Greater Manchester Drama Federation’s (GMDF) website.

GMDF serves to promote all aspects of the amateur theatre movement in the Greater Manchester Area and to that end holds two major festivals per annum, a Full Length Play Festival and a One Act Play Festival.


To all our member societies,

Huge sigh – what can we say?

Clearly the latest pronouncement (16th March 2020) from the Government has put the tin lid on many of your forthcoming productions and we are more than sorry to hear it.

So far, the announcement is not mandatory which will of course make any insurance claims invalid. We fully appreciate that this will cause a great deal of hardship across the board. Please let us know if you have cancellations that are entered into the Festival (sue@gmdf.org and cc jude@gmdf.org) and we will organize refunds or carry forwards if you decide to postpone your production(s). If you require a refund please include your Society’s bank details in order that we can make a BACS transfer.

For those societies who are still to decide on what they intend to do we advise:

  • That if you do not operate out of your own theatre that you contact venues to ensure they are not planning to close-down around the dates of your pending productions
  • That you contact licence/rightholders to see what their stance is on postponing productions and allowing societies to forward plan for a date in the future. 

TicketSource announced today that they will be waiving the £1 handling fee per booking for cancellations.

We will obviously keep a close eye on this awful situation and if we can help in any other way (announcements of cancellations) we will.

Keep going as best you can and stay in touch.

Kind regards

Sue, Paul, Jude and the rest of the GMDF Board.

The GMDF members all work remarkably hard to produce good quality theatre. The membership varies from smaller societies with restricted facilities to much larger societies with correspondingly larger facilities but the quality and commitment to good drama remains the same. Click or tap the image to go to the GMDF members’ diary.

The membership may be amateur but that does not mean they don’t take a professional approach to the production of a show. Our members produce plays of all varieties, musicals and pantomimes. Something for everyone. Please visit them and lend them your support.

GMDF Classifieds ~ the buy, sell & wanted section

Please click the image to be taken to the casting call request form and list of GMDF members' current casting requirements

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