Our Adjudicator

Dave Bennet GoDA

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Dave is absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to adjudicate at the Welwyn Drama Festival. He has been involved with theatre for nearly 50 years and has directed and acted in numerous diverse genres of productions.

Dave has been a drama adjudicator with the Scottish Association of Drama Adjudicators (SASDA) and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) for many years and has adjudicated in youth and adult play festivals throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has just returned from adjudicating an eight night full length festival in County Galway (Tubercurry) in Ireland and the Scottish Finals of the one act play Festival in Orkney.

Dave has designed, developed and taught for awards in Drama and Technical Theatre, to honours degree level. Although now retired from full-time lecturing he remains an active Senior Qualifications Verifier for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), monitoring the quality and standards of drama in Scotland’s colleges, schools and private training centres. He has given various workshops on acting and directing and has a particular interest in developing the performer’s confidence along with enhanced acting skills through the use of the Meisner Technique. He has maintained a strong interest in amateur dramatics and when adjudicating his objective is to always give support to the production team (both onstage and offstage) and offer constructive criticism.

Away from the theatre, Dave is involved in a range of volunteer work, including Children’s Hearings Scotland and Lanarkshire Cancer Care and lives with two demanding females – his wife and dog (a Pomsky) called Luna.