These are some of the awards given out every year at the end of the Festival week. 


The Buzz Goodbody Director Award 

The Buzz Goodbody Director Award is awarded to a director of a production at NSDF who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in direction. 

The winning director receives a cash prize of £1,000.

The Award memorialises Mary Ann – nick-named “Buzz” – Goodbody.  Buzz was the celebrated first female director of the RSC  and the driving force behind  the establishment of its studio theatre, The Other Place at Stratford-upon-Avon, in the early 1970s.  Buzz died tragically in 1975, aged 28.

The prize is funded by The Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST)

The RTST is a charity dedicated to the fostering and advancement of the public knowledge, experience and appreciation of theatre and drama at every level of performance and audience, including by way of support for emerging theatre directors and for training and education in the theatrical arts.



Photo by: Michael Ward/Iconic Images 

The Sunday Times Playwrighting Award 

The historic and prestigious award for playwrighting. 


The Sunday Times Harold Hobson Drama Critic Award 

Named after the great drama Critic who helped found NSDF.


Samuel French New Play Award 

Awarded in association with theatrical licensing and publishing house Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, this prize aims to champion and support new writing talent. The winning show will be professionally published as a playtext by Samuel French. 


The Camden People's Theatre Award 

Recognises a production in the festival that is formally inventive, adventurous in spirit and/or which explores issues of contemporary social, cultural or political pertinence. The production is then offered a London run as part of CPT's autumn season.


The Cameron Mackintosh Award

Funded by one of NSDF's great supporters, this award recognises the enduring imprtance and development of musical theatre.


The Holbeck Cup 

A new award from Slung Low, the Holbeck Cup is given to a production that has shown outstanding quality. In addition to the cup itself there is a cash prize and a residency with accommodation at Slung Low's venue, The Holbeck, to create a new peice or refune existing work. 


Spotlight Most Promising Actors 

Awarded to the two most promising actors, two complimentary memberships of Spotlight. 


Judges Awards and Commendations 



The Clive Wolfe Bursary 

The bursary is for anyone aged 18-25 who wishes to gain experience in Theatre Administration and Producing. 

The fund is part of a collevtion made at Clive Wolfe's funeral in 2014 and we are very grateful to Pat Wolfe (our President) and to all who contributed and to all who have contributed since. Clive was the Director of the festival from 1970 until 2000 - a remarkable 30 years of leadership. 

The bursary is a financial contribution made towards living expenses while undertaking a 1-2 week placement spent at a producing theatre or company. Last year the placement was supported by Trafalgar Studios and Trafalgar Entertainment.