Performance workshops

As part of our aim to encourage the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing and Acting we have in the past given bursaries to individuals from each discipline to further their particular skills.

These have been very popular but can only benefit a few people. We now hold Performance workshops for festival performers. The aim is to improve your stage presence and work towards audition skills in the disciplines of acting, dance and singing suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.’

Entry is open to all Festival performers 11 to 18 years.

Entry is free but please note that depending on the number of applications and the number of places available not all applicants will automatically be successful on gaining a place.

The workshops will be held on Sunday 2nd September 2018.

Entries now close on the 30th April.

Performance workshop application form




 The Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival is a competition held every March with professional judges in a friendly atmosphere.  We have classes for everybody for three to ninety three.  There are around 400 classes attracting around 2000 entries. Our 2019 festival will be our 89th.  

This is the only competition of its type on the Island offering everybody who wants to enter the opportunity to perform a wide range of disciplines in a suitable environment in front of a supportive audience and receive feedback on their performance from a professional, internationally recognised, adjudicator. 

The Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, a registered charity, aims to advance, promote and encourage and by means of the Competition Festival Movement in particular, the study and practice of the arts of Music, Dancing, Elocution, Literature and Acting. It provides a platform for amateur performance combined with an educational element from professional musicians, dancers and speakers and is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty the Queen is Patron.

We extend a cordial invitation to everyone to join us whether as a Performer, Helper or Visitor and you are assured of a very warm welcome and the opportunity to share in some really top quality performances in Music, Speech, Drama and Dance. We celebrated 88 festivals in 2018.

Please look under the Information banner to find our rules, notes on performing at the Festival, Child Protection Policy or how to become a Patron or a Sponsor or a volunteer.

The Isle of Wight Music Dance & Drama Festival Committee is elected at the AGM held in June (this year, 2018, on Saturday the 16th at All Saints Church Hall Ryde at 5pm). All interested parties  are invited to the AGM.

We have a number of wonderful Stewards without whom the Festival simply would not run, but we always need more helpers so please consider being a steward.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival?  Please follow the link for more information. Easyfundraising

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