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Wellington District Theatre Federation

Join the WDTF!


2022 Membership Form

The 24-Hour Play Challenge requires teams of between four and six people to create and rehearse a theatrical piece inside 24 hours, and then perform it. 

Contact festivals@wdtf.org.nz for more information.

Our annual Full Length Play Festival runs  every year, and is open to any member society.   The Festival culminates with the Antoinette Awards Evening - this year on Sunday 5th December 2021.

Contact festivals@wdtf.org.nz for more information.


The event of the year

Antoinettes Awards

The awards ceremony for the Full Length Play Festival is the Antoinettes. The adjudicator presents awards  for excellence across the full range of theatrical endeavour. Admission to the awards ceremony includes supper, and the event is BYO.


The 2021 Best Overall Production:  Stagecraft Theatre's "She Kills Monsters"

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The Don Blackmore Memorial Award

A new award for 2021 in honour of the great Don Blackmore.  

This award is for excellence in technical contribution over a year and is presented at the annual Antoinette's. Any member society can nominate.

Trophy created by Sam Perry. 


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Welcome to the website of the Wellington District Theatre Federation (WDTF), a registered charity devoted to promoting all aspects of community theatre within our region.

Members include theatre societies, schools/colleges and individuals everywhere from Levin, down the coast to Wellington City, round the harbour to Eastbourne then up the Hutt Valley and over the hills as far as Masterton.

Although now completely autonomous we were originally set up as part of the New Zealand Theatre Federation, now Theatre New Zealand (TNZ), and membership of WDTF still flows from membership of TNZ.

Our flagship event is the annual Full-Length Play Festival, which culminates in the awarding of the much-coveted Antoinette Awards. But we also run a fun-filled 24-Hour Play Challenge, host workshops and promote the endeavours of all member societies.

The day-to-day running of WDTF is delegated to an executive to which all member societies are entitled to send a representative.

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