Gibraltar Drama Festival 2021 – Adjudicator announcement.


Gibraltar Cultural Services, is pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 2021 Gibraltar Drama Festival is Mrs Jan Palmer Sayer B.Ed. MA GoDA.

Mrs Palmer Sayer studied at Trent Park College and at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Five years ago, she retired as Headteacher of Hertswood, a Specialist Arts College, featured in a BBC’s autumn education series with Professor Dylan Wiliam. In 1998, she was awarded an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at the same time as running her own theatre company – Shattered Windscreen.

Her theatrical exploits have taken her as far afield as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where her production of The Fall of the House of Usher which was awarded 5 stars by The Scotsman. In 2015, at the other end of the country, her production of The Grapes of Wrath, the Steinbeck classic adapted by Frank Galati, was one of a sequence of regular appearances by her theatre company at the famous cliffside Minack Theatre. This gained the company another 5-star review as well as the coveted Minack Trophy for the best production of 2015. In 2014, Jan was commissioned by the Arts Council, Isle of Man to direct a community passion play at Easter as the island celebrated its year as the first Island of Culture. Jan’s directing credits include A Matter of Life and Death, a promenade production of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, The 39 Steps and Our Man in Havana. Earlier this year, she trod the boards once again playing Hanna Kennedy in Peter Oswald’s adaptation of Mary Stuart and Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter.

Jan was appointed as a GoDA adjudicator in 2001. She returned to GoDA’s Council in 2014 to organise the 2015 National Festivals Conference, held in London. She is the current Chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and one of its busiest members. This year, amongst her many engagements, she will be adjudicating in Munich, Ulster and Edinburgh and next year she will return to Florida to adjudicate at the aactWorldFest but for now, she is very much looking forward to her first visit to Gibraltar.

Tickets for the festival are on sale via and are priced as follows:

• Each Performance Session – £6.00
• Gala Night – £12.00
• Season Ticket – £ 25.00
• Student Season Ticket – £20

Over 16’s require a minimum of a first dose vaccine more than 14 days ago (vaccination cards need to be shown at the door), OR had Covid-19 180 days ago, OR had a same day negative lateral flow test.

For any further information please contact the Events Department, Gibraltar Cultural Services on 20067236 or email: