Meet our Adjudicator for 2015!

Everyone at hjHQ is delighted to announce our adjudicator for hj1act 2015 will be Sue Doherty!                               Sue Doherty

Sue is a member of The Guild of Drama Adjudicators, also known as GoDA.

We caught up with Sue a day or two ago and asked her to tell us a little bit about herself:-

‘My teaching and involvement with Drama spans four decades. I have adjudicated at local festivals in Merseyside and entered students for local, national and international events.
I was Head of Expressive Arts at St Julies High School, Liverpool from 1999 – 2013, during which time drama results at A level were consistently in the top ten percent in the national table. Past pupils have gained places at RADA, Guildhall and LIPA, and recently had  TV roles in The Mill, Last Tango In Halifax and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which has made me very proud!!
As Creative Network co-ordinator I played a key role in 2008 when Liverpool was City of Culture. I am passionate about the role of drama in today’s society and recent projects have included work with Merseyside Police, NHS and Shakespeare Primary School productions.
I am an active member of The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Teachers Forum. This has given me the experience of working with leading practitioners and companies, including Kneehigh, Shared Experience and RSC. At present I am working in schools as a consultant.
Adjudicating is such a rewarding role, it is important to recognise and encourage talent and creativity. Those taking part, too have a responsibility.

” Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and the beginning of morality” Ian McEwan.’


We think you’ll agree that Sue has a fascinating background in drama, giving her a wealth of experience and expertise. It’s really great getting to know our adjudicator a bit, before we meet her onstage next year!

Speaking of which, if you had a question you’d like to ask an adjudicator, what would it be?  If you had the chance to get to know more about the adjudication process, what would you want to know?  Or maybe you fancy training to be an adjudicator and wonder how to go about it? Adjudicators and adjudications are an integral part of festivals so knowing more about what goes on behind that little lamp in the dark of the auditorium can only be a good thing.  Write your questions in the comments section below and we’ll see if Sue, or one of her lovely colleagues, can give us the lowdown!

Meanwhile, if you’re curious about The Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA), click HERE to find out more.

And big thanks to you Sue for your biog; we’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Swindon and hj1act 2015!


NEXT UP: Choosing a play


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4 comments on “Meet our Adjudicator for 2015!
  1. Betty says:

    Why do adjudicators give a synopsis of the play at the start of their adjudication when the audience have just seen it so they already know what the play was about and what happened? It seems like a waste of time (most adjudications are only about 10-15 mins long) when that time could be used to comment more on the actual performances and the play.


  2. DW says:

    I am thinking about training as an adjudicator and was wondering if they get paid. If they do, is it a living wage? Can you do it full time or is it better to have a day job as well?


  3. flashmob54 says:

    How do adjudicators deal with large cast shows? Do they pick and choose who to comment upon, or are they obliged to reviewsall the actors’ performances?


  4. leeyum909 says:

    What if a play is rubbish? Are you honest?


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