This Festival operates as a national event with three main stages. All entrants participate within their own District with the leading team or teams progressing to the Divisional Festival. The winning two entrants from the Divisionals then go through to the Scottish Final and the Scottish winner proceeds to the British Final. At all levels the performances are reviewed by an adjudicator who gives a short assessment of the plays to the audience, as well as choosing the winners of the various awards available. Festivals at all levels are held at a specific venue and spread over a number of nights.
District Festivals should normally be completed by the end of February and District Secretaries need to receive notice of intended entries by the end of November of the preceding year. Any club considering entering for the first time should discuss their plans with their District Secretary at the earliest possible time. Divisional Festivals are normally over by the end of March with the Scottish Final in late April.