Speech and Drama Classes –  Sunday 24th March 2019

Speech & Drama Rules

  1. General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Speech and Drama classes. Additional rules are set out below.
  2. Own choice pieces: Each own choice piece, which cannot be used for more than one class in this Festival, must be shown on the entry form, together with name of the book, play or poem and the author, as applicable. Clearly legible copies of own choice pieces must be sent with the form.No competitor may present an item with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival.
  3. Full costume is not permitted in any drama or speech class. However small hand props or small items of character’s clothing are acceptable in an Acting or Musical Theatre class.
  4. Entrants are permitted to enter a solo class only once. An entrant may enter a Duologue Acting, Group Acting, Musical Theatre Duet or Musical Theatre Group class more than once provided they do not perform the same piece and character.
  5. Musical Theatre: Please note that a piano is not available for accompanying music. A cd player will be provided by the Festival but any other equipment used for playing music (i.e. laptop, i-pod, speakers etc) remains the entrant’s own responsibility.
  6. Introductions: Introductions must not be more than 40 words.
  7. Copyright: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any breaches of the copyright law and it should be noted that copyright regulations protect literary and dramatic works for 70 years after the death of the author or playwright. The Festival has entered into an agreement with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. As a result, entrants do not have to seek copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items performed, to a time limit of 10 minutes. Authors will be directly reimbursed as a consequence of their works being performed at this Festival. Duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by this agreement; copyright for these items should be sought by the performers at the time of entry.
  8. To meet Child Protection regulations, parents and guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) under the age of 16, while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival, are under their care or under the care of a responsible adult.
  9. Awards, cups and medals: Class Winners will be presented with trophies, cups or medals. In particular the Janet and David McVitie Trophy and the Joan Archer Memorial Trophy will be awarded. There will also be a trophy awarded for the most promising performer, not necessarily a class winner.
  10. Fees: Entrance fees are £5.50 for solo classes, £8 for duologue classes and £3 per member of the group acting class. There is also an administration charge of £2.00 per entrant.
  11. All Speech and Drama entry forms, together with the proper fees, must be received by the Drama Co-ordinator, Stephanie Heney, 8 Kingsway, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1AB. Fees are not refundable. The closing date for 2019 Speech and Drama entries is Friday 7th December 2018.

NEW FOR 2019.

There will be a £10 prize for the winners of Class D17, Prepared Reading Age 10 to 11 and Class D25, Shakespeare Solo – Open – Novice. Please note a minimum of three entrants per class is required for the prize to be awarded.

New classes for 2019 include War Poets – Open. Any poem on the subject of war. Also more age groups for the Musical Theatre classes and the introduction of set composers.

Class Number Class Choice
D1 Nursery Rhymes – Age 7 and under Own choice of two short nursery rhymes – limit 1 minute
D2 Verse Speaking – Age 9 and under Any poem by Shirley Hughes – limit 1 minute
D3 Verse Speaking – Age 10 to 11 Any poem by June Crebbin – limit 1 minute
D4 Verse Speaking – Age 12 to 14 Any poem by Robert Frost – limit 2 minutes
D5 Verse Speaking – Age 15 to 18 Any poem by Cecil Day Lewis – limit 3 minutes
D6 My Favourite Poem – Age 13 and under Own Choice – limit 2 minutes. Introduce your poem by telling the audience in not more than 40 words why it is your favourite.
D7 My Favourite Poem – Age 14 to 18 Own Choice – limit 3 minutes. Introduce your poem by telling the audience in not more than 40 words why it is your favourite.
D8 War Poem – Open Own Choice of any poem on the subject of war – limit 2 minutes
D10 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 11 and under Own Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D11 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D12 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from memory – limit 4 minutes
D13 Prepared Reading – age 9 and under Any book by Cornelia Funke – limit 150 words
D14 Prepared Reading – age 10 to 11 Any book by Rebecca Stead – limit 200 words
D15 Prepared Reading – age 12 to 14 Any book by Marcus Sedgwick – limit 250 words
D16 Prepared Reading – age 15 to 18 Any book by Neil Gaiman – limit 250 words
D17 Sonnet Speaking – age 13 and under Own choice of any sonnet
D18 Sonnet Speaking – age 14 to 18 Own choice of any sonnet
D19 Sight Reading – age 13 and under To read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D20 Sight Reading – age 14 to 18 To read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D21 Bible Reading – age 18 and under Choice from King James Authorised Version of: Genesis 37 verses 1 to 24; Psalm 104 verses 1 to 14; John 2 verses 1 to 22
D22 The Book of Common Prayer – age 11 to 14 Limit 3 minutes. To speak or read a passage from the Book of Common Prayer 1662, to be chosen from one of the following:

  • Set of Collect, Epistle and Gospel for any Sunday or Holy Day
  • Passage consisting of one or more psalms and/or canticles
  • Passage from services of Morning or Evening Prayer, Holy Communion, Baptism, or Burial (excluding the Absolution, Blessing or Prayer of Consecration or other material appropriate for speaking by a priest)
  • Passage from the Catechism, Special Prayers and Thanksgivings, the Litany or Forms of Prayer to be used at sea
D23 The Book of Common Prayer – age 15 to 18 Requirements as for Class D22
D24 Shakespeare Solo – age 18 and under Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 4 minutes
D25 Shakespeare Solo – Open – Novice Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 3 minutes
D26 Drama Solo – age 11 and under Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D27 Drama Solo – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D28 Drama Solo – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D29 Drama Solo – Open – Novice Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D30 Solo Improvisation – age 18 and under An improvisation, with or without speech, on a theme set by the adjudicator – limit 3 minutes plus up to a minute for preparation.
Group Drama Winners
Group Drama Winners
Acting Duologue 12-14 Winners
Acting Duologue 12-14 Winners
Class Number Class Choice
Duologues
D31 Drama Duologue – age 11 and under Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D32 Drama Duologue – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D33 Drama Duologue – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D34 Shakespeare Duologue – age 18 & under Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 5 minutes
D35 Group Acting – age 18 and under Own Choice piece from a published play with not less than 3 players – limit 5 minutes
D36 Devised Drama Solo – age 13 and under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • exploringthe zoothe phone call. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D37 Devised Drama Solo – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • two wrongs don’t make a rightit’s only a rehearsalwhy did you do that?. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D38 Devised Drama Solo – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a chaira brooma sunhat . The object must be used in the performance and be provided by the performer. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D39 Devised Drama Duologue – age 13 & under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • bad resultsmy special daythe concert. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D40 Devised Drama Duologue – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • are you serious?it’s the best game ever!don’t give up now. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D41 Devised Drama Duologue – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a mobile phonea backpacka wooden spoon. The object must be used in performance and be provided by the performers. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D42 Devised Drama Group – age 13 & under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • lostthe surprisethe parade. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D43 Devised Drama Group – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • it’s full of £50 notesOK, who speaks Arabic here?don’t get too near it. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D44 Devised Drama Group – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • put that down nowgreat, it’s not lockedI don’t believe it. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D45 Public Speaking – age 11 and under A talk on any subject to last no longer than 2 minutes. Visual aids may be used
D46 Public Speaking – age 12 to 14 A talk on any subject to last no longer than 4 minutes. Visual aids may be used
D47 Public Speaking – age 15 to 18 A talk on any subject to last no longer than 5 minutes. Visual aids may be used
D48 Musical Theatre – Solo – age 11 and under Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Alan Menken and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D49 Musical Theatre – Solo – age 12 to 14 Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Elton John and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D49 Musical Theatre – Solo – age 15 to 18 Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D50 Musical Theatre – Duetsage 11 and under Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Alan Menken and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D51  Musical Theatre – Duetsage 12 to 14 Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Elton John and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D51 Musical Theatre – Duetsage 15 to 18 Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D52 Musical Theatre – Groups – age 13 and under Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D52 Musical Theatre – Groups – age 14 to 18 Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Stephen Sondheim and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
Sonnet Speaking Class Winner
Sonnet Speaking Class Winner
Most Promising Performer in Speech and Drama
Most Promising Performer in Speech and Drama