Speech and Drama Classes –  Sunday 22nd March 2020

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 available for accompanying music. A cd player and speaker 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. In addition, on the day, they must confirm their child is fit and well to perform.
  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. On the day spectator fees will be £5 for adults and £3 for children (8 years and above).
  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 2020 Speech and Drama entries is Friday 13th December 2019.

NEW FOR 2020.

There will be a £10 prize for the winners of Class D2 Verse Speaking Age 9 & under and Class D31, Drama Duologue Age 15 – 18. Please note a minimum of three entrants per class is required for the prize to be awarded.

A new class for 2020 is Global Citizen Poet – Open; any poem on the subject of living in today’s world. Also another class in the Musical Theatre section, an Open – solo, duet or group class using any composer.

Class Number Class Choice
D1 Nursery Rhymes – Age 7 and under Own choice of two nursery rhymes – limit 1 minute
D2 Verse Speaking – Age 9 and under Any poem by Laura Dockerill – limit 1 minute
D3 Verse Speaking – Age 10 to 11 Any poem by Joseph Coehlo – limit 1 minute
D4 Verse Speaking – Age 12 to 14 Any poem by Sarah Crossan – limit 2 minutes
D5 Verse Speaking – Age 15 to 18 Any poem by C P Cavafy – 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 Global Citizen Poets – Open Own Choice of any poem on the subject of living in today’s world – limit 2 minutes
D9 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 11 and under Own Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D10 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D11 Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from memory – limit 4 minutes
D12 Prepared Reading – age 9 and under Any book by Atinuke – limit 150 words
D13 Prepared Reading – age 10 to 11 Any book by Berlie Doherty – limit 200 words
D14 Prepared Reading – age 12 to 14 Any book by Maurice Gleitzman – limit 250 words
D15 Prepared Reading – age 15 to 18 Any book by Juno Dawson – limit 250 words
D16 Sonnet Speaking – Open
Own choice of any sonnet
D17 Sight Reading – age 13 & under To read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D18 Sight Reading – age 14 to 18 To read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D19 Public Speaking – Open A speech on any subject to last no longer than 4 minutes. Visual aids may be used.
D20 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
D21 The Book of Common Prayer – age 18 and under
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
 

 

D22 Shakespeare Solo – age 18 and under Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 4 minutes
D23 Shakespeare Solo – Open – Novice Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 3 minutes
D24 Drama Solo – age 11 and under Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D25 Drama Solo – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D26 Drama Solo – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D27 Drama Solo – Open – Novice Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D28 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.
Shakespeare Solo 2019
Shakespeare Solo 2019
Acting Duologue 11 & under Winners 2019
Acting Duologue 11 & under Winners 2019
Class Number Class Choice
D29 Drama Duologue – age 11 and under Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D30 Drama Duologue – age 12 to 14 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D31 Drama Duologue – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D32 Shakespeare Duologue – age 18 & under Own Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 5 minutes
D33 Group Acting – age 18 and under Own Choice piece from a published play with not less than 3 players – limit 5 minutes
D34 Devised Drama Solo – age 13 and under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • autumn afternoona secret placethe walk. 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.
D35 Devised Drama Solo – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: •and then we saw itoh, now I get itof course we’re allowed . 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.
D36 Devised Drama Solo – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a bucketa torcha tennis ball . 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.
D37 Devised Drama Duologue – age 13 & under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • the last timethe accidentthe lift journey. 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.
D38 Devised Drama Duologue – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • I don’t trust themnot my faultthis is the plan . 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.
D39 Devised Drama Duologue – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a wellington boota cardboard boxa feather duster. 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.
D40 Devised Drama Group – age 13 & under Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • the adventure park partythe sleepoverthe nightmare. 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.
D41 Devised Drama Group – age 14 to 18 Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • wait!no chanceit could be fun. 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.
D42 Devised Drama Group – Open – Novice Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • this is your big idea?top marksit’s not my best. 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.
D43 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 any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D44 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 either Hairspray, Matilda, School of Rock or Wicked. and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D45 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 either Chicago, Cabaret, Avenue Q or Dear Evan Hansen and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D46 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 any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D47  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 either Hairspray, Matilda, School of Rock or Wicked and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D48 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 either Chicago, Cabaret, Avenue Q or Dear Evan Hansen and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D49 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.
D50 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 Lin-Manuel Miranda and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D51 Musical Theatre – Solo, Duet, Group – Open 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 any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
War Poems Class Winner 2019
War Poems Class Winner 2019
Most Promising Performer in Speech and Drama 2019
Most Promising Performer in Speech and Drama 2019