Speech and Drama

Provisional speech and drama class dates at St Andrew’s School, Horsell, are: 14th November and 21st November

  • The age of performers is reckoned as on 1st September.
  • Performers should speak from memory except in ‘reading’ classes.
  • Any singers using a pre-recorded backing track (to which they have public performing rights) should provide their own playback equipment, which should be a single unit. The track must not include vocals. The time needed to set the equipment up should be included in the overall timing. Microphones may not be used.
  • Suitability of choice will be taken into account. (See regulation 6.)

Junior English Art Song and Speech Class: under 19yrs
Speech and Drama entrants may wish to enter this class where both singing and the spoken word are adjudicated. See class B9 in vocal section for details.

Time limits must be adhered to in fairness to all — we do not wish to stop performers so please do not choose pieces that extend beyond the time limit.

Verse Speaking  –  Prose Reading  –  Solo Acting  –  Reading  –  Group or Choral Speaking, Group Drama & Duologues

Public Speaking & Improvisation  –  Musical Theatre 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we cannot know at present in what form the Festival will be able to place, or if at all.

Given the appreciable chance that it will not be possible to hold the Festival in a public venue, the committee is investigating on-line options. Details of these will be published here if and when something is set up, probably towards the end of August.

Whatever restrictions have been lifted by November, it seems almost certain that choirs, orchestras and groups will still not be permitted, so these classes will not be offered this year unless the Festival goes on-line. They are listed in the syllabus for reference for future years, and indicated in purple. Even classes not so indicated may be prohibited and the committee reserves the right to reject entries where they believe that the regulations might be contravened or individuals’ health jeopardised.

Please come back here for the latest information or contact the section secretary.

Almost all the set poems are available online via the links.

S1: Verse Speaking – under 8yrs
One from:
My Pet Mouse – David Whitehead
Butterfly and Crocodile – Butterfly and Crocodile
The Swing – Robert Louis Stevenson
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

S2: Verse Speaking – 8yrs
One from:
Ready, Steady, Moo – June Crebbin (The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems)
Dear Spider – Angela Topping
Dog – Ted Hughes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

S3: Verse Speaking – 9yrs
One from:
The New House – Gareth Owen (“The Works 2” chosen by Brian Moses and Pie Corbett, pub. Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Dark – James Carter
King of the Dinosaurs – Aoife Mannix
Fee: £6
The Othon Polak Cup

S4: Verse Speaking – 10-11yrs
One from:
The Language of Cat – Rachel Rooney
The Sound Collector – Roger McGough
Goldilocks on CCTV – John Agard
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

S5: Verse Speaking – 12-13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6

S6: Verse Speaking – 14-15yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6

S7: Verse Speaking – 16-18yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

S8: Verse Speaking – over 18yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £8

S9: Sonnet – 13-18yrs
Own choice.
Fee: £7

S10a: Humorous Verse Speaking – 8-9yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

S10b: Humorous Verse Speaking – 10-11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6
Festival Medal

S11a: Humorous Verse Speaking – 12-13yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6
The Bradly Cup for the best performance of S11a-d.

S11b: Humorous Verse Speaking – 14-15yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 2 minutes
Fee: £6
The Bradly Cup for the best performance of S11a-d.

S11c: Humorous Verse Speaking – 16-18yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7
The Bradly Cup for the best performance of S11a-d.

S11d: Humorous Verse Speaking – over 18yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7
The Bradly Cup for the best performance of S11a-d.

S12: Prose Reading – 10-12yrs
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7
The Boroughs Cup

S13: Prose Reading – 13-15yrs
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

 

S14: Prose Reading – 16-18yrs
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S15: Prose Reading – over 18yrs
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S16a: Solo Acting – 7-9yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S16b: Solo Acting – 10-11yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S17a: Solo Acting – 12-14yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S17b: Solo Acting – 15-16yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S17c: Solo Acting – 17-18yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S18: Solo Acting – over 18yrs
Perform a speech from a play (except Shakespeare) or dramatisation from a novel of own choice. Selections must be scripted scenes taken from published works.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S19a: Solo Acting – Shakespeare – under 18yrs
Own choice of speech or scene for one character only.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S19b: Solo Acting – Shakespeare – 18yrs and over
Own choice of speech or scene for one character only.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S20: Poetry Reading – 13-17yrs
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

S21: Poetry Reading – 18yrs and over
Own choice. Excluding drama.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £8

S22: Dramatic Reading – 13-18yrs
Own choice excluding Shakespeare. A speech for ONE character only as a dramatic reading. NOT memorised nor acted.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

S23: Bible Reading – 11-12yrs
Own choice from King James’ or Revised Standard Version or Jerusalem Bible.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

 

S24: Bible Reading – 13-14yrs
Own choice from King James’ or Revised Standard Version or Jerusalem Bible.
Time limit: 3 minutes
Fee: £7

S25: Bible Reading – 15-17yrs
Own choice from King James’ or Revised Standard Version or Jerusalem Bible.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

S26: Bible Reading – 18yrs and over
Own choice from King James’ or Revised Standard Version or Jerusalem Bible.
Time limit: 4 minutes
Fee: £8

NB: A performer may only appear once within any one particular class, duologue, group speaking etc. where age limits overlap.

S27a: Group or Choral Speaking – 6-9yrs
No fewer than four nor more than thirty in the group.
Own choice poetry or prose.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group or choral speaking class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £15
The St Teresa Cup for the best performance of S27a, S27b and S28.

S27b: Group or Choral Speaking – 9-14yrs
No fewer than four nor more than thirty in the group.
Own choice poetry or prose.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group or choral speaking class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £15
The St Teresa Cup for the best performance of S27a, S27b and S28.

S28: Group or Choral Speaking – 14-18yrs
No fewer than four nor more than thirty in the group.
Own choice poetry or prose.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group or choral speaking class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 10 minutes
Fee: £15
The St Teresa Cup for the best performance of S27a, S27b and S28.

S29a: Group Drama – 6-9yrs
Own choice including Shakespeare. Selections must be scripted scenes from published works or rehearsed scenes from improvised work devised in class. No scenery, minimum make-up and limited costume and hand props may be used.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group drama class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 12 minutes
Fee: £15
The Mansfield Speech and Drama Cup for the best performance of S29a, S29b and S29c.

S29b: Group Drama – 9-14yrs
Own choice including Shakespeare. Selections must be scripted scenes from published works or rehearsed scenes from improvised work devised in class. No scenery, minimum make-up and limited costume and hand props may be used.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group drama class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 12 minutes
Fee: £15
The Mansfield Speech and Drama Cup for the best performance of S29a, S29b and S29c.

S29c: Group Drama – 14yrs-18yrs
Own choice including Shakespeare. Selections must be scripted scenes from published works or rehearsed scenes from improvised work devised in class. No scenery, minimum make-up and limited costume and hand props may be used.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one group drama class, where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 12 minutes
Fee: £15
The Mansfield Speech and Drama Cup for the best performance of S29a, S29b and S29c.

S30a: Duologues – 8-10yrs
A small table and chairs will be provided. Appropriate costumes may be worn, but only hand props are allowed.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one duologue class where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10
Festival Medal

S30b: Duologues – 10-14yrs
A small table and chairs will be provided. Appropriate costumes may be worn, but only hand props are allowed.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one duologue class where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10
The Speech and Drama Duologue Shield for the best performance of S30b, S30c and S30d.

S30c: Duologues – 14-17yrs
A small table and chairs will be provided. Appropriate costumes may be worn, but only hand props are allowed.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one duologue class where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10
The Speech and Drama Duologue Shield for the best performance of S30b, S30c and S30d.

S30d: Duologues – 18yrs and over
A small table and chairs will be provided. Appropriate costumes may be worn, but only hand props are allowed.
NB: A performer may only appear once within any one duologue class where age limits overlap.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10
The Speech and Drama Duologue Shield for the best performance of S30b, S30c and S30d.

S31a: Public Speaking – 9-11yrs
A talk on any subject of own choice. Notes may be used – but not a full script. No visual aids.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8
Festival medal

S31b: Public Speaking – 12-14yrs
A talk on any subject of own choice. Notes may be used – but not a full script. No visual aids.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

S31c: Public Speaking – 15-16yrs
A talk on any subject of own choice. Notes may be used – but not a full script. No visual aids.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £8

S32a: Public Speaking – 17-18yrs
A talk on any subject of own choice. Notes may be used – but not a full script. No visual aids.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10

S32b: Public Speaking – 19yrs and over
A talk on any subject of own choice. Notes may be used – but not a full script. No visual aids.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £10

S33a: Improvisation Duologue – 10-14 yrs
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10

S33b: Improvisation Duologue – 14-17 yrs
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10

S33c: Improvisation Duologue – 17yrs and over
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10

S33d: Improvisation Duologue – any age
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £10

S34a: Group Improvisation – 10-14yrs
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £15

S34b: Group Improvisation – 14-17yrs
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £15

S34c: Group Improvisation – 17yrs and over
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £15

S34d: Group Improvisation – any age
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £15

S35a: Musical Theatre Solo – under 8yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S35b: Musical Theatre Solo – 8-11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S35c: Musical Theatre Solo – 12-17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S35d: Musical Theatre Solo – 18yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S36a: Musical Theatre Duet – under 8yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S36b: Musical Theatre Duet – 8-11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 5 minutes
Fee: £7
Festival Medal

S36c: Musical Theatre Duet – 12-17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S36d: Musical Theatre Duet – 18yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 6 minutes
Fee: £8

S37a: Musical Theatre Group – under 8yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £10

S37b: Musical Theatre Group – 8-11yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 8 minutes
Fee: £10

S37c: Musical Theatre Group – 12-17yrs
Own choice.
Time limit: 12 minutes
Fee: £15

S37d: Musical Theatre Group – 18yrs and over
Own choice.
Time limit: 12 minutes
Fee: £15