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Speech & Drama Classes

Saturday 24th February - Sunday 11th March 2018

Adjudicators: 

Vanessa Buckley LSDE STDS
Michelle Ruse BA PGCE QTLS

VANESSA BUCKLEY, in addition to being a passionate adjudicator, has been a performer herself from an early age. She runs her own school with students ranging from nursery to adults, teaching interviewing skills and working with people with speech difficulties, as well as speech, drama, music and dance. As a director and performer she has ‘trodden the boards’ in pantomime for 8 years. She has worked on a number of TV shows including ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Emmerdale’, and currently directs for the ‘Walk on Touring’ theatre company. She also promotes assemblies and workshops for schools on anti-bullying, and also runs courses on internet safeguarding, including speaking with politicians on the subject. She presents seminars at education shows, and was a presenter on Teachers TV.

MICHELLE RUSE performed in productions of ‘Grease’ as Sandy, and ‘Rocky Horror’ as Magenta and then worked as entertainments manager for First Choice hotels. She has worked for a range of educational establishments from pre-primary to degree level, and also in television, including productions of ‘Real Story’ and ‘Life on Mars’. She has been the musical theatre coordinator for Wakefield College, Leeds City College and lectured at Sheffield College, Barnsley College and CAPA. She is currently an Associate Member of the exam board for LAMDA, and is also an examiner and moderator for AQA Drama. She regularly offers workshops for teachers and educators on musical theatre training and teaching. She also regularly writes articles on musical theatre and is a published theatre critic. For the past two years she has been charge of the Barnsley round of auditions for ‘The Voice’.

SPEECH SECTION

  • All verse speaking to be performed from memory
  • All entrants are expected to dress appropriately (See Regulation 6)
  • Entrants who disregard these regulations are liable to be penalised

VERSE SPEAKING (SET POEMS) - PLEASE CONTACT katherine@watfordfestival.co.uk FOR COPIES OF SET POEMS

S0 Reception Year & Under   £10.00

New Shoes by Anon OR

Now Who Is This Knocking at Cottontail's Door? by Beatrix Potter OR

The Vulture by Hilaire Belloc

S1 School Year 1   £10.00

Storm by Roger McGough OR

Inside by Irene Yates OR

Old Hare Lucy by Jean Kenward

S2 School Year 2   £10.00

The Intruder by James Reeves OR

Dragon Into Dressing Gown by Russell Hoban OR

Upside Down by Aileen Fisher

S3 School Year 3   £10.50

Lone Dog by Irene McLeod OR

Summing Up by Nigel Gray OR

The Wild White Horses by Bertie Doherty

S4 School Year 4   £10.50

Boy With Kite by Phoebe Hesketh OR

Ella McStumping by Michael Dugan OR

The Dark by James Carter

S5 School Year 5   £10.50

I'm Alone in the Evening by Michael Rosen OR

Stage Fright by Ann Lewis OR

All the Things You Can Say to Places in the UK by Brian Moses

S6 School Year 6   £10.50

Tracey's Tree by Wes McGee OR

Leisure by William Henry Davies OR

The Serpent by Theodore Roethke

S7 School Year 7   £11.50

It's Not The Same Any More by Paul Cookson OR

Housing Scheme by Richard Church OR

At The Theatre (to the Lady Behind me) by A P Herbert

S8 School Year 8   £11.50

Blind Horse by Norman MacCaig OR

You'd Better Believe Him - a Fable by Brian Patten OR

Mr Philosopher by Robert Graves

S9 School Years 9 & 10   £11.50

The Hand That Signed the Paper by Dylan Thomas OR

The Race by Carol Ann Duffy OR

Snow in the Suburbs by Thomas Hardy

S10 School Years 11 — 13   £12.50

To Evoke Posterity by Robert Graves OR

The Send-off by Wilfred Owen OR

Children at Play by Elizabeth Jennings

VERSE SPEAKING (OWN CHOICE – But NOT a set poem listed above)

S11 Reception Year & Under 1 min £10.00
S12 School Year 1 1 min £10.00
S13 School Year 2 2 mins £10.00
S14 School Year 3 2 mins £10.50
S15 School Year 4 2 mins £10.50
S16 School Year 5 2 mins £10.50
S17 School Year 6 2 mins £10.50
S18 School Years 7 & 8 3 mins £11.50
S19 School Years 9 & 10 3 mins £11.50
S20 School Years 11 — 13 3 mins £12.50

SONNET (OWN CHOICE)

S21 School Years 9 & 10   £11.50
S22 School Years 11 — 13   £12.50

PROSE READING (OWN CHOICE)

  • The chosen piece of prose must be read from the book
S23 School Years 2 & Under 2 mins £10.00
S24 School Year 3 2 mins £10.50
S25 School Year 4 2 mins £10.50
S26 School Year 5 2 mins £10.50
S27 School Year 6 2 mins £10.50
S28 School Year 7 3 mins £11.50
S29 School Year 8 3 mins £11.50
S30 School Year 9 & 10 3 mins £11.50
S31 School Years 11 — 13 3 mins £12.50

STORYTELLING

  • Competitors to tell a story (known or invented) in their own words
  • No costumes
  • Props & visual aids permitted
S32 School Years 6 & Under 3 mins £10.50

PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Prepared speech / talk on any topic
  • Notes and visual aids permitted
S33 School Years 6 & Under 3 mins £10.50
S34 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £11.50
S35 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £12.50

SIGHT READING

  • Competitors are given a short prose passage to read aloud
  • 2 minutes are allowed for preparation
S36 School Years 3 & 4   £10.50
S37 School Years 5 & 6   £10.50
S38 School Years 7 — 9   £11.50
S39 School Years 10 — 13   £12.50

DRAMA SECTION

MIME

  • Own choice of subject
  • Practice clothes only to be worn (white or black shirt, blouse or T-shirt; black trousers or tights)
  • No music, costumes or hand props to be used
  • Solo - One stage block OR one chair is permitted
  • Duologue - Two stage blocks OR two chairs
  • A title should be announced but no introduction or verbal explanation given
  • Bare feet or soft footwear to be worn

Solo

S40 School Years 6 & Under 3 mins £10.50
S41 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £11.50
S42 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £12.50

Duologue

S43 School Years 6 & Under 4 mins £17.50
S44 School Years 7 — 9 5 mins £18.50
S45 School Years 10 — 13 5 mins £19.50

ACTING

  • All Own choice
  • All classes must be performed from memory – no script reading
  • Costume or Practice clothes (white or black shirt, blouse or T-shirt; black trousers or black skirt) should be worn. NB : No extra marks will be awarded for costume
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn to suit the character
  • Hand props and music may be used
  • Chairs and tables (also stage blocks at the Pump House) are provided

ELIZABETHAN, JACOBEAN OR RESTORATION

Solo

S46 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £11.50
S47 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £12.50

Duologue

S48 School Years 7 — 9 5 mins £18.50
S49 School Years 10 — 13 5 mins £19.50

SCENE FROM A PLAY, SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED PROSE OR MONOLOGUE

(excluding Elizabethan, Jacobean or Restoration)

Solo

S50 School Years 4 & Under 3 mins £10.50
S51 School Years 5 & 6 3 mins £10.50
S52 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £11.50
S53 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £12.50

Duologue

  • * Please see note 4.4 in Regulations & General Information
S54 School Years 4 & Under 4 mins £17.50
S55 School Years 5 & 6 4 mins £17.50
S56 School Years 7 — 9 5 mins £18.50
S57 School Years 10 — 13 5 mins £19.50

GROUPS

  • All Own choice with the exception of Prepared Group Improvisation (Classes S62 - S65)
  • All acting rules apply

GROUP ACTING (Scene from a play, screenplay or novel)

  • Minimum of three competitors
  • Script required for the adjudicator
S58 School Years 6 & Under 10 mins £55.00
S59 School Years 13 & Under 10 mins £60.00

GROUP ANTHOLOGY

  • Minimum of three competitors
  • Must use a combination of at least three of the following: music, dance, drama, mime, movement and verse
  • A script of running order/notes must be provided for the adjudicator
  • Must use material from more than one source, though the sources may all be by the same author
S60 School Years 6 & Under 10 mins £55.00
S61 School Years 13 & Under 10 mins £60.00

DEVISED SCENE

  • To prepare a scene inspired by one of the set titles
  • Groups of 3 – 8 persons
  • If an original script evolves through the rehearsal process this is permissible
S62 School Years 6 & Under 4 mins £44.00

New Arrival OR

The Fight

S63 School Years 9 & Under 5 mins £44.00

Virtual Reality OR

Stolen

S64 School Years 11 & Under 5 mins £48.00

Group Therapy OR

The Gamble

S65 School Years 13 & Under 5 mins £48.00

Blind date OR

Election!

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