Speech

Adjudicator: Mia Ball BA(Hons),PGVS,LGSM,PGCA Closing date for entries: 1st December 2020
Venue: Park Community School, Havant, PO9 4BU
* Please send entries/titles to:
Pat Bamborough
Dates:6th & 7th Feb 202123 Lovage Road, Whiteley, Fareham, PO15 7NE
* Online entry available here

Mia Ball has been involved with drama since the age of nine.  She studied for her LGSM while reading for an Honours degree in English, and then worked for BBC Radio drama.  Having a family encouraged her to go into teaching and she has taught A Level and GCSE Drama, directed plays, and prepared students for grade examinations in several independent schools.  She holds the MA in Voice Studies from the Central School and now examines for LAMDA, running workshops and teachers’ courses in the UK and abroad and also prepares students for the LAMDA Teachers’ Diploma.  Mia has been a member of the adjudicators’ panel of the British and International Federation of Festivals for over thirty years.  She has worked at many of the Festivals in the UK and adjudicates regularly in Hong Kong.

PLEASE NOTE:

In addition to the main Rules & Regulations, the following rules now apply to the Speech & Drama section.

Please read these carefully as there are some changes this year.

  1. Performers MUST comply with time limits.  Failure to keep within the time limits set will mean that the performer will be adjudicated only.  Time Limits as specified in the syllabus will be strictly adhered to.
  2. A music system will be provided but teachers will be expected to play their own music.  All music must be on CD if you wish to use the equipment provided by PMF.  If teachers wish to use their own equipment that is also permitted.  If you require a piano etc., this MUST be specified on the entry form so that adequate arrangements can be made to provide such.   Requests made on the day will be declined.
  3. Pre-recorded music used in any class where singing is a part of the performance must not include any singing or chanting anywhere on the recording.
  4. Costume and costume suggestion are NOT permitted.  It is suggested that participants in acting classes wear their Drama School uniform or an “all black” practice outfit to avoid any confusion.
  5. Essential props only are permitted.  (Please note if an item of clothing has a specific use within the acting piece it may be worn as an essential prop e.g. a hat worn to denote character such as a witch would be deemed costume suggestion and is not allowed but a hat which is removed in the scene for a specific purpose would be considered an essential prop.  Any prop which could not be effectively mimed would also be considered as an essential prop e.g. a wand which is held and used throughout the performance)
  6. Classes which include singing in the performance should not be predominantly a vocal performance with little dialogue.  There should be sufficient dialogue to lead smoothly into the song and there should be a balanced performance with spoken words and song – not necessarily equal but it must be remembered that this is the Speech & Drama Section and not Vocal or Choral.
  7. No performance should contain any swearing or obscene language.  (If you are in any doubt about whether a word or phrase would be considered “swearing or obscene language” or could cause embarrassment or offence to an audience member it is advised that you omit or change the relevant words.  Please remember that there may be young children in the audience and even mild swearing is therefore unacceptable.) See note below.
  8. Performers should avoid using material unsuitable for the age of the performer.  (This does not necessarily relate to the age of the character being portrayed – many young children choose to perform speeches or songs originally performed by adults e.g. Mary Poppins.  The concerns are rather with younger children performing work which contains, for example inappropriate sexual references, or explicit references to violence etc.) In group items the material performed should be suitable for the youngest members of the group even if they are not on stage at the time as they will still be exposed to inappropriate material.  See note below.
  9. No performer may perform the same piece in more than one class.
  10. No performer may perform the same piece in different years.
  11. Performers older than 17 on 1st September 2020 are regarded as adults.

Note: No performance should contain swearing or obscene language or any reference which could cause embarrassment or offence.  Any performance that breaks this rule will be immediately disqualified and the performer may, at the discretion of the section head, be required to withdraw from further classes in that section.  (See rules 6 & 7 above.)

Please see the full rules and regulations here.

Enter online below under Subcategories


Character Study

Own choice portraying one character from any book or play excluding plays written exclusively by Shakespeare. Spoken from memory. A copy of the script is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward. No costume and essential props only. (Please see Rules 4 & 5 in the Speech syllabus)


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Character Study & Song

Own choice portraying one character from any musical to include acting, dialogue, singing & movement where appropriate. Performed from memory. A copy of the script is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward No costume and essential props only. (Please see Rules 4, 5 & 6 in the Speech syllabus)


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Nursery Rhyme

Entrants are to speak from memory one Nursery Rhyme of their own choice. A copy of the Nursery Rhyme is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward.


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Poetry Composition

Original composition. To be submitted with entry. Writer of the winning entries will be given an opportunity to read their poems at the time of adjudication. (A representative may read the poem if the writer prefers.)


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Prepared Prose Reading

Entrants are to read an extract of their own choice. A copy of the extract is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward.


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Religious Reading

Entrants are to read an extract from any version of any religious text of their own choice. A copy of the extract is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward.


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Shakespeare Solo

Own choice portraying one character from any of Shakespeare’s plays. The play chosen should be written by Shakespeare alone and not by Shakespeare in conjunction with any other writer. Spoken from memory. A copy of the script is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward. No costume and essential props only. (Please see Rules 4 & 5 n the Speech syllabus)


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Sight Reading

Adjudicator’s choice. PLEASE ADD A FIGURE UP TO 30 MIN IN THE MINUTES SECTION TO ALLOW THE FORM TO PROCESS.


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Verse Reading

Entrants are to recite from memory one poem of their own choice. A copy of the poem is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward.


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Verse Speaking

Entrants are to recite from memory one poem of their own choice. A copy of the poem is to be given to the adjudicator’s steward.


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SD811 years £7.00
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SD912 years £7.00