Speech, Drama and Mime
Welcome to the 2024 Hastings Musical Festival Syllabus for Speech, Drama and Mime.
Thank you to all who took part in our 2023 Festival. We were pleased that the number of our entries overtook pre-pandemic levels and we enjoyed a very happy Festival with our adjudicator Vivienne Cunningham.
We are looking forward to welcoming Ann Bauer back to adjudicate in 2024, and we are delighted to be able to say that there will be trophies to be won in all classes for those aged under 19 in Speech Solos, Humorous Verse, Dramatic Monologue, Dramatic Duologue and Mime.
Read the Syllabus carefully as there are two brand new classes and adjustments have been made to some others in relation to age limits and School Year groupings.
There are over seventy Speech, Drama and Mime classes to choose from, and there are some special trophies encompassing all age groups for aggregate marks across two or three of the four genres: Poetry, Prose, Monologue and Mime; so you may wish to consider combinations of entries to give yourself opportunities to achieve these additional awards. There are also two aggregate awards for those aged under 13 for combinations of entries in Speech with Piano or Singing, and Speech with Dance.
If you are aged 19 or over or are a previous Silver Medal winner, do give serious thought to making an entry in the Speech Gold Medal class. Although, in this class, 90 must be achieved to be awarded the medal, there will be a cash prize of £150 for a winning mark of 87 or more.
Before looking at the Speech, Drama and Mime Syllabus, please go to the Combined Syllabus where you will find the General Rules, which are applicable to all sections, and information about our Special Trophies.
If you have any queries, contact Deirdre Goodger, the Section Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shakespeare, in Hamlet, Act lll, Scene 2, has some good advice to those entering this Section:
"Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus: but use all gently."
To view the Combined Syllabus click here (opens a new window).
Creative Performance - Ensemble
Creative Performance - Solo
Reading at Sight
Ann Bauer EdD, MEd, BA(Hons), LRAM, LGSM, PGCE, DipSpLD
Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years. Ann is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.
She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, creativity and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.
In addition, Ann works in consultancy, advocacy, and writing in Special Educational Needs, she has, for many years, been a specialist teacher in this field.
In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, enjoys theatre going, precious time with her family, and walking: shorter distances as well as long distance back-packing treks.