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Are you a budding actor or do you enjoy speaking beautiful poetry and entertaining prose? Perhaps you fancy yourself as the next Marcel Marceau? Whatever your skill there is a class for you in this Section. Perform a monologue or join with others to offer a duologue or even a short play. NEW this year is a class for a Parent and Child Duologue. There are opportunities to perform your own original verse and the Devised Physical Theatre Class offers a wide range of own choice options.


The Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals are always hotly contested, and offer a wonderful showcase for the best of best.

Entries open on 1st October and you can upload your video performances any time before 31st January 2021. For more information see the 2021 Virtual Festival Tab.

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Classes


Reading at sight will not be available this year due to Covid restrictions.

SPEECH SOLO
4016 Speech (Age 4 Years and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
4 and younger
Own Choice: Verse.
No time limit.
4020 Speech (School Years 1 & 2)
Set piece: 'Wind on the Hill' by A.A. Milne From: Now We Are Six Methuen
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 1 to Year 2
 
4024 Speech (School Years 3 & 4)
Set piece: 'Escape at Bedtime' by Robert Louis Stevenson From: A Poem for Every Night of the Year MacMillan Children's Books
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 3 to Year 4
 
4028 Speech (School Years 5 & 6)
Set piece: 'The Sounds in the Evening' by Eleanor Farjeon From: A Poem for Every Night of the Year MacMillan Children's Books
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 5 to Year 6
 
4032 Speech (School Years 7 & 8)
Set piece: 'Nobody Knows' by Rachel Rooney From: A Poem for Every Night of the Year MacMillan Children's Books
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
 
4036 Speech (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Set piece: 'The Fawn' by Edna St Vincent Millay From: A Poem for Every Night of the Year MacMillan Children's Books
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
 
4038 Speech Sonnet (Any Age)
Fee   ₤5.00
A class in Memory of Molly Townson who loved to write poetry, including sonnets.

Own Choice of Sonnet in the traditional Italian or English style.
No time limit.
4040 Speech Share-a-Poem 2 persons (Any age)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Up to 2.5 mins
Own Choice.
Some movement allowed. No costumes.
4044 Speech Prose Speaking (School Year 2 and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 2 and under
Up to 1 min
Own Choice
4048 Speech Prose Speaking (School Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Set piece: An extract from any book by Dick King-Smith
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 3 to Year 6
Up to 2 mins
 
4052 Speech Prose Speaking (School Years 7 & 8)
Set piece: An extract from any book written for children by Neil Gaiman
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 2.5 mins
 
4056 Speech Prose Speaking (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Set piece: An extract from any book by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 2.5 mins
 
4058 Speech Prose Speaking (Age 16 and Under 19)
Set piece: An extract from any book by E.M. Forster
Fee   ₤5.00
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 3 mins
 
4060 Speech Prose Speaking (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤5.00
19 and older
Up to 3 mins

An extract from 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver
HUMOROUS VERSE
The rule stating 'Not to be acted' indicates that there can be moderate use of gesture and body language but no movement of the feet.
4065 Speech Humorous Verse (School Year 2 and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 2 and under
Up to 2 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4068 Speech Humorous Verse (School Years 3 & 4)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 3 to Year 4
Up to 2 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4072 Speech Humorous Verse (School Years 5 & 6)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 5 to Year 6
Up to 2 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4084 Speech Humorous Verse (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 2.5 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4092 Speech Humorous Verse (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 2.5 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4096 Speech Humorous Verse or Prose (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤5.00
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
4100 Speech Humorous Verse or Prose (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤5.00
19 and older
Up to 4 mins

Own Choice: Speech, not to be acted.
DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES
A Monologue is an acted speech for one from a play but not a song or poem from a musical.

Modern dress only but a suggestion of costume is allowed. A small table and chairs as available may be used in dramatic items. A small hand held prop is allowed.
4116 Dramatic Monologue (School Year 6 and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 6 and under
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice: Other than Shakespeare

4120 Dramatic Monologue (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Other than Shakespeare.
4124 Dramatic Monologue (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Other than Shakespeare.
4128 Dramatic Monologue (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤5.00
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Other than Shakespeare.
4130 Dramatic Monologue (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤5.00
19 and older
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Other than Shakespeare.
4132 Dramatic Monologue - Shakespeare (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: From Shakespeare.
4136 Dramatic Monologue - Shakespeare (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: From Shakespeare.
4138 Dramatic Monologue - Shakespeare (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤5.00
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: From Shakespeare
4140 Dramatic Monologue - Shakespeare (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤5.00
19 and older
Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: From Shakespeare.
CREATIVE PERFORMANCE - SOLO
 
4148 Speech Original Verse (School Year 6 and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 6 and under
Up to 2 mins
Own Choice: As written and spoken or read.
4152 Speech Original Verse (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice: As written and spoken or read.
4154 Speech Original Verse (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice: As written and spoken or read.
4156 Speech Original Verse (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤5.00
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice: As written and spoken or read.
4158 Speech Original Verse (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤5.00
19 and older
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice: As written and spoken or read.
SPEECH MEDALS
The winner of a Bronze Medal may enter for the Silver Medal and the winner of a Silver Medal may enter for the Gold Medal even if under the minimum age for the class, but not in the same year.
4160 Speech Bronze Medal (Age 11 and Under 15)
Set piece: 'The Kingfisher' by W.H. Davies From: I Like This Poem edited by Kaye Webb Puffin Books
Award: BRONZE MEDAL
Fee   ₤8.00
Age between 11 and 14
 
4164 Speech Silver Medal (Age 15 and Under 19)
Set piece: a) 'O What Is That Sound' by W.H. Auden From: Poetry Please Faber and Faber b) Own contrasting choice of verse: not to exceed 3 minutes
Award: SILVER MEDAL
Fee   ₤11.00
Age between 15 and 18
 
4168 Speech Gold Medal (Age 19 and Over)
Set piece: a) 'To Autumn' by John Keats From: Poetry Please Faber & Faber b) Own choice verse or prose, not from a play. Not to exceed 4 minutes.
Award: GOLD MEDAL for a winning mark of 90
Fee   ₤14.00
19 and older
Qualification for this class would be Grade 8 of a recognised Speech and Drama Examination Board or at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
DRAMATIC DUOLOGUES
Modern dress only but a suggestion of costume is allowed. A small table and chairs as available may be used in dramatic items. A small hand held prop is allowed.

In Duologues, any minimum age limit applies only to the elder partner, but the younger must not perform in any other age group of an exactly similar class.
4172 Dramatic Duologue - Shakespeare (School Year 11 and Under)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 11 and under
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Any duologue from Shakespeare
4176 Dramatic Duologue - Shakespeare (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: any duologue from Shakespeare.
4178 Dramatic Duologue - Shakespeare (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
19 and older
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: any duologue from Shakespeare.
4179 Dramatic Duologue (Parent and Child)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel.
4180 Dramatic Duologue (School Year 6 and Under)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 6 and under
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel .
4184 Dramatic Duologue (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel.
4188 Dramatic Duologue (School Years 9,10 & 11)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel .
4192 Dramatic Duologue (Age 16 and Under 19)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Age between 16 and 18
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel.
4196 Dramatic Duologue (Age 19 and Over)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
19 and older
Up to 5 mins

Own Choice: Duologue from any play (other than Shakespeare) or adaptation from a novel.
DRAMATIC SHAKESPEARE
Modern dress only but a suggestion of costume is allowed. A small table and chairs as available may be used in dramatic items. Small hand held props are allowed.
4204 Dramatic Shakespeare Scene (Any Age)
Fee   ₤10.00 per group
Group of 3 to 20 people
Up to 10 mins

Own Choice: an enactment of any scene from Shakespeare. No fewer than three speaking parts.
CREATIVE PERFORMANCE - ENSEMBLE
4214 Creative Performance - Devised Physical Theatre (Any Age)
Fee   ₤10.00 per group
Group of 2 to 20 people
Up to 15 mins

This class may include elements of physical theatre, dance drama, street theatre, stage combat, comedy sketch, mask work, choral speaking and group mime, based on a theme of your own choice.

Modern dress only but a suggestion of costume is allowed. Significant hand props may be used. Live or recorded music may be used.
SHORT PLAYS
Any short original or published play or excerpt from a published play by any author - duration 30 minutes. Maximum 20 players.

Costumes and make-up are allowed but should be kept to a minimum. Small props such as a table, chairs etc. and hand props permitted.

4240 Short Play (Any Age)
Fee   ₤10.00 per group
Group of 2 to 20 people
Up to 30 mins

Own Choice: a one act play or scene(s) from a play other than Shakespeare.
MIME
Performers must mime a piece of their own choice without audible articulation. The subject of the mime must be descriptive and announced by the performer. Make-up is not permitted. Costume is not permitted for any mime class. No scenery other than curtains. No properties whatsoever, not even hand props. Chairs and tables as available may be used.
4252 Mime Solo (School Year 6 and Under)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 6 and under
Up to 3 mins
Own Choice
4256 Mime Solo (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice
4260 Mime Solo (School Years 9, 10 &11)
Fee   ₤5.00
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice
4262 Mime Solo (Any Age)
Fee   ₤5.00
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice
4264 Mime Duologue (School Year 6 and Under)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 6 and under
Up to 4 mins
Own Choice
4268 Mime Duologue (School Years 7 & 8)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 7 to Year 8
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice
4270 Mime Duologue (School Years 9, 10 & 11)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Year 9 to Year 11
Up to 5 mins
Own Choice
4272 Mime Duologue (Any Age)
Fee   ₤6.00 per group
Group of 2 people
Up to 5 mins

Own Choice

Adjudicators

Adjudicator

Jean-Marc Perret

 

 

 

Jean-Marc trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Main Theatre credits include: Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep, Derby Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Numerous TV & Film appearances include playing Prince Caspian in the successful BBC Bafta nominated series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Revelation (Romulus Films) with Terence Stamp and Ron Moody. Jean-Marc made recent appearances in This Is Us (Season 2) for NBC as well as the US series American Woman (Warner Bros). Whilst working in Los Angeles, Jean-Marc attended the Oscars 2017 ceremony at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jean-Marc is an Examiner for the London College of Music (Drama / Communication & Musical Theatre) and teaches pupils on a peripatetic basis. Jean-Marc previously examined for LAMDA (10yrs) and Trinity College, London (2yrs). He gained a Licenciate Acting/Teaching diploma in 1996. Adjudication events include: Watford Festival, LCM (Hong Kong Speech Festival) Lagan Festival, Ireland and Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech & Drama.

Alongside these commitments, Jean-Marc trained as a certified British Academy of Dramatic Combat fight instructor and used this skill to help choreograph and perform in sword fights for projects such as Disney’s blockbuster film Cinderella (2015). He played D’Artagnan for the London red carpet film premiere event for The Three Musketeers (2011) which starred Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz. Recently, Jean-Marc was guest performer at a World Cup and Commonwealth Fencing Champions Exhibition event celebrating 90 years of Fencing at The King’s School, Canterbury.