Speech Syllabus

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Speech and Drama Syllabus 2019

  • Speech and Drama Section Open for Online entries. Click here.

  • Closing date for entries 3 December 2018

  • 9 March to 17 March 2019.

  • Prior’s Field School, Godalming

  • To enter using a paper entry form please contact section secretary

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  • All enquiries to Speech and Drama Secretary:

    Samantha Cooper Davidson
    40 Admiral Way
    Godalming
    Surrey
    GU7 1QN

    07795 005767

    speechgmf@gmail.com

  1. All performances must be by heart, except for Reading from Religious Texts, Narrative Reading and Reading for Adults.
  2. Each competitor in any Own Choice class should provide a printed or handwritten copy, for the Adjudicator BEFORE 1 FEBRUARY. Failure to do this may incur disqualification.
  3. Godalming Festival, through the British and International Federation of Festivals, has entered into an agreement with the Author’s Licensing & Collecting Society. This means that entrants do not have to seek copyright permission
  4. for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items performed, to a time limit of 10 minutes.
  5. ALL TITLES, AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS of Own Choice items should be submitted to the Secretary BEFORE 1 FEBRUARY.
  6. Entries may be refused if this information is not given.
  7. Performers & teachers may like to know that authors will now be directly reimbursed as a consequence of their works being performed at this Festival.
  8. Cups and trophies will be awarded to the best performance in classes where specified providing a mark of 84 or over has been gained. See note 9 of REGULATIONS regarding the return of Cups and Trophies.
  9. We would appreciate it if teachers would ensure that Own Choice material is suitable for a family festival.

Our Adjudicators: Ann Bauer and Jenny Thornton

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Ann Bauer

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, and has worked in mainstream education as a drama and English teacher, a SENCO and specialist teacher for pupils with SEN.

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, 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.

Currently Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs. She is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Drama skills are never far away in her strategies whichever subject she is teaching.

In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, and enjoys walking, theatre going and precious time with her family.

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Jenny Thornton

AGSM (teaching), ALAM (Acting and Public Speaking),Certificate in Education, LISTD, CDE (Dance)

Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.  Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in a large Comprehensive, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing. Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”.  She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology. Her most recent teaching experience is working in a state school as a peripatetic teacher as part of her “Outreach” programme extending the work of the Richmond Festival for which she is the secretary.

“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity.”

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Speech and Drama Classes and Prices

ReferenceClassTime LimitFee
Recitation
Verse Speaking - Set poem + Own Choice
SP01Verse Speaking Year 11½ minute£5.50
Set Poem: Tossing Pancakes by Nick Toczek
SP02Verse Speaking Year 21½ minute£5.50
Set Poem: Harvest by Joan Poulson
SP03Verse Speaking Year 31½ minute£5.50
Set Poem: The Witch by Percy Ilott
SP04Verse Speaking Year 41½ minute£5.50
Set Poem: At Night by Raymond McCormack
The ST HILARY'S CUP is awarded for the best performance in Verse Speaking up to Year 4
SP05Verse Speaking Year 52½ minutes£5.50
Set Poem: The Chinese Dragon by Catherine Benson
SP06Verse Speaking Year 62½ minutes£5.50
Set Poem: Skylark by Katrina Porteous
The CARDONALD CUP is awarded for the best performance in Verse Speaking Year 5 - 6
SP07Verse Speaking Year 73 minutes£6.50
Set Poem: Bewick Swans arrive at Ouse Water by Lynne Wycherley
SP08Verse Speaking Year 83 minutes£6.50
Set Poem: An Owl Flew in my Bedroom Once by Jan Dean
SP09Verse Speaking Year 9 /104 minutes£6.50
Set Poem: Song of a Hebrew by Danny Absee
SP10Verse Speaking Year 11-134 minutes£6.50
2 contrasting poems from the A Level Syllabus
The GERALD BARTLETT CUP is awarded for the best performance in Verse Speaking Year 7 - 13
Humorous Verse - Own choice to be taken from a text to be confirmed
SP11Humorous Verse Year 3 & 41½ minutes£5.50
SP12Humorous Verse Year 5 & 62½ minutes£5.50
SP13Humorous Verse Year 7 & 83 minutes£5.50
Year 9 - 13 Own choice from any suitable Anthology
SP14Humorous Verse Year 9 /103 minutes£5.50
SP15Humorous Verse Year 11-133 minutes£5.50
Recital
Competitors must create an Anthology of four to six poems in a presentation pack, which must be with the Speech Secretary no later than 1 February, in order to be sent in advance to the adjudicator.
The Anthology should be prepared either from one poet, or on a Theme (e.g. Trees) and, as part of the presentation, the competitor must introduce their Theme, explaining their choice.
One poem is to be chosen to be memorized and this should be clearly indicated.
An introduction should be given to the memorized poem (introductions & poem to be less than 5 mins), followed by a reading of a second poem chosen by the adjudicator (Introduction & reading again to be less than 5 mins).
Quality, balance, and presentation of BOTH PREPARED file AND performance will be taken into account.
SP16Recital Year 10 & under5 minutes£7.50
SP17Recital Year 11 - 135 minutes£7.50
The BURY'S CUP is awarded for the best performance in Recital Classes
Combined Verse & Prose
SP18Two or more members of the same family7 minutes£7.50
The performance should consist of two items, one verse and one prose, one of which must be memorized, while the other may be read - no dramatization.
In Choral Speech classes groups should comprise at least 12 members, NO CONDUCTOR on the day of the performance
One POEM and one EXTRACT OF PROSE, the two being CONTRASTING IN STYLE
SP19Choral Speech Year 6 & under6 minutes£12.50
SP20Choral Speech Year 9 & under8 minutes£15.50
SP21Choral Speech Year 13 & under8 minutes£15.50
The LYTLE CUP is awarded for the best performance for Choral Speech
Reading
Set Book - books only to be used, NO cards, OR kindles - UNLESS PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO HOLD A BOOK. NB: Time limit to be strictly observed.
Deletions from text may be made to fit time limit but must be clearly shown on copy for Adjudicator.
All competitors must be fluent readers and may enter both classes a and b for their Year Group.
SP22Set Book Reading Year 3a1½ minutes£5.50
Any Suitable Book by Jill Tomlinson
SP23Set Book Reading Year 3b1½ minutes£5.50
Set Book: Unusual Day or The Littlest Viking both by Sandi Toksvig
SP24Set Book Reading Year 4a1½ minutes£5.50
Any Suitable Book by A.A. Milne
SP25Set Book Reading Year 4b1½ minutes£5.50
Any Book from the Royal Rabbits of London series by Santa Montefiore & Simon Sebag Montefiore
SP26Set Book Reading Year 5a2 minutes£5.50
Set Book: 5 Children and IT by E Nesbitt
SP27Set Book Reading Year 5b2 minutes£5.50
Set Book: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
SP28Set Book Reading Year 6a2 minutes£5.50
Set Book: The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett
SP29Set Book Reading Year 6b2 minutes£5.50
Set Book: The Wizards of Once, Book 1 by Cressida Cowell
SP30Set Book Reading Year 7a3 minutes£6.50
Set Book: 3 Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
SP31Set Book Reading Year 7b3 minutes£6.50
Set Book: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
SP32Set Book Reading Year 8 - 9a3 minutes£6.50
Any Suitable Book by Paul Gallico
SP33Set Book Reading Year 8 - 9b3 minutes£6.50
Set Book: Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
SP34Set Book Reading Year 10 - 114 minutes£6.50
Set Book: The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraill
SP35Set Book Reading Year 12 - 134 minutes£6.50
Own choice from GCSE or A Level Syllabus
The MADDELENA TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Prose Reading
Prose Sight Reading (An extract will be chosen by the Adjudicator)
The competitors should be prepared to sit in a semi circle and read a section in a continuous manner so that each will sight read a different passage, allowing the narrative to develop.
SP36Prose Sight Reading Year 6 & under£5.50
SP37Prose Sight Reading Year 7 - 9£5.50
SP38Prose Sight Reading Year 10 - 11£5.50
SP39Prose Sight Reading Year 12 - 13£5.50
The SPEECHSKILLS TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Prose Sight Reading
Television News Presenting
Competitors are to present/read their own prepared news bulletin on a topic of their choice, e.g. local news, current affairs, sport, celebrities etc. - WHILE GIVING THE IMPRESSION OF READING FROM AN AUTOCUE
SP40News Presenting Year 6 & under - 1 or 2 topics2 minutes£5.50
SP41News Presenting Year 7 - 13 - 2 to 4 topics3 minutes£5.50
Religious Text Reading
Competitors may read from any religious text, no cards.
SP42Religious Text Year 6 & under1½ mins£5.50
SP43Religious Text Year 7 - 132 minutes£5.50
The TYNDALE TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Religious Text Reading
Talks & Storytelling
For TALKS reminder cards only are allowed, not a full script.
SP44Talks Year 9 & under3 minutes£5.50
SP45Talks Year 10 - 135 minutes£5.50
For STORYTELLING, competitors will be given 10 minutes to create a story of their own that MUST include
3 words suggested by the Adjudicator. Reminder cards allowed.
SP46Storytelling Year 9 & under3 minutes£5.50
SP47Storytelling Year 10 - 135 minutes£5.50
The MESSENGER MAY BAVERSTOCK CUP is awarded for the best performance for Talks & Storytelling
Drama
Dramatic items must be announced with title and author at the time of performance and the performer must not change the words or gender of the character.
Duologues & group dramatic activity should seek copyright for these classes. In all acting classes limited costume, handprops, head-dresses, beards, masks, and sound effects may be used.
NO SCENERY OR EXCESSIVE MAKE UP. Scenes may be selected from published plays, screen plays (T.V. or film), dialogue extracts from novels or any published collection of scenes. Time limit in each class MUST BE STRICTLY OBSERVED
Solo Acting
SP48Acting, not Shakespeare Year 6 & under3 minutes£5.50
SP49Acting, not Shakespeare Year 7 - 94 minutes£5.50
SP50Acting, not Shakespeare Year 10 - 114 minutes£6.50
SP51Acting, not Shakespeare Year 12 - 134 minutes£6.50
The FARNBOROUGH HILL TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Solo Acting, not Shakespeare
SP52Acting, Shakespeare Year 9 & under3 minutes£5.50
SP53Acting, Shakespeare Year 10 - 134 minutes£6.50
The JOHN TAYLOR TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Solo Acting, Shakespeare
Muse
Lyrical poem, a play extract and a mime
The aim of these classes is to encourage students to develop the important vocal and physical skills needed to become an actor.
SP54Muse Year 10 & under8 minutes£7.50
SP55Muse Year 11 -138 minutes£7.50
Mime
Competitors must perform a descriptive mime according to the Theme given, without sound. The Performer must announce the subject at the start. No aids other than chairs or table supplied by the Festival may be used ie. NO MAKE UP, COSTUME, PROPS or SCENERY.
SP56Mime Year 6 & under - Theme: 'The Garden Centre'2 minutes£5.50
SP57Mime Year 7 - 13 - Theme: 'The Beach'3 minutes£5.50
Duologues
SP58Duologue Year 6 & under4 minutes£8.50
SP59Duologue Year 9 & under5 minutes£8.50
SP60Duologue Year 11 & under6 minutes£8.50
SP61Duologue Year 13 & under6 minutes£8.50
The PRO ARTE CUP is awarded for the best performance for a Duologue.
Group Acting - 3 or more competitors except where otherwise stated
SP622 or more members of same family4 minutes£6.50
SP63Group Acting Year 6 & under8 minutes£12.50
SP64Group Acting Year 11 & under10 minutes£12.50
SP65Group Acting Year 13 & under12 minutes£12.50
The THESPIAN TROPHY is awarded for the best performance for Group Acting.
SP66Group Devised Drama Year 6 & under. Theme: 'Fire'7 minutes£12.50
SP67Group Devised Drama Year 13 & under. Theme: 'Conflict' or GCSE/ASA/A Title10 minutes£12.50
The DEDMAN CUP is awarded for the best performance for Devised Drama.
NB. The Devised drama classes have been included to encourage children using improvisation in their curriculum, from those with special needs, who gain much from this type of involvement, to the A level students who prepare such work as part of their syllabus in Theatre Studies. Sound Effects may be used.
Movement & Drama
Must include movement and speech and is Own Choice. Sound effects and / or music may be used. Costumes may be worn. Minimal scenery and hand-props but NO MAKE-UP.
SP68Movement & Drama Year 6 & under8 minutes£12.50
SP69Movement & Drama Year 11 & under10 minutes£12.50
SP70Movement & Drama Year 13 & under12 minutes£12.50
The HANNAFORD CUP is awarded for the best performance for Movement & Drama.
Speech Adult
SP71Own Choice poem - Adult4 minutes£6.50
SP72Recital - Adult5 minutes£7.50
Competitors must create an Anthology of four to six poems in a presentation pack, which must be with the Speech Secretary by 1st February in order to be sent in advance to the Adjudicator. The Anthology should be prepared either from one poet, or on a Theme (e.g.: Trees) and, as part of the presentation, the competitor must introduce their Theme, explaining their choice. One poem is to be chosen to be memorized and this should be clearly indicated. When performing at the Festival, an introduction should be given to the memorized poem (Introduction and reading again to be not more than 5 minutes). Quality, balance, and presentation of BOTH prepared file AND performance will be taken into account.
If no younger people take part in the Recital Classes SP16/SP17, the BURY'S CUP is awarded to best performance with marks over 84 in Class SP72.
SP73Reading - Adult Own Choice, books only to be used.4 minutes£6.50
SP74Prose Sight Reading - Adult An extract will be chosen by the Adjudicator£5.50
SP75Television News Presenting - Adult5 minutes£6.50
3 to 4 topics. Competitors are to present/read their own prepared news bulletins on a topic of their choice: e.g.: local news, current affairs, sport, celebrities, etc.
SP76Religious Text - Adult4 minutes£6.50
Competitors may read from any religious TEXT, not on cards.
SP77Religious Text Reading Programme - Adult6 minutes£7.50
Competitors to perform a PROGRAMME CONSISTING OF READINGS from any books used within their religion e,g,: The Bible
GROOM TROPHY
SP78Talks - Adult Reminder cards only allowed, not a full script.5 minutes£6.50
SP79Storytelling - Adult5 minutes£6.50
For the STORYTELLING competitors will be given 10 minutes to prepare a story of their own that MUST include 3 words suggested by the Adjudicator. Reminder cards allowed.
SP80Themed Readings10 minutes£10.50
Competitors are to perform a PROGRAMME OF READINGS WITH A THEME consisting of prose AND/OR poetry (e.g.: nature or a specific author)
FROST-CLARKE ROSE BOWL
SP81Mime - Adult - Theme: 'Fish'5 minutes£6.50
Own Writing
Performance must be from memory. Adjudicators will comment on the quality of the writing and performance skills.
Writers may choose not to perform their own work but must be present.
SP82Poetry Year 6 & under2 minutes£5.50
SP83Poetry Year 7 - 133 minutes£5.50
SP84Poetry - Adult4 minutes£6.50
SP85Monologue Year 6 & under1 - 3 minutes£5.50
SP86Monologue Year 7 - 132 - 4 minutes£5.50
SP87Monologue - Adult4 - 5 minutes£6.50
SP88Short Play Year 6 & under8 minutes£12.50
SP89Short Play Year 7 - 1310 minutes£12.50
SP90Short Play - Adult12 minutes£15.50
Plays may be intended for stage, radio or screen but genre must be stated at outset.
Additional Trophies
The HASLEMERE PREP SCHOOL CUP is awarded to a runner-up in verse speaking
The CHURCHER’S CUP is awarded to a runner-up from the acting classes
The EVE HAMPSHIRE CUP is awarded for the most promising competitor who is NOT a winner in any Acting Classes.
The TERESA MAHONEY TROPHY will be awarded for the most promising performance up to the age of 18 years.