Entry to this competition is free.
Open to UK residents only.
Prizes are discretionary and will be awarded via age groups 7/8 , 9/10, 11/12, 13/15 & 16/18
All entries must be videoed landscape and sent to email@example.com by no later than 10 pm on 29th May 2020
All entries must be introduced with the name of the competitor, age and title of the piece.
Monologues must be no more than 60 seconds and can be self written or from an author/playwright.
No costumes, props or make up are necessary – you will not get added marks for this.
Winners will receive a Medal, Certificate and Gift Token
The Judges decisions are final.
All entrants into this competition may be published on the NLF website and via social media channel – after receiving entries a video agreement form will be sent out and must be signed by a parent guardian of those under 18. No videos will be used publicly unless the agreement is signed.
This section offers opportunities to compete at all levels from age 5. Classes include Verse Speaking, Prose, Sight Reading, Mime, Public Speaking, many Solo Acting classes, Duologues and group work including Musical Theatre. School groups are warmly welcomed and we try to achieve a nurturing and creative atmosphere for the competitors to flourish.
Drama classes were to be held on 2nd and 3rd May 2020 at a new venue for 2020 – The King Alfred School and The King Alfred Theatre, North End Road, London, NW11 7HY.
Please click on the link below to download the set poems for 2020.
Click the ‘read more’ link below to be introduced to Dan Collins, our new section Head for Speech and Drama, find out about our competition to write a poem for the centenary and find details of the prizes you can win.
Last year some of our participants told us what the festival meant to them – watch this video to listen to their enthusiasm as they talk about what they feel they gain from competing – https://flic.kr/p/2ifq2AuRead more
Introducing our new Head of Speech and Drama – Dan Collins
Hello everyone – I am delighted to take over this year as Head of Speech and Drama, a position that was previously held for over for 13 years by my first Drama teacher Frances Glynne, who inspired me over 35 years ago.
As somebody who participated in drama festivals as a shy teenager and who found my voice through standing on a stage, I understand the life skills that it can give, whether that is to become a young actor or to give you the skills to stand up and speak in later life no matter what your job is. I come to the role as a parent, as a past participant and as someone who wants to nurture talent and help your children succeed no matter what they wish to do in later life. The festival is such a friendly and motivating occasion and my aim is to help it grow and be relevant as we enter a new decade. This year we have a new venue and will be working with the King Alfred School which has a beautiful theatre set in the grounds of Golders Hill Park – I can’t wait for you all to see it!
The Festival is your festival though – I have some great ideas for the coming years and would love to encourage authors, poets and actors to attend to speak to the kids, but I would love to hear the ideas of the teachers, the parents and importantly those entering. Please always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The North London Festival is open to all and we would like to welcome more schools and private teachers to enter and make North London a highlight of their dramatic year, whether they are budding poets, verse speakers, musical theatre performers, actors, prose readers or public speakers.
A Poem to Celebrate the Festival’s Centenary
The festival’s centenary is in November and we’re starting to celebrate! Help us by writing and performing a short poem on the subject of celebration. Please enter online and email your poem to us email@example.com to arrive by Friday 6th March 2020. Our judging panel will be in contact with those entrants that have made the shortlist to perform.
These competitions are sponsored by MUSWELL HILL BOOKSHOP. A £20 Book Token from Muswell Hill Bookshop will be awarded to the overall winner of L12, L13 and L14.
|Time Limit (mins)||Fee £|
|L12||Celebration Poem — 13 years and over.||
|L13||Celebration Poem — 10–12 years.||
|L14||Celebration Poem — 9 years and under.||
The Speech and Drama Adjudicator’s Awards.
Prizes will be awarded to the most promising performer 12 years and under and 13 years and over.
Speech and Drama Special Bursary. This special award may be given at the discretion of the festival committee. A prize of up to the value of £150 will be awarded for an outstanding performance or performances. We hope the money will be used for extra lessons or auditions or maybe towards a performance summer school or for simply going to the theatre.
Enter 3 or more competitions to be eligible for the following prizes:
The Drama Versatility Cup and a prize will be awarded to the most outstanding all-round performer between 13 and 18 years of age.
The Junior Versatility Cup and a prize will be awarded to the most outstanding all-round performer 12 years or under.