This section offers opportunities to compete at all levels from age 5. Classes include Verse Speaking, Original Verse with performance, Prose, Spoken English, 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.
A letter from Frances Glynne, Speech & Drama Secretary
Dear teachers, parents and most of all competitors past, present and future,
I have been section secretary of main weekend speech and drama for the past 13 years and have watched the weekend grow from barely 80 entries to the present hundreds. We are the only Speech and Drama Festival covering north, north east London and Enfield.
We run a friendly, motivating occasion where our main concern is always the children and young competitors. We only use the most positive of adjudicators, whether from British Federation, GODA or examiners.
We would like to welcome more schools and private teachers to our ranks so please enter your pupils 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, please read from page 29 in the syllabus.
Past festival participants from around the UK have gone on to have wonderful careers as actors, journalists, lawyers, members of parliament, Doctors etc. etc.
Speech and Drama weekend will be on 11th and 12th May 2019 at All Saints School in Whetstone.
Our entry secretary for main weekend is Mrs. Sooriya Jeyabavan. Email email@example.com the closing date for entries is Friday 15th March. For all enquiries regarding syllabus and timing please do not hesitate in contacting me on 07950918355.
My wonderful team and I are looking forward to your entries for 2019,
Drama classes will be on 11th and 12th May 2019 at All Saints Church of England Primary School, 116 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, London N20 9EZ. Please use the All Saints’ Primary School entrance not the All Saints’ Arts Centre entrance. The school is a five-minute walk from Totteridge and Whetstone underground station on the Northern Line and all the cafés and restaurants on the High Road. It is also on the 34 and 251 bus routes, and ten minutes by bus from Arnos Grove underground station on the Piccadilly Line.
Entries can be made using the online entry system on this website or by post or on-line to the entry secretary – Mrs Sooriya Jeyabavan | 112 Berkeley Road, Kingsbury, London NW9 9DG | tel: 07527 287567 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for speech and drama entries is Friday 15th March 2019. Where entry is by age, the age is that on 1st May 2019.
This year we celebrate two of our most loved children’s poets: Brian Patten and Jack Prelutsky.
Candidates must provide a clean copy, handwritten or typed not photocopied, of their prose or script for the Adjudicator. Copies of set verse are available on request from the Speech and Drama Secretary.
Please note our adjudicators come from either British Federation, GODA or are LAMDA teachers, performers, poets and all with vast knowledge in their particular field.
Prizes and Certificates
The Speech and Drama Adjudicator’s Awards Book Tokens to the value of £21.00 will be awarded to the most promising performer 12 years and under and 13 years and over during the weekend.
Speech and Drama Special Bursary This special award will be given at the discretion of the Festival committee. £150 will be awarded for an outstanding performance or performances. We hope money will be used for extra lessons or auditions or maybe towards a performance summer school or for simply going to the theatre. The festival would like a letter confirming what the money has been used for. Competitors must enter two or more classes of the speech and drama festival to be eligible for the bursary.
The Drama Versatility Cup will be awarded to the most outstanding all-round performer between 13 and 18 years of age who has entered 3 or more solo classes.
The Junior Versatility Cup will be awarded to the most outstanding all-round performer 12 years or under who has entered 3 or more solo classes.