Speech & Drama

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.

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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 ?? 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 2nd and 3rd May 2020 at All Saints School in Whetstone.

Our entry secretary for main weekend is Mrs. Sooriya Jeyabavan. Email nlfentry@hotmail.com the closing date for entries is TBC.  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,

Frances Glynne

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Drama classes will be on 2nd and 3rd May 2020 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: nlfentry@hotmail.com.

The closing date for speech and drama entries is TBC. Where entry is by age, the age is that on 1st May 2020.

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.

One form should be used for each competitor/group/choir/etc., listing all the classes to be entered in any ONE SECTION. A separate entry form must be used for each Section of the Festival entered. Once you have submitted the form, you will need to transfer the total amount due to our bank account. Our bank details are displayed at the bottom of this form. Closing dates for entries are clearly marked at the top of each section of the syllabus.








Please, add only the entries you need.

Entry 1











Title and Composer
Author of Piece to be Performed





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* see syllabus for fees applicable to each class

Declaration by person filling in the Entry Form

  • Yes, I agree I/We agree to abide by the Rules & Regulations of the North London Festival as set out in the Syllabus and accept responsibility for the above named entrant(s).
  • Yes, I agree I/We also agree to allow Festival officials or the local Press to take photographs solely for Festival publicity purposes.
  • Yes, I agree I/We agree to deposit the total amount into North London Festival bank account within the next 48 hours. (If we do not receive full payment, we will be unable to process your application)
  • Official Accompanist: Do you wish to use an Official Accompanist?

  • NOTE: YOUR PAYMENT MUST BE REFERENCED WITH CLASS No. AND COMPETITORS NAME

Bank details

Bank Name: CAF Bank

Account name - North London Music Festival

Account number - 00014585

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REF: Add your class number and competitors name

Section
Class
First Competitor's Name
(as it will appear in programme)
Date of birth (if under 18)
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I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Second Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Third Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Fourth Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
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Group/Choir Size (if applicable)
Title and Composer of piece to be performed
(if applicable)
Time to perform (if applicable)
Teacher's name
Teacher's Contact phone number
Teacher's Email
Class fee