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.

Classes will be held at All Saints Church of England Primary School, 116 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, London N20 9EZ.

All entries for the Group Day and the Main Weekend 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

Prizes and Certificates

This year we will be presenting a Speech and Drama Bursary for £150 (please see syllabus for details), cups, shields and tokens for the highest marked competitors. The Drama Versatility Cup for highest marks over 3 classes for 13-18 years and the Junior Versatility Cup for highest marks over 3 classes for 12 and under. In addition the first 3 competitors in each section will receive Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals plus certificates and each competitor will have a written adjudication sheet.

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.

January 2017: A Letter From Frances Glynne (Main Weekend) 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 11 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.

Main weekend will be on 6th and 7th May 2017 at All Saints School in Whetstone, and group day (for groups of 4 or more) will be at The Bull Theatre in Barnet on 23rd April.

Our secretary for all entries is Mrs. Sooriya Jeyabavan. Email nlfentry@hotmail.com, closing date for entries is Friday 12th 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 2017,

Frances Glynne

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

Entry 2

Entry 3

Entry 4

Entry 5

Entry 6

* 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?


Bank details

Bank Name: CAF Bank

Account name - North London Music Festival

Account number - 00014585

Sort Code 40 - 52 - 40

REF: Add your class number and competitors name

First Competitor's Name
(as it will appear in programme)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *
Instrument / voice
Second Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *
Instrument / voice
Group/Choir Size (if applicable)
Title and Composer of piece to be performed
(if applicable)
Time to perform (if applicable)
Class fee