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 will be 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.
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, tel: 07527 287567, email: email@example.com. The closing date for speech and drama entries is Friday 6th March 2020. Where entry is by age, the age is that on 1st May 2020.
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.
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. Please sign up today.
The Speech and Drama weekend will be on 2nd and 3rd May 2020 at The King Alfred School and Phoenix Theatre, 149 North End Road, London NW11 7HY.
For all enquiries regarding syllabus and timing please do not hesitate in contacting me on email@example.com.
We can’t wait to see you all perform in May 2020!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.