Speech & Drama Classes

Sunday 27th February - Sunday 13th March 2022, Sunday 20th March 2022

Venues: Pump House, Watersmeet

Adjudicators: 

JONATHAN OWEN trained as a Music & Drama teacher at Birmingham Universitiy’s Faculty of Education. For Trinity College, London, he has examined Speech, Drama, Effective Communication and Musical Theatre across the United Kingdom, and throughout India and New Zealand.  As a member of The International Federation of Adjudicators he has adjudicated festivals throughout the UK and in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. This Autumn he returns to adjudicate the Hong Kong Festival for his third consecutive year.

As an actor he has appeared in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and is best remembered as Terry Barford in The Archers.  His television work is extensive amounting to over 50 appearances in TV Dramas and ‘soaps’, including Coronation St., Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Doctors, London’s Burning, Triangle and All Creatures Great & Small.

He has also appeared in London’s West End theatre in Jesus Christ Superstar, Call Me Madam, Singin’ In the Rain, Ziegfeld and Having A Ball

 

REBECCA VINES LLAM, LALAM, MSTSD (Adj.) trained as an actor with The London Centre for Theatre Studies, and has performed in a variety of roles, including Maggie (Dancing at Lughnasa), Beverly (Abigail’s Party), Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit), Susan (A Bed Among the Lentils) and Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible).

In 2014, Rebecca was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for her work in establishing theatre companies to promote young and emerging performers. She has also founded and worked/works as Artistic Director of No Prophet, Eleventh Hour and Talking Shadows theatre companies which were created to springboard young performance careers.

Rebecca is a Shakespeare scholar with a particular interest in his female roles, the history plays, and the socio-historic legacy of theatrical interpretations.  She is working on a PhD exploring Queenship in Shakespeare’s history plays.  She is passionate about opening up diversity in the Arts and works with a range of agencies to ensure enhanced visibility for all sectors of society.

 

SPEECH SECTION

  • All verse speaking to be performed from memory
  • All entrants are expected to dress appropriately (See Regulation 6)
  • Entrants who disregard these regulations are liable to be penalised

VERSE SPEAKING (SET POEMS)

Please contact Vinay Sajip on 01923 226288 or vinay@watfordfestival.co.uk for a booklet containing the poems. Note that there may be different wordings in different published editions and performances will be judged according to the versions in the poem booklet we provide.

S0 Reception Year & Under   £11.50

April Rain Song by Langston Hughes OR

Night by Mary Ann Hoberman OR

Who’s In? by Elizabeth Fleming

S1 School Year 1   £11.50

When All the World is Full of Snow by N M Bodecker OR

Smells by Kathryn Worth OR

The Terrible Cat of Black Velvet Fur by Karla Kuskin

S2 School Year 2   £11.50

The Secret Song by Margaret Wise Brown OR

J is for Jazz Man by Eleanor Farjeon OR

There is a Land by Leland B Jacobs

S3 School Year 3   £12.50

Hiding Places by Diana Hendry OR

A Wood After Rain by Douglas Gibson OR

Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst

S4 School Year 4   £12.50

What Shall I Draw? by Helen Dunmore OR

Questions at Night by Louis Untermeyer OR

Beware! by June Crebbin

S5 School Year 5   £12.50

Shouting at the Ocean by Gerard Benson OR

Get Your Things Together, Hayley by Frances Nagle OR

An Alley Cat With One Life Left by Jack Prelutsky

S6 School Year 6   £12.50

All of Us by Kit Wright OR

If You Could See Laughter by Mandy Coe OR

The Wolf by Georgia Roberts Durston

S7 School Year 7   £13.50

Who? by Charles Causley OR

Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye OR

Temporary and Permanent by Nikita Gill

S8 School Year 8   £13.50

The Orange Balloon by Stanley Cook OR

Tracey’s Tree by Wes Magee OR

Goldilocks by Carole Bromley

PERFORMATIVE POETRY (OWN CHOICE - but NOT a set poem listed above)

  • Perform/act a piece of poetry with movement and expression.
S9 School Years 9 & 10   £13.50
S10 School Years 11 — 13   £13.50

VERSE SPEAKING (OWN CHOICE – But NOT a set poem listed above)

S11 Reception Year & Under 1 min £11.50
S12 School Year 1 1 min £11.50
S13 School Year 2 2 mins £11.50
S14 School Year 3 2 mins £12.50
S15 School Year 4 2 mins £12.50
S16 School Year 5 2 mins £12.50
S17 School Year 6 2 mins £12.50
S18 School Years 7 & 8 3 mins £13.50
S19 School Years 9 & 10 3 mins £13.50
S20 School Years 11 — 13 3 mins £13.50

PROSE READING (OWN CHOICE)

  • The chosen piece of prose must be read from the pages of the book itself
S23 School Years 2 & Under 2 mins £11.50
S24 School Year 3 2 mins £12.50
S25 School Year 4 2 mins £12.50
S26 School Year 5 2 mins £12.50
S27 School Year 6 2 mins £12.50
S28 School Year 7 3 mins £13.50
S29 School Year 8 3 mins £13.50
S30 School Year 9 & 10 3 mins £13.50
S31 School Years 11 — 13 3 mins £13.50

STORYTELLING

  • Competitors to tell a story (known or invented) in their own words
  • No costumes
  • Props & visual aids permitted
S32 School Years 6 & Under 3 mins £12.50

PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Prepared speech / talk on any topic
  • Notes and visual aids permitted
S33 School Years 6 & Under 3 mins £12.50
S34 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £13.50
S35 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £13.50

SIGHT READING

  • Competitors are given a short prose passage to read aloud
  • 2 minutes are allowed for preparation
S36 School Years 3 & 4   £12.50
S37 School Years 5 & 6   £12.50
S38 School Years 7 — 9   £13.50
S39 School Years 10 — 13   £13.50

DRAMA SECTION

ACTING

  • All Own choice
  • All classes must be performed from memory – no script reading
  • Costume or Practice clothes (white or black shirt, blouse or T-shirt; black trousers or black skirt) should be worn. NB : No extra marks will be awarded for costume
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn to suit the character
  • Hand props and music may be used
  • Chairs and tables (also stage blocks at the Pump House) are provided

ELIZABETHAN, JACOBEAN OR RESTORATION

Solo

S46 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £13.50
S47 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £13.50

SCENE FROM A PLAY, SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED PROSE OR MONOLOGUE

(excluding Elizabethan, Jacobean or Restoration)

Solo

S50 School Years 4 & Under 3 mins £12.50
S51 School Years 5 & 6 3 mins £12.50
S52 School Years 7 — 9 4 mins £13.50
S53 School Years 10 — 13 4 mins £13.50

Duologue

  • * Please see note 4.4 in Regulations & General Information
S54 School Years 4 & Under 4 mins £20.00
S55 School Years 5 & 6 4 mins £20.00
S56 School Years 7 — 9 5 mins £21.00
S57 School Years 10 — 13 5 mins £21.00

GROUPS

  • All Own choice with the exception of Prepared Group Improvisation (Classes S62 - S65)
  • All acting rules apply

GROUP ACTING (Scene from a play, screenplay or novel)

  • Groups of 3 - 8 persons
  • Script required for the adjudicator
S59 School Years 13 & Under 10 mins £68.00

GROUP ANTHOLOGY

  • Groups of 3 - 8 persons
  • Must use a combination of at least three of the following: music, dance, drama, mime, movement and verse
  • A script of running order/notes must be provided for the adjudicator
  • Must use material from more than one source, though the sources may all be by the same author
S61 School Years 13 & Under 10 mins £68.00

DEVISED SCENE

  • To prepare a scene inspired by one of the set titles
  • Groups of 3 – 8 persons
  • If an original script evolves through the rehearsal process this is permissible
S62 School Years 6 & Under 4 mins £51.00

A Great Day Out OR

The Queen is coming for tea

S63 School Years 9 & Under 5 mins £55.00

I was only trying to help OR

It isn’t fair

S64 School Years 11 & Under 5 mins £55.00

Lost For Words OR

Believe in Yourself

S65 School Years 13 & Under 5 mins £55.00

The day nothing happened OR

When the Fairy-tale goes wrong

 

trained as a Music & Drama teacher at Birmingham Universitiy’s Faculty of Education. For Trinity College, London, he has examined Speech, Drama, Effective Communication and Musical Theatre across the United Kingdom, and throughout India and New Zealand. As a member of The International Federation of Adjudicators he has adjudicated festivals throughout the UK and in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. This Autumn he returns to adjudicate the Hong Kong Festival for his thrid consecutive year.

 

As an actor he has appeared in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and is best remembered as Terry Barford in The Archers, a role he played for ten years. His television work is extensive amounting to over 50 appearances in TV Dramas and ‘soaps’, including Coronation St., Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Doctors, London’s Burning, Triangle and All Creatures Great & Small.

 

As an actor he has appeared in London’s West-End theatre in: Jesus Christ Superstar (The Palace), Call Me Madam (Victoria Palace), Singin’ In The Rain (ThePalladium),Ziegfeld (The Palladium)and Having A Ball (The Comedy).

 

In the provinces Jonathan has played most major theatres, where some of his favourite roles include: Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (York), The King in The King & I (Weston), Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (Jersey), Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit and Mrs Swabb in Habeas Corpus (Isle of Man). His national tours include: Charlie Girl, Some Like It Hot, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Singin’ In The Rain which also went to Tokyo. Jonathan is also one of the United Kingdom’s experts on British Patomime and one of the most established Pantomime ‘Dames’.