Speech and Drama

For details of the CHAMPIONSHIPS CUPS and PRIZES please see "Suffolk Festival Championships and Awards".

Choral Verse Speaking will take place on the Choral Day, see preface for date and Venue. All set poems are available from the speech secretary - SAE please. All classes are from memory except for Bible Reading and Prose Reading Classes.

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For details of the CHAMPIONSHIPS CUPS and PRIZES please see "Suffolk Festival Championships and Awards".

Choral Verse Speaking will take place on the Choral Day, see preface for date and Venue. All set poems are available from the speech secretary - SAE please. All classes are from memory except for Bible Reading and Prose Reading Classes.

In all acting classes, competitors must set their own scene. Please ensure that both content and language are appropriate for a public festival performance.

All performances will be timed.

ADJUDICATOR: Stephen R. Owen,

BA(Hons) BA(Ed) PGDip(Ed) MA MEd FRSA FESB MSTSD FLCM LRAM LGSM(Perf) LTCL(Perf) LLCM(TD) LLAM(Hons) ATCL Cert Ed(Drama)

Stephen Owen trained as a teacher of Drama, Speech and Movement at Trinity and All Saints’ College, University of Leeds. After qualifying, he studied with Eliner Rutherford for a number of years, gaining specialist diplomas in the teaching and performance of all aspects of Speech and Drama Studies. As well as being responsible for drama at the schools in which he worked, he also taught pupils of all ages and abilities privately, from complete beginners to Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. For a time, he was also voice coach to a number of undergraduate students at the College of Ripon and York St John, who were experiencing communication difficulties in the classroom situation. He became an examiner for The English Speaking Board and The Poetry Society and enjoyed adjudicating at many festivals throughout the country.

In April 1985, he was promoted to the headship of a primary school in Derbyshire, which inevitably meant less time for examining and adjudicating. It was during this time that he became a Religious Education inspector for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam. Since retiring from school in July 2007, he has been appointed as an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has resumed his work as an Adjudicator Member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. Whilst he enjoyed headship very much indeed, he is delighted once again, to be part of a creative rather than a bureaucratic world.

When not examining or adjudicating, Stephen’s leisure time consists of seeing as many plays and operas as possible and teaching his young grandchildren to swim.  

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  • Bible Reading
    Competitors may choose ANY BIBLE to read from and are not restricted to the King James Bible.
    Please bring a copy of your reading for the adjudicator, who will take into account the level of difficulty the edition presents.
    Competitors must read from their Bible when performing.

    The Hillcroft Cup (Junior) is awarded for the highest mark  in classes SS 331-332 and The Bible Reading Trophy (Senior) is awarded for the highest mark in classes 333 - 335.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards".

    Performance time not exceeding  2:00 mins for 5 - 11 yrs and 3:00 mins for 12 yrs and over.

  • Choral Verse Speaking

    Choral Verse Speaking will take place on the Choral Day, see preface for date and Venue. The Festival Cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 314-317. For each class - Own choice of two contrasting poems -

    Performance time not exceeding 4:00 mins

  • Duologue Poems

    Choose a poem to learn by heart. Recite it with a friend. Some movement is permitted, provided that it does not interfere with the flow of the poem -

    Performance time not exceeding 3:00 mins.

  • Duologues

    The Rapsey Cup is awarded to the best in SS 345-346 & The Regester Cup is for the highest mark in classes SS 347-348 & The Palmer Thomas Trophy is awarded for the best performance in classes SS 349 and SS 350. In all classes - an acted scene from any play. Costumes and hand properties may be used, however no extra marks are awarded for these.

    Performance time not exceeding 4:00 mins for 13yrs and under, 5:00 mins for 14yrs and over and for all ages in the Shakespeare Duologues.

  • Group Devised Drama

    A devised drama of your choice.  This is an opportunity for students preparing for GCSE and A level Drama to showcase their work.

    Costumes and hand properties may be used, however no extra marks are awarded for these.

    Performance time not exceeding 10mins, to include setting and removing your scene.

  • Group Drama

    Choose a sketch, play or excerpt, or write your own play. In each class the minimum cast is three players. Five minutes is the maximum time allowed to set up the performing area, which must be left as the players found it. Costumes and hand properties may be used, however no extra marks are awarded for these.

    Performance time not exceeding 15:00 mins.

  • Modern Drama

    The Anne Harris-Norman Award is for the best performance in classes 356, 357 & 358.  A dramatic extract, from a play or scene written after 1960. In all classes - One own choice piece. Costumes and hand properties may be used, however no extra marks are awarded for these.

    Performance time not exceeding 5:00 mins.

  • Original Monologue

    Write your own monologue and perform it.

    Performance time not exceeding 4:00mins

  • Own Verse

    Own-Verse classes: write your own poem to be read at the Festival by you or someone you choose. All Poems must reach the Speech Secretary without fail by 20th September.

  • Prose Reading

    The Jean Gillies Cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 321 and SS 322,323,324,325,326. One own choice prepared passage.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards".

    Performance time not exceeding 2:30 mins

  • Prose Speaking

    The Jean Gillies Cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 321 and SS 322,323,324,325,326. One own choice passage from memory.

    Performance time not exceeding 1:30 mins for 9 yrs & under and 2:00 mins for 10 - 11 yrs

    Prose Speaking is included towards the championship.

  • Reading at Sight

    A passage set by the adjudicator on the day.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards".

  • Solo Acting

    All selections must be from published works. Howard Trophy & Book Token for best in SS 377-378.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards.

    Costumes and hand properties may be used, however no extra marks are awarded for these.

    Performance time not exceeding 3:00mins for under 12yrs, 4:00mins for over 12yrs.

  • Solo Acting with an...

    12 years and over.  Choose any scene which requires an accent, (either regional or from another country.)

  • Solo Shakespeare Speech

    The Skerritt Trophy is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 341-343. Junior Shakespeare Trophy for best in SS 339 & SS 340. In all classes - an acted solo extract from any Shakespeare play.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards"

    Performance time not exceeding 3:00 mins for 9 - 11 yrs, 4:00 mins for 12- 15 yrs and 5:00 mins for 16 yrs and over.

  • Solo Sonnet Speaking

    The Ironside Wood cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 307-313. Own choice of Traditional Sonnet

  • Solo Verse Speaking

    The Norman Kenyon cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 300–306. For classes with set poems they may be obtained from either of the Speech Secretaries.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards".

    For classes with  own choice Poem – Performance time not exceeding 2.5 mins for 7–11 years and 3 mins for 12 years and above.

  • Speech Repertoire

    The Randall Bevan Cup is awarded for the highest mark in classes SS 353–355. In all classes: One own choice poem and an acting piece.

    Marks count towards the championships, see "Suffolk Festival Championships & Awards".

    Performance time not exceeding  4:30 mins for 9 – 11 yrs, 6:00 mins for 12 – 15 yrs and 8:00 mins for 16 yrs & over.

  • *Public Speaking* NEW...

    Prepare and deliver a speech on a subject of your choice. 

    The speech must not be read; note cards may be used.

    Non-technical visual aids may be used to enhance the speech.

    If required you may state the imagined audience to whom the speech is to be given. 

    Performance time not to exceed 4 mins.