Speech & Drama classes will be held on 2-3 March and 16-17 March 2024 and will be adjudicated by Cally Foster and Rebecca Vines.
Entries are now closed for Speech & Drama classes. Timetables have now been emailed to all entrants. Please check your spam folder if you haven’t received yours yet. If you have any questions please email us or telephone 07599 547604.
2-3 March: Lancing Prep, The Droveway, Hove, BN3 6LU;
16-17 March: Brighton Girls, Montpelier Road, Brighton, BN1 3AT
We are grateful to Lancing Prep, Hove and to Brighton Girls for providing the venues. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2024 – our centenary year!
Speech & Drama Classes offered include:
- acted scene (solo and groups)
- verse speaking and prose reading
- sight reading
- performed creative writing
- devised physical theatre
Recently introduced: Young Adult classes for performers aged 21-24 (as of the September before the festival).
Junior Championship Winners 2023
Junior Championship A:
Winner: Alia Palmer
Runner-up: Phoenix Pannu
Junior Championship B:
Winner: Cameron Bickell
Runner-up: Clementine Pannu
Intermediate Championship Winners 2023
Winner: Annie Matthews
Runner-up: Edward Bowley
- Angus Rowland Cup: Deni Elsden
- Sonnet Salver: Edward Bowley
- The Philip Andrew and Peter Howard Shield: Eve Rajak & Thea Kennedy
- Margaret Hardy Challenge Cup: Annie Matthews
- The David Henry Bloor Memorial Plaque: Theatre Workshop Brighton AM
- Festival Shield donated by Rash Brilliance in association with Sussex Youth Theatre:
- The Rebekah Clifford Cup: Tess Benson
- The Craig Whiteley Cup: Art O’Hara
- The Olive Barton Cup: Annabel Burton
- Festival Shield donated by Mrs. Helen Hayes: Jessica Smith
- Festival Shield donated by Nicola Patching and Kate Stoner: Phoenix Theatre Group C
The Olive Von der Heyde Shield (1) donated by Jenny Leworthy and Margaret Stredwick in memory of Olive Von der Heyde, who was involved from the beginning of the Festival in 1926 until her death in 1997, is awarded to the winner of the 8–10 Years Final.
The Olive Von der Heyde Shield (2) donated by Melanie Bloor-Black, is awarded to the winner of the 11–13 Years Final.
The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama Award is given to the performer with the highest aggregate mark in classes 509–511 (Intermediate Championship)
The Sonnet Salver for Intermediate Verse Speaking – presented by Mrs Patricia Brindley
The Anne Gosling Prize Classes for Acted Solo Scene – highest mark in each age-group.
The Angus Rowland Cup for Acted Solo Scene – donated by The Cuckfield Speech and Drama Group in memory of 14-year-old Angus Rowland, who died in 2011. The Award will be presented to a performer from the Solo Acting Classes who, in the opinion of the adjudicator, shows the ability to be real and spontaneous in performance.
David Henry Bloor shield is awarded to the winner of Class 545, Creative Performance (Devised Physical Theatre)
Rebekah Clifford Cup is awarded to winner of Class 540, Acted Solo Scene, 15 and 16 years.
Craig Whiteley Cup is awarded to winner of Class 542, Acted Solo Scene, 17 to 20 years.
The Festival Shield donated by Mrs Helen Hayes is awarded to the performer with the highest mark in the Solo Acting Classes -10 to 11 Years, 12 Years and 13 Years.
The Philip Andrew and Peter Howard Shield is awarded to the winner of the Duologues Class 14 years and over.
The Festival Shield donated by Rash Brilliance in association with Sussex Youth Theatre is awarded to the winner of the Creative Performance Class (Text based). In 2018, this was a group from Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.
The Festival Shield donated by Nicola Patching and Kate Stoner is awarded to the group with the highest mark from Group Improvisation Classes 8-11 years and 12 years and over.
Speech & Drama Rules
Solo Verse, Prose Reading and Solo Acted Scenes
Entrants do not have to obtain copyright permission for the performance of any solo selection of less than ten minutes in length.
The title and author must be announced, and words may not be changed nor the gender of a character. It is illegal to change the gender of a character in a play which is still in copyright ie written within the last 70 years. Changing the gender of a character in a play written before this time is permissible but make sure that if it is a translation from e.g. Chekhov, Ibsen, Molière, the translator is also out of copyright.
The Section Secretary will supply you with a form in which to enter the title, author and publisher after all entries have been received. This must be returned, completed, by the requested date.
Duologues and Group Scenes
Entrants must obtain the copyright holder’s permission for any post 1947 scene. It is your responsibility to check whether your author or translator died before January 1st 1947. You are responsible for any performing licence fees requested by the copyright holder.
The Section Secretary will supply you with a form on which to enter the title, author and publisher, whether copyright or non-copyright, after all entries have been received. This must be returned, completed, by the requested date.
Teachers entering performers with SEN (Special Educational Needs) need to inform the Section Secretary at the time of entry.
All time limits must be adhered to or marks will be deducted.