Speech and Drama
The speech and drama section comprises two parts; dramatic skills and the spoken word.

The speech and drama section comprises two parts; dramatic skills and the spoken word. Most classes are divided into age categories so competitors will be performing with people of a similar age. Open classes are specifically aimed at entrants who have never performed in that particular class before.

There is a variety of verse speaking classes available including

  • an own choice favourite poem,
  • sonnet speaking,
  • comedy poem,
  • any choice of poem by a specified author,
  • a recent addition is any poem on the subject of being a global citizen – poetry that reflects upon living in todays world.


For the younger entrants there is an own choice of two nursery rhymes to be memorised and spoken.

Prose is well represented with
  • an own choice comedy prose piece,
  • any choice of prepared prose reading from a specified author’s novels,


The beautiful prose of the King James Version of the Bible can be explored and enjoyed in two bible and prayer book reading classes.

For the particularly brave or accomplished there are sight reading (poetry or prose) classes and for the actors, solo improvisation and devised acting classes. Exciting stuff and not for the faint hearted!

Actors can also choose from
  • solo or duologue acting,
  • Shakespearian solo or duologue acting
  • group acting
  • devised drama
  • musical theatre


Each class is adjudicated by a professional, experienced adjudicator who will give advice and encouragement to the whole class and also individual advice to each entrant in an adjudication report. Marks are allocated using the International Federation of Festivals marking system, certificates are awarded to third, second and first places with medals given for third and second place and a trophy presented for first place.

  1. General: All the Festival’s General Rules apply to Speech and Drama classes. Additional rules are set out below.
  2. Own choice pieces: Each own choice piece, which cannot be used for more than one class in this Festival, must be shown on the entry form, together with name of the book, play or poem and the author, as applicable. Clearly legible copies of own choice pieces must be sent with the form.No competitor may present an item with which they have previously been awarded first prize in this Festival.
  3. Full costume is not permitted in any drama or speech class. However small hand props or small items of character’s clothing are acceptable in an Acting or Musical Theatre class.
  4. Entrants are permitted to enter a solo class only once. An entrant may enter a Duologue Acting, Group Acting, Musical Theatre Duet or Musical Theatre Group class more than once provided they do not perform the same piece and character.
  5. Musical Theatre: Please note that a piano is available for accompanying music. A cd player and speaker will be provided by the Festival but any other equipment used for playing music (i.e. laptop, i-pod, speakers etc) remains the entrant’s own responsibility.
  6. Introductions: Introductions must not be more than 40 words.
  7. Copyright: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any breaches of the copyright law and it should be noted that copyright regulations protect literary and dramatic works for 70 years after the death of the author or playwright. The Festival has entered into an agreement with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. As a result, entrants do not have to seek copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items performed, to a time limit of 10 minutes. Authors will be directly reimbursed as a consequence of their works being performed at this Festival. Duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by this agreement; copyright for these items should be sought by the performers at the time of entry.
  8. To meet Child Protection regulations, parents and guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) under the age of 16, while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival, are under their care or under the care of a responsible adult. In addition, on the day, they must confirm their child is fit and well to perform.
  9. Awards, cups and medals: Class Winners will be presented with trophies, cups or medals. In particular the Janet and David McVitie Trophy and the Joan Archer Memorial Trophy will be awarded. There will also be a trophy awarded for the most promising performer, not necessarily a class winner.
  10. Fees: Entrance fees are £5.50 for solo classes, £8 for duologue classes and £3 per member of the group acting class. There is also an administration charge of £2.00 per entrant. On the day spectator fees will be £5 for adults and £3 for children (8 years and above).
  11. All Speech and Drama entry forms, together with the proper fees, must be received by the Drama Co-ordinator, Stephanie Heney, 8 Kingsway, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1AB. Fees are not refundable. The closing date for 2021 Speech and Drama entries is to be confirmed.

Steph Heney
Chair Person & Drama Co-ordinator

After several years of entering her pupils in the festival, drama teacher and Lamda examiner Steph was persuaded onto the committee. It is a decision she has never regretted and one which has given her much satisfaction and pride in belonging to such a worthwhile and joyful event.
Speech and Drama Syllabus 2021
Class NumberClassChoice
D1Nursery Rhymes – Age 7 and underOwn choice of two nursery rhymes – limit 1 minute
D2Verse Speaking – Age 9 and underAny poem by Laura Dockerill – limit 1 minute
D3Verse Speaking – Age 10 to 11Any poem by Joseph Coehlo – limit 1 minute
D4Verse Speaking – Age 12 to 14Any poem by Sarah Crossan – limit 2 minutes
D5Verse Speaking – Age 15 to 18Any poem by C P Cavafy – limit 3 minutes
D6My Favourite Poem – Age 13 and underOwn Choice – limit 2 minutes. Introduce your poem by telling the audience in not more than 40 words why it is your favourite.
D7My Favourite Poem – Age 14 to 18Own Choice – limit 3 minutes. Introduce your poem by telling the audience in not more than 40 words why it is your favourite.
D8Heroes – OpenOwn Choice of any poem on the subject of what you consider to be heroic – limit 2 minutes
D9Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 11 and underOwn Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D10Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 12 to 14Own Choice from memory – limit 3 minutes
D11Any Comedy Poem or Prose Passage – age 15 to 18Own Choice from memory – limit 4 minutes
D12Prepared Reading – age 9 and underAny book by Atinuke – limit 150 words
D13Prepared Reading – age 10 to 11Any book by Berlie Doherty – limit 200 words
D14Prepared Reading – age 12 to 14Any book by Maurice Gleitzman – limit 250 words
D15Prepared Reading – age 15 to 18Any book by Juno Dawson – limit 250 words
D16Sonnet Speaking – Open
Own choice of any sonnet
D17Sight Reading – age 13 & underTo read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D18Sight Reading – age 14 to 18To read a passage chosen by the adjudicator
D19Public Speaking – OpenA speech on any subject to last no longer than 4 minutes. Visual aids may be used.
D20Bible Reading – age 18 and underChoice from King James Authorised Version of: Genesis 37 verses 1 to 24; Psalm 104 verses 1 to 14; John 2 verses 1 to 22
D21The Book of Common Prayer – age 18 and under

Limit 3 minutes. To speak or read a passage from the Book of Common Prayer 1662, to be chosen from one of the following:

  • Set of Collect, Epistle and Gospel for any Sunday or Holy Day
  • Passage consisting of one or more psalms and/or canticles
  • Passage from services of Morning or Evening Prayer, Holy Communion, Baptism, or Burial (excluding the Absolution, Blessing or Prayer of Consecration or other material appropriate for speaking by a priest)
  • Passage from the Catechism, Special Prayers and Thanksgivings, the Litany or Forms of Prayer to be used at sea
D22Shakespeare Solo – age 18 and underOwn Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 4 minutes
D23Shakespeare Solo – Open – NoviceOwn Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 3 minutes
D24Drama Solo – age 11 and underOwn Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D25Drama Solo – age 12 to 14Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D26Drama Solo – age 15 to 18 Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D27Drama Solo – Open – NoviceOwn Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 4 minutes
D28Solo Improvisation – age 18 and underAn improvisation, with or without speech, on a theme set by the adjudicator – limit 3 minutes plus up to a minute for preparation.
D29Drama Duologue – age 11 and underOwn Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D30Drama Duologue – age 12 to 14Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D31Drama Duologue – age 15 to 18Own Choice from any play other than Shakespeare – limit 5 minutes
D32Shakespeare Duologue – age 18 & underOwn Choice from any Shakespeare play – limit 5 minutes
D33Group Acting – age 18 and underOwn Choice piece from a published play with not less than 3 players – limit 5 minutes
D34Devised Drama Solo – age 13 and underPerform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • autumn afternoona secret placethe walk. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D35Devised Drama Solo – age 14 to 18Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: •and then we saw itoh, now I get itof course we’re allowed . The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D36Devised Drama Solo – Open – NovicePerform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a bucketa torcha tennis ball . The object must be used in the performance and be provided by the performer. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performer must announce the title prior to the performance.
D37Devised Drama Duologue – age 13 & underPerform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • the last timethe accidentthe lift journey. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D38Devised Drama Duologue – age 14 to 18Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • I don’t trust themnot my faultthis is the plan . The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D39Devised Drama Duologue – Open – NovicePerform a prepared scene of your own using one of the following objects as a stimulus: • a wellington boota cardboard boxa feather duster. The object must be used in performance and be provided by the performers. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D40Devised Drama Group – age 13 & underPerform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following events: • the adventure park partythe sleepoverthe nightmare. The scene must be a minimum of two minutes and no more than three minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D41Devised Drama Group – age 14 to 18Perform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • wait!no chanceit could be fun. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D42Devised Drama Group – Open – NovicePerform a prepared scene of your own devising based on one of the following phrases: • this is your big idea?top marksit’s not my best. The scene must be a minimum of three minutes and no more than four minutes in performance time. The performers must announce the title prior to the performance.
D43Musical Theatre – Solo – age 11 and underPresent a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D44Musical Theatre – Solo – age 12 to 14Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from either Hairspray, Matilda, School of Rock or Wicked. and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D45Musical Theatre – Solo – age 15 to 18Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from either Chicago, Cabaret, Avenue Q or Dear Evan Hansen and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D46Musical Theatre – Duetsage 11 and underPresent a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D47Musical Theatre – Duetsage 12 to 14Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from either Hairspray, Matilda, School of Rock or Wicked and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D48Musical Theatre – Duetsage 15 to 18Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from either Chicago, Cabaret, Avenue Q or Dear Evan Hansen and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D49Musical Theatre – Groups – age 13 and underPresent a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D50Musical Theatre – Groups – age 14 to 18Present a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
D51Musical Theatre – Solo, Duet, Group – OpenPresent a piece of devised text in character which will lead into/occur during the performance of a song. The song may be from a theatre musical or a film musical composed by any composer and should be between three and four minutes long. It must be accompanied (see Rules) and memorised.
Speech & Drama Adjudicators 2021
Drama Adjudicator – To be announced
Drama Adjudicator – To be announced.

 

Drama Adjudicator – To be announced.