Welcome to the Speech, Drama & Mime section!

We are delighted to welcome back to our 2018 Festival, Silvia Cavalier,  who will be adjudicating the classes for Speech, Drama and Mime.  As Pricipal of Harlequin Drama during the time that she lived in Hastings, Silvia, and her daughter, the actress Hilary Crowson, were responsible for the donation of several trophies for performers in this section of the Festival and so I am sure she is looking forward to having the pleasure of presenting them to this year’s winners.

There is something in the Speech and Drama section for all ages, from preschool to veterans.

There is a great variety of genres to be enjoyed, including, In the Speech classes, Solo Verse and Prose Speaking, and Choral Speaking.  Particularly popular with performers and audience alike are the Humorous Verse classes, for which there is one for every age group from under seven to over eighteen.  There is always a strong section for Original Verse as spoken or read, too. If you have not entered these classes before, give some serious thought to them.  Poetry is best enjoyed when speaking or hearing it spoken aloud.

The Drama classes, including those for Monologues, Dramatic Dialogue, Duologues and Mime offer excellent performance opportunities for pupils and students studying Performing Arts, especially if preparing for examinations or auditions, and the dramatic classes for groups, such as Speech Recital, Dramatic Shakespeare, Studio Plays and Dance Drama, offer schools and colleges a great opportunity to showcase either original work or excerpts from past productions or those in preparation.

This year, again, I am particularly keen to promote to teachers of English the classes for Original Verse and Shakespeare (for groups, individuals and duos). These offer opportunities for students to bring their original writing to a wider audience and to lift the Shakespearean text off the page and enjoy it as a dynamic, performance experience.

Also, the speech medal classes have not run over the past two years and I would love to see them back in the programme next March. In particular, the Gold Medal class, for performers of 18+ years is an attractive challenge as it carries a prize of £150 for a winning mark of 87+. Our medals are beautiful. Do think about entering for a chance to win one of them - you'll treasure it for the rest of your life!

I very much look forward to receiving your entries. Please get in touch via the website if I can be of any help. I would be very happy to answer any queries you might have. I am always willing to visit schools/colleges to meet with staff, talk about the festival and discuss the opportunities.

Deirdre Goodger

Section Secretary


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