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Wednesday 1st  -  Friday 3rd May 2019


Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019

Venue: Palace Theatre,

Palace Avenue,

Paignton TQ3 3HF

Box Office: 01803 665800

Chairman and Entries Secretary:

Mrs Linda Lear,

6 Thorne Park Road,

Torquay TQ2 6RX

Tel: 01803 607672 Email:

Trophy Steward:

Jennifer Bald,


Cricketfield Road,

Torquay  TQ2 7NP


Speech Committee:

Mrs Delia Bowman, Mrs Wendy Caplan, Miss Jill Farrant, Mrs Sarah Northway



SOLO 5 years and under £1.00
SOLO 9 years and under £6.00
SOLO 10 years and under £6.50
DUOLOGUES All age groups £10.00
GROUPS All age groups – 3 to 9 people £14.00
GROUPS All age groups – 10 or more people £17.50


Download the Speech & Drama Festival Entry Form (Solo)

Download the Speech & Drama Festival Entry Form (Duologue)

Download the Speech & Drama Festival Entry Form (Groups)

Download the Speech & Drama Festival Syllabus



The Adjudicators’ Council of the British & International Federation of Festivals has endorsed the following statement with regard to the use of action and gesture in verse speaking: Illustrative actions and movement rarely ever enhance a performance. However, gesture that adds understanding, appreciation and an emotional response to the interpretation of the text is not only acceptable but welcome. It is being selective and discerning in the use of gesture that is so often the issue in enhancing the successful performance.


The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers candidates the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of a paying audience. The Adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, which includes attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing, and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the Accompanist.


Entry is deemed to be an acceptance of these rules

 1. This Festival is for amateurs, except for the Open Classes. An amateur is someone who does not derive his/her livelihood from the branch of performance defined by the class title, in which he/she seeks to enter the Festival. In any ensemble all members must adhere to this principle. This rule does not apply to Conductors and/or accompanists.

2. This Festival is open to all-comers in the age ranges stated who conform to the definition of amateur status given above. If entries are oversubscribed priority will be given to the entries from the Devon area. Dance entries will be taken on a first come first served basis.

3. The committee reserves the right to refuse entry.

4. All entries must be on an official entry form, which must be signed as indicated and all parts of the form must be completed. Late entries may incur a late fee/admin charge and may not be accepted.

5. Age is to be taken at 1st SEPTEMBER 2018 for Dance and 1st MARCH 2019 for Music, Speech and Drama

6. Entry fees are non-refundable.  Any cheques returned by our bankers will incur an administration fee.

7. The committee reserves the right to limit, cancel, split or combine any class(es).

8. The Festival is bound by copyright law and cannot allow photography, audio or video recordings of any kind (including mobile phones), all of which are absolutely forbidden. However, performers must be prepared to appear before the cameras of the media and/or agents of the Festival. All electronic equipment (mobile phones etc.) must be switched off in the auditorium.

9. The Festival committee cannot accept any responsibility for property left at the venue during the Festival.

10. The adjudicator’s decision will be regarded as final.

11. No performer, teacher or interested party may discuss any aspect of the Festival with an adjudicator before, during or after classes, except at the invitation of the adjudicator.

12. CERTIFICATES will be awarded as follows:

Certificate of Performance : 

75 - 77  A  performance limited in its communication.

78 - 80  A  performance showing developmentof technique and/or communication. 

Merit :   81- 83   A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability. 

Commended :   84 - 86  A  convincing performance technically and artistically. 

Distinction :   87- 89   An excellent performance technically and artistically.

Outstanding :   90+ An exceptional performance both technically and artistically. 

13. All trophies remain the property of the Torbay and S.W. England Festival. They must be returned in a clean condition to the Trophy Secretary by the closing date. Winners are responsible for all trophies whilst in their care and will be required to make good any damage or loss. We reserve the right to withhold future trophies if this rule is contravened.

14. The decision of the committee in all matters arising out of, or not specifically covered in these rules and regulations is final.

15. Any complaints must be made in writing and sent/emailed to the relevant section Secretary within one week of the close of the Festival and be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.

Supplementary Rules for Verse Speaking and Drama

S1. The Torbay and South West of England Festival has entered into an agreement with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society. This means that entrants do not have to seek copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items* performed to a time limit of 10 minutes.

Performers and teachers will be delighted to know that their participation in this Festival means that authors will be directly reimbursed as a consequence of their works being performed at this Festival.

Drama duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by this agreement, and copyright permission for these items should be sought by performers at the time of entry.

*Please note: dramatic items must be announced with title and author at the time of performance to qualify for copyright indemnity, and the performer must not change the words or gender of the character.

S2. Competitors may enter classes for a higher age group. The entry fee for these classes applies, not the age of the competitor.

S3. Choral Speaking groups must not number fewer than 10 persons.

S4. When submitting entry forms the title and author of own choice pieces must be clearly stated for inclusion in the programme. Where this rule is not complied with the entry becomes void.

S5. Competitors in own choice classes must not offer items with which they have won any class at this Festival in the previous three years.

S6. None of the set poems for the current year may be used as own choice pieces.

S7. No competitor may enter more than once in any solo class. In other classes multiple entries are permitted as long as the individual competes with a different partner(s).

S8. Teachers will be sent a programme as soon as possible after the closing date, which will indicate the approximate time for each class. Private entrants will receive a class card. Performers and other interested parties are requested to be in the auditorium at least 20 minutes before the time for their class to allow for the programme running early.

S9. Free entrance is granted to adult competitors only during the session in which they are performing. Teachers who have entered students into the Festival will receive a Teachers’ Pass. Parents and other interested parties are not entitled to be admitted without a valid ticket.

S10. Copies of own choice pieces should be submitted with the entry form. Those who fail to produce a copy for the Adjudicator may be penalised. All copies must have the competitor's name, class number, and entry number in the class clearly stated at the top. Background tapes should be marked in the same way.

S11. Original material: a full written copy must be submitted to the steward as per rule

S10. It must be original and the candidate's own work. Marks awarded will reflect content, literary style and presentation appropriate to the age group.

S12. Performers should let us know at the time of entry whether material that may give offence (subject matter, strong language, etc) is to be used, so that the class may be appropriately programmed and the audience advised.

S13. Any entry exceeding the time limit set for performance will either have marks deducted, be terminated, or be made void, at the discretion of the Adjudicator.

Candidates may, if they wish, offer a short introduction to set the scene, which will not be included in the time limit.

S14. In drama classes, reading of lines, either on or off stage, is not acceptable without a valid reason being given, either to the committee or the Adjudicator’s steward, in advance of the class.

S15. Costume and properties: costumes must not be worn in any class. In drama classes, long practice skirts, which give freedom of movement, may be used, together with small items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes, etc. Tables, chairs and hand props are permitted.

S16. Cups and trophies will be awarded to winners obtaining 84 marks or more. Medals will be awarded to the winners of all solo and duologue classes, whatever the mark obtained. Cups, trophies and medals will be awarded at the end of each class.

S17. Certificates and Adjudication sheets will be available approximately 15 minutes after the adjudication of each class. These must be collected during the Verse and Drama section of the Festival. Those remaining will be destroyed unless an sae has been provided.

S18. All communications should be sent to

Mrs Linda Lear,

6 Thorne Park Road,

Torquay TQ2 6RX.

These must be accompanied by an sae for reply, if necessary.


Delivered in partnership with The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech work for amateur festivals everywhere to help create thousands of educational performance opportunities for children and young people each year. The Federation, and our member Festivals, are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend best practice which protects them.

This policy applies to our Board of Trustees, paid staff, Adjudicator members, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of the Federation and our member Festivals.

We recognise that:

• the welfare of the child/young person is paramount

• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of the policy:

• to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our festivals, including the children of festival members

• to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

• valuing them, listening to and respecting them

• adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers

• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

• sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers

• sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately

• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

The Federation will review this policy each year in November in line with Safe Network guidance or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated to our member Festivals in time for the start of the new Festival year.


The Federation and its member Festivals use the following policies and procedures to create Safer Festivals for everyone:

1. A single, definitive Child Protection Policy adopted by all Federation Festivals.

2. One or more designated Festival Safeguarding Officers (FSO) appointed for each Federation Festival. Name: Linda Lear Phone: 01803 607672.

3. Best practice advice in the form of Safe Working Practice and Festival Child Protection leaflets, with support and training for all Festival staff and volunteers. Including clear reporting procedures for anyone with a concern about a child.

4. Appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all new Festival staff and volunteers responsible for providing safe environments for everyone attending / performing at a Federation Festival.

5. All Festival personnel wear an official Festival identity badge. All teachers / parents / guardians/carers are asked to report all incidents of any nature to anyone wearing a Festival badge. All reported incidents will be handled in accordance with the Safe Working Practice and Festival Child Protection best practice advice. In addition we will ensure the availability of a quiet area / room where concerns can be expressed in private.

6. For the duration of a Festival all teachers/parents/guardians/carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children/pupils. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children/pupils are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Festival venues, practice and changing areas that may be provided. The Festival cannot take responsibility for any property left unattended.

7. No unauthorised photography, audio or video recording of children and young people is allowed at our Festivals. Where parents/guardians/carers do not wish photos to be taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child is not included in official photos.

8. Some children and vulnerable adults may have specific needs in order to take part. If this is the case we ask the responsible teachers/parents/guardians/carers to contact the Festival Organisers prior to arrival. The Festival actively seeks wherever possible to meet these needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support – or to advise that help cannot be provided on this occasion.

9. The Festival’s Child Protection Policy and approach to Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone is published explicitly in our Syllabus and Programme. By completing and signing the entry form all parents / guardians / carers and teachers of performers under 18 (or vulnerable adults of any age) confirm that they give (or have obtained) the necessary consents for the performers to take part in the Festival. Without consent the entry to the Festival cannot be accepted.



It has been brought to our attention that we may not be covered by the blanket copyright agreement in respect of music/songs from shows in current production, and as a result teachers/performers may have to obtain their own licence for such items from Phonographic Performance Ltd.

The latest situation is that ‘songs from the shows’ may be performed as a song without movement, i.e. as a concert item, not in costume or using any props that would identify the performer with the show – e.g. ragged clothes for the Artful Dodger or painted whiskers for Cats. Whilst this agreement is fine for the singers in the Music section of our Festival, it has grave implications for dancers and could affect mime and personal programme classes in our Speech section. Teachers are advised, if they have any queries, to contact the Festival Chairman, before applying or paying for a licence from Phonographic Performance Ltd.g


The Torbay and South West of England Festival holds data solely for the purpose of running the Festival. Personal data will not be disclosed to third parties without the express permission of the data subject unless such disclosure is to enable the Festival to fulfil its constitutional purpose. 


*** It’s your Festival.  Get involved! ***

We need a Cup Steward. This once-a year job is essential to the smooth running of the Festival.

We also need someone with basic computer skills to handle our entries and help produce our programme, etc.

Contact Linda Lear on 01803 607672 or