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SPEECH AND DRAMA FESTIVAL 2016

SPEECH AND DRAMA FESTIVAL 2016

 

 

Palace Theatre,

Palace Avenue,

Paignton TQ3 3HF

Box Office: 01803 665800

Adjudicator:

 

Chairman and Entries Secretary:

Mrs Linda Lear,

6 Thorne Park Road,

Torquay TQ2 6RX

Tel: 01803 607672 Email: Linda@Lear20.eclipse.co.uk

Trophy Steward:

 

Speech Committee:

Mrs Delia Bowman, Mrs Wendy Caplan

Miss Sarah Caplan, Miss Jill Farrant AGSM, Poetry Society Gold Medal

 

SPEECH AND DRAMA ENTRY FEES 2016

SOLO 5 years and under £1.00

SOLO 9 years and under                                      £6.00

SOLO 10 years and over                                      £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

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES:

1st  March  2016

CLOSING DATE FOR THE RETURN OF CUPS:

31st  March 2016

 

THEATRE ADMISSION TICKETS 2016

The Committee and/or Theatre Staff reserve the right to refuse entry.

Session Ticket   £5.00                                Concessions (seniors)   £4.00

Daily Ticket   £8.00                                     Concessions (seniors)   £6.00

Speech Section Ticket   £12.00                  Concessions (seniors)   £10.00

This Festival does not charge children for entry to the auditorium. Children must be accompanied at all times and parents / guardians / carers are reminded of their responsibility under our Safeguarding Policy in this respect. 

PROGRAMMES 2016

Speech Programme  £2.00    or £3.00 by post

ACTION AND GESTURE IN VERSE SPEAKING

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 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.

SET POEMS

The set poems have been taken from:

The Works Paul Cookson, Macmillan (A)

The Works 4 Pie Corbett and Gaby Morgan, Macmillan (B)

The Works 5 Paul Cookson, Macmillan (C)

Read Me: 10th Anniversary Edition Gaby Morgan, Macmillan (D)

BACKING TAPES

A taped musical backing is optional in Choral Speaking and all own choice poetry and prose classes.

 

SPEECH AND DRAMA SYLLABUS 2016.

VERSE SPEAKING

Class VSP1 7 Years and under. Entry fee £6

THE HAYLEY MORSE CUP

Either 1. Who' s Afraid John Foster (B p 246)

Or       2. My Rabbit (D p 5)

Class VSP2 8 and 9 Years. Entry fee £6

THE FIONA BLAKE AWARD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Either 1. I Asked the Little Boy who Cannot See Anon (D p 88)

Or       2. If John Rice (D p182)

Class VSP3 10 and 11 Years. Entry fee £6.50

THE CROPPER CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Either 1. Poetman Pie Corbett (D p 124)

Or      2. Barry's Budgie....Beware David Harmer (B p10)

Class VSP4 12 and 13 Years. Entry fee £6.50

THE SAINSBURY SHIELD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Either 1. Quieter than Snow Berlie Doherty (B p 242)

Or      2. How Teachers Leave School Each Evening (B p385)

Class VSP5 14 and under 18 Years. Entry fee £6.50

THE MR & MRS CROPPER CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Either 1. Pegasus Eleanor Farjeon (A p 94)

Or      2. Everyone Sang Siegried Sassoon (C p260)

Class VSP6 Adult - 18 Years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE PACEY MILLS MEMORIAL CUP

Either 1. Careful With That, You Might Break It John Rice (C p 250)

Or      2. The Harvest Moon Ted Hughes (C p 133)

Class VSP7 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

Own choice. Time limit 3 mins.

THE VERSE SPEAKING CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class VSP8 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

Own choice. Time limit 3 mins.

THE SARAH CAPLAN SHIELD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class VSP9 Adult - 18 Years and over. Entry fee £6.50

Own choice. Time limit 3 mins.

THE ALEXANDRA DILLISTONE ROSE BOWL

Class VSP10 Verse or Prose Speaking 12 & under 18 yrs. Entry fee £6.50

Own choice with music/sound effects backing.

Time limit 3 mins.

MY FAVOURITE NURSERY RHYME

Own choice. Non-competitive.

Class NRY1   5 years and under.  Entry fee £1

CERTIFICATE AND MEDAL FOR ALL PERFORMERS

LYRICAL VERSE

Own choice. Not humorous. Time limit 3 mins.

Class LYC1 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE THOMPSON MEMORIAL CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

LYRIC

Own choice. Not humorous. Time limit 3 mins.

Class LYC2 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE HILARY GRIFFITHS (TOTNES) CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class LYC3 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE ANNE SIMPSON CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class LYC4 Adult - 18 Years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE CHALLENGE CUP

HUMOROUS VERSE

Own choice. Time limit 3 mins.

Class HUV1 7 Years and under. Entry fee £6

THE TORBAY FESTIVAL PLATE

Class HUV2 8 and 9 Years. Entry fee £6

THE GILLIAN HAYDEN SHIELD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class HUV3 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE MARJORIE LYON CUP

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class HUV4 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE SARAH KING AWARD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class HUV5 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE SCATTERGOOD SHIELD

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class HUV6 Adult - 18 Years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE VIOLET PINDER CUP

POETRY DUOLOGUE

Own choice.

The poem must lend itself to two voices which would enhance the listener's understanding and pleasure.

Class PDU1 7 years and under. Entry fee £10

THE ABBEY SCHOOL CUPS FOR POETRY DUOLOGUE

Time limit 2 mins.

Class PDU2 8 and 9 years. Time limit 2 mins. Entry fee £10

Time limit 2 mins.

Class PDU3 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £10

THE PENWILL ROSE BOWL

Time limit 3 mins.

Class PDU4 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £10

THE MICHAEL GWYNNE TROPHY

Time limit 3 mins.

Class PDU5 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £10

Time limit 3 mins.

Class PDU6 Adult - 18 Years and over. Entry fee £10

Time limit 4 mins.

CHORAL SPEAKING

Set piece AND own choice. Minimum 10 speakers.

Gestures and movement can enhance the Choral Speaking experience. (Please see guidelines)

Class CSP1 8 years and under. Entry fee £17.50

THE CHORAL SPEAKING (BEWLEY) CUP

          1. Vac Trevor Harvey (B p 159)

AND  2. Own choice.

Class CSP2 9 and 10 years. Entry fee £17.50

THE BISHOP CUP FOR CHORAL SPEAKING

          1. The Sound Collector Roger McGough (A p 417)

AND  2. Own choice.

Class CSP3 11 and 12 years. Entry fee £17.50

THE MORTIMER RICKS CHORAL SPEAKING CUP

          1. Jabbermockery Trevor Millum (A p 320)

AND  2. Own choice.

Class CSP4 13 and 14 years. Entry fee £17.50

THE DOROTHY BIRCH MEMORIAL CUP

          1. How the Tortoise Got its Shell Judith Nicholls (A p 57)

AND  2. Own choice.

CHORAL SPEAKING

Class CSP5 Mixed ages 10 years and under. Entry fee £17.50

          1. The Horrible Headmonster Wes Magee (B p 382)

AND   2. Own choice.

Class CSP6 Mixed ages 11 and under 18 years. Entry fee £17.50

          1. Riding Hood and the Wolf Roald Dahl (A p 55)

AND  2. Own choice.

PROSE SPEAKING

Own choice. Speaking from memory.

Class PSP1 7 years and under. Entry fee £6

THE THORNDYKE CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

Class PSP2 8 and 9 years. Entry fee £6

THE DASHWOOD-SIMPSON CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PSP3 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE OLIVE VANSTONE CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PSP4 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE TAMSIN LANE TROPHY

Time limit 4 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships) 

Class PSP5 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE LENTELL PLATE

Time limit 4 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PSP6 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE HARRIET DILLISTONE CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

PROSE READING

Own choice.

Class PRD1 7 years and under. Entry fee £6

THE BERNADETTE GOODMAN CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

Class PRD2 8 and 9 years. Entry fee £6

THE RACHEL LANE TROPHY

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PRD3 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE JACK QUARENDON SHIELD

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PRD4 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE BIJOU CUP

Time limit 4 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PRD5 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE GRACE EWIN TROPHY

Time limit 4 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class PRD6 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE ARMITAGE HARGREAVES TROPHY

Time limit 5 mins.

BIBLE READING

Authorised version only. Own choice.

 

Class BRD1 7 years and under. Entry fee £6

THE SHEILA GREGORY MEMORIAL CUP

Time limit 2 mins.

Class BRD2 8 and 9 years. Entry fee £6

THE OLWEN ELLIS MEMORIAL CUP

Time limit 2 mins.

Class BRD3 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE OLDFIELD CUP FOR BIBLE READING

Time limit 2 mins.

Class BRD4 12 and 13 Years. Entry fee £6.50

THE DOROTHY BRIGHT CUP FOR BIBLE READING

Time limit 3 mins.

Class BRD5 14 and under 18 Years. Entry fee £6.50

Time limit 3 mins.

Class BRD6 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE FURNEAUX SHIELD

Time limit 3 mins.

AGATHA CHRISTIE – A CELEBRATION

A celebration of the life, times and work of this Torquay-born writer including extracts from her books, plays and/or poetry. Non-competitive.

Class AGA1 Mixed ages. Entry fee £14/£17.50 (see page 2)

CERTIFICATE OF PERFORMANCE FOR EVERY GROUP

5 - 20 Performers. Time limit 10 mins.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

The competitor addresses the audience on a subject of his or her own choice. The use of small hand-held items to illustrate the talk is allowed but please advise use in advance if you wish to speak on the topic of pets, etc, and live animals are involved.

Class SPE1 11 years and under. Entry fee £6.50

THE HAYLEY RICHARDS CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

Class SPE2 12 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE THORNDYKE SHIELD

Time limit 5 mins

Class SPE3 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE BROOKES-KING (OTTERY) CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

MUSICAL THEATRE – Character into Song

The Performers introduce the song and characters and explain how the song fits into the plot of the show. They then act a short scene leading into the singing of the song. Performers must provide their own musical backing CD and observe the rules on costume and props.

Class MUS1 17 years and under. Entry fee £6.50

Time limit 5 mins.

Class MUS2 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

Time limit 5 mins.

Class MUS3 17 years and under. Entry fee £10/£14

Two to four performers. Time limit 5 mins.

Class MUS2 18 years and over. Entry fee £10/£14

Two to four performers. Time limit 5 mins.

SOLO DRAMA OR MONOLOGUE Own choice.

Costumes must not be worn though long practice skirts, which give freedom of movement, may be used, together with small items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes, etc. Tables and chairs and hand props are permitted

Solo Drama or Monologue Other than Shakespeare

Class SDR1 8 and 9 years. Entry fee £6

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR2 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE LORRAINE GRIBBLE SOLO ACTING CUP

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR3 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE PAUL FRYER CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR4 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE ANNE BAKER DRAMA CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR5 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

THE SINGLETON WRIGHT SHIELD

Time limit 5 mins.

DRAMATIC SPEECH FROM SHAKESPEARE

Class SDR6 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE KAYLEIGH HARDING SALVER

Time limit 3 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR7 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE BROOKES-KING CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR8 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE FULLER-CLARKE (EXETER) CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

(All performers gaining 84 marks or more will be expected to perform in the Championships)

Class SDR9 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

Time limit 5 mins.

DRAMA DUOLOGUE CLASSES Own choice.

Costumes must not be worn though long practice skirts, which give freedom of movement, may be used, together with small items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes, etc. Tables and chairs and hand props are permitted.

Reminder - duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society agreement. Permission to use copyright items in these classes should be sought from the owners by performers at the time of entry.

DUOLOGUE OTHER THAN SHAKESPEARE

Class DDU1 8 and 9 years. Entry fee £10

Time limit 5 mins.

Class DDU2 10 and 11 years. Entry fee £10

THE DUOLOGUE CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

Class DDU3 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £10

THE HARRIET MILLS MEMORIAL CUP

Time limit 5 mins.

Class DDU4 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £10

THE HERALD EXPRESS PLATE

Time limit 5 mins

Class DDU5 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £10

Time limit 5 mins.

SHAKESPEARE DUOLOGUE

Class DDU6 12 and 13 years. Entry fee £10

Time limit 5 mins.

Class DDU7 14 and under 18 years. Entry fee £10

Time limit 5 mins.

Class DDU8 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £10

Time limit 5 mins.

SOLO MIME

No props (other than tables and chairs) and no scenery or costume allowed. Title only to be announced. Own choice.

Class MIM1 Under 12 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE FIONA BLAKE MIME TROPHY

No music/sound effects. Time limit 3 mins.

Class MIM2 12 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

No music/sound effects. Time limit 4 mins.

Class MIM3 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6 .50

THE JOHN DILLISTONE CUP

No music/sound effects. Time limit 4 mins.

Class MIM4 Under 12 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE PAMELA DE WAAL SHIELD

Taped music/sound effects to be used. Time limit 3 mins.

Class MIM5 12 and under 18 years. Entry fee £6.50

THE STILING SHIELD

Taped music/sound effects to be used. Time limit 4 mins.

Class MIM6 Adult - 18 years and over. Entry fee £6.50

Taped music/sound effects to be used. Time limit 4 mins.

 

THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

Incorporating The Bill Coysh Grants Fund In memory of Bill Coysh, Hon. Secretary 1941-1959, Chairman 1959-1977,Vice President 1977-1987, and the Pamela de Waal Fund In memory of Pamela de Waal, Committee 1956-1980, Vice Chairman 1980-2011, Vice President 2002-2011.

Competitors are invited to apply for a grant for the next scholastic year if they:

1. are resident in Devon and

2. have been a regular competitor at this Festival, and

3. have obtained a place at a principal school of music, drama or stage dance for further training.

Applicants must send full particulars of themselves, their training to date, their participation in our Festival, and a copy of the letter of acceptance from the school or college concerned. An application to one fund will be considered an application to both. Any grant awarded is intended to be used by the recipient for the purchase of essential items related to their training, e.g. reference books, ballet shoes, music etc. Applications should be made in writing as soon as possible, but before 31st August to:

The Chairman

Torbay and South West of England Festival

6 Thorne Park Road

Torquay TQ2 6RX

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the committee has met to consider applications

 

THE SPEECH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Performers gaining 84 marks or more in the classes indicated in the syllabus, will repeat their performances at our Championship evening so that the following special awards can be made:

Junior Drama Champion

THE PRESIDENT’S CUP

Classes: SDR1, SDR2, SDR6

Junior Prose Speaking Champion

THE HANNAFORD SQUIRES CUP

For the purpose of this award, reading and speaking classes are taken into account.

Classes: PSP2, PSP3, PRD2 and PRD3

Junior Verse Speaking Champion

THE CHRISTINE CHADWICK CUP

Classes: VSP2, VSP3, LYC1, HUV2 and HUV3

Senior Drama Champion

THE FARLAN PRODUCTIONS CUP

Classes: SDR3, SDR4, SDR7, SDR8

Senior Prose Speaking Champion

THE ROSSITER DEPARTMENT STORE TROPHY

For the purpose of this award, reading and speaking classes are taken into account.

Classes: PSP4, PSP5, PRD4 and PRD5

Senior Verse Speaking Champion

THE REDCLIFFE CUP

Classes: VSP4, VSP5, VSP7, VSP8, VSP10, LYC2, LYC3, HUV4 & HUV5

Competitors may perform only once in each section of the Championships. Should a performer qualify in more than one class within each section, he/she has the choice of which performance to repeat. There will be no marks or adjudications in the Championships and no copy is required at the Adjudicator's table.

AWARDS: Adjudicator’s Choice

The Samuel Holmes Cup for Comedy Timing

The Margaret Bailey Memorial Cup for Senior Verse Speaking

The Richardson Darby Memorial Cup for Junior Verse Speaking

The Rex Holdsworth Memorial Cup for Drama

 

TORBAY & SW OF ENGLAND FESTIVAL - CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

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.

CREATING SAFER FESTIVALS FOR EVERYONE

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.

GENERAL RULES OF THE FESTIVAL.

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 2016 for Dance and Speech and Drama and 1st MARCH 2017 for Music.

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.

 

MUSIC/SONGS FROM SHOWS IN CURRENT PRODUCTION

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

DATA PROTECTION

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 linda@lear20.eclipse.co.uk