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					COVENTRY FESTIVAL of SPEECH & DRAMA
Charity no. 1058822

2009 Class List
14th November 2009
&

21st November 2009
Held at Bablake School, Coundon Road, Coventry.

‘A celebration of voice & movement through speaking & acting’
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Affiliated with the British and International Federation of Festivals

Welcome to the 2009 Coventry Festival of
Speech and Drama!
This year we plan to participate in an exciting new venture. The British & International Federation of Festivals has teamed up with Barnardo’s, the children’s charity, to create the first season of Barnardo’s “Believe” Festivals to run in 2010. Believe Festivals aim to celebrate the achievements of young people working together so group performances, which gain a mark of 84 or above at a Federation festival, can take part in a Believe Festival at a top venue in London – further details on the website. Once again our venue is Bablake School and we are looking forward to meeting new participants and greeting old friends. We are working to keep our costs down and have maintained our fees at last year’s level – the more entries we have, the easier it is to keep costs down, so everybody – try to bring a friend! Also saving money and time, we have a website – www.covfsd.co.uk. There you can find updated information and have the chance to print off extra entry forms and copies of the syllabus. Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” page for further information. Best wishes for a very successful year – The Committee. Entry Fees for Coventry Festival of Speech and Drama November 2008. Class type Solo entry Duologue entry Groups Entrant fee £4.50 £6.00 £2 per group member (minimum £10.00)

The Festival Committee tries to keep up with current legislation and copies of our Child Protection Policy are available on request. We would ask visitors to use common sense and to be tolerant of each other but to report, immediately, anybody behaving in a suspicious manner to a Committee Member or Steward. In selecting pieces, please be aware that the Festival Audience may include children.

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VERSE
Please note: except in the writing class - all selections should be published work. VS VERSE SPEAKING (SOLO) Award: Gazey Trophy To speak from memory a poem of the entrant's own choice. A – 4 minutes max, B to H - 3 minutes maximum. SONNET CLASS (SOLO) Award: The Tyerman Trophy To speak from memory a sonnet of the entrant's own choice. Entries invited in all age groups (Sonnets take approximately one minute to speak) POEMS FROM OTHER CULTURES (SOLO) Award: Book Token To speak from memory a poem written in English by a minority or foreign poet. (See current GCSE syllabus or BBC Bitesize for possible suggestions.) A - 4 minutes maximum, B to H - 3 minutes maximum. HUMOROUS VERSE CLASS (SOLO) Award: The Robert Ovens Trophy To speak from memory a funny poem of the entrant's own choice. A - 4 minutes maximum, B to H - 3 minutes maximum. VERSE READING (SOLO) To read aloud a prepared piece of published poetry of the entrant's own choice. A – 4 minutes max, B to F - 3 minutes maximum, G & H - 2 minutes maximum. LARKIN CHALLENGE CLASS (SOLO) Award: Book Token To read aloud a poem (or extract from a poem) by Philip Larkin. A - 4 minutes maximum, B to F - 3 minutes maximum, G & H - 2 minutes maximum.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROUPS

“Ever done an assembly & wanted to do it again?”
CHS CHORAL SPEAKING (GROUP)* Award: The Barker Trophy To perform a poem or poems - 5 minutes maximum Entries invited in all age groups. GROUP VERSE SPEAKING (GROUP)* To speak a poem or poems for more than one voice. Entries invited in all age groups. A to E - 4 minutes maximum, F to H - 3 minutes maximum. SMALL DRAMATIC SCENE (GROUP) Entries invited in all age groups (12 characters maximum.) To perform a small dramatic scene of the entrants' own choice. Entrants may write their own scenes. A & B - 15 minutes maximum, C & H - 10 minutes maximum.

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We consider Choral Speaking to be work spoken by a choir of voices (probably more than 8) with soloists and small groups taking lines and parts. A substantial amount of the work will be performed in unison and this controlled speaking in chorus is an important part of the skill. Group Verse Speaking is generally performed by smaller groups (less than 8). Most of the speaking is individual. Both forms may be dramatised or simply spoken according to the needs of the poem.

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PROSE

Please note: All selections should be published work. PS PROSE SPEAKING (SOLO) To speak from memory a piece of published prose of the entrant's own choice. A to E - 3 minutes maximum, F to H - 2 minutes maximum. PREPARED READING (SOLO) Award Kirkaldi Shield To read aloud a prepared passage of published prose of the entrant's own choice A – 4 minutes, B to E - 3 minutes maximum and F to H 2 minutes maximum SIGHT READING (SOLO) To read aloud a test piece provided at the time of the class. SCRIPTURE READING (SOLO) Award: The Mainwaring Salver To read aloud a prepared passage from the Bible or from the Scriptures of the entrant's own religion in English translation. A - F - 3 minutes maximum, G to H - 2 minutes maximum.

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CHALLENGE CLASS Prize: Two Cinema Tickets Test: To speak from memory one piece of verse and read aloud one piece of prose linked by a theme. Total performance times A - 6 minutes maximum, B to E - 5 minutes maximum and F to H 4 minutes maximum

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ACTING
All sections should be from published work, unless otherwise stated, and performed from memory. SA SOLO ACTING Award: The Pattison Trophy To perform an acting piece - own choice. A & B 4 minutes maximum, C to H - 3 minutes maximum.

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SHAKESPEARE CLASS (SOLO) Award: The Founders' Scroll To perform a piece from a play by William Shakespeare. A & B - 4 minutes maximum, C to H - 3 minutes maximum. DUOLOGUE CLASS Award: The Friends’ Salvers To perform a duologue of the entrants' own choice. A& B - 6 minutes maximum, C to H - 5 minutes maximum.

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MIM

MIME CLASS (SOLO) To perform a mime on a subject of the competitor's own choice. Music may be used but no additional marks will be awarded. A & B - 3 minutes maximum, C to H - 2 minutes maximum.

No marks are awarded for costume or make-up and most people perform in rehearsal dress or clothes that suggest the appropriate costume. Hand props may be used. A table and chairs will be provided at the venue - if you need special arrangements, contact the committee. It is important that time limits are observed.

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WRITING CLASSES
An opportunity to write and perform your own work. Copywrite remains the property of the author, however, the Festival reserve the right to use entrant’s work in their publicity materials. PWS POETRY WRITING CLASS (SOLO FEE APPLIES) Award: The Lockett Cup To write and perform a piece of poetry written by the candidate. This should be unpublished work. Candidates may arrange for their work to be performed by another person but only one prize will be awarded. Entries are invited in all age groups. Performance time of the poem should not exceed 3 minutes. A copy of the poem must be given into the committee at least one week prior to the class receipts will be issued. WRITE FOR RADIO CLASS (SOLO FEE APPLIES) Award: Book Token To write a short script suitable for broadcast on radio. This should be previously unpublished/broadcast work. A legible copy of the script must be submitted with the entry form and fee by the Festival closing date. A panel will select finalists in each age group who will be asked to perform an extract from their script at the Festival – maximum four minutes performance time. Candidates may arrange for their work to be read by another person or by a group but only one prize will be awarded SHORT STORY WRITING CLASS (SOLO FEE APPLIES) Award: Book Token To write a story not exceeding 1000 words. This should be previously unpublished work. A legible copy of the short story must be submitted with the entry form and fee by the Festival closing date. A panel will select finalists in each age group who will be asked to read aloud an extract from their story at the Festival – maximum four minutes performance time. Candidates may arrange for their work to be read by another person but only one prize will be awarded

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If you are a teacher and you want to know what the Festival is all about, there is an Information Pack available containing leaflets, posters and other useful information. . Please contact Becky Davidson on 02476338477 or Jane Manton on 02476504115 or e-mail covfsd@hotmail.co.uk

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PUBLIC SPEAKING
Notes and visual aids may be used but speakers should aim for a spontaneous effect. Time limits must be observed. PUB PUBLIC SPEAKING (SOLO) Award: Trophy To make a speech on a subject entirely of the candidate's own choice. A – 6 to 8 minutes, B to E - between 4 & 6 minutes, F & H - between 3 & 5 minutes.

NEW ADULT CLASSES
All Festival classes are open to any age group, including adults. However, by popular request, this year, adult competitors will only perform alongside other adults in their own Festival Session. Everything else is the same – the adjudicator, the competition, the mark scheme, the certificates and medals! If you want to donate a trophy in this section, contact the committee.

Some things improve with age – come and join the fun!

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RULES
1. 2. The Competitive Classes are limited to non-professionals (Professionals are those whose primary income is derived from this branch of the arts.) Age Limits – as at 1st September in the year of the Festival. A Adults (Over 18) E 10 or 11 years old B 16 or 17 years old F 8 or 9 years old C 14 or 15 years old G 6 or 7 years old D 12 or 13 years old H 5 or younger on 1st September in Festival year. Age Group or Date of Birth should be clearly stated on the Entry Form and the Committee reserves the right to ask for proof of age and identity. Entrants in the Competitive Duologue Classes & Groups are marked in the age group applying to the oldest competitor. Group Classes may be judged in broader age bands. Entrants may enter any class as a Competitor or Non-Competitive "Seedbed" Entry. All entrants receive a certificate. In Competitive Classes certificates will be decorated according to the categories in the British & International Federation of Festivals standardised marking system. First prize will be a medal unless otherwise stated. If there is only one Competitor in a class or age group, a "Merit" mark of 81 or above will be required for a first place to be given or a trophy to be awarded. Marking Scheme The adjudicator(s) working at our festival will allocate marks using the British & International Federation of Festival guidelines. These will be displayed on the crit sheets and more details are given on the Festival Website. Entries in the writing classes remain the property of the writer but are entered on the understanding that the Festival may display them or use them in publicity material. Photography, sound or video recording is subject to strict conditions and permission must be obtained from the committee. Photographs taken by the committee may be displayed or used for publicity purposes with appropriate permission. If a parent or carer does not wish their child to be photographed, it the parent’s or carer’s responsibility to remove them from the situation at the time. Entries may not be transferred. Entrants may not enter the same piece twice in the same festival. All entrants must register at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of their class and submit a legible copy of their piece. (The Festival pays the ALCS for copyright of poetry and prose performed at the Festival. Dramatic items are not covered by this payment and it is the performer’s responsibility to obtain appropriate permissions, if necessary) Time limits will be strictly observed and should include introductions. Any entrant exceeding the time limit may be stopped and their performance judged to that point. All entries and pieces should be delivered in English unless otherwise stated. In Drama Classes no marks are awarded for costume or make-up. Hand props may be used. Except by prior arrangement, stage scenery is restricted to a table and chairs which will be provided. The Closing Date for Entries is 1st October in any year. The Adjudicator's decision is final. The Committee will decide on any matter not provided for in the rules and are not obliged to give refunds. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry or admission to any person without declaring any reason and accepts no liability for any loss or damage, consequential or indirect, howsoever caused.

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*ALCS stands for Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society

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INDIVIDUAL ENTRY FORM Group Entry forms for Teachers are available upon request PLEASE RETURN TO: The Treasurer, Miss. J. Barker, 1 Kelvin Avenue, Wyken, Coventry. CV2 3DD. by 1st October 2009 NAME: ADDRESS:

TEL NO. Name of Teacher/School* Name of Duologue Partner* (* if appropriate)

DATE OF BIRTH:

PLEASE LIST ALL THE CLASSES YOU ARE ENTERING (N.B. S/C = Seedbed or Competitive) ClassCode. Age Group S/C Title of Piece & Author Fee

PLEASE CONTINUE ON THE REVERSE, OR A BLANK SHEET OF PAPER, IF YOU ARE ENTERING MORE THAN FIVE CLASSES. If you are unable to attend on a particular day, please note this on the form. However, programming a Festival is a complex task involving many people and we cannot possibly guarantee to consider all requests. (Your attention is drawn to Rule 17.) TOTAL FEE ENCLOSED……………………………………………………………………………………… I enclose a crossed cheque/postal order payable to The Coventry Festival of Speech and Drama and agree to abide by the rules. Please note, entries will not be accepted without payment. Signed………………………………………………………….Date……………………………………...…… For competitors under the age of 18 years, an adult should sign on their behalf. Multiple entry form for teachers available on request.

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