How to Enter

The Coventry Festival of Speech and Drama is open to everyone.  The Festival aims to provide a caring and friendly environment for all participants and audience – we welcome all amateur performers.

There are classes for every age and ability, both competitive and non-competitive (Seedbed).  Whether you have a teacher or not, or whether or not you have entered a festival before, this festival is for you.

The Festival is an annual event and is held each November.  It is run by a committee of enthusiastic volunteers and information is available on the website.

During the year

Look at the class list and decide what to do.  It lists all the classes at the Festival, includes an entry form and other useful information such as costs and rules.

The syllabus can be found on the Festival website ( or a paper copy can be obtained from Mrs B Davidson, 2a Church Park Close, Coventry, CV6 2EQ.  You can also email us on

The classes fall into five key categories: Prose, Verse, Acting, Writing and Public speaking. Often work done in school is performed at the Festival; if your class performs a poem in an assembly, or you have acted a scene in front of your class or friends, then why not perform it at the Festival?

Decide what you want to perform and start practising!

 In September

Once you have decided which class/classes you or your student would like to enter, the entrant or their teacher (if they have one) can complete the entry form found in the class list or on our website and send it to the treasurer with a cheque for the entry fees.  A multiple entry form is also available on the website for teachers and groups.

The information you require to complete the entry form is:

  • The name of the competitor in the form that you want it to appear in the programme.
  • The contact details.  This is used by the Festival to send out details of class dates/times 2-3 weeks before the festival takes place. Where a teacher enters a number of pupils in the festival it is usual for the teacher to put their address.
  • The Class Code – This is the 2/3 letter code written in the syllabus by the side of each class e.g. SA for Solo Acting.
  • The Age Code & Date of Birth of each competitor – Age codes are A to G and can be found in the class list. Note:
  • The title and author of the piece
  • The entry fee – All costs are detailed in the class list.  No entries can be accepted without payment. (we work for free but the adjudicator doesn’t!)
  • The type of entry – This is either C for Competitor or S for non-competitive Seedbed.
  • Note: If there is not sufficient space on the entry form please continue of a separate sheet of paper.  We are not fussy about having particular forms but we do need all the above information.

SEEDBED – If someone wants to perform in front of an audience but does not want to compete, seedbed is perfect! Certificates are given and the adjudicator gives praise and advice as well but the performance is not counted in the competition.

The Festival Committee tries to keep up with current legislation and copies of our Safeguarding Policy are available on our website and are also attached to the class list.  Please take time to read it as it may help you when making arrangements to attend the Festival as Festival Stewards and Committee do not take responsibility for the supervision of children. In the friendly spirit of the festival we 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 will include children.

Once the entry form is completed please return it to: Miss. J. Barker, 1 Kelvin Avenue, Coventry CV2 3DD, along with a cheque for the entry fees.

In October

Two or three weeks before the Festival you will receive the entry tickets with details of the date and time of your performance and any other details relating to your performance.  The Festival currently takes place at Bablake School in Coventry in a purpose built auditorium.  However, if necessary, other venues will be used.

In November

When the entrant performs it will be in the presence of an audience, which typically comprises friends and family of the competitors, and a qualified adjudicator.

It is the role of the adjudicator to provide a written assessment and mark for each performance. They will also talk about the performances at the end of the class when all performers have been seen.

Everyone who enters receives a certificate.

1st place in each age group receives a medal, and many classes have trophies which are awarded to the best performance in the class.

Entry Fees for Coventry Festival of Speech and Drama November 2014.

Solo entry £5.00
Duologue entry £7.00
Groups £2 per group member (minimum £10.00)

Teachers may use group entry forms