Class List

The class list is the same from year to year.  Performance pieces in our annual classes are own choice to provide a diverse and interesting class and to support a variety of work.

Verse

Please note: except in the writing class – all selections should be published work.
(Don’t forget to bring a copy for the adjudicator!)

VS       VERSE SPEAKING (SOLO)
Award: The Gazey Trophy
To speak from memory a poem of the entrant’s own choice.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum.

HV       HUMOROUS VERSE CLASS (SOLO)
Award: Anniversary Shield
To speak from memory a funny poem of the entrant’s own choice.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum

VR       VERSE READING (SOLO)
Award: Ovens Davis Salver
To read aloud a prepared piece of published poetry of the entrant’s own choice.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum

Prose

Please note: All selections should be published work.

PS       PROSE SPEAKING (SOLO)
Award: The Tyerman Trophy
To speak from memory a piece of published prose from your favourite book.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum

PR       PREPARED READING (SOLO)
Award: Kirkaldi Shield
To read aloud a piece of published prose from your favourite book.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum

SR       SIGHT READING (SOLO)
To read aloud a test piece provided at the time of the class.

SCR     SCRIPTURE READING (SOLO)
Award: The Mainwaring Salver
To read aloud a prepared passage from the Bible or from the Scriptures of your own
religion in English translation.
A & B– 4 minutes max, C to E – 3 minutes maximum

 

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.
4 minutes maximum

SHK     SHAKESPEARE CLASS (SOLO)
Award: The Founders’ Scroll
To perform a piece from a play by William Shakespeare.
4 minutes maximum

DUO   DUOLOGUE CLASS
Award: The Friends’ Trophies
To perform a duologue of the entrants’ own choice.  Performances must be published work.  Want to write your own?  Look at the Writing Classes!
& B – 6 minutes maximum, C to E – 5 minutes maximum.
In drama classes, 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.  Lines must be memorised and a script provided for the adjudicator.

Public Speaking

PUB    PUBLIC SPEAKING (SOLO)
Award: The Shaun Hastie-Fuller Trophy
To make a speech on a subject entirely of the candidate’s own choice.
A – 6 minutes max, B & C – 5 minutes max, D & E – 4 minutes max.

PAM   PROPOSE A MOTION
To propose a motion entirely of the candidate’s own choice.
A – 6 minutes max, B & C – 5 minutes max, D & E – 4 minutes max.

Writing Classes

An opportunity to write and perform your own work. Copyright 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.  Entries are invited in all age groups.  Performance time of the poem should not exceed 3 minutes.  A copy of the poem must be submitted to the committee at least one week prior to the class.

WDS   SMALL DRAMATIC SCENE
Award: TBA
To write and perform a small dramatic scene for two or more characters.  This should be unpublished work.  Entries are invited in all age groups.  A script must be submitted to the committee at least one week prior to the class.
A & B – 15 minutes maximum, C to E – 10 minutes maximum.

Opportunities for Groups

GVS    GROUP VERSE SPEAKING (GROUP)
Award: The Barker Trophy
To perform a poem in a group of 5 or more (selections should be published work and recited from memory.)
5 minutes maximum performance time. Entries invited in all age groups.

PMV   POEMS FOR MORE THAN ONE VOICE
Award: The Millennium Bowl
To perform a poem in a group of 4 or less (selections should be published work and recited from memory.)
3 minutes maximum. Entries invited in all age groups.

SDS     SMALL DRAMATIC SCENE (GROUP)
Award: The Ellen James Trophy
Entries invited in all age groups (12 characters maximum.) To perform a small dramatic scene of the entrants’ own choice. Performances must be published work.
Want to write your own?  Look at the Writing Classes!
A & B – 15 minutes maximum, C to E – 10 minutes maximum.

Prizes!

Every competitor or group who performs at the Festival receives a certificate and a crit sheet with evaluation and advice from an experienced Federation adjudicator. Certificates are stamped to indicate the level achieved.
Trophies are awarded in most categories and allocated to an appropriate class – trophies are awarded for the year.
The winner(s) in each age group within a class also receive medals which they can keep.
See our website for further information.