Speech & Drama Rules

SD1 Performers entering “Own Choice” Classes MUST ensure the selected pieces are of a suitable standard for the age group.  Teachers and students are requested to be aware of the sensitivity of the audience regarding the content of the scenes.  Language likely to cause offence MUST NOT BE INCLUDED.
SD2 (a) None but hand properties (e.g. fan, stick, handkerchief, scarf, etc.) will be permitted. In “Own Choice” Classes, a script must be given to the Adjudicator before performing in the Class.
(b) Stage costume may NOT be used, but rehearsal skirts will be allowed. Performers attention is drawn to rule G8.
SD3 The Adjudicator and Stewards will not prompt if words are forgotten; therefore competitors are advised to provide their own prompter who must NOT be their teacher. In case of difficulty competitors may ask for help from the office.
SD4 Age limit is reckoned as on 31st August 2017 and will be strictly observed.
SD5 Please note that time limits for 2018 have been revised and will be strictly adhered to. In the acting classes timing will begin after any introduction to the
scene has taken place.
SD6 Coaching. No instruction, mouthing of words or gestures by teacher, tutor or parent is allowed during performance. This and/or any other off-stage direction will incur a penalty.
SD7 The adjudicator’s decision is final.
SD8  Alterations. Performers wishing to make alterations to their published performance time must inform the Speech & Drama Secretary a minimum of one week before the Speech & Drama section begins. Alterations will not be accepted after this time except in exceptional circumstances.


Entries in poetry, prose or solo dramatic works to a limit of 10 minutes are covered by agreement with the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society. Duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by this agreement and copyright for these items should be sought by performers at the time of entry.