Welcome to the Speech, Drama & Mime section!

This year I am particularly keen to promote to teachers of English the classes for Original Verse and Shakespeare (for groups, individuals and duos). These offer opportunities for students to bring their original writing to a wider audience and to lift the Shakespearean text off the page and enjoy it as a dynamic, performance experience.

Also, the speech medal classes have not run  over the past two years and I would love to see them back in the programme next March. In particular, the Gold Medal class, for performers of 18+ years is an attractive challenge as it carries a prize of £150 for a winning mark of 87+. Our medals are beautiful. Do think about entering for a chance to win one of them - you'll treasure it for the rest of your life!

We will be delighted to welcome our adjudicator for 2017, Ann Bauer, details of whom are available on this website.

I very much look forward to receiving your entries. Please get in touch via the website if I can be of any help. I would be very happy to answer any queries you might have. I am always willing to visit schools/colleges to meet with staff, talk about the festival and discuss the opportunities.

Deirdre Goodger

Section Secretary

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Festival Office opening hours are:
The first Wednesday of the month between 10.30 & 11.30am until September 1st,
after which the office will be open each Wednesday from 10.30am till 12.30pm until the end of March 2017.
The Festival Office, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, TN34 1JX