Speech & Drama

We have a new system for entries. Please click on the link below for how to apply and for hints on creating an effective video performance. The first time that you use the new entry system, you will need to register.

The closing date for entries is Friday 16th April 2021.

If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the six-months prior to the Festival, they should contact the Section Head before entering.

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SPEECH & DRAMA CLASS DETAILS

We are excited to announce that following the success of The One Minute Monologue online competition we are running a Virtual Festival this year. Whilst the categories are slimmed down we have plenty for you to enter and are thrilled to welcome back Cally Foster and Katrina Mulvihill who will be adjudicating the Verse and Acting sections.

For the first time this year we are introducing a TV presentation category adjudicated by professional TV presentation trainer, Darren Simmons.

There are five types of class that you can enter:

Solo Acting

For a single actor performing an extract from any modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script written after 1910. Time limit 3 minutes

Entries to be performed from memory.  A small amount of props and costume may be used but are not essential.

Group Acted Scene

For 2 to 4 actors, Own choice. The age * of the oldest competitor determines which class to enter. Entries can either be an extract from any play, novel, film, radio or TV script or be written by the group.  Entries can take the form of Zoom/Teams meetings or may be edited together. Time limit 5 minutes

Poetry Recital

For a single entrant. Own choice. All verse speaking may be acted but must be performed from memory. Time limit 2 minutes

News Reporting/TV Presenting

For a group of 2 to 5 entrants. Entries should use the theme of either Happiness, Our Lives or Talking Pets. The age of oldest competitor determines which class to enter.  Entries can either be as a to camera News report (News at 10 style) or as a Magazine style show. (In the style of This Morning).  All group entries can be edited. Time limit 5 minutes

Drama Group Acting

For 5 to 10 actors, Own choice. The age * of the oldest competitor determines which class to enter. Entries can either be an extract from any play, novel, film, radio or TV script or be written by the group.  Entries can take the form of Zoom/Teams meetings or may be edited together. Time limit 5 minutes

Age Groups

* Age is the age on 1st September 2020 so that all the entrants in a class are in the same school year.

Within each type of class there are classes for the following age groups:

  • 5 to 6 years
  • 7 to 8 years
  • 9 to 10 years
  • 11 to 12 years
  • 13 to 15 years
  • 16 to 18 years

The first time that you apply, you will need to register.

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All entries will be pre-recorded this year and, as last year, we will have a live winners announcement on Sunday 9th May 2021.

The North London Festival is open to all, and this virtual festival should make it easier than ever to participate. We would love to welcome more schools, private teachers and aspiring actors to enter and make NLF a highlight of their dramatic year

The closing date for entries is Friday 16th April 2021.

For more information contact our section administrator Sooriya on nlfentry@hotmail.com


One Minute Monologue Competition

In summer 2020, we held our first online speech & drama competition to celebrate the Festival’s centenary in November 2020.

Take a look at the One Minute Monologue winners from last year.

Last year some of our participants told us what the festival meant to them – watch this video to listen to their enthusiasm as they talk about what they feel they gain from competing.

 Festival Video

Click more to see the winners from the 2020 One Minute Monologue Competition

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Section
Class
First Competitor's Name
(as it will appear in programme)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Second Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Third Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Fourth Competitor's Name
(where applicable)
Date of birth (if under 18)
(please use DD/MM/YYYY format) *

I am over 18.

Instrument / voice
(not required for speech and drama entries)
Add more competitors
Remove Competitor
Group/Choir Size (if applicable)
Title and Composer of piece to be performed
(if applicable)
Time to perform (if applicable)
Teacher's name
Teacher's Contact phone number
Teacher's Email
Conservatoires/universities attended
Entry date
Graduation date
If you studied at more than one conservatoire/university, please enter details for the last one at which you studied.

Class fee