Meet Rebecca Vines: our 2019 SD & Musical Theatre Adjudicator

Rebecca trained as a journalist at Cardiff University, during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper before moving to London to study with The Actors’ Company.  Appointed Head of Speech & Drama at an Independent School in Cheltenham in 2003, her pupils have been offered training places at all the major UK acting schools – working for the BBC, Channel 4, RSC and the film production company – Working Title. She is the Founder of Close Up Theatre, which has won the elite Sell-Out Status for nine years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Artistic Director for No Prophet Theatre.

Meet Ann Bauer: Our 2019 Speech and Drama Adjudicator

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Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years, and has worked in mainstream education as a drama and English teacher, a SENCO and specialist teacher for pupils with SEN.

Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.

She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.

Currently Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs. She is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Drama skills are never far away in her strategies whichever subject she is teaching. In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, and enjoys theatre going and precious time with her family.

RWBAF Poetry Competition

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, this year we are running a COMPOSE A POEM! competition either on the set theme in the Verse Speaking Classes SD1 – SD6 OR illustrating what you enjoy most about the festival and performance.

There are two categories : Ages 5 – 8 years & 9 – 11 years

You can submit any design to your taste and flair on A4 sheet of paper. To be submitted by 31st October to: Mrs. Sandra McDowell, The Chestnuts, Cleverton, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 5BT

e-mail: sj.mcdowell@btinternet.com 

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Please firmly attach the following details to your entry:

Your name
Address
DOB
Email
Telephone number

(You can scan and email, or post us your entry).

All poems will be displayed at the Festival in November, and there will be a winner of each group with 2nd & 3rd placings. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded, together with a prize. Winners will also have their work printed on the RWBAF website, and in the Programme.

Good luck
The RWBAF team!

RWBAF Poster Competition

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, this year we are running a DESIGN A POSTER! competition to promote The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

There are two categories : Ages 5 – 8 years & 9 – 11 years

You can submit any design to your taste and flair on A4 sheet of paper. To be submitted by 31st October to: Ms. Rhian Vaughan, 62 Perry’s Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9AP

e-mail: rhian32@gmail.com

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Please firmly attach the following details to your entry:

Your name
Address
DOB
Email
Telephone number

(You can scan and email, or post us your entry).

All posters will be displayed at the Festival in November, and there will be a winner of each group with 2nd & 3rd placings. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded, together with a prize. Winners will also have their work printed on the RWBAF website, and in the Programme.

Good luck
The RWBAF team!

RWB Arts Festival 2018 Success!

Over 600 people from all over Wiltshire and beyond took part in the 9th Speech and Drama Festival organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival at the weekend (17th and 18th November 2017). The event took place at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Our growing number of performers meant that for the first time the Festival employed four adjudicators to give expert feedback and advice to entrants.

Students took part in over 70 separate classes from solo, group and duologue acting to mime, news reading, choral speaking and poetry recitals. The level of talent and hard work displayed was exceptional this year with over 100 trophies and medals being awarded to the top performers.

Chair, Sandra McDowell said: “We are delighted with the high level of participation and engagement from our performers, their teachers and parents this year. Taking part in a festival is no mean feat and we congratulate all those who took part. We hope they feel enriched from their experience and have gleaned some tips from our inspirational adjudicators”.

The Classical Guitar Festival took place alongside the Speech and Drama and welcomed young performers, many of who hadn’t taken part in the Festival before. Classes included were Baroque, Spanish/Latin and Modern as well as duets and ensembles.

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