A very warm welcome to all who are joining us this year. The Speech and Drama Section of this Festival is thriving and growing, as classes across the board are expanding with entries! From Public Speaking, to Acting, Reading, Mime and many more, there is so much on offer. Particular interest must be drawn to our Diamond Award. Any student between the ages of 9 and 18 years must enter the following three classes : Set Verse Speaking, Solo Acting and Reading (either Prose or Bible). The person with the highest combined mark out of those classes will be presented with this prestigious trophy at our Highlights Concert. It is also an opportunity to expand your potential, and exhibit your skills in a variety of work with different disciplines.
In addition, there are changes to the Syllabus this year. We have split the Novice Verse Speaking Class 10 years and under, and now have a 9 years and under, and an 11 years and under. This class was so popular last year we had 40 entries! We have also split some Solo Acting and Duologue Acting classes, and by popular request have introduced a Choral / Group Speaking Class 14 years and under. To top the list, your attention is drawn to our new, exciting Recital Classes – Junior and Senior.
Please do look at the full range of classes, giving opportunities to children and adults of all ages to perform and receive valuable feedback from our three lovely Adjudicators who are Louise Manders, Eleanor McLeod and Jenny Thornton this year. We are delighted to have them with us. We know they will be engaging, inspirational and enriching in accessing all they see.
RWBAF aims to promote all “Arts” being taught, practiced and performed in Royal Wootton Bassett and the surrounding areas. There is something for everyone to demonstrate their skills. We hope you will all enjoy presenting your work, engaging with the spirit of the Festival, and will leave enriched by your experience. Last year, many entrants said – When can we come again!
RWBAF liaises with teachers, organisations, schools, churches, and businesses with particular support from the Area Board, the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council, St. Batholomew’s Church, the Memorial Hall, Community Magazine, the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and G4S, Wiltshire Council’s Library and Mr. David Radway, engraver, together with other services. We are indebted to them for their valuable support to enable us to extend such opportunities to our community to develop their educational skills, and keep the arts alive for succeeding generations.
Sandra McDowell – Speech and Drama Chair