Speech and Drama Chairman’s Welcome


Whether you are returning to us, or joining us for the first time this year, a very warm welcome to all. It is amazing to think that this year we are celebrating our Tenth Anniversary, having seen the Speech & Drama Section expand over the years from one Adjudicator in 2009 to four in 2019! Thus, we have some exciting Workshops and Events taking place in celebration, which we hope you will enjoy coming to, and/or taking part in.

We hope you will also enjoy selecting classes to suit your interest and talents in the wide spectrum we have to offer, ranging from Year 1 to Adults, whether solo, duo or group performances. Please also look at our Diamond Award. Those entering three specific disciplines, aged between Years 5 – 13, will be contenders for this prestigious award. If you are entering Verse and/or Sonnet, Acting and/or Shakespeare, the reading of Sacred Text and/or Prepared Prose, the higher marks will be taken, and the performer with the highest combined mark will receive this award of distinction.

Listening to your requests, we have expanded the Solo Acting Classes again, splitting Years 8 & 9, and extended the age limit on our Senior Devised Class. Some time limits have also been stretched to give more opportunity for in-depth performances. Our Recital Classes give an exciting opportunity to those seeking to entertain with a mix or work under a theme, and don’t forget that those entering Television News Reading now have a choice to be filmed, or present their work in person, although all must attend the class.

At a time when many Festivals are struggling, we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a stimulating and lively Festival. These are exciting times, giving opportunities to children and adults to perform and receive valuable feedback. We are totally indebted to our wonderful volunteers who come to assist, without whom we could not operate, and our small Committee is truly grateful.

Our Adjudicators this year are Ann Bauer, Ann Newson, Carol Schroder and Rebecca Vines. We know they will be engaging, and enriching in accessing all they see, to help young performers grow in confidence and self-esteem.

RWBAF aims to promote all “Arts” being taught and performed in Royal Wootton Bassett and surrounding areas. There is something for everyone to demonstrate their skills. We hope you will all enjoy engaging with the spirit of the Festival, and will leave enriched by your experience.

Sandra McDowell – Speech and Drama Chair

Dated 2019


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