Speech & Drama Rules


All General Rules apply to the Speech & Drama Classes. Click here to view



Coaching. No instruction, mouthing of words or gestures by a teacher, tutor or parent is allowed during a performance. This and/or any other off-stage direction may result in a loss of marks.



Prompting.  The adjudicator and steward must not be expected to prompt if words are forgotten; performers are advised to provide their own prompter who must not be their teacher; in case of difficulty, performers may ask for help from the office.



Performers entering “Own Choice” classes must ensure that the selected pieces are of a suitable standard for the age group. Teachers and students are requested to be aware of the sensitivity of the audience regarding the content of the scenes. Language likely to cause offence must not be included.


None but hand properties (e.g. a fan, handkerchief, scarf etc.) will be permitted.


In ‘Own Choice’ classes, a script must be given to the adjudicator before performing in the class.


Full stage costume must not be used, but limited items to suggest character are permitted. See Rule G8.


Alterations. Performers wishing to request an alteration to their published performance time must inform the Speech and Drama Secretary a minimum of one week before the Speech and Drama Section begins. Requests may not be accepted after this time except in exceptional circumstances.


Entries in poetry, prose or solo dramatic works to a limit of 10 minutes are covered by agreement with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. Duologues and group dramatic activity are not covered by this agreement and copyright for these items should be sought by performers at the time of entry.