City of Plymouth Festival

2022 Festival of Dance, Speech & Drama, and Music.

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The 2022 City of Plymouth Speech and Drama Festival

We are very pleased to announce that the Speech and Drama Festival opens on Monday November 14th and runs for 5 days, closing on Friday 18th November.

As usual, it will be held at the Future Inn, PL6 5ZD. Directions to the Future Inn are available on this page.

The 2022 Speech and Drama full syllabus will soon be available to download from the Important Documents section at the top of this page, as well as a syllabus for each of the November festivals.

A short syllabus is the list of classes available in each section. So, there is an instrumental syllabus, a speech and drama short syllabus and a short syllabus for the vocal section. This will give you information about the festival classes you want enter.

The Music, Speech and Drama Syllabus is a full syllabus and contains information and classes regarding all three of the festivals, that’s Music and Speech and Drama.

Once available, click on the short syllabus you require to download it.

Paul Trigg

We are pleased to announce that our Speech and Drama adjudicator is:

Paul Trigg

Qualifications: Bling,BA(Hons),RSA DipTEFL, LCCI CertTEB, AADA

Paul Trigg studied English at the University of East Anglia and then trained for the stage at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He then worked in the theatre for some time as an Actor and Director, forming “States Theatre Company”, which toured the UK with a programme of one-act American plays.

His interest in speech led him to take a postgraduate degree in General Linguistics at Manchester University and an EFL teaching diploma from International House in London. Subsequently, he taught Phonetics and Phonology at Yarmouk University in Jordan and was Assistant Director on an Arabic Language production of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”.

With the British Council in Las Palmas he worked as a Lecturer and Teacher Trainer and managed the centre’s Cultural Programme, producing and directing productions in English and Spanish. Here he first performed a Dickens Reading at the Guiniguada Theatre for British Week, which he has subsequently taken on tour to India, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey and the USA. He was also invited by the British Council to be the judge at an English speaking Drama Festival in Brasov, Romania.

In Turkey, where he was ELT Coordinator for the Istanbul Turco-British Association, he worked with the celebrated actress Yildiz Kenter on a new English touring production of “I Anatolia”.

For over 15 years, Paul worked in over 20 countries worldwide as an ESOL and Drama Examiner for Trinity College London, making in that time 10 exam tours of India, where he gave many presentations on drama skills and public speaking. He has adjudicated on nine occasions at the Hong Kong Festival and most recently at the Malta Islands Festival.

He was a continuity announcer on Radio Riyadh when he worked as a lecturer at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and his life as a teacher and actor in Istanbul was featured on a BBC Radio 4 series entitled “The New Europeans”, with his travels in Mongolia also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the programme “Breakaway”.

Safe return of all Festival cups and trophies

Auditing returned cups is a mammoth task and requires a lot of time and space.

Cups and trophies needing to be returned were those presented in the 2021 Plymouth Speech and Drama festival.

So, to support and make this task as easy as possible for Carolyne, we ask that they are returned to her by the 1st of October 2022.

Cups and trophies should be engraved with the name of the performer who had won the class and had been presented with the award.

The names of all performers in duet, trio and quad classes should be engraved on the award.

It should then be returned to Carolyne.

Cups and trophies can be delivered in person to Carolyne’s home, be left in the labelled box in Carolyne’s back garden, or they can be posted to the address below:

If you have any queries regarding the return of your cup or trophy please contact Carolyne. You can also contact her to make a personal arrangement. She is always very helpful.

Supervision of Performers

Please remember that for the duration of a festival all teachers, parents, guardians and carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children or pupils. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children or pupils are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Festival venues, performance and practice and changing areas that are be provided.

For your information, please read Plymouth festival’s Safer Festivals Statement which can be downloaded from the Important Documents section at the top of this page.

The Festival Performance

The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of an audience and receive a mark and feedback from a qualified adjudicator.

The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, including attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the accompanist.

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