The City of Plymouth Speech & Drama Festival is being held from Monday 18th through to Friday 22nd November 2019 at The Future Inn, Plymouth PL6 5ZD.
We are pleased to announce that our Speech and Drama adjudicator is Anita Downey.
Anita is head of Speech and Drama at a large, flourishing Secondary School. This involves work to Diploma level in Speech, Acting and Public Speaking.
School productions and workshops are also engaged in. Anita is a busy examiner and a British and International Federation of Festivals adjudicator both at home and abroad. Training first as a teacher, she enjoyed working with students of all ages. Continuing her training at the Guildhall School and the Central School, taking the Advanced Diploma in Voice, Anita often runs workshops in this specialism. Winning the International Professor Van Lawrence Award for research into voice sounds led her to research further into the cultural rhythms of the world through literature.
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.
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.