Verse Speaking

Advice for Verse Speakers from the Adudicators Council

Illustrative actions and movement rarely ever enhance a performance. However, gesture that adds understanding, appreciation and an emotional response to the interpretation of the text is not only acceptable but welcome.

It is being selective and discerning in the use of gesture that is so often the issue in enhancing the successful performance.




Group Speaking 

The list below contains some points from recent adjudications, in no particular order.    

Each adjudicator may put their emphasis on a different aspect. 

 Performance begins with getting to the stage
 Music and sound can be used
 Minimal suggestion of costume is OK , eg a hat
 Own choice poem should be a sharp contrast to demonstrate skill of the group
 Poems can offer opportunity for some solo work

 Make grouping interesting, everyone should be seen by audience, especially when speaking

 Pupils can be distracted by surreptitious conducting
 Movement should only be used where it enhances the poem
 The mood of some poems requires stillness
 Adjudicators looking for modulation, clarity and diction
Please ensure the performance piece is suitable for a family audience

The title of the play/novel, author and publisher must be submitted at the time of entry. The final script, indicating cuts, must be sent to the Drama Secretary, clearly marked with class number and name, by March 12th. Simple costume optional, no make-up, essential props only.

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