Blackburn Festival of Speech, Music & Dance.

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Thank you to all who helped, in any way, with the 2017 Speech Festival.

The dates for the 2018 Festival 

19, 20 May


 Westholme CrostonTheatre Westholme Upper School Meins Road BlackburnBB2 6QU

                         SPEECH SECTION

Hon Secretary:- Mrs L Slinger
Cockerham Hall, Saccary Fold, Mellor, BB1 9DL
Tel. 01254 814663

Entries to be sent to the above for Speech and Drama, with Cheques & Postal Orders made payable to "Blackburn Festival". accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope for the competitors' tickets. These will be an acknowledgement of the entry, giving the date, time and ballot number for each class. Competitors should report to the class 20 minutes before the stated time of commencement of the class. (See reg. 6)

Closing date for entries 10th March 2018

Own Choice:- see regulation 4

Blackburn Festival has entered through the British Federation of Festivals into an agreement with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society. This means that entrants do not have to obtain copyright permission for any poetry, prose or solo dramatic items performed at the Festival to a time limit of 10 minutes. Solo Dramatic pieces must be announced with the Title and Author at the time of performance to qualify for copyright indemnity and the performer must not change the words or gender of the character. Duologues and Groups are not covered by this agreement, and copyright for these items must be sought at the time of entry. The Festival Committee accepts these entries on the basis that the appropriate copyright permission has been sought.


Solos15 years & under 
Solos Open16 years & over 
Duologues15 years & under 
Duologues Open16 years & over 
Group SpeakingAll Classes 






 Musical Theatre



which we hope you will enjoy entering this year.



This is an opportunity to perform in the Theatre at Westholme Upper School.   We hope, providing a Festival platform for individuals and small groups and to have their work professionally adjudicated, we are addressing the increasing expectation of Examination Boards and Drama Schools. 



Entrants (up to 3 people in each group) will present a Dramatic Extract and song from a musical of their choice showing an awareness of the character in relation to the storyline.   Movement is encouraged.   Costume IS NOT ALLOWED but a suggestion of props will be acceptable.





Class 152 11 years & under Time Limit 7 minutes Festival Trophy


class 153 12- 16 years Time Limit 7 minutes Festival Trophy


class 154 17 years & over Time Limit 10 Minutes Festival Trophy





NB:   any extract of performance from a current production (Spoken or sung) may require a licence under copyright law if the show is in current production.   Teachers are advised to look into this before preparing Festival work.   Any queries on this topic can be found on: -


A syllabus and entry form can be downloaded below















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The Festival is affiliated to the
for Music, Dance & Speech
Registered Charity No 222789

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