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Rules and Roles

Expectations

Schools:

  • may send one or two English teachers to attend the competition briefing sessions in November (optional);
  • must send one or preferably two English teachers (one of whom may be the NET) to attend the two professional development workshops in November, 2017 (compulsory); and
  • send one or two teacher(s) to escort students to the competition between March 6 and 23, 2018 (TBC).

Teachers will need to:

  • attend the briefing if necessary;
  • hand out and collect parental consent forms for the NET Section to take images of students for later possible use for educational purposes and for uploading on to the Internet;
  • participate fully in all drama activities at both professional development workshops;
  • use what they have learnt to prepare their students for the competition; and
  • ensure that students are escorted to, and supervised at, the competition.

Students will need to:

  • participate fully in any training sessions organised by their teachers in preparation for the competition; and
  • participate in the competition by performing a 4 – 5 minute improvised English drama on one date in the time period between March 6 and 23, 2018 (TBC).

 

Conditions of Entry

  • The deadline for submission of entries is 5:00pm Friday, 1 December, 2017. Late entries may NOT be considered.
  • The two identical Briefing Sessions will provide teachers with competition details and regulations and introduce a few improvised drama activities. Schools entering the competition for the first time are strongly encouraged to attend the one of the two identical briefing sessions.
  • There will be two mandatory workshops on teaching improvised drama. (Please refer to the information above.) Teachers with reasonable expertise in improvised drama may contact Ms Gina GREEN on 3549 8353 for exemption. Please refer to the EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) for online application around one month before the event. 
  • Teams that pull out of the competition two weeks or less before their event will not be eligible to enter the following year.

The Theme of the Performance

  • The play must be based on the given topic: ‘20 Years – Hong Kong: …’.
  • Two topics will be sent out one week before the competition, and at the competition the team will perform one of those topics, chosen by ‘lucky draw’. The two topics will come from a list. The whole list will be distributed with the first group email to participating schools, e.g.  ‘20 Years – Hong Kong: religion’ (‘religion’ is not one of the topics).

Student Participants

  • Each school can enter one team only with 4 to 6 participants.
  • The team can be made up of students from any year level or a combination of year levels.

Performance

  • Each section will have around 12 to 14 teams. Teams may be asked to change venues if numbers are uneven.
  • Teams must arrive at least 10 minutes before the competition starts. Start and end times will be confirmed later.
  • No written scripts will be allowed during the performance.
  • No narrator is allowed.
  • The performance must be within 4 – 5 minutes.
  • The first bell will be rung at 4 minutes. A second bell will be rung twice at 5 minutes. The student speaking when the second bell is rung must immediately stop and the team will be asked to sit down. In this case, no marks will be deducted. If the performance is less than 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes, marks will be deducted.
  • No lighting, music, costumes or make-up will be allowed. Two chairs are the only props.
  • The audience (teachers and students) will remain silent during performances. At the discretion of the organisers, marks may be deducted if any team members in the audience cause a disturbance. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent mode.
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