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About the Competition

Regrettably due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the competition has been cancelled.



The aims of the ‘Speak Up – Act Out!’ Improvised Drama Competition are to:

  • provide a focal point for curricular and co-curricular drama activities;
  • give students an opportunity to learn and practise improvised drama techniques and the creative use of English; and,
  • provide teaching strategies and classroom activities suitable for exploring drama as part of the English Language curriculum at the junior and senior secondary level.


Description of the Competition

‘Speak Up – Act Out!’ is open to secondary schools in Hong Kong adopting the CDC English Language Education Key Learning Area Curriculum Guide (Primary 1 – Secondary 6). Students work in teams of 4 to 6 to create and perform an improvised English drama.

There are two categories for the competition:

  • The 1-week Improv category, in which teams are given 7 - 10 calendar days to prepare an improvised performance of 4–5 minutes. There will be multiple sessions of this category with around 12 teams at each.  The stimulus for the improvised dramas this year will be an imagined object.
  • The 1-day Improv category, which is designed to challenge more able students and will be held on a Saturday.  Teams prepare their improvised drama of 3–5 minutes in the morning and perform it in the afternoon.  As this is a pilot programme, there will only be one session and places will be limited to 12 teams.  The stimulus of the dramas will be announced on the day of the competition.  It is recommended that schools entering the 1-day Improv category attend the ‘Speak Up – Act Out!’ Saturday teacher/student training day to share best practice and help to train student drama leaders. Teachers are asked to bring two students from their drama team to this workshop.


You can download the poster through the embedded link.


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