Skip to Content
NET Section LogoNET Section Small Logo

Conditions and Regulations

Conditions of Entry for the 1-week Improv and 1-day Improv Categories

  • The competition entry form must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, 29 November 2019. Schools interested in participating in the competition are strongly encouraged to send at least one teacher to the NET Section Competitions Briefing (see details above).
  • As the NET Section competitions adopt a ‘train the trainer’ model, we offer the ‘Speak Up Act Out!’ training workshops for teachers (see details above). Schools and teachers that are new to the competition must attend the workshops. Teachers with reasonable expertise in improvised drama may apply for exemption to Mr Richard COWLER on 3549 8376 or by email to
  • Teams for the performance must consist of 4–6 students, who may come from the same or different year levels. In addition, for the 1-week Improv, 4 other students who have assisted with the preparation for the performance (in capacity as a director, writer, deviser or understudy) can be recognised and awarded certificates. Teachers should list these students on the ‘Pledge and Team Name List’ form and on the online ‘Google Form name list.’
  • Schools may enter only 1 team in the 1-week Improv category.  If a school is entering both categories (1-week Improv category and 1-day Improv category) they may enter the same or different teams. 
  • Matters related to oversubscription of the competition:
  1. For the 1-week Improv category, schools will be chosen by lucky draw.
  2. For the 1-day Improv category, priority will be given to schools that are solely entering the 1-day Improv category, and thereafter by lucky draw. 
  • Teams that pull out of the competition within two weeks of their event may not be accepted to enter the following year.
  • The ‘Permission for the use of images’ form must be submitted before the competition in a single PDF document or on hard copy on the day of the competition.  If the forms are not submitted, the team will receive a 20 point penalty.
  • ‘Pledge and team name list’ form must be submitted on the day of the competition as a hard copy.
  • To facilitate the printing of certificates, an online Google Form name list will be made available the day after each competition session.  The names of the student participants must be confirmed on this Google Form name list within three working days of the competition session. The order of the names must be exactly the same as on the Pledge and Team Name List Form.  Teachers are solely responsible for the accuracy of the names and corrected certificates will not be issued. Certificates will be posted to contact teachers within two months of the competition. 

Regulations for Both the 1-week Improv and 1-day Improv Categories

  • The order the teams perform in will be chosen by lucky draw at the competition session. 
  • The drama performed must be based on the given stimulus.
  • Teams arriving late at the beginning or after a break will receive a 20-point penalty.
  • No written scripts are allowed during the performance.
  • All team members listed as performers on the ‘Pledge & team name list’ must perform in the drama and be involved equally (or almost equally) in the performance. Teachers can invite guest or supporting students to the competition (according to seat availability) but these students are not permitted to perform. 
  • All team members must wear black tops, dark trousers, and low-heeled shoes.  No singlet tops are permitted.  Long hair should be tied back so judges can see faces clearly. 
  • In order to encourage good dramatic development, only very brief narration (of three seconds or less) is permitted.  Any use of longer narration will receive a mark penalty of 20 points on each occasion it is used. 
  • The time allowed for performances is 4 – 5 minutes for the 1-week Improv category and 3 – 5 minutes for the 1-day Improv category.  Performances that are less or more than the permitted time will receive a mark penalty of 40 points. Performance time does not include bowing to the audience. A warning bell will be rung once at the minimum time required and a final bell twice at the end of the maximum permitted time. On the final bell the student speaking is allowed to finish their sentence but then the performance must stop.   
  • The focus is on improvised drama, so lighting effects, music, costumes, props, set and make-up are not permitted. Two chairs will be provided for the performance. Standing on chairs is not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Teams must behave like a good theatre audience. They must be attentive and respectful, and mobile phones must be switched off.  After one warning, teams will receive a 20-point penalty for misbehaviour. 
  • While judges are adjudicating the 1-week Improv, there may be time for teams to stage a second performance, based on the stimulus not initially selected.
  • All students and teachers in a team must stay for the entire event, and no exceptions will be made.
  • Upon arrival, each team member must affix a label with their student number on it.  For the 1-week Improv category, Student No. 1 should sit at the end of the row.
  • The teacher-in-charge is responsible for ensuring that there are no offensive (e.g. racist, sexist or homophobic) scenarios.
  • The decision of the judging panel is considered final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding adjudication. 

Regulations for the 1-week Improv Category

  • Schools may be asked to change venues if numbers are uneven.
  • Two stimuli for the improvised dramas will be sent to the contact teacher at each school by email 7 - 10 calendar days before the competition session at which the school is performing. Teams must prepare two dramas, one drama responding to each stimulus.
  • There will be two lucky draws in each round of the competition.  The first, to draw for the next team to perform, and the second, to draw for the stimulus for that team.  After the lucky draw, the team will be given 1-minute to position themselves on the stage before their performance starts.

Regulations for the 1-day Improv Category

  • This competition session is divided into two parts:
  1. a 3.5-hour morning preparation period; and
  2. afternoon performances.
  • The teacher in charge is required to attend for the whole day but are not permitted to assist their students in developing their dramas.  During the morning preparation period, teachers will be assigned a team from another school to supervise (as a kind of invigilator only) in their rehearsal room.  During the afternoon, the teacher in charge will attend the performance but will not be permitted to communicate with their students until all the performances have finished. 
  • A stimulus will be given to each team at the beginning of the morning preparation period and each team will be assigned a rehearsal room, a time framework to follow and some tasks to complete. This framework and the tasks will help them to develop their drama and be ready for their performance.  Access to the Internet is not permitted and students will be asked to hand in all mobile phones, tablets or laptops, which will be kept by their teacher-in-charge until the end of the performance.
  • Students will need to stay in their rehearsal room at lunchtime and should bring a packed lunch. If a delivered lunch is required, then it is the teacher’s responsibility to arrange for timely delivery.

Mark Penalties


Mark penalty

Failure to submit ‘Pledge and team name list’ form and the parental permission forms before or on the day of the competition (see Section 6.7)

20 points

Late arrival at the beginning or after a break

20 points

Performances that are less or more than the permitted time

40 points


20 points

Each use of narration longer than three seconds

20 points


The judging panels will include representatives from the EDB, drama instructors and English teachers with a background in drama. Student performances will be assessed on the criteria below:



relevance to given stimulus

development, creativity and originality of character, setting and plot


Use of English

intelligibility, fluency, accuracy, range and creativity of language


Performance technique

e.g. vocal and physical expression, characterisation, ensemble work, creativity, use of space, voice projection


Focus for the year

use of voice

Education Bureau LogoEducation Bureau Logo
Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved.