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Conditions and Regulations

Conditions of Entry

  • The competition entry form must be submitted on or before the deadline.
  • Schools interested in participating in the competition are strongly encouraged to send at least one teacher to the NET Section Competitions online briefing session.
  • As the NET Section competitions adopt a ‘train the trainer’ model, we offer the ‘Speak Up – Act Out!’ training workshops for teachers. 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 at richardcowler@edb.gov.hk.
  • Teams for the performance must consist of 4–6 students, who may come from the same or different year levels. In addition, for ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-week, up to 4 other students who have assisted with the preparation for the performance (in capacity as a director, writer or deviser) can be recognised and awarded certificates. Teachers should list these students on the ‘Pledge and Team Name List’ form.
  • For ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-day and ‘SU-AO! On Air!’ 1-day, schools may enter 1 team in each category. For ‘SU-AO! Live’ 1-week, schools may enter up to 2 teams, one of which is to be designated ‘Team A’ and the other ‘Team B’. Priority will be given to the ‘A’ teams. If a school is entering any two, or all three categories, they may enter the same or different teams.
  • In case of over-subscription:
    • for the ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-week and ‘SU-AO! On Air!’ 1-day, schools will be chosen by a draw.
    • for ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-day, priority will be given to schools that are solely entering the ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-day, and thereafter by a draw.
  • A school whose team(s) pulls out of the competition will not be eligible to enter the following year.
  • The ‘Permission for the Use of Images’ forms must be submitted before the competition in a single PDF document or in hard copy on the day of the competition. If the forms are not submitted, the team will receive a 10% penalty of the total mark.
  • ‘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 ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 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 will be notified of the date and venue of their competition session as soon as possible. Teams arriving late at the beginning or after a break will receive a 10% penalty of the total mark.
  • No written scripts are allowed during the performance.
  • All team members listed as performers on the ‘Pledge and Team Name List’ form must perform in the drama and be involved equally (or almost equally) in the performance. Teachers can invite guests 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 per occasion it is used. Any use of longer narration will receive a 10% penalty of the total mark on each occasion it is used.
  • The time allowed for performances is 4–5 minutes for ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-week and 3–5 minutes for the ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-day. Performances that are less or more than the permitted time will receive a mark penalty of 10% of the total mark. Performance time does not include bowing to the audience. A warning bell will be rung once at 1 minute before the end of the permitted time and a final bell twice at the end of the 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. Only two chairs will be provided for the performance. Venues will not allow performers to stand on chairs. Standing on chairs, therefore, is not permitted.
  • 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 10% penalty of the total mark for misbehaviour.
  • While judges are adjudicating the ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-week, 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.
  • 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 ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-week

  • 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 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 'SU-AO Live!’ 1-day

  • This competition session is divided into two parts:
    • a 3.5-hour morning preparation period; and
    • afternoon performances.
  • The teacher-in-charge is required to attend for the whole day but is not permitted to assist their students in developing their dramas. During the morning preparation period and lunch break, teachers will be assigned a team from another school to supervise (as a kind of invigilator only) in their preparation 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 computers until the end of the competition. A dictionary will be provided for each team.
  • 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.

Regulations for 'SU-AO! On Air!’ 1-day

  • This competition session is held on a videoconferencing platform and is divided into two parts:
    • a 90-minute preparation period (with school teams working in ‘breakout rooms’; and
    • a live performance and prize announcement ceremony.
  • The teacher-in-charge is required to attend the whole session but is not permitted to assist their students in developing their dramas. During the preparation period, teachers will be assigned to observe a team from another school and will be assigned to their breakout room.  The teacher-in-charge is not 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 preparation period and each team will be assigned a ‘breakout room’, a suggested time framework to follow and a compulsory planning and scriptwriting task to be completed on web-based software. A 10% penalty of the total mark will be deducted if the planning and scriptwriting tasks are not complete.
     
  • The script written by teams will be used by the judges to guide their understanding of the radio drama and support them to mark ‘Use of English’ alongside the team’s performance. Students should take care to write a comprehensible script (which is as accurate as possible) but should be reminded that accuracy is only one of the criteria under ‘Use of English’ . Students are allowed to use their scripts during performances but they will not be penalised if they do not use the exact words of the script. Some improvisation of dialogue is to be encouraged.
     
  • Radio dramas rely on character voices and sound effects to create the drama.  Students are encouraged to create sound effects using their voices, objects around them as well as copyright free sound effects that can be found on the Internet. In order to play recorded sound effects, it may be helpful for at least one student to use multiple devices for the competition session (e.g. a laptop and a smartphone).
     
  • Access to the Internet is permitted during the preparation period in order to check a dictionary and find sound effects. Any help from adults or other teachers is strictly prohibited and would lead to the team being disqualified from the competition.
     
  • In order to encourage good dramatic development, only very brief narration (of three seconds or less) is permitted per occasion it is used. Any use of longer narration will receive a mark penalty of 10% of the total mark on each occasion it is used.
     
  • 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 signing on late at the beginning or after any break will receive a 10% penalty of the total mark.
     
  • Students should wear either school uniform or school P.E. uniform.
     
  • The time allowed for performances is 3–5 minutes. Performances that are less or more than the permitted time will receive a mark penalty of 10% of the total mark and will not be eligible for a team prize. A warning bell will be rung once at 1 minute before the end of the permitted time and a final bell twice at the end of the permitted time. On the final bell, the student speaking is allowed to finish their sentence but then the performance must stop.
     
  • All students and teachers in a team must stay for the entire event, and no exceptions will be made.
     
  • The teacher-in-charge must remind students prior to the competition that that there are to be 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.

Mark Penalties

Condition

Mark penalty

Failure to submit the ‘Pledge and Team Name List’ form and ‘Permission for the Use of Images’ form on or before the day of the competition

 

 

 

 

10% of total mark for

each condition

Late arrival at the beginning or after a break

Performances that are less or more than the permitted time

Misbehaviour 

Each use of narration longer than three seconds

Failure to complete the planning activity in ‘SU-AO! On Air!’ 1-day

Failure to complete the planning activity and script in ‘SU-AO! Live!’ 1-day

Adjudication

The judging panels will include representatives from the EDB, drama instructors and English teachers.

‘SU-AO! On Air!’ Criteria

  1.  

Content

creativity and response to stimulus

plot structure and development

use of dialogue

30%

 

 

 

 

 

of the total mark

 

  1.  

Vocabulary and language patterns

intelligibility

accuracy

range of language use

pronunciation

30%

  1.  

Vocal delivery and expression, and radio drama performance skills

vocal projection

use of voice to express character, action and scenario

sound effects

40%

 

‘SU-AO! Live!’ Criteria

  1.  

Content

creativity and response to stimulus

plot structure and development

use of dialogue

25%

 

 

  1.  

Vocabulary and language patterns

intelligibility

accuracy

range of language use

pronunciation

25%

  1.  

Physical expression and performance technique

physical expression of character and scenario

teamwork

use of space

25%

of the total mark

 

D.

Vocal delivery and expression

vocal projection

use of voice to express character and scenario

25%

     

Focus for the year: use of voice

5% bonus

 
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