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Rules and Roles

Conditions of Entry

  • The ‘Stories on Stage’ entry form must be submitted on or before 5:00pm on Friday, 1 December 2017.
  • As the NET Section competitions adopt a ‘train the trainer’ model, schools that are new to the competition are encouraged to send at least one teacher to one of the two identical Briefing Sessions and must send at least one teacher to the Adapting Short Stories for the Stage Professional Development Workshop.
  • Schools may enter a maximum of one team with 3-8 students. Each team will consist of 3-4 student writers and 3-4 student performers, who may or may not be the same students. The minimum number of students on a team will be 3, in which case the 3 students will write the script and perform it on stage. The maximum number of students will be 8, in which case 4 students will write the script and 4 different students will perform it on stage. Students in the team may come from the same year level or different year levels.


  • Drama scripts should be typed with a standard 12pt font, 1.0 line spacing and normal margins (top/bottom: 2.54 cm; left/right: 3.18cm). The name of the school should appear in the header and all pages should be numbered.
  • The performance must be between 5 – 8 minutes. An initial bell will be rung at 5 minutes and a final bell will be rung at 8 minutes, at which point the student speaking must finish their sentence and the team will be asked to return to their seats. Marks will be deducted if the performance is under 5 minutes or exceeds 8 minutes by more than one sentence.
  • Simple costumes and props are permitted, but no stage sets or large props are allowed. Four chairs and one small table will be made available at the venue. There are no special prizes for costumes and props. The judges will focus primarily on use of language, use of dramatic technique and interpretation of the story.
  • Sound effects are permitted. Sound files must be sent to the NET Section via email or Edmodo at least one day before the event.  
  • There will be no special lighting effects at the venue. Student writers are encouraged to describe the stage lighting and other special effects in the stage directions of the drama script. One judge will be responsible for reading the drama scripts and will make a note of the stage directions as part of the judging criteria.
  • Teams must arrive at least 10 minutes before the competition begins.  Start and end times will be confirmed later.
  • The audience (teachers and students) will remain silent during the performances. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent mode. Marks will be deducted after one warning if teams in the audience cause a disturbance.
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