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CATEGORIES

2021 CATEGORIES INCLUDE 

MONOLOGUE // DUOLOGUES // DANCE // MUSIC // DESIGN // PHOTOGRAPHY // FILM 

SUBMISSION FORMAT

All submissions (except costume design and photography) must be uploaded through our portal in a compatible video file. They may be shot on any device. We don’t discourage the use of equipment to enhance entries (such as microphones or insta-filters) – but at the end of the day the student just needs to be seen and heard clearly.  

Costume design and photography submissions must be submitted as one PDF file, that clearly shows their work – more details regarding these are provided in our full Festival Resources kit.

INTRO VLOG

All students  must also submit an introduction video, where they will introduce themselves, school and details of their submission. In this video, students must also answer two questions from their Shakespeare folio (our supplementary workbook for students preparing their pieces).  

Example 1. 

Hi my name is Mieka – I am from The Globe State High School, and will be performing a monologue from Romeo and Juliet in Act II SCENE II. I will be playing Juliet. I was inspired to choose this monologue because I feel like everyone can relate to the feeling of falling in love, and just wishing that things could work out more in your favour. The most challenging aspect of this piece was being able to relax in front of the camera or audience and exercise ease and restraint in the performance – sometimes I can be a bit full on when I am performing! Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy it.  

NUMBER OF ENTRIES

Schools may submit as many entries as they wish. Students may enter as many categories as they would like but are encouraged to focus on producing high quality submissions

MONOLOGUE

TIME LIMIT 
1 – 3 Minutes

NUMBER OF STUDENTS 
1 ACTOR

SUBMIT
A filmed performance of a soliloquy or monologue from any of Shakespeare’s plays

LANGUAGE
Students must use original Shakespeare language without extra dialogue. They may edit the scene if necessary, in order to adhere to the time limit.

SHOOT
To maintain integrity in this category, students must film their performance as one continuous shot. No cut always permitted 
(insta-filters are totally allowed!)

FEEDBACK CRITERIA 
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.

  • Character believability
  • Emotional commitment
  • Focus & Energy
  • Staging & blocking
  • Vocal Delivery / use of language
  • Understanding of the text / clarity of ideas
  • Development of character
  • Intro vlog

DUOLOGUE  

TIME LIMIT 
3– 5 Minutes

NUMBER OF STUDENTS 
2 ACTORS

SUBMIT
A filmed performance of a scene from any of Shakespeare’s plays containing two characters

LANGUAGE
Students must use original Shakespeare language without extra dialogue. They may edit the scene if necessary, in order to adhere to the time limit, or to remove additional characters

SHOOT
Can’t get to your scene partner due to isolation? Get creative! Film them separately and splice them together, do it all at once on zoom either side of your screens or something completely different! If selected to perform at State Showcase, you’ll have time to rework this into a staged performance.

FEEDBACK CRITERIA 
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.

  • Character believability
  • Emotional commitment
  • Focus & Energy
  • Staging & blocking
  • Vocal Delivery / use of language
  • Understanding of the text / clarity of ideas
  • Development of relationships between characters
  • Intro vlog

DANCE 

TIME LIMIT  
3– 5 Minutes 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS  
1 – 10 dancers 

SUBMIT 
A filmed performance of a dance and/or movement piece inspired by a Shakespeare play. 

PERFORMANCE STYLE 
The focus of your performance should be on non-verbal storytelling. The performance must be based on the plot, character/s and/or themes of the chosen play. The dance can tell a story/scene/character journey or represent the themes of the chosen play. Shakespearean text from the play may be used. 

SHOOT 
Can’t get to your dance partner due to isolation? Get creative! Film dancers separately and splice them together in a grid format, do it all at once on zoom either side of your screens or something completely different! If selected to perform at State Showcase, you’ll have time to rework this into a staged performance.  

MUSIC 
Your music can play in the background during your filming, or be added to your video after the fact. 

FEEDBACK CRITERIA  
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.  

  • Choreography
  • Technique
  • Character believability
  • Emotional commitment
  • Development of relationships/interaction between the characters
  • Focus/energy
  • Understanding of the text
  • Clarity of ideas / storytelling through movement
  • Interpretation from page to dance
  • Intro vlog

MUSIC 

TIME LIMIT 
3– 5 Minutes

NUMBER OF STUDENTS 
1 – 5 musicians

SUBMIT
A filmed performance or digital recording of an original music piece either;

A: inspired by a Shakespeare play.
B: for use in a Shakespearean production

PERFORMANCE STYLE
Any musical genre can be submitted, the focus of your performance should be on musical storytelling. The performance must be based on the plot, character/s and/or themes of the chosen play.

Passages from the play may be used but are not a requirement.

FORMAT
Music can either be made electronically and submitted as a wav. or mp3. format or it can be submitted as a filmed performance. If selected to perform at State Showcase, you will need one live element to perform on stage – but you can work that out later!

SHOOT
Can’t get your band together due to isolation? Get creative! Film them separately and splice them together, do it all at once on zoom either side of your screens or something completely different! If selected to perform at State Showcase, you’ll have time to rework this into a staged performance.

FEEDBACK CRITERIA 
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.

    • Composition as a musical storytelling piece
    • Technique & performance
    • Musical relationship to/development of themes, characters, plot, dramatic point, scene, play etc. 
    • Suitability of chosen instruments or style 
    • Originality  
    • Ability to create mood and atmosphere suitable to the scene/play chosen 
    • Understanding of the text 
    • Clarity of ideas 
    • Interpretation from page to music 
    • Intro Vlog

COSTUME DESIGN 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS  
1  

SUBMIT 
5 x character renderings for character/s within one of Shakespeare’s plays.  

FORMAT 
You may choose to complete your designs through computer assisted drawing, or upload/scan photos of your hand drawn work. All work must be saved as a single PDF file for ease of viewing. Please note all artwork used must be the original work of the entrant.  

The images should be labelled in the following manner, with only one design per page: 

Upper left-hand corner: Name of the play and playwright. 

Upper Right-hand corner: Name of the character, act and scene. 

Lower Right-hand corner: Student’s name and school.  

MORE DETAILS 
Renderings may represent 5 or more different characters and/or may follow a single character through several appropriate changes.  

Designs should be made in context of an entire staged production. Therefore, create a design concept for the play. Choose a historical, social or cultural spin. When? Where?  

Be creative with the interpretation of the task. You can change the context of your story, the time period, the genre – just ensure the narrative or character interpretation remains loyal to Shakespeare. We will include some helpful examples in our full resources pack, but you are limited only by your creativity!  

FEEDBACK CRITERIA  
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.  

  • Accuracy (chosen period and style)
  • Attention to detail
  • Function
  • Originality and creativity 
  • Presentation of renderings
  • Suitability of designs within the context of an entire production
  • Understanding of the text
  • Clarity of ideas/justification
  • Interpretation from page to costume
  • Intro Vlog

PHOTOGRAPHY  

NUMBER OF STUDENTS  
1  

SUBMIT 
5 – 10 photographs inspired by or telling the story of a Shakespearean play. 

FORMAT 
Your submission must be uploaded as a single pdf file, for viewing as a collection. 

DETAILS 
You may choose any of the following categories for your photographic entry: 

A: Tell the story of one scene from a shakespeare play through a photo story 
B: Tell the story of an entire Shakespeare play through a photo story.  
C: capture a theme from one of Shakespeare’s plays through a photo montage 
D: Represent different characters, their inner and outer feelings, personalities, likes, dislikes struggles, wants etc. through a photo montage.  

Photos may be literal or abstract and may be edited by an editing software before submission.  

All photos must be original student work. Students must also have permission from anyone who appears in the final product of their work. 

FEEDBACK CRITERIA  
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.  

  • Composition of individual photographs 
  • Technique (focus, exposure, etc) 
  • Representation of story/theme/character through the collection of photographs 
  • Clarity of story/montage 
  • Understanding of the text 
  • Use of colour / contrast 
  • Clarity of ideas 
  • Interpretation from page to photo story/montage 
  • Intro Vlog 

FILM 

TIME LIMIT  
3– 5 Minutes 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS  
1 – 5 (this doesn’t include actors if necessary) 

SUBMIT 
A short film inspired by:  

A: the narrative of a Shakespeare play 
B: A Shakespearean character 
C: A scene in a Shakespeare play.  

SHOOT 
Can’t get to your actors due to isolation? Get creative! Get them to film themselves and splice them together, film them from a drone, make a cartoon or do something completely different! Any genre, filming method and style is permitted. It can be edited on your phone or with software on a computer – be resourceful.  

Be creative with the interpretation of the task. You can change the context of your story, the time period, the genre – just ensure the narrative or character interpretation remains loyal to Shakespeare. We will include some helpful examples in our full resources pack, but you are limited only by your creativity!  

MUSIC 
You may add music, but it must be royalty free music, or original music.  

FEEDBACK CRITERIA  
Students will receive feedback on the following elements of their performance. Selection in the State Showcase will be given for excellence in these fields.  

  • Use of film languages (e.g. Shot types, angles, camera movement)
  • Representation of story/theme/character
  • Originality & creativity
  • Clarity of story/narrative
  • Understanding of original text
  • Use of conventions of chosen genre
  • Use of diegetic and non-diegetic sound to enhance the film
  • Editing / postproduction
  • Interpretation from page to film
  • Intro Vlog