Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland Festival dates  :

27th, 28th, 29th of March 2020

Friday 27th (11am to 7pm)

Saturday 28th (All Day)

Sunday 29th (All Day)

New competitions for Feis 2020

This year we are introducing three new competitions for Feis 2020

  • The Seamus Heaney Special Award
  • Musical Theatre Duet
  • Musical Theatre Group Performance

Ms. Mary Fox, Chairperson

An exciting line-up for Feis 2020

Seamus Heaney Special Award, open to 14-17 year olds

Competitors will be required to recite two of Seamus Heaney’s poems from his collection. Competitors will also be required to provide a brief synopsis of the poems as a precursor to the recital.

A Bursary of €200 will be awarded in this competition.

Sponsored by the Leinster School of Music and Drama.

The Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland Festival has been running for 36 years and has grown into a major event in our annual calendar.

The 2020 Festival takes place in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge (formally Jury’s). The hotel provides ample parking for teachers and guests. A separate room is available for teachers to network and relax in throughout the event.

All members are eligible to enter their students into the variety of competitions on offer and we encourage them to do so. We endeavour to create a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere for all students and the board wants to support every teacher to get involved.

Children from five to eighteen years of age take part with their peers to win medals trophies and bursaries. Our adjudicators are experts in their fields and competitions range from Poetry, Public Speaking, Sight Reading, Solo Drama, Mime, Duologues, Television Presenting, Write Your Own Poem, Group Improvisation, and Musical Theatre.

Taking part in the Feis allows students the opportunity to showcase their work to their peers, an audience and the adjudicator in an encouraging, supportive environment. Students also get the opportunity to watch other children from all over Ireland perform which brings great enjoyment and learning.

The Festival is open to drama schools throughout Ireland for teachers who are members of the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland and entries are received from throughout the country. Adjudicators are invited from a list of experienced teachers and examiners from a broad spectrum of Speech & Drama colleges.

If a student places first in solo drama or poetry, they are invited back to participate in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Shields.

For further information on Feis 2020 events contact:

Michelle Boyle