Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Speech/Drama Sections


Sat, 30th March Sun, 31st March 2019

Redmaids' High School, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW

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Norma trained at the Northern College of Speech and Drama, and researched at Leicester University. She began her acting career in Rep, and then performed in professional tours all over the UK. As an examiner for Trinity College she has examined students, lectured and performed on every continent, as well as setting and marking written examinations. She received the Chairman's award for services to Trinity. Norma next examined for LAMDA and since 2014 has been examining for Vanguard Examinations. She is proud to be an adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and was delighted when she was recently awarded a Fellowship of BIFF. She regularly adjudicates at the Hong Kong Festival and at the Sri Lankan Festival of Performing Arts. Norma is co-author of a book on Public Speaking for LAMDA and she often adjudicates at the National "Youth Speaks" Competitions in the UK. She has taught, lectured and been Head of Drama at a variety of schools and colleges and she continues to teach at her private studio. Many of her former students are pursuing successful acting careers in theatre and television, and there are others who are qualified Drama Teachers. Her greatest joy however is equipping students with life skills, and the ability to take their place in society confidently. She believes the Festival Movement is a wonderful tool to help the development of confidence in all who enter and she looks forward to sharing once again with the students at the Bristol Festival in this celebration of their achievements.

Philip John Thrupp LGSM, LLAM(Hons), NDD, Cert GSMD, HON FIEMS, FRSA, FSTSD.

Philip trained at the Exeter College of Art and at the Hartley-Hodder Studio gaining an LGSM Teacher's Diploma and an LLAM Teacher's Diploma with Honours. He has taught Speech and Drama to pupils of all ages and Public Speaking to adults. He has been a tutor of Voice and Speech at Wesley College, Bristol and adjudicates regularly at Festivals throughout the British Isles, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. In 1995 he was appointed International Examinations Co-ordinator for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and worked extensively on the development of its overseas centres. In the last 5 years his work has taken him to Sri Lanka, Los Angeles, Spain, Kenya, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Cape Town, New York, the Netherlands and Australia where he has examined and presented workshops. His workshop 'Playing Restoration Comedy' has been presented worldwide. In Bristol he was an adjudicator for Regional Competitions of the English Speaking Union and a judge for the Rose Bowl Award for Amateur Drama, a competition involving the whole of the West Country. His pupils are working actors, drama teachers as well as examiners. Philip was one of the team of adjudicators chosen for the British and International Federation's Festival of Festivals at Warwick. He has examined for the Trinity International Examinations Board for sixteen years and has recently examined in Sydney, Melbourne, Baltimore, Johannesburg and India. He is delighted to have been awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.

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