Reporting on an exciting news story is a thrilling challenge. But it’s also the gateway to a career as a journalist, one of the world’s most interesting and important jobs.
You’ll speak for 3 minutes on an exciting general interest topic which will be given to you by the festival organisers 10 minutes before you speak. This is the perfect category for everyone who likes debating or thinking on your feet.
Talk about “a historical figure who deserves to be better known” in an informative speech lasting 4 minutes.
Put forward your own argument on your choice of a contemporary moral or ethical issue, lasting 4 minutes.
No need to “break a leg” when you participate in our friendly online Zoom sessions in our Solo Acting category …
Once upon a time, a talented young person, somewhere around the start of their teenage years, entered an Oratory Festival …
“Thou dost speak masterly!” Shakespeare’s sonnets are revered for a reason: infinities are explored in just fourteen lines …
In this category, you can perform any of Shakespeare’s sonnets (including complete sonnets from his plays) from memory.
Excite us! Or inspire us! Or move us with your words!
Create and deliver your own composition lasting up to 3 minutes.
Perform one of the following:
(a) ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou
(b) ‘The Thought Fox’ by Ted Hughes
(c) ‘A Dream Within a Dream’ by Edgar Allan Poe
(d) ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth
(e) ‘How to Cut a Pomegranate’ by Imtiaz Dharker