2018 EdTA China National Young Thespian Festival

General Information

Theme: 1) Individual Event - Monologue
                                           - Duologue
                                           - Improv
             2) Group Event - Group Acting
                                           - Tech Challenge
Date: March 31st and April 1st, 2018
Deadline: March 11, 2018
Location: Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School
Who can attend: Grade 6-12 in school students

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*Notice: A contestant can register for a single category or for the following combinations: Monologue + Improv; Duologues + Improv. If a contestant registers for one of these combinations a discounted rate will be offered. For contestants who register for Group Acting or the Tech Challenge no participation in individual events is allowed due to time conflicts.

Competition categories

  Division Requirement
Individual Event Monologue/ Duologue
NQS Division
Only for students who have NQS *or winners in past Young Thespian Festivals
Monologue/ Duologue
Open Division
Open to all
Improv Open to all
Group Event Group Acting Register in groups. There has to be at least three members in a group. Groups can register using the web link provided however registration will be deemed successful only once a full script of the production has been submitted to drama@edtachina.org and an EdTA China official responds affirmative.

*Outstanding performance at EdTA China Regional Festivals will gain students National Qualifier Status (short for NQS). NQS, allows students to register in NQS-only divisions.

Individual Event

Monologue / Duologue

A monologue is an individual character’s speech taken from a play that is performed by 1 player. During this speech, the character expresses her/his thoughts and feelings aloud or directly addresses another character or the audience.

A duologue is a passage/Group Acting taken from a play that is only performed by two players.

  • A Monologue’s duration of the performance must be less than 2 minutes.
  • A Duologue’s duration of the performance must be less than 4 minutes.
  • A grace period of 10 seconds will be given. For every 10 seconds or part thereof that candidates exceed the grace period, 1 point will be deducted from their overall score for the round. If the participants exceed the grace period with more than 30 seconds they will be asked to stop and be disqualified.
  • Candidates can choose their own script or select form the database the festival committee provided. If a participants choose a script other than what is provided in the database, it should be from a published play. Works from other forms such as poetry, fiction, or film are not permitted and may lead to disqualification.
  • Participants must wear dark or black clothing when performing. No props, décor, theatrical make-up or costumes are allowed.

  • The judge will call each student by his competition number when it is his turn to perform.
  • Student sets the chair if he intends to use it.
  • Student states his name and competition number.
  • Student announces the name of the character he is playing, the play his monologue is from, and the name of the playwright.
  • The timer will begin once the student starts performing.
  • When the student is finished performing, he should say, "scene" or "thank you", bow his head, or make a similar gesture that indicates that he is finished.
  • Student will clear the chair (return it to the off-stage place) if he used it.
  • Student will return to his seat and remain quiet while the judge takes score.
  • The judge will call each pair by their competition number when it is their turn to perform.
  • Students set chairs if they intend to use them.
  • Students take turns to state their names and competition number.
  • Students announce the name of the characters they are playing, the play their scene is from, and the name of the playwright.
  • The timer will begin once the students start performing.
  • When the student is finished performing, one performer should say, "scene" or "thank you", bow his head, or make a similar gesture that indicates that they is finished.
  • Students will clear the chairs (return it to the off-stage place) if they used one.
  • Students will return to their seats and remain quiet while the judge takes score.


Sample Video
Monologue Duologue

Script Database




Individual Event


Improv is short for improvization. Improvization calls for participants to act spontaneously without a script in a series of made up stories and moments based on suggestions from the judges, audience or their peers.


Contestants register individually. Each contestant will compete in preliminary rounds during which they will have to partake in four Improv games, selected from the list below, alongside other participants. Based on an individual's total score, certain contestants will be allowed to break into the elimination rounds.

Possible Improv games

Form two lines, one person wide, facing each other. Have a conversation with your partner that only consists of questions! If a person says a statement, repeats a question or hesitates too long they get buzzed and have to go to the back of the line and a new participant joins the remaining partner. The new participant always starts the conversation. Important: Students may not repeat their partners questions or repetitively ask the same question.

Two participants start a scene, the rest watch until they see something that gives them an idea/stimulus, usually an interesting physical position and then call out ‘freeze.’ When someone calls, ‘freeze’, the two participants freeze and the person who called ‘freeze’ taps one participant out and assumes their physical position. They then start a completely new scene using that physical position. This game can also be played using a verbal cue instead of a physical one: After the new participant calls, ‘freeze’, he taps one of the participants on the shoulder and uses the last line of the previous scene as a first line to the new scene. The new participant is always the one to start the new scene.

Two chairs are set up facing the audience. One participant begins in the chair placed stage left, driving the taxi. They pick up the first hitch-hiker (with a wacky personality). The driver then assumes the hiker’s personality for about 30 seconds when he then finds a reason to leave. The hiker then jumps into the driver’s seat and picks up the next hitch-hiker and so on.

Four participants make a square but instead of facing each other, face the audience. The host/judge gets suggestions from the audience on basic 2-person relationships (doctor/patient, mother/son, etc.). The host/judge assigns the front pair a relationship and then instructs them to either pan left or pan right and the next two are given a different relationship until every combination (4 in total) are assigned a relationship. The game begins with the two front (most downstage) participants playing a scene within their given relationship. The host/judge (or audience if you wish) can call ‘pan left’ or ‘pan right’ at any time so that the two front players play their scene, picking up where they left off the previous time they were in the front.

Two or three participants start a scene. The judge can call ‘change’ at any time. When the judge calls ‘change’, the last person that spoke has to change the last thing he/she said. For example:
A: Do you like my new shirt?
B: I love it.
Judge: Change.
B: I hate it.
A: Why?
B: Because you always wear blue, you should wear other colors more often!
A: But I like blue.
Judge: Change.
A: You know, come to think of it, I actually like red better.

Usually done with three players (but can also be done with 2 or 4), after getting a suggestion from the audience, the participants do a timed one-minute scene. They then have to repeat that same scene in 30 seconds, then in 7 seconds, then in one second while focusing on a comprehensive narrative and physicality.


Group Event

Group Acting

In groups of 3 to 15 people, participants perform a scene or short play that has a clear beginning, middle and an end.

For groups join this event will have rehearsal period plus performance time. During rehearsal period, each group will have a professional drama teacher and a Chinese teaching assistance been assigned for final tutor and suggestions to improve the performance. After that, each group will come and perform in main stage one by one. Performance will be evaluated by drama professionals according to the rubric below, and groups who break into elimination will come to next day for final competition round.

  • The script could be: taken from a published play; an adaptation; original writing.
  • Performances with sex, politics or religion as subject matter are not allowed.
  • Costumes, props and decor are allowed.
  • A performance cannot last longer than 10 minutes. This does not include time to set up and strike. Performances will be allotted a 1 minute grace period. Performances that exceed the grace period will be stopped and may not be considered for any awards.
  • Setting up and striking cannot exceed two minutes in total. No time allocated to setting up and striking may be used as performance time. A 10 second grace period will be allotted to setting up and striking. For every 20 seconds or part there of that performances exceed the setting up or striking time, 1 point will be deducted from their overall score.


Tech Challenge

This is a category that caters to students who enjoy being involved in theatre but do not necessarily enjoy performing. They are the students who make sure the theatrical production is a success behind the scenes. This category calls for students who get excited about lighting and sound as well as costume and set design. It is for the future theatre technicians, event planners, engineers, and IT specialists. You do not need any experience in theatre to enter this category.

  • Participants can register individually and will be grouped into groups of four on the day.
  • All participants have to attend the preceding workshop of the challenge.
  • Participants have to use the material provided to complete the challenge. No extra material or aids are allowed to be added.
  • Participants have to complete the challenge in the allotted 3 by 3 meter space given and cannot step outside of it.
  • Participants have three hours to complete the challenge and no extra time will be given. Participants have to stop when instructed to do so.

  • Participants will attend a workshop on a topic that will be revealed on the day e.g. designing a set for the opening scene of The Lion King.
  • After the workshop students will be placed into groups of four and will be assigned a space of 3 by 3 meters where they will have to complete a technical theatre challenge which corresponds with the workshop presented.
  • Participants will be given three hours to complete the challenge after which their work will be assessed.
  • After the assessment, students have to clean up their own space. How neat they leave their station will contribute to their scores.


    Participants will be evaluated on the following:

    • To be released soon.


      Various theatre experts and drama education professionals will present a workshop on a subject matter of their choice during the festival.
      Workshops normally last for 1 hour, and could take on the form of informative sessions, lectures, or participatory events. Workshops provide the participants with the opportunity to engage in discussion with theatre professionals, explore and acquire new drama skills or get updated with the latest international education and western drama trends.
      Workshops are free of charge and will be presented throughout the day.

      More details will release soon


      Day 1

      7:45-8:20 Registration
      8:30 Opening & Warm-ups

      IE GE WS
      ML Rd 1    

      SE Rehearsal
        DL Rd 1    
          IM Rd 1  
      ML Rd 2      
      12:15- Lunch break

        DL Rd 2  

      SE Prelim Rd
          IM Rd 2  
      ML Rd 3      
        DL Rd 3    
      17:45 Elim list release

      Day 2

      8:30 Opening & Warm-ups
        IE GE WS

      ML Semi-final    
      SE Rehearsal
        DL Semi-final    
          IM Semi-final SE Semi-final  
      12:15- Lunch break

      IE final    
        SE final  
      15:30 EdTA Member Induction & STO Induction
      16:10 Awards Ceremony


      Best Overall Performance: Monologue, Duologue, Improv
      Merit Awards: Monologue, Duologue, Improv
      Best Troupe: Group Action
      Merit Troupes: Group Action

      Q & A

      Scoring Sheet Download