Hope you have had a good week and your preparation is now in full swing. It seems that you all have been very busy, as we have not received many questions this week. However, there have been some requests for clarifications and you can find them below.
Once again, I would like to remind all newcomers to the Forum to go to Post 1, which provides essential information & clarification concerning the technical set-up of the Drama Festival.
Best of luck with the ongoing preparation and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
We will be back next week so make sure you check back then.
Kamila & the Oxford International team
Does the student who is operating the computer to move slides, for example, count as a participating student?
No, this student does not count. For example, in a presentation you can have 6 students on stage presenting and the 7th student operating the computer.
Does the online news have to be from our country or can it be from any country?
It does not need to be from your country. The news article can be from anywhere in the world.
Is it possible to use a 1-minute video during the presentation or can we only use pictures?
The students can use a video but keep in mind that the video is going to be assessed only as a visual aid so any content presented in the video will be disregarded.
Why can’t we receive our debate role now?
Unfortunately, the debate roles cannot be assigned until we know which schools go to which campus to ensure a balance of the roles represented in each competition group. Allocating schools to campuses is a rather complex process (see guidelines p.7). Due to this, the debate roles will not be assigned until February 2020.
Do you have an approximate size of the stage where the play will be presented? I have read the information that has been sent and I only found the size of the “screen”, but it would be helpful if we could have an estimated size of the space where the students will be able to perform.
Unfortunately, we do not have the measurements of all the venues at the moment. Closer to the event, we typically send a bulletin with descriptions of competition spaces. For the time being, all I can do is reiterate the technical measurements of the set up. The screen will be 3m wide and the light source will be positioned 4m away from the screen, that effectively gives 12m2 of space behind the screen. It is also very likely that there will be enough space for students to move in and out or prepare on the sides of this perimeter.
Are students allowed to use a short story from a well-known author as inspiration for their drama? Or does the script need to be completely original?
We cannot really regulate where students get their inspiration from but the script needs to be original.