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SGCNZ Board Policy in relation to SGCNZ's UOSWSF, NSSP, and YSC
i) Direct Entry to NSSP:
There is an opportunity for Regional Assessors to select one person to attend NSSP
by direct entry. This may be done where there is an outstanding actor in a Regional
Festival who is not in a scene chosen to be performed at the National Festival.
Policy: Direct Entry student and students selected from the National
Festival must be 15 years or more on 1 March of the year of NSSP.
Policy: If there is no outstanding actor outside a group chosen to
attend the National Festival, no selection should be made (allowing more to be chosen
from the top performers at the National Festival).
ii) Small Regional Festivals:
A limit is being placed on very small Regional Festivals regarding the number of
groups that can be selected.
Policy: In regions in which only two schools are participating with less
than a total of 15 scenes, only one group may be selected to perform at the National Festival.
This may be either a 5 minute or 15 minute scene.
iii) Large Regional Festivals:
Conversely, greater representation is permitted for very large regions.
Policy: If there are either 300 or more individuals participating, or more than
15 different schools, or 50 or more scenes in a Regional Festival, the Assessors are permitted to
select 3 groups to attend the National Festival.
iv) Scene durations:
Time durations of scenes must be adhered to by performers and assessors alike. Scenes
are of 5 minute or 15 minute duration.
15 minute scenes - must be no more than 15 minutes and no less than 10 minutes
5 minute scenes - must be no more than 5 minutes and no less than 4 minutes
v) Use of text:
Policy: Use of Shakespeare's text is imperative. Permission must be gained from
the CEO for any deviations, even for those deemed essential for sense purposes.
Policy: Translations into other languages are permitted as long as they remain
faithful to the text.
vi) Compulsory attendance at National Festival
All those selected to attend/participate in the National Festival must attend every performance
Policy: Attendance at all sessions at the National Festival (UOSWSF) is compulsory from the Health & Safety and Placing Call till the end of the Award Ceremony on Sunday evening.
As well, attendance is encouraged till the end of the Feedback session on the Monday morning.
The CEO has the discretion to make allowances only in very exceptional circumstances.
Policy: Any student causing wilful damage shall be responsible to cover the repair
costs involved and will be ineligible for awards or selection for NSSP.
Policy: It was agreed that Homeschoolers be allowed to participate in SGCNZ’s Competitions and in its Festivals as groups in their own right, with their Cluster being required to join as a Group Friend of SGCNZ.
- Use of translations of Shakespeare into other languages is acceptable
- ...with the proviso that a full script is given to the Regional Rep a minimum of 2 weeks in advance
- That the Reg Rep has a fluent speaker of the language ‘vet’ the translation (to ensure that it is a fair and uncontentious translation)
- That a speaker of the language is present during that scene’s performance.
x) SGCNZ Friends Fee:
Policy: Participants must pay the SGCNZ Friends Fee to SGCNZ - no other charge should be levied by other parties.
SGCNZ must be notified if you are no longer wishing to retain Friend Membership and the inherent benefits.
xi) Participant Age limits:
Policy: Students in groups selected for the National Festival must be a minimum of 11 years and under 20 years old. There may be up to 20% of Year 7 and 8 students in a scene and an extra supervising adult must accompany them.
More younger students may participate in Regional Festivals, should the Regional Representative choose to accommodate them, but those groups would be ineligible for selection for the National Festival.
xii) Health & Safety
Policy: It is essential and vital for all groups, including their Supervisor, to attend the scheduled Health & Safety briefing with the SGCNZ appointed personnel.
Attendance is required at all scheduled sessions of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company programme
in England. Special requests from parents and students wanting to undertake side activities and
personal visits during scheduled times will be refused.
Kerry Maher of Maher Tours is very willing to make bookings for students to arrive earlier or
stay later in order to accommodate extra activities and personal visits.
Policy: All students must attend all scheduled sessions of SGCNZ YSC, whatever
their nature. Personal activities and/or visits may be made in scheduled free time and then only
with the knowledge beforehand of the Tour Escort.
SGCNZ Trust Board, 7 December 2009
- Updated December 2012, Updated December 2013
Updated February 2014, Updated December 2014, December 2015, December 2016