The Trinity Speech & Drama exam specification allows candidates and teachers to choose from a wide range of repertoire. Students can specialise in literary or dramatic forms that they are interested in and that complement their studies. Teachers may, however, need some guidance with making suitable material choices, in which case we recommend that you review our example programmes. These resources can also help to save valuable time to choose and research pieces that are suitable for students’ individual requirements.
The example programmes offer suggestions for pieces suitable for each grade, such as story extracts, poems, a passage of prose, monologues or extracts from plays, or a mime. For higher levels, there are suggestions of passages of reportage or extracts from speeches by notable people that can be used. Candidates gain confidence and develop skills in speaking and understanding text by bringing it to life.
With our Speech & Drama qualifications in mind, the examples of the programmes include tips for selecting material and interacting with candidates about the selected material at each level, as well as information on how to get candidates emotionally engaged with the material.
For each level, there are at least three example pieces, and we include descriptions of what the pieces will show the examiner. Depending on the candidate's strengths and abilities, teachers can find an exam programme to suit their candidates’ needs. These wide-ranging suggestions are derived from a variety of sources, such as: folk tales and famous children’s writers like Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo, to modern playwrights and poets you might not have heard of.
Our Speech & Drama programme example resources will support teachers and drama schools to: