The Bard Awards 2021

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Are your students ready to tread the boards in Rockhampton Regional Council’s Bard Awards this year?

After a successful premiere at the Pilbeam Theatre in 2020, The Bard Awards 2021 are now open for applications from young people in years 5 to 12. 

This is a great opportunity for students to either develop and perfect a performance piece from their school curriculum, or prepare a free-choice dramatic work with their teacher or extra-curricular speech and drama tutor.

If you have students who might be interested please encourage them to enter!

An initiative of Rockhampton Regional Council, The Bard Awards is an opportunity for students to perform a dramatic work, and receive professional advice and assistance along the way.

While the term ‘bard’ is often used to refer to William Shakespeare, the competition will cover the wider definition, ‘story teller / poet.’  

Entries, by individuals, duos or groups, can be a performance of a traditional or contemporary published monologue, duologue or group scene.

Students will perform before an adjudicator from Queensland Theatre,  from 8 to 10 October 2021. Prizes will be awarded, including a perpetual trophy for the winners. Feedback will be provided.

Entries are now open. More information, including full rules and requirements and online entry forms are available below.

Entrants will also be able to attend free workshops, to be held in the leadup to the event.

On the web page you can also download the Bard Awards poster, which you might like to display on school noticeboards etc.

Tickets for the public to attend The Bard Awards will be on sale shortly via


Open to: Students in years 5 to 12
Entry: Free
Categories: Monologue, duologue, group scene
Age Categories: Primary (years 5-6), Junior (years 7-9) Senior (years 10-12)
Entry deadline: Friday 24 September at 5pm
Performance: 8 to 10 October, 2021
More info: Online application forms,available below
Questions? Contact Project Coordinator Gina Enkuzis 4924 5600

Monologue and Duologue application forms: PDF Version   Online Version

Group Scenes application forms: PDF Version   Online Version    



Rules, Regulations and Requirements:


 There are three categories: monologue, duologue and group scene.

 Each category is divided into three age groups – Primary (Year 5-6), Junior (Year 7-9) and Senior (Year 10-12).

 All individuals entering the competition (including members of duos) must register separately. Individuals who are only applying for the Group Category can apply through the Bard Awards Group Scenes Application Form 2021, they do not need a separate individual form.

 Performance duration is to be a maximum of five minutes for monologues/duologues and 15 minutes for group scenes.

 Duologues/group scenes will be categorised into the age group of the oldest member of the group.

 A competitor may enter multiple times, but only once in each appropriate category.

 Repertoire selection is free choice – either a traditional or contemporary published work.

 A copy of your script must be emailed to no later than 5pm on Friday 1 October 2021.

 Performances are to be recited by memory (without a script or prompts).

 Dress code is theatre blacks with enclosed shoes – no costumes or school uniforms will be accepted.

 Each performance is to be done on a plain stage, with basic white lighting (no music, sound effects or substantial props, although you may use a small hand prop).

 It is your responsibility to ensure you are available for your performance time. Program times cannot be changed to suit individuals’ availability. Please ensure you are available from 5pm on Saturday 9 October 2021 and from

8:30am to 5:30pm on Sunday 10 October 2021 when submitting your application.

 A performance schedule will be emailed approximately one week before the event.

 A stage induction will be allocated to each category – this will give applicants the opportunity for a familiarisation with the stage and back stage areas. Inductions will be held at The Pilbeam Theatre and The Walter Reid Cultural Centre on Saturday 2 October 2021. Times will be advised one week prior.

 The teacher/tutor is responsible for monitoring all performers in group scenes at all times while they are at The Walter Reid Cultural Centre and The Pilbeam Theatre.

 Trophies will be awarded for the winners of each category.

 Adjudication notes will be provided to each performer.

 The adjudicator's decision is final and not representative of the views of Rockhampton Regional Council.

 Applications close at 5pm on Friday 24 September 2021.