What are the practicalities for the day?

What are the practicalities for the day?

* You should bring your whole class not just those performing. Please confirm with Eastside the number of pupils and adults attending by the 12th June 2015.

*One team per class may enter the competition.

*Remember each team only has 3 minutes.

* The Slam will begin promptly at 11.00am at the Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London. W1V 9LB on the 7th July 2015. Please aim to arrive promptly at 10.30 a.m to allow time be seated up. The event will finish at approximately 1.00pm.

* Don’t get lost- http://www.criterion-theatre.co.uk/theatre/location-map

* Organise your travel route in advance. You can get free tube travel if you have 1 adult to every 4 children (see the Under 11’s section) – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/travel-for-under-18s/travelling-with-children?intcmp=25255

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How do we select pupils to take part in the slam?

How do we select pupils to take part in the slam?

This element of the project is entirely up to your school. A good idea is to hold a qualifying round in school prior to the Slam, so that your pupils are accustomed to competing. You might decide to ask the poet visiting your school to assist in making the decision or in judging your slam. Remember that the pupils will be judged on their presentation and performance as well as their poetry! However, you might decide that this is not appropriate for your school, and devise your own method of selection. This is also fine.

We would advise that you give the participating team a lot of support and time to practise as they will be standing up in front of 450 other students in a large theatre.

Do remember that the whole class will come to the slam not just the participating team. We want the whole class to get involved with audience participation, so if you do mock slams at school really encourage this!!