Louise Manders


Louise was born in Westcliff on Sea and first trod the boards when only five days old and has never looked back. Her varied and interesting professional theatrical career began with Haymarket Stage Productions progressing from stage management to acquiring her Equity card as an actress. She enjoyed touring the UK and appearing in all aspects of theatre including repertory and musicals, as well as appearing on television and in films. Louise is presently not only an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, but is also an adjudicator member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. She was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Youth Theatre in Southend, formerly the New Focus Theatre for many years. She is the Speech Tutor at St. John’s School in Billericay.

Louise’s extensive work as an adjudicator has taken her all over the UK and abroad. She has adjudicated regularly in Sri Lanka. She runs workshops and master classes, directs plays (including open air productions) and musicals, devises original drama compositions, writes poetry and has written many musical plays for children and students. She teaches speech, drama, musical theatre, mime and dance drama to all ages of students, including adults and specialises in the LAMDA examinations.

Louise is an experienced theatre director and even finds time to dance flamenco! A festival is a celebration and enables all entrants to bring their creativity and enthusiasm to fruition. Louise is really looking forward to sharing in these celebrations on her return visit to the Dudley Festival.

Norma Redfearn

BA. MA. LGSM. LTCL(Drama). LTCL (Tefl). ALCM (Pub Sp). PGCA

Norma trained at the Northern College, researched at Leicester University and has performed in weekly Rep and Professional tours. She examined internationally for Trinity College London and received the Chairman’s award for services to Trinity. In 2001 she was invited to join the LAMDA panel of examiners and was co-author of a LAMDA publication on Public Speaking.

Having left LAMDA in order to devote more time to her Festival work and adjudicating, she was approached by Vanguard examinations and now enjoys a limited amount of examining for them. She has taught voice production to the lay speakers in the Diocese of Peterborough and teaches a variety of ages in her private studio.
She is proud to be an adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and was delighted to be given a Fellowship in 2015.
Although many of her former students are pursuing successful acting careers in theatre and television, and others are qualified Drama teachers, her greatest joy is equipping students with life skills and the ability to take their place in society confidentially.

She believes that the Festival Movement is a wonderful tool to help the confidence and development of all who enter, and she looks forward to sharing once again with all the students of Dudley in this celebration of their achievement.

Ann Newson

LRAM, RAM(dip)

Drama and performance have been Ann’s life’s passion. She made her first stage appearance at the age of five and has since performed in many leading roles. She studied Speech and Drama at the Royal Academy of Music for three years. She then pursued a career in teaching and lecturing in Drama Colleges and schools in London and Southern England. Her forte is directing plays and musicals for adults and children.

Ann is a member of the LAMDA Board of examiners. She has examined all the disciplines in the syllabus throughout the United Kingdom and in Australia, America, Dubai, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka. She has been on several LAMDA syllabus committees and edited some of their publications. She runs her own training company specialising in Public Speaking and Presentation Skills for business people.
She strongly believes that it is so important to encourage young people to communicate verbally and confidently. This is a life skill for their future. Festivals give them such a valuable opportunity to develop this skill

As a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech she has adjudicated throughout England, Northern Ireland, Eire, Guernsey and Hong Kong.