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April 2023

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Finals 2023

Sunday, 30th April 2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society, is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practice and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. Thirteen teams have succeeded through almost five months of…

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May 2023

ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2023

Monday, 8th May 2023 - Friday, 12th May 2023
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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A group of international secondary school students dressed in different attires standing closed together outside a building and smiling.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the world’s largest competition of its kind. Bringing together participants, aged 16-20, from over 50 countries for a week of cultural exchange and competition, the IPSC is one of the ESU’s flagship programmes. The Grand Final on Friday, 12 May will see the very best 6-8 young performers deliver their speech and follows the competition heats held earlier in the week. More details to follow soon.

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Salisbury Branch: ‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland

Wednesday, 10th May 2023, 10:15 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland Brian Freeland has written a dozen stage scripts (nine produced so far, four of them published). Following comments that he didn’t write many good roles for ladies, he staged a piece about the British women in India during the second half of the Raj: “Called Letters from the Hen House, it was compiled mainly from letters, diaries and memoirs of the period. Six excellent roles for the ladies and only four men.…

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