[Bards] A Question of Timing in Elfsea

ED Reese edreese at swbell.net
Thu Feb 26 22:12:21 PST 2004

It seems slanted toward musical presentations, but that's just my hit. It's
hard for me to tell a story, period or otherwise, in five minutes. Songs and
poems seem more suited to the five minute time-limit.

Then again, aren't most of Shakespeare's great soliloqueys and monologs
right around five minutes? It's sort of like being a figure skater, cramming
"Carmen" into a five minute good bits tape. An interesting challenge.

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  I think a person could do a period-style performance in five minutes.
Whether a single short performance is an adequate enough sample to pick a
bard for year is an entirely different matter! :)  I expect this was some
kind of time-management decision based on "how long do we want to spend
judging this contest". - Mot

  antigonus bearbait <antigonus at lycos.com> wrote:

    Hey --

    Tiggy here.

    All right, from the Springfair Website:

    "Title Bard Competition -- No theme. Story, song,, or poem. Single
round. Performance must be five minutes or less in duration."

    **FIVE** minutes?

    Are we SURE about this?

    Im really just asking, but a PERIOD piece COMPLETE with introduction in
under five minutes? Even WITHOUT the introduction, that's pushing it.

    Now, granted, I have won the Elfsea bardic competition in under 5
minutes -- but it was in the final round of a 3-round competition, there was
little if any introduction, and it was an original piece.

    That, and five minutes in a single round seems an awfully short time to
judge a bard that will be representing your barony for the following year.

    What do you think?

    Much thanx 


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