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The weekend had started with a reading of the Ertl play (En Kesto - In a chest - which had received a prize in the literary competition run by Universala Esperanto-Asocio) and which provoked lively debate. This prompted the decision to rehearse it - script in hand - during the weekend and to present it on the Saturday evening. Cast members were helped by former professional actor Colin Simmonds, who also led a series of speaking exercises to promote voice projection and clarity of speech. Other sessions included a valuable discussion on the future of language courses offered by Esperanto-Asocio de Britio (EAB). Members of the Management Committee of EAB also found time to meet during more than 10 hours regarding the future strategy of the Association. Perhaps the one regret was that - apart from acting - there was no other structured activity during the weekend. In the past the teachers' group has put on a programme, and there has also been a course for beginners. Let's hope that in January 2003 other groups will be inspired to pitch in and join the Festival fun.
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