Having fun and sharing experiences were the main rewards for those who took part in the 56th Hong Kong Speech Festival. 'The most impressive thing was the way in which people supported one another, said festival judicator Hilary Clulow. 'It isn't just a competition, but a sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience. They learned from one another.' Form Five students Victoria Cilley and Rachel Leung from Diocesan Girls' School won the upper form division of the Dramatic Duologue category. 'We've just done a piece we've enjoyed and it worked,' Victoria said. The pair selected dialogue from Emily, a stage play written by Stephen Metcalfe. It centres around a conversation about love and men between two young career women in a gym in New York City. Rachel said the most challenging part of their performance was doing sit-ups and talking at the same time. Island School's Nicole Corkhill and Annabel Lee won the Dramatic Duologue award for the lower form division while St Stephen's Girls' College's Charmaine Lam Yeung won the Shakespeare Monologue category in the under-15 group. The festival runs till December 11.