Students in the Prep and Senior school displayed an extraordinary variety of performing arts skills in last week’s 150 Theatre Speech and Drama Festival. Altogether, over 50 students participated and we were delighted to open our Festival this year to students from other local schools. We welcomed eight students from Chulmleigh Academy and Pilton Community College.
Performances included public speaking, mime, verse speaking and modern and classical drama. The very high standard was demonstrated in numerous performances including a scene from ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ by Oscar Wilde, which earned Fraser O’Brien and Ciaran Maunder a Distinction and Restoration Comedy from ‘The Country Wife’ by William Wicherley which earned performer Robert Stirzaker Honours (over 90%).
Many students demonstrated their creative inventiveness to the full in performances of original work, created through improvisation in speech and drama classes. Most notably Chloe Hall, Katie Watts and Louisa Cotton all gained Honours for their Devised Drama. The year 7 lunchtime drama club excelled themselves by performing spontaneous improvisation scenes, created in just thirty minutes. Years 9 to 13 EAL (English as an Additional language) students bravely joined in with public speaking, which included such widely varying topics as ‘Snakes’ to ‘The Perils of Dog Poo’!
Our Adjudicator was Gail Ratcliffe who has been Head of Drama at various schools throughout the UK, both within the state and private sectors. She told us that she was very impressed with the high standard of work on display in the Festival and she saw fit to award a record number of students with Honours this year. In addition to those mentioned above, these included Anna Davies, Flora Boyles, Loveday Williams, Daisy Cotton and Maddy Brent for drama and for Public Speaking Tom Spear and EAL students Lis Thelson and Adrian Chan.
The Overall Festival Awards will be presented next week in Cup Assembly.