We held the 12th 150 Theatre Speech and Drama Festival on Thursday with participants from Year 3 to Year 13. Our Adjudicator this year was Robert Barber MBE, winner of a National teaching award for his work in the local community. As the evening progressed, he heaped praise and awards for the sheer variety and quality of performance from acting, classical and modern drama, to spontaneous improvised pieces and scenes which had been written by the students through improvisation. We had musical theatre performances for the first time in the Festival, taught by Mrs Turner, in addition to some quality public speaking. The performers excelled themselves as the night wore on.
Special mention should go to the high standard presented by Year 7 performers with medals awarded to Danny McCarten and Charlotte Cove. Further medal winners for acting included Seb Walker in Year 8; In Year 9 India Wise for Solo Acting; Joseph Nicholson for Public Speaking; Florie Brend for Devised Drama; Jess Pim & Reuben Rodwell for Improvisation. In year 10 Martha Richardson for Solo Drama.
In years 12 to 13 medals were awarded to Somer Potter for her Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Katie Smith for improvisation, Charlie Pocock for Musical Theatre and Tom Spear who won 3 medals for Hamlet, Kafka’s Metamorphosis and for Improvisation. Special mention should also go to Lucy Allix who gained Honours in both Classical and Modern Drama, as
did Tom and Somer. Our Adjudicator concluded that he felt ‘humbled’ to be sitting in judgment on such an ‘incredible` high standard of performance. Well done to everyone who participated!