The East Anglia Area Final of the English Speaking Union's Performing Shakespeare Competition was held at the Royal Hospital School on Wednesday 3 April. As a result of their superb performances, Toby C and Emily-Jane K have been selected to go to the Grand Final in London this summer. Katie S and Alex C were also named 'runners up', which means they will be reserves for the national final.
Matthew Christmas, Lead Organiser, ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition, explains "The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition gives Key Stage 3 pupils the chance to turn a written text into a compelling speech. This gives them the invaluable opportunity to develop their creativity, their confidence and their ability to express themselves: vital skills in the classroom and in the wider world. Building oracy skills enables young people to articulate their ideas and truly to discover their voice. What better way of doing that than through the words of William Shakespeare. The standard of the East Area Final was especially high and the English-Speaking Union is very grateful to the Royal Hospital School for hosting; the judges were impressed with the standard of the actors, one pair of whom have been selected to go forward to the Grand Final in June."
Emily-Jane and Toby preformed an extract from 'Julius Caesar' while Katie and Alex's source was 'The Taming of the Shrew'. A total of seven pupils entered the competition and enjoyed hosting the competitor schools.
Pupils will share their competition entries with members of the school community during 'Shakespeare on Parade' later this year and some will be involved in a whole school assembly celebrating the work of Shakespeare.
Pictured (L-R): Katie, Mia, Toby, Emily-Jane and Alex. Those who entered but are not in this photo: Jamie (whose father won an E.S.U. competition when he was at school) and Millie.