Bromsgrove School Shines in Birmingham Drama Festival

08 Mar 2012

Pupils from Bromsgrove School took home a wealth of awards at the BFAME awards ceremony in Birmingham following their participation in the festival. The Senior School pupils took part in the Birmingham Festival of Acting & Musical Entertainment, performing their One-Act Youth Play, Shockheaded Peter, resulting in them winning four out of the five categories for the genre in the awards. Pupils Nyree Williams (aged 13) and Taome Jennings (aged 14) were both nominated for The Edyth Jones Shield for Most Outstanding Female Performance, which Taome won for her consistently amazing performance in the play every night. Niall Hegarty and Andrey Ogarev (both aged 15) were both up for The Leon Salberg Shield for Most Outstanding Male Performance. Andrey narrowly scraped the victory for his intensity and physical versatility with only a point between himself and Niall as runner up. Teacher Mrs Lucinda McKee took home The Roy Pinsent Shield for Best Original Play or Script for her excellent adaptation of the play, and to top of the amazing evening the group was awarded The Mabel Burrows Shield for Any Outstanding Achievement for their Ensemble work. Despite missing out on the final award for Best Youth Play, the competition was incredibly close and, according to the adjudicator, Bromsgrove only narrowly missed out, finishing as runners up. Nyree Williams also received a special award – only one of three in the whole competition; a certificate of merit awarded by the adjudicator for her role as MC3, as she felt she showed such promise and professionalism. Mrs McKee said: “A brilliant night of achievement for the play, for the pupils involved and for Bromsgrove School. I am so incredibly proud of our young performers – for their dedication, effort and wonderful talent brought to this eccentric, wonderfully macabre play. Well done to all.” Photo: (l-r) Teacher Mrs McKee with pupils Nyree Williams, Taome Jennings, Andrey Ogarev and Niall Hegarty.