26 Mar 2013

10 Trophies and 13 other 1st place medals were won by Abbey Gate College pupils attending the Chester Festival of Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March. This amounts to 1/3 of all of the 69 classes being won by pupils from the College which continues to demonstrate the strength the College has in the area of Performing Arts. The classes tested a range of disciplines including learnt scenes, mime, improvisation, prepared readings, verse speaking and Shakespeare scenes for both individual and group performers.

Congratulations go the following who achieved first place in their class:

Eleanor Parker (year 10) won the Solo Shakespeare Class trophy
Douglas Connor-Webb (year 10) was awarded the trophy for Prepared Reading
James Ayshford and William Tomlinson (year 9) won The Acted Duologue cup
Joe Brazier (year 8) was placed 1st for Prepared Reading in his age group
Abbey Rimmer (year 7) won the cup for Prepared Reading in her year
The Year 7 boys – Luke Burnett, James Davies, Jack Long, Lewis Maundrell, John Muir,
Joe Nieto and Sam Wilson won the trophy for Acted Scenes
Max Williams (year 6) gained his trophy for Solo Mime
Natasha Fullerton-Loggie (year 5) was awarded the cup for Solo Drama
Fia McDonnell (year 5) won the Prepared Reading cup
Luci-Ella Dixon and Jessica Hindley gained the cup for Acted Duologues

Other pupils who were awarded medals for winning their classes were:

Will Stuart (year 11) for Solo Shakespeare Scene for his year and above
Theo Spofforth and Will Stuart (year 11) for Improvisation and for Devised Original Scene
Douglas Connor-Webb (year 10) for Sight Reading
James Ayshford, Tom Hayes, Kieren Platts, Oscar Patton and Toby Stanford (year 9)
for Group Mime
James, Kieren, Oscar and Toby also for Improvisation
Jemima Burgess-Thomas, Isobella Burton, Jason Campbell, Alice Geldenhuys,
Joe Brazier (year 8) for Reading at Sight
Henry Kershaw and James Maudslay (year 8) for Group Mime
Heather Churchill-Evans (year 7) for Verse Speaking
Charlotte Gardner (year 7) for Solo Mime
Fia McDonnell and Jemima Mullock (year 6) for Improvisation
Morgan Cox, Peeps Haydock, Natasha Fullerton-Loggie, Hannah Gardner, Daisy Long,
Fia McDonnell, Jemima Mullock, Freya Rains, Georgie Reeves, Claudia Royle, Emma Swallow & Francesca Ward (year 5) for their Group Mime

In addition to winning a third of all of the classes, pupils also achieved 16 2nd places and 12 3rd places.

Such tremendous results would not be achieved without the hard work of the English and Drama department at the College and especially the inspirational work of Speech and Drama teacher Mrs Christine Faithfull.