Bede’s pupil through to the ESU Performing Shakespeare National Final

May 15, 2019

Thea Adams, First Year pupil at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker, was named one of the two winners at last week’s English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare semi-final, and will progress to the National finals in June.

Clara Dickinson, also a First Year pupil at Bede’s, was one of two runners up.

Mrs Karen Lewis, Director of Performing Arts, said: “Thea and Clara were part of a group of six talented First Year performers, also including Dougie Scragg, Ellie Abel, Nicholas Bernhardsen and Poppy Eyre. The pupils from Bede’s impressed with their choice of challenging monologues, which they prepared and rehearsed themselves.”

Monologues from Bede’s pupils included the Jailer’s Daughter from The Two Noble Kinsmen, Mark Antony and Marullus from Julius Caesar, Ophelia from Hamlet and Helena from All’s Well That Ends Well. Pupils were also tasked with providing a two-minute introduction to their monologues, discussing their artistic intentions, what they wanted the audience to feel, and what had inspired them about their chosen piece.

Ms Eleanor Conlon, Teacher of LAMDA, added: “Performing monologues is a great opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and develop creativity and confidence. We were delighted to be part of the competition and look forward to the National Final in June.”

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