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Drama Scholars from Year 7 – Year 12 entered this year’s ISA Shakespeare Monologue Competition, with two pupils, Grace, Year 12 and Florence, Year 7, steering MSJ to triumph with exceptional performances. 

Grace achieved second place overall in the KS4/KS5 category, while Florence proudly secured a Winners Highly Commended spot in the KS3 category.

The judges commented, “There has been an unprecedented number of entries this year and the quality of the submissions were extremely high. The focus on the delivery of the spoken word, the children’s individual personalities in relation to those choices and the imaginative and inspiring ways in which they have reimagined or represented them has been a joy to watch. Every single entry had its own merit, and every single performance was delivered with energy, imagination, intent, and skill. There are only very few awards I am able to make, but every school that takes part and delivers such exceptional teaching of Shakespeare is a credit to the arts and humanities.”

(left) Grace, Year 12 and (right) Florence, Year 7, both performing their Shakespeare monologues

 

They talked specifically about Florence’s role in Shakespeare’s King John as ‘a wonderful Arthur, tender, disturbed but also powerful and childlike.’ Grace wowed them with her ‘breathtaking Lady Macbeth, troubled, fragile, agonised and yet wholly in command. Really beautifully performed.’

As a result of her particular success, Grace has been invited to join some of the other winners from independent schools across the country at Mary Arden’s Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday, April 24th. She will perform her Lady Macbeth piece at the winners’ event, as well as participating in a tour and a workshop, all hosted by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Grace continues to shine and was also selected to perform at the Mayor of Worcester Celebratory Gala Concert on the evening of the 23rd March, after performing at the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival. Grace performed her moving monologue from 'The Gut Girls' by Sarah Daniels with eloquence, emotional truth and admirable control.

Head of Expressive Arts, Mrs Fisher added, “Well done to all our entrants for representing the school so brilliantly and well done to our winners, who, in the judge's minds, just had edge!”