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Students from Malvern St James Girls' School entered the Independent Schools Association Shakespeare Monologue Competition. We're delighted to announce Briar, Year 9, and Natalya, Year 10, received first place in their categories with Tiggy, Year 12, awarded highly commended in the Key Stage 5 category.

Shakespeare’s plays are full of fantastic moments when characters speak to other characters detailing exciting or plot changing moments, or speak directly to the audience and tell them their inner feelings and desires. Entrants had the choice of recording either a monologue, learnt off by heart, or to produce an original monologue based on a Shakespeare character. They filmed themselves performing and submitted their entry to the competition. 

Briar, who took first place in the Key Stage 3 category, chose to perform one of Ariel’s monologues, from Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest’. Judges loved the energy, agility and modulation of her piece. They said it was "beautifully delivered, thoughtful, wiry, controlled and compressed energy which captured the role as well as keeping control of the story."

Natalya, who won the Key Stage 4 Learnt Monologue category, performed a piece by Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Judges thought it was a terrific piece, they said it was "a beautifully judged Helena; gentle, curious, perplexed and a brilliantly delivered speech which shows real understanding as well as skill."

Tiggy came third in the Key Stage 5 Learnt Monologue category receiving Highly Commended with her piece from Macbeth. Judges said that this was "A very tough speech to pull off, but this is well-judged and well-paced. It is both desperate and compelling and there is a tenderness and vulnerability here which is rarely given to Lady Macbeth."

Congratulations to all the entrants, and especially Briar, Natalya and Tiggy. It's great to see the arts thriving and students as passionate as ever in what has been a very difficult year for the sector.