Festival of Drama

It has been a busy and exciting start to the Summer Term for the LAMDA department at St Francis.  Following the outstanding work of Year 4 students at their Drama Festival towards the end of last term, we were treated to some marvellous entertainment from LAMDA students in Years 5 to 8.

Lamda Festival St Francis 1The week began with the Year 5 children presenting a range of work that included Her Majesty the Queen, Ratty and Mole , four ugly sisters , a Gangsta Granny, a trainee waitress, some footballers and Tom Sawyer and Huck. Head of English, Mr Chris Murgatroyd kindly adjudicated and chose Amber D and Pippa R as winners.

We welcomed Mr Andrew Gist, Head of Form from Marlborough College as the adjudicator for Year 6.  Mr Gist was hugely impressed by the standard of the acting and enjoyed every minute of the performances.  What we saw included a tricky situation at Gosforth Fete, a kitchen boy being attacked by a monkey and a king desperate to get home for his tea. Two nasty sisters were freezing in the snow and two girls at camp did not get along!  The outright winners on this occasion were Hannah K and Florence M, presenting the Emperor with his new clothes.  In fact, Mr Gist found their performance, which included a good deal of mime, so compelling that he awarded them full marks!

The final Gala Drama Festival included the winners in Years 5 and 6 as well as LAMDA students from Years 7 and 8.  We were delighted to welcome Maria von Weissenberg from the Drama and Theatre Studies Department Marlborough College as our adjudicator.  Ms von Weissenberg was so impressed with the quality of the work she saw that every performer was deemed worthy of an ‘Honours’ standard!

Miss von Weissenberg awarded the winners’ trophies to Max C and Bertie L for their clever and slick acting in Spies with further medals for outstanding acting going to Charlie W and to Anna K for a spellbinding monologue set in a Younger Offenders’ Institution.

St Francis LAMDA Department are hugely proud of the confidence and skill with which all our young actors conquered their nerves and Lamda Festival St Francis 2performed to their parents and friends. Very well done!