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Chester Speech And Drama Festival



Abbey Gate College pupils shone at recent Speech and Drama festival held in Chester.Harry Tomlins achieved 4 1st places at the Chester Festival in March, including ‘Outstanding’ grades in Reading and Solo Shakespeare, and a high Distinction in Solo Drama. He also won the Year 11 Group Drama with Luke Burnett and Lewis Maundrell.

Pupils at the Chester based school were placed 1st in all the Senior Group Drama Classes and all the Solo Drama Classes, and also won three of the four Reading Classes with Jodie Bennett gaining the trophy for Year 7 and Francesca Ward winning the cup for Years 9 & 10 Reading.

Charlie Cheadle was awarded the trophy for Solo Drama Years 9 & 10 with Mimi Jayaram placed 2nd and Francesca Ward 3rd.  Clara Carson won the 1st place trophy for Solo Drama in Years 7 & 8.

In Group Drama Jodie Bennett, Misty Mansfield and Mollie Pickering were awarded the 1st place trophy for their scene and Emma Swallow and Francesca Ward gained the cup for the Years 9 & 10 Group Drama class. Emma and Francesca also earned 1st place for their Shakespeare Duologue.

Heather Churchill-Evans was placed 2nd in Year 11 And Above Solo Drama and with Gabby Parker won the Improvisation class and Open Classical Drama class.

Mime classes were well represented by Abbey Gate Pupils with wins for the Year 6 Mime Group, Maisie Watkins, Fia McDonnell and Jemima Mullock, and Abbie Platts. James Churchill-Evans of Year 5 won the trophy for Years 5 & 6 Solo Mime. Amy Clayton, Clara Carson and Emily Holroyd were placed 1st in two classes – Group Mime and Group Improvisation – and were also placed 3rd in Group Drama. Isabella Bowden and Sarah Marles won their Improvisation class and Georgina Johnson was awarded the 1st place trophy for her Poetry Speaking. Kiri Kilgannon of Year 2 won the trophy for Reading and was placed 2nd in Set Poetry Speaking and also Own Choice Poem.

There were several other 2nd and 3rd places awarded to Abbey Gate College. All competitors behaved impeccably on the day, displaying their many talents and entering their classes with enthusiasm.

Published: Friday, 28th April 2017