Incredible success from Chester Festival of Performing Arts
15th April 2019

A large number of Performing Artists at Rydal Penrhos achieved success at a high-profile regional event.

The school’s Speech and Drama candidates demonstrated their incredible talent at the recent Chester Festival, which saw the group compete in various categories and secured some notable accolades as a result.

Leading the way were the Year 8 quartet of Eve Durrans, Ruby Merrick, Ada Vonbank, Lily Davies and Ella James, who finished first in Prepared Scene and second in Improvisation.

Eve and Ruby picked up first place in the Duologue, with Lily scooping a trophy after finishing first in Prepared Reading.

The Year 7 trio of Philo Rozek, Harrison McKinnel and Ben Alefounder secured second spot in Prepared Scene and fourth in Group Mime, with Philo also achieving fourth place in the Prepared Reading category.

Abdul Khurram, Louis Ashby and Jake McDonald achieved a Merit in Group acting, and Year 8’s Freddie James, George Watkins, Will Tavernor, Christian Cheesley and Dylan Lloyd-Bloom winning the Improvisation category and coming third for their Prepared Scene.

Middle School pupils Damisola Animashaun, Philippa Thomas and Sophie Williams achieve a notable double with first in Prepared Scene and Improvisation, and other to achieve considerable success were Sophie Madden, Emma Hackman, Jasmin Lewis, Sten Lai, Manson Lo and Aisha Jidda to round off another exceptional set of results from a Rydal Penrhos perspective.

Each member of the team worked hard in the lead-up to the competition under the expert guidance of Speech and Drama tutor Christina Bloomfield, with many performers unable to take part due to their involvement with the Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables.

Mrs Bloomfield, said: “Our courageous team members certainly made their presence felt with the quality of their work, as several other teachers and parents asked which school we were from.

“Congratulations to all who entered and not only performed so well, but also represented Rydal Penrhos superbly throughout.”

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