Success for Queen Anne’s Dramanauts at Woodley Festival

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Over the two weekends of the Woodley Festival, Queen Anne’s Dramanauts performed to an exceptionally high standard and were successful in winning many medals.

During the first weekend, Emma Sansum, Cesca Malcolm and Grace Pavey were awarded gold medals for their imaginative dramatic interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s ‘The Goblin Market’.

Gold Winners

In the solo Shakespeare class Sam Cooke, Alice Wright and Romilly Hayward were all commended for their commitment to their roles and awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold medals respectively.

The year 11 and under duologue class saw comical and endearing performances from Zoe Campbell and Melissa Scanlon from Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’, an unnerving ghost scene well played by Lucy Gregory and Niamh McKenna, a moving and sensitive interpretation of ‘Look Back in Anger’ from Anna Hallam and Evie Harris, and a wonderfully slick scene from Tom Stoppard’s ‘Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead’ performed with gusto by Ciara McCarthy and Maddy Clark.

Hazelle Mendel-Idowu, Pankhuri Agarwal, Ellie Toms, Caitlin Brown, Phoebe Lloyd, Hauwa Muhammad, Lyra Cherry and Romilly Hayward all gave accomplished performances in their solo acing classes and were highly commended by adjudicators Jenny Thornton and Samantha Tucker, who described their work as ‘powerful and absorbing.’ Caitlin was awarded the Bronze medal for her  engaging performance in her solo acting class. Winners of the class Hauwa (Bronze), Lyra (Silver) and Romilly (Gold) are pictured with their medals and certificates.

Woodley Festival 1

Queen Anne’ girls have just had another great weekend at Woodley achieving positive comments from adjudicator Jenny Thornton.

Francesca Malcolm was highly commended for her engergetic, creative performance as Zandile in the solo acting class. Freya Marshall and Lilibeth Biggin gave engaging performances in their scene from Philip Ridley’s ‘Sparkleshark’ and were awarded a Bronze medal; also achieving a Bronze medal were Aimee Langwade and Sophie Triptree for their sinister scene from Polly Stenham’s ‘That Face’.

Tallulah Jackson Coombes and Antigone Spencer gained Silver medals for their spirited version of Helena and Hermia’s fight from William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and Madeleine Pavey was also awarded Silver for her beautiful, sensitive musical theatre piece from ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’, by Janet Hood and Bill Russell.

Abby Hutt & Scarlett Stanton were delighted to be awarded the Gold medal for their delightful portrayal of Cecily and Gwendolyn from Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Congratulations to all girls taking part; this was such a positive experience, and, the adjudicator’s comments will certainly help everyone feel more prepared for their examinations next term.

Many of this year’s Woodley Festival candidates will be taking part in our Woodley Winners Showcase next Thursday (30th March), at 7.30 in the Performing Arts Centre.


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