Pupils brush up their Shakespeare to 'Speak the Speech'

The inaugural Shakespeare Verse Monologue Competition took place in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre during the afternoon of Sunday 9 December.

The competition was open to all parts of the School and several staff members also spoke – to add their voices to the event – rather than to compete. The many parents and supporting students who were also in evidence were welcomed by Teacher of Acting, David Norell, who also compered the event. The competitors treated the audience to a wide variety of Shakespearian character monologues, soliloquies and sonnets, which were adjudicated by Director of Drama, Gilly Norell, and Deputy Head (Pastoral and Co-Curricular), Sarah Gomm. The judges both agreed that such was the standard of clarity and diction, characterisation and expression, and the general excellence in the handling of the verse, that it was extremely difficult to pick a winner. After much soul searching, and what must eventually be quite a subjective point of view, there emerged the few who stood just an inch or two taller than their fellows.

The winner in each section, and who holds the Title for a year are as follows:

Lower School Winner and Messenger at Oakham – Mesi (Form 2)

Middle School Winner and Herald at Oakham – Zsolti (Form 4)

Upper School Winner and Orator at Oakham – Sam (Form 6)

And to acknowledge an aspirant who shows outstanding potential:

Overall Winner and Bard at Oakham – Charlotte (Form 6)

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