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17th March 21
The ISA Shakespeare Monologue Competition challenges young thespians to choose from one of the English playwright’s many powerful and revered monologues, and either learn it off by heart, or produce an original monologue based on a Shakespeare character.
In order to choose the two children who would represent The Gower School at this year’s competition, we asked our children to submit a recording of their performance so it could be assessed by our external judge, Natalie Abrahami, an accomplished British theatre, film and opera director.
At our first in-school Friday morning assembly following the school’s reopening, we were delighted to announce the two selected entrants for the ISA Shakespeare Monologue Competition 2021.
Second Place went to a Form Five girl, whose performance as Phoebe from ‘As You Like It’ can be viewed here. Our judge Natalie described her turn as ‘really theatrical and well imagined’ and praised the ‘brilliant learning of a very long speech and finding lots of different dynamics within it.’
First Place went to our Form Six Drama Captain, whose performance as Helena from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ can be viewed here. Natalie praised the child’s ‘cinematic and sophisticated staging’ and her ‘wonderful attention to the meter and the verse’, describing the entire package as ‘brilliant work’.
Both pupils were praised by our external judge for their excellent performances, and we are so excited that their work has been submitted to the national competition. However, due to the high standard of performances, Natalie chose a number of TGS children for commendations and special mentions, in addition to our winners.
During assembly, the winning and commended children with a Shakespeare-themed book prize, certificate, feedback slip and a Shakespeare bookmark by Miss Emma Gowers, our Principal. A huge congratulations to all – and the very best of luck to our winning thespians!