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18 March 2016

​Taunton Drama Festival an absolute triumph!

All of last week, King’s Hall pupils were competing in the 102nd Taunton Drama Festival. King’s Hall have taken part in a variety of classes, ranging from verse speaking, prepared reading and acting, to even improvisation! We have been represented by pupils of all ages and abilities, from Reception all the way up to Year 8.

King’s Hall had 34 'top 3' placings in our classes, which is an absolutely fantastic achievement and far, far beyond what we have achieved before at the Taunton Drama Festival. This breaks down as eleven 1st place class winners, twelve 2nd places and eleven 3rd places, all of these pupils have proudly brought a shiny new medal or cup back to King’s Hall. Our trophy cabinets are well and truly bursting!

King’s Hall were also confidently represented in the second ever Taunton Young Theatre Performer of the Year competition on Tuesday evening, where Lily MacNeice performed a 10-minute recital performance based on the theme of 'growing up'. The standard of this event was absolutely phenomenal, with the very best of the Taunton Drama Festival being represented, and Lily was competing against pupils all the way up to Year 10. After a confident and polished performance, Lily gained 2nd place overall in this competition and one of the very first and only 'outstanding' marks of the Drama Festival so far, which requires 90+ marks out of 100! An amazing achievement!

We cannot congratulate the King’s Hall Speech & Drama competitors enough, the School has been represented amazingly in a record breaking year! Particular highlights of the Taunton Drama Festival so far include:

Alfie Marcuccilli gained 1st place winning the Year 7 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Edward Fidler gained 1st place winning the Year 6 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Thomas Herbert gained 1st place winning the Year 5 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Thomas Herbert, Cassius Hammick and Tom Kittow gained 1st place winning the Year 5 & under 'Group Acting'

Ella Clayton gained 1st place winning the Year 4 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Raffaella Cook gained 1st place winning the Year 4 & under 'Verse Speaking' (there were 32 pupils competing in this class!)

Nell Luckhurst gained 1st place winning the Year 3 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Emily Chisholm gained 1st place winning the Year 3 & under 'Prepared Reading' (she is in Y2)

Edward Fidler, Robbie McSwiggan, Ollie Bell and Christopher Wood won 2nd place in the Year 7 & under 'Group Speaking'

Saphia Goad won 2nd place in the Year 6 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Felicity Gostling won 2nd place in the Year 5 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Lily MacNeice won 2nd place in the Year 5 & under 'Solo Acting'

Harry Besley and Cassius Hammick came joint 3rd place in the Year 5 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Raffaella Cook won 2nd place in the Year 4 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Georgia Fidler and Harvey Taylor came joint 2nd in the Year 4 & under 'Verse Speaking' (the class with 32 pupils)

Nell Luckhurst won 2nd place in the Year 3 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Felicity Gostling and Harry Besley came joint 2nd place in the Year 6 & under 'Sight Reading'

Edward Fidler and Robbie McSwiggan won 3rd place in the Years 6 & 7 'Duo Acting'

Robbie McSwiggan won 3rd place in the Year 6 & under 'Verse Speaking'

Eleanor Renville won 3rd place in the Year 5 & under 'Solo Acting'

Harvey Taylor, Huck Halliday, Eugene Louw and Will Mowat won 3rd place in the Year 5 & under 'Group Speaking'

Sophie Flatt and Eleanor Renville won 3rd place in the Year 5 & under 'Duo Acting'

Ella Rowlands won 3rd place in the Year 3 & under 'Prepared Reading'

Ella Rowlands won 3rd place in the Year 3 & under 'Verse Speaking' (this class contained 20 pupils!)

Lizzie Chetwode and Abigail Howells gained 1st place in the Year 8 and 9 'Duo Improvisation'

Oliver Taylor and Jack Besley came joint 3rd place in the Year 2 & under 'Verse Speaking' (this class contained 25 pupils!)

...and even Mr Kirby managed to bring a medal back to King’s Hall, winning 1st place in the 18 years and over 'Prepared Reading' class; well done!

What a brilliant Taunton Drama Festival, the biggest ‘Well Done’ to all pupils involved!


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