We were delighted to welcome teams of Year 5 pupils from local primary schools to Oxford Spires on 12 June for our first Shakespeare Speaking competition.
The young people had prepared monologues and duologues in advance and performed their speeches in the Theatre, in front of a Year 7 audience.
Pupils from St Francis, SS Mary and John and St Joseph’s schools delivered speeches from a range of famous plays – from Twelfth Night to King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost to Macbeth.
The winner of the monologue competition was Maxwell from St Joseph’s, who made the audience laugh as Trinculo in The Tempest. In the duologues section, the pride was shared between Tiphanny and Mark (from St Joseph’s) in Antony and Cleopatra, and Bareerah and Maya (from SS Mary and John) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The day gave Year 5 the chance to gain confidence in the performances, and also to talk to Year 7 students over lunch about being at secondary school.
Well done to all who took part – and thanks to their teachers for bringing them and helping them prepare such great performances.