Primary Shakespeare Speakers at OSA

We were delighted to welcome students from six local primary schools to our second annual OSA Primary Shakespeare Speaking Competition.

Students from Wood Farm, St Joseph’s, St Francis, Eynsham, Tyndale and John Henry Newman took part first in a workshop led by Miss Morris and our Year 7, 8 and 9 students to make sure they spoke clearly, confidently and loud enough for our Theatre. They thoroughly enjoyed the mornings games and working together.

Then competitors read their prepared monologues and duologues – from a range of Shakespeare’s plays from popular plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Othello to less well-known ones, such as Two Gentlemen of Verona.

All students performed really well and we were delighted in the level of competition. The winner in the monologue category was from John Henry Newman, with runners-up from St Joseph’s and Tyndale; the duologue winners were from Wood Farm, with runners-up from Eynsham. The overall winners – taking home the bust of Shakespeare! – were John Henry Newman.

We look forward to working with lots of local primaries next summer – and, in advance, plan to take our students into schools who haven’t worked with us before, to deliver workshops and help prepare teams. Anyone from a local primary school who is interested in finding out more, please email Miss Morris