Over 60 boys in years 3 to 6 took part in this year’s annual ‘Speak Out!’ festival which took place on World Book Day 2022.
Boys worked with focus and enthusiasm in their drama lessons to prepare their talk on a variety of topics: Year 3 focused on storytelling; Year 4 classic and contemporary poetry; Year 5 read excerpts from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest; and Year 6 were asked to talk for up to a minute about their chosen biography.
All boys performed their chosen excerpts extremely well: from an expressive interpretation of Gangsta Granny, to a stunning performance of Ariel when he talks to King Alonso, Sebastian and Antonio in Act 3 of The Tempest, the audience were delighted by the variety, confidence and passion demonstrated in the performances.
The boys were highly praised for their articulate and expressive performances by the three guest judges, Ms Eli Murton from the Guildford Shakespeare Company, Mrs Sue Odell an ex-and now retired teacher of RGS Prep and ex-Director and Actor of the Nomad Theatre, Mr Andrew Hamel-Cooke, who were invited to watch the finalists and choose a runner-up and the overall winner for each year group category.
Staff and boys alike made up the captivated audience. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon on World Book Day and more importantly, for the boys to have the opportunity once more to perform to the whole school.
Some photographs of the Speak Out! Festival can be viewed here.
Mrs Lanson de Breuille
Head of Drama
Head of Drama