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North Devon Performing Arts Festival success

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: December 10, 2009

  • DOUBLE DELIGHT: Sophie Gregory and Lucy Singer.

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TALENTED students gave outstanding performances in speech and drama as the North Devon Performing Arts Festival drew to a close.

The classes were held at Kingsley School, Bideford, with director and actress Sally Noble from Bristol as adjudicator.

She gave the highest mark in the festival — 91 — to young performer Jessica Sansom from West Buckland School for her solo drama "The Little Match Girl".

Zoe Bodinetz from Abbotsham Primary School was the only other competitor to gain a mark in the outstanding category for her poem 'Pillow Talk'.

However, many entrants gained marks in the distinction category, demonstrating both the high standard of performances and teaching of local tutors.

There will be a Gala Concert on Saturday December 12 at 7pm in the Kingsley School Theatre which will showcase some of the best acts from the entire festival.

Tickets can be obtained in advance from Lucy Giddy on 01237 422603 or on the door; £6 adults, £3 children.

Overall awards: North Devon Performing Arts Festival Comedy Cup, Elizabeth Kelly; Barclays Bank Trophy for most promising performer, Elizabeth Kelly; Festival Shield for most promising performer 12 years & under, Arabella Podmore; Festival Cup for highest mark, Jessica Sansom; Freya Alderson Cup for highest mark in solo drama, Jessica Sansom; Mark Baglow Shield for overall duologue, Sophie Gregory and Lucy Singer.

Novice poetry — 9 yrs & under, Jasper Chavasse; 10-14 yrs, Josh Lang. Poetry — 6 yrs & under, Natasha Ross; 7 yrs & under, Nathaniel Bodinetz; 8 yrs & under, Robert Stirzaker; 9 yrs, Sam Lowe; 10 yrs, Zoe Bodinetz; 11-12 yrs, Jessica Sansom; 13-14 yrs, Poppy Brimson; 15-16 yrs, Megan Kerby; 17-18 yrs, Rebekah Fell.

Novice prose — 9 yrs & under, Carmen Clements; 10-14 yrs, Josh Lang. Original poetry — 10 yrs & under, Amy Honey. Prose — 7 yrs & under, Isabelle Backway; 8-9 yrs, Lucas Wilson; 10 yrs, Millie Podmore; 11-12 yrs, Jessica Sansom; 13-14 yrs, Lucinda Jarvis; 15-16 yrs, William Martin; 17 – 18 yrs, (joint) Rebekah Fell and Victoria Charles. Sonnet recital — Rebekah Fell. Bible reading — 11-13 yrs, George Fincher; 14-18 yrs, William Martin. Spiritual reading — 11-13 yrs, Poppy Brimson. Shakespeare dramatic solo speech — 11 yrs & under, Zoe Bodinetz; 14 – 15 yrs, Imogen Wehner. Public speaking — 14 yrs & under, Madeleine Ralph, Poppy Brimson, George Fincher; 15 yrs & over, Daniel Ayre, William Martin, Rebecca Markham. TV news reading — 11-13 yrs, Madeleine Ralph, Poppy Brimson, Katie Harris, George Fincher. Novice solo drama —10 yrs & under, Spike Clarkson. Solo drama —10 yrs & under, Nathan Hughes; 12 yrs, Jessica Sansom; 13 yrs, Lucinda Jarvis; 14-15 yrs, Megan Kerby; 16-18 yrs, Georgia Hayes. Duologue —12 yrs, Sammy Ashton and Isabel Murgelas; 13 yrs, Lucy Down and Lucinda Jarvis; 14-15 yrs, Sophie Gregory and Lucy Singer; 16-18 yrs, Victoria Charles and Amy Wisenfeld. Scriptwriting — 11-14 yrs, Poppy Brimson; 15-18 yrs, Lizzie Kelly. Improvised drama — 10 yrs & under, Millie Podmore and Felicity Wheeler; 11-12 yrs, Jessica Sansom and Arabella Podmore; 13-15 yrs, Lucy Down and Lucinda Jarvis; 16-18 yrs, The Merry Bucklanders A.

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