Junior LAMDA girls take gold at Beckenham Festival

lamda-shocase-at-jnr-school-with-kpAfter an absence of five years, Speech and Drama returned to The Beckenham Festival in  and Sydenham High’s Junior LAMDA girls rose to the occasion by scooping the trophy and several gold medals!

The competition was organised by LAMDA teacher Anita Borge with Sydenham High very kindly providing their venue.

Participants from schools across South East London and beyond came together to compete. Audiences were entertained by the high standard of poetry reciting and acting on display.

Despite stiff competition Sydenham High Junior pupils Rosie Russell and Liberty Bowden scooped both trophy and Gold Medals for their hilarious performance of ‘Never the Bridesmaid’ by Heather Stephens.

Summer Edmonds and Leila Synge followed, winning the Bronze Medal in the same Duo Acting category.

Other winners included Amelia Flynn, for her confident and dramatic recitation, ‘Sky Dragon’, with Isabella Aldous taking the Silver medal for her poem, ‘The Hour When The Witches Fly’.

Marnie Ugo Evans won both trophy and Gold Medal for her emotional and compelling scene from ‘the Mill on The Floss’ by George Elliott, along with a perfect Yorkshire dialect!

Daisy Patton took the Silver Medal in the same class, for her enthusiastic performance of a scene from, ‘Izzy Wizzy Gets Busy’.

Six year old Annam Karim, who only began LAMDA classes in September, won the trophy and Gold Medal for her poem, ‘Why Do teachers Call Me Emma’, delighting the audience, who were impressed by her confidence and poise.

Adjudicator Mia Ball said she was honoured to be asked to adjudicate for the Festival and commented on the wide range of material and high standard of work performed!

A few weeks later some of the winning students reprised their pieces in a LAMDA Showcase at Junior School in front of Headteacher Mrs Pullen, Head of Junior School Miss Boyd and the Head of Drama at the Senior School, Miss Laura Yandell. Each was impressed by both the girl’s confidence and quality of their performances.

2016 has already seen some of the highest examination marks for some years, with all girls challenged to achieve of their best!