The Perse School

Pupils attend national final of Performing Shakespeare competition

9 Mar 2016

Yesterday, two Perse pupils headed to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End for the national finals of the English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare competition.

Jess Painter and Tisa Manandhar (both in Year 9) both made it to the final 10 of the competition, and took to the stage to perform their monologues to a packed theatre and an expert panel of judges.

Unfortunately the girls didn’t win, but it was an excellent achievement in itself getting to the national final, and having two Perse pupils reach this stage of the contest is remarkable. Jess spoke maturely about her reasons for playing Hamlet as a female actor, and spoke about how Maxine Peak showed you don’t need to ‘fit’ a role, and can make any role your own. The panel of judges commented that Jess was brave to speak about this and to take on such a masculine Shakespearean role. Tisa also received excellent feedback for her playful interpretation of Ariel from The Tempest.


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