The Perse School

Performing Shakespeare brings national glory for Perse pupils

21 Mar 2018

Year 9 pupils Corbin Abbasi and Toby Owers both picked up awards at the English-Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare competition grand final at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.

Corbin won the Don Miller Award – the audience choice accolade – with his performance of a Puck speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while Toby was the only finalist to receive a judges’ commendation prize thanks to his “impressive delivery” of Henry V’s St Crispin’s Day speech.

The Perse was the only school to have two finalists in the monologue category of the competition after Corbin and Toby had qualified from the regional finals.

The finalists also attended a discussion with the judging panel, which included John Pfujomena, who played Sebastian in Twelfth Night at the Globe last summer, and world public speaking champion Benet Brandreth, as well as other esteemed Shakespearean scholars and actors focusing on ‘Speaking Out’ and why Shakespeare still matters today.

Perse Director of English & Drama Chris Green said: “We are very proud indeed of Corbin and Toby. Not only did they make it through to the final stage of the event, they also won two of the major prizes in the competition.

“These achievements are even more impressive when taking into consideration the fact that both students are also appearing in our major production of Billy Elliot the Musical this week!”


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