Perse pupil sets the stage for Shakespeare success
7 Jul 2021
Elif Cektir (Year 10) earned a judges’ commendation award for her distinguished delivery in the prestigious Performing Shakespeare competition.
Organised by the English-Speaking Union, the competition was held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic with entrants filming Shakespearean monologues for the judging panel.
A fan of the Bard’s work, Elif, who also enjoyed taking part in the RADA Shakespeare Awards scheme at school and recorded herself presenting a monologue by Phoebe from the comedy As You Like It.
She said: “Shakespeare’s writing is unique in a way that means every word contains a specific meaning in accordance to others around it. I’ve always enjoyed performing his monologues for this purpose and decided to put a hobby to use.
“I chose Phoebe’s monologue because As You Like It is my favourite Shakespearean comedy. Also, Phoebe is a very interesting and expressive person and I enjoy getting into her character.
“Nothing is easy to learn and long and confusing Shakespearean monologues are no different. However, I’ve got quite used to learning lines and monologues and enjoy it thoroughly so the challenge was accepted gladly.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I’d received a judges’ commendation.”
Drama teacher Emily Gleeson explained that all Perse Year 10 drama students took part in Performing Shakespeare, with Elif among those chosen to be put forward for the national competition by the school’s English and drama department.
Miss Gleeson added: “Elif was incredibly dedicated to understanding her character and refining her performance. She demonstrated wonderful energy and physicality, truly bringing the character of Phoebe to life, and I am delighted that she was awarded this prize.”