Thursday brought the sixth annual House Drama Competition, which has been a great addition to the summer term at Queen's. The competition gives girls from Years 7-10 the opportunity to perform a piece of drama which is completely devised, directed and staged independently of teachers.
Judges this year were Mrs Larder, Mrs Band and sixth former Jada - her first official task as our new Drama Captain. It should be noted here how much the Drama Department miss the wonderful Mrs Mistry, the school's previous Speech and Drama Teacher, who passed away earlier this year and had always been part of the judging panel in previous years.
This year's entrants were given six different photographs as the stimuli for their pieces and the girls showed their creativity, commitment and skill in eight pieces, ranging from a moving tribute to the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings, to a chilling tale of a woman whose children had been taken from her. Only five pieces could go through to the finals in the afternoon, but Mrs Larder and Mrs Band particularly commended the Year 7 and 8's who had entered, for their inventive contributions.
The results were so close with hardly a point between the top three: Hidden Hope, All Fall Down, and In Conflict. All three were superbly crafted, inventively staged and well-acted, exhibiting the outstanding features of Drama at Queen's - teamwork, invention and fine attention to detail. The judges felt that the winning piece (Hidden Hope) by Annabel and Caroline just stole the edge on the other two stories in its completely symbolic approach, the theme of hope for children in deprived areas of the world, and its beautiful images, created by just two actors.
Congratulations to ALL who took part.
First place - Hidden Hope by Annabel and Caroline
Second place - All Fall Down by Anushka, Timothea, Yasmin and Sophie
Third place - In Conflict by Anoushka, Emily, Emily, Cerys and Lily