Success at Eskdale Festival of the Arts

by Mrs. Lizzie Jeeves, Head of Drama

On Wednesday 8th March, after all the successes of the Junior School on Tuesday (scroll down for their results), twenty pupils from year 7-13 travelled to Whitby to take part in The Eskdale Festival of the Arts speech and drama competition. This local festival of performance has been running for over 100 years and at Fyling Hall we are thrilled to continue to support the festival. The opportunity to perform in front of an audience on a larger stage, to share the drama or poetry they have been working on, and to gain confidence and experience on stage is invaluable to us. For some of our pupils this was the first time they had been on the Pavilion Stage for others the space is almost a second home, but regardless as classes began at 9.30am the nerves began to settle in.

Going first were those performing poetry. Two large groups of pupils spoke a selection of their favourite poems or poems that they had written themselves. It was great to see such a variety of poets represented and to hear the pupils’ own works on stage. 

Next our Year 13 drama students took to the stage in one of their final performances of the year, sharing monologues from Jessica Swale and Bryony Lavery. Performing alone in character is a difficult task and one that requires personal dedication and confidence, so it was fantastic to see Year 7 follow with their own monologues. 

After lunch five pupils took on sections of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Solo class again not an easy feat to understand iambic pentameter and characters written over 400 years ago. Finally for the day one of our pupils shared a piece of public speaking on the theme of water. 

A massive congratulations to all of our entrants this year, Mrs Jeeves is incredibly proud of you all. 

Junior School Eskdale Festival of Arts Results

Senior School Eskdale Festival of Arts Results

Verse Speaking

  • 1st Skye Telling
  • 2nd Geonuk Cho
  • 3rd Gabriel Challenger Wakefield and Faith Bailey

Poetry Composition

  • 1st Skye Telling
  • 3rd Finley Amos

Monologue (Year 13)

  • 1st Charlie Peregrine
  • 2nd Emie May Burnett

Monologue (Year 9 and under)

  • 2nd Spencer Booth
  • 3rd Matilda Thomas

Shakespeare Solo

  • 1st Bonnie Grenfell
  • 2nd Skye Telling
  • 3rd Isabelle Greenwood

Public Speaking

1st Megan Fusco

If you’d like to learn more about speech and drama or the performing arts at Fyling Hall School please contact us. We offer practical based vocational qualifications from year 9 upwards.