The Year 7 Shakespeare Off By Heart Final once again proved to be a splendid event.
The fifteen finalists all rose to the challenge and made life extremely difficult for our Senior Judge, the Head of Drama, Mrs Morris-Wolffe. The contest featured a range of speeches from Iago’s delightfully villainous soliloquy, “What’s he then that says I play the villain,” to Mark Anthony’s rhetorical tour de force, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” to Bottom’s comically overblown performance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s play-with-in-a-play, Pyramus and Thisbe. The quality from start to finish was extremely high, with the boys demonstrating a wonderful level of maturity and textual sensitivity and insight.
After much deliberation, the winners were finally announced. In Third place was Austin(7C) and his extremely powerful Shylock speech, "To bait fish withal." Second place went to Alexander M (7M) for his Richard III soliloquy “Give me another horse!” and the way it demonstrated the character's inner conflicts and doubts. This year's winner, however, was Alex R (7C) for his heartfelt delivery of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, in which we were offered a glimpse of the fragility and desperation the play’s hero is beset by.
A sincere thanks goes out to all the boys who took part for providing their audiences with such great entertainment and for demonstrating what can be achieved when effort and talent are put together.