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Year 9 student reaches the final of Performing Shakespeare Competition

A Year 9 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently had opportunity to attend a workshop and perform in a national competition at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  

Back in May, Garrick House student, Nia Murray-Gonsalves, joined five of her Avon Valley classmates and took part in the first rounds of the English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare Competition, in which she was up against students from a number of local schools. Following her monologue Nia was selected to progress to the competition’s final in London.

As part of the final, Nia took part in a Shakespeare workshop and had a tour of The Globe Theatre before competing against 15 students from schools around the UK. Nia skillfully delivered an act as Phoebe from the Bard’s ‘As You Like It’. Although Nia did not win the competition she was presented with a certificate and medal.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to take part in, and I was very pleased that Nia reached the competition’s final and had opportunity to visit The Globe Theatre. This was a wonderful experience for her”.

English teacher, Ali Tinham, commented: “The six students who entered the competition worked really hard and learnt the monologues thoroughly. They all did themselves, and the school, proud when they performed in the first round hosted at AVS. It was brilliant to be able to take Nia down to London for the competition’s final; hopefully this will inspire other students to enter the competition next year.”

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