28 February, 2012
SENIOR SPEECH COMPETITIION 2012
I came into school on Friday 24th (on my day off) to listen to this year's Senior Speech Competition. My efforts were truly rewarded as I was entertained by superb performances from the boys of the upper school. Nick Di Santo's Irish speech - the character Pat Doole from "The Beauty Queen of Leenane", was delivered with such passion I nearly cried. Tristan Beney's rendering of a speech from "Scanarelle" by Moliere was very convincing. All the boys in the non-Shakespeare section deserved prizes! This gave the adjudicator, actor Tim Mullins (look for him in the recent release, "The Woman in Black") a very difficult task to choose a winner. I agree with his final choice in the form of Charlie Whyte, who delivered a speech from "The Marshall Coach Plane Crash", with such panache and maturity that he held the attention of the audience throughout his performance.
In the Shakespeare section, although all participants were excellent, Ash Entezari was so convincing as Hamlet he rivalled even the great Sir Laurence Olivier!
The boys, whether part of the audience or actors, all benefited from the comments made by Tim Mullins whose melodious voice filled the hall, giving the boys ways of improving and excelling in their performances.
Mrs Miriam Stollar