Young stars shine at Drama Festival

Peterborough Drama festival at Dogsthorpe Infants School. Entrants in the 10years-old Duologue EMN-150703-203604009
Peterborough Drama festival at Dogsthorpe Infants School. Entrants in the 10years-old Duologue EMN-150703-203604009
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Talented youngsters showed off their acting talents at this year’s three-day Peterborough Drama Festival.

More than 600 youngsters took to the stage to demonstrate their reading, acting and improvisation skills in front of adjudicators Priscilla Morris, Keith Ralph and Jonathan Owen.

With 55 trophies available, there were many opportunities for pupils to earn success.

The event was held at Dogsthorpe Infant School and Dogsthorpe Academy from Friday to Sunday.

Organisers even believe the festival could be the largest in the country as it is so well attended.

Stars of the festival included Heritage Park Primary School pupil Thisath Kularatna, who won his trophy for sight reading, and actor Daisy Reeves Turner, from the Peterborough School, who triumphed in multiple events.

Peterborough Drama festival at Dogsthorpe Infants School. Winners in the  Duologue from Witham Hall prep school, Bourne the Harris/Chandler duo. EMN-150703-203618009

Peterborough Drama festival at Dogsthorpe Infants School. Winners in the Duologue from Witham Hall prep school, Bourne the Harris/Chandler duo. EMN-150703-203618009

Owen Wilkinson from Deeping St James Primary was another multiple winner after coming out on top in the verse speaking and story telling.

Heritage Park student Matthew Jima, meanwhile, was the winner at prose reading for his year group, as was Chelsea Mwatsenekenyi in the year above.

Festival committee member Gill Warren said: “It went very well.

“The standard is fantastic and the adjudicators give them tips as well as scoring them.”

Children taking part in prose reading -  the winner Matthew Jima (8) from Heritage Park School EMN-150703-203702009

Children taking part in prose reading - the winner Matthew Jima (8) from Heritage Park School EMN-150703-203702009

Bible readers Daisy Reeves-Turner, Euan Johnson, Molly Nightingale, Glory Okumbur. (front) Edward Norman, class winner Max O'Flaherty and Kiara Mashru EMN-150903-075423009

Bible readers Daisy Reeves-Turner, Euan Johnson, Molly Nightingale, Glory Okumbur. (front) Edward Norman, class winner Max O'Flaherty and Kiara Mashru EMN-150903-075423009