A number of LAMDA candidates performed their examination pieces for an audience of pupils, teachers and parents in the Corinthian Room on Thursday 18 May.
The variety of genre, style and content kept all entertained and the showcase of talent demonstrated a high level of understanding and solid preparation. Ollie Fletcher (Third Form, Gascoigne) and Ella Mattinson (Fourth Form, Harcourt) began proceedings with an eloquent introduction and George Kinniburgh (Fourth Form, Harcourt) started the presentation of work with a confident performance as Alfieri from A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.
Jossy Brown (Second Form, Vanbrugh) and Rebecca Hutchinson (Second Form, Swift) performed a duologue from An Old-Fashioned Girl, highlighting the contrast between girls from different backgrounds, followed by an engaging Alex Cooper (Lower Sixth, Gascoigne) as Shylock from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Cristina Ward-Naranjo (Second Form, Queen Anne) and Katie Connolly (Second Form, Harcourt) presented a duologue from The Stowaways before Hayden Camidge (Fourth Form, Vanbrugh) delivered his comic monologue as Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers.
Lord of the Flies was the play of choice for James Shaw (Fourth Form, Harcourt) and Tom Flory (Fourth Form, Harcourt) followed by Ella Mattinson’s sensitive portrayal of Blanche from A Streetcar named Desire. Idris El-Megrisi (Third Form, Queen Anne) along with Ollie Fletcher performed an excellent comic duologue from Willy Russell's Blood Brothers while Jack Harding (Third Form, Feilden) presented a witty monologue from David Campton’s Reserved. Isobel Ponsford (Fifth Form, Gascoigne) was a dramatic powerhouse as Abigail Williams from Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Sam Bird (Lower Sixth, Harcourt) wrapped up proceedings nicely with an accomplished monologue from Goodfellas.