performances impress judges at Highbridge Festival
speech and drama section at this week's 69th annual Highbridge
Festival has seen many original and exciting performances, with
over 300 performers taking part.
Jonathan Owen said that he was very impressed with the standard
of performances at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre - so impressed,
in fact, that he awarded no less than six Honours certificates.
a pantomime expert, he was delighted to judge the pantomime entries,
saying: "This is the first time that I have had the pleasure
of adjudicating pantomime at a Festival. I adore pantomime and
hope that you will continue to include classes in future years."
audience enjoyed the performances too, joining in enthusiastically
- booing, hissing, cheering and, of course, laughing their way
through the performances."
from local primary schools across the Burnham-On-Sea area took
part in Choral Speaking classes, as well as reciting poems and
reading prose individually.
Festival was pleased to welcome several new schools to the event
and a spokeswoman said they hope the children enjoyed taking part.
children not only recited poetry, but also showcased their acting
skills, performing extracts from scripted drama pieces as well
as original work.
performers were praised for their achievements and also benefitted
from the adjudicator's long experience of acting on stage and
Walton, the Festival's Speech & Drama Secretary said: "Jonathan
was an excellent adjudicator. He appreciated everyone's performances
and gave great feedback to enable performers to develop their
skills. The ability to speak in public is an important life skill
and I would love to welcome more schools to the Festival next
from the 2016 Highbridge Arts Festival