The eagerly-anticipated Finals of the annual Declamations Competition took place in the Theatre on Monday February 8th. The Judge was the distinguished writer and OR, Richard Beard (pictured above, with many of the 30 Finalists and the Declamations Organiser, EJT).
George Chilvers won the 6.2 Category, with his powerful rendition of Tennyson’s poem ‘Ulysses’; second was Conor Mosedale, with an extract from Bennett’s ‘A Life like Other People’s’; third, Rupert Milne with an extract from Gilligan’s ‘Breaking Bad’.
Arran Ryder won the 6.1 section of the Competition with Fuller’s ‘Valentine’; Jamie Farr was second, with an extract from Barry Hines’s ‘Kes’; Oliver Donaldson came third, with a passage from Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’.
In the Fifths category of Declamations, there was a tie for third place between Artie Diamandis (from ‘Silence of the Lambs’) and Rory Betley (with his own composition, ‘Just One Minute’). Second was James Innes-Ker, with Leiris’s ‘You will not have my Hatred’. The winner was Arthur Tapner, with an extract from Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’.
William Redley won the Removes section, with an extract from ‘49th Parallel’; John Fu came second with Thayer’s ‘Casey at the Bat’; third, was Harry Salter with Hughes’s ‘The Rescue’. Oliver Reed-Daunter won the Shell category (with Rosen’s ‘My Dad knows Everything’) – with Thomas Isaacs coming second (with an extract from Durrell’s ‘My Family and Other Animals’) and Jack Dhillon third (reciting Auden’s ‘As I Walked out One Evening’).
In his concluding remarks, Richard Beard praised the “very high standard” of the Competition and stressed to the audience what a “valuable exercise” learning poems and passages like these was (“a great skill to have”).
The ‘Declamations Reprise’ will be live-broadcast, via Radley Video, from the Coffee Shop, on Wednesday 10th February, at 8:30pm.
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